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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Everyone Mentors by the Way We Interact with New Members


Imagine a new member walking alone into a room for her first DKG chapter meeting.

First impressions will determine how that new member feels. How quickly you show hospitality when she arrives at the meeting shows her the focus of the group.  Are you so involved with catching up with old friends that you do not even notice her? Do you stop to introduce yourself, encourage the new member to come sit with your group, and involve her in the conversation? Little acts of kindness can put her at ease and make her feel a part of the group. This is one small way to mentor.

All members can be mentors through actions and deeds. This is why it is important that everyone is willing to invest time and energy in the new member and take a strong interest in the success of the chapter/Society. As the new member shares her interests and passions through conversation, the chapter president can begin to involve her in committee work and chapter projects to help her have a sense of belonging and purpose in the chapter. Recognizing the leadership potential of new members gets them involved and keeps them active plus gives them value in the Society.

Mentors can also assist by sharing information about the chapter, state organization, and international levels. The Society encompasses a wide range, and even though orientation is provided for new members, it takes time to learn about DKG. In this role it is important that mentors determine the best way to communicate--text, email, or phone call--so members can build a relationship and a mentor can remind the new member of the next meeting or project coming up. Learn about their educational role, family, pets, and interests to become friends.  Listening to what they care about builds trust. Sharing in new members’ lives allows members to provide professional support and encouragement, and thus be a good mentor.

Determine your DKG legacy by mentoring leaders where everyone is accepted for their strengths, their unique individuality, and their culture by modeling acceptance. How will you impact the lives of the members in your chapter?

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