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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

International Speakers Fund: Creating Friendships Across Borders

Delta Kappa Gamma is an international organization with members in 17 countries. How can you make connections with DKG members from other countries? The DKGIEF International Speakers Fund (ISF) provides virtual or in-person speakers for state organization conventions, conferences, or meetings.

Hosting an ISF speaker allows members to meet an international member face-to-face. Members can participate in discussions about another country's culture, customs, and educational systems. They learn from the speaker's perspective about global issues and leadership while fostering diversity and collaboration within the Society. ISF speakers provide members with new learning opportunities to share with others, fulfilling the Society's mission to unite women educators worldwide.

State organizations may request an ISF speaker by May 1 and November 1 annually by emailing a request for an ISF Speaker form to Society Headquarters by May 1 or November 1. The ISF Committee will assign speakers to state organizations and notify the selected speakers. 

The DKGIEF International Speakers Fund, one of nine funds administered by the Foundation, is supported by member donations. Your contributions to the International Speakers Fund cover the speakers' travel expenses to face-to-face state organization events. Contributions can be made on the DKGIEF webpage. Go to the International Speakers Fund page or the DKGIEF Donate page for various donation options.

Hosting an ISF speaker is an amazing opportunity for DKG members to meet a new friend and colleague while promoting cultural understanding and building worldwide connections. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

You Can Make Art Out of What??

Heidi Ragsdale-Colorado

After visiting local art galleries over the past few months, it is inspiring to see how creative artists craft their creations.

Here are some of the materials used by local artists.

Project #1

  1. Aluminum Foil
  2. Fishing Line
  3. Green Glitter, 2 brown buttons and white paint
  4. Cardboard pieces.
  5. Some sort of adhesive.

Project #2

  1. An old rusty license plate, folded in half
  2. A small rubber duck sliced on the bottom
  3. A child’s favorite poem
  4. Some silver paint
  5. Two small dog stickers.

Project #3

  1. Wooden chair cut in half vertically
  2. Faded green clothes-line weaved through the back slats of the half chair
  3. Blue paint
  4. Glue gun and glue stick
  5. An old paint stick with various colors
  6. 3 small painted terra cotta vases

And what did each of these artists make?

  1.  A glittery fish hanging from the fish line installation connecting to the ceiling.
  2. A book rack for a child’s favorite flip book collection
  3. A plant stand for one’s porch.  

What did all these projects have in common?. . . . Reusable items and artistic creativity and innovation.

At times when chatting with others we may hear, “But I am not an artist”, or “I am not creative,” when somehow that person really is intrigued by art.  When one is visually enthralled by viewing local or regional art, there’s a little moment of, “Ooooo, I could create something like that!!”  These types of art pieces inspire others from within.

Three-dimensional art supplies can be found right in your own home.  Perhaps look for adhesives in your utility drawer; find materials in your recycle bin; take apart an old shirt and turn it into your new shopping bag and add a painted rose; find old magazines and build a collage that brings joy to you and others. Write a poem about your art, snap a photo or design a complimentary piece to enhance your art. The creativity of the arts and humanities is limitless when one goes from: “I am not an artist” to “I want to make something like that!” 

Click on the link below If you are interested in submitting your two photos of your own 3D multimedia art, or other Arts and Humanities submissions.

https://shorturl.at/bjHT2

Spring/Fall Art Gallery submissions are open Jan 15 - Feb 15 & Aug 15 - Sept 15.

Submit your art for the 2024 International Convention Member Art Gallery here by April 15.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Empower Global Education: Join the World Fellowship Committee!

Consider submitting your name to serve on the World Fellowship Committee next biennium! Become an advocate for enabling women from other countries to study in the USA and Canada to broaden their horizons and make the world a better place.

Did you know that the number of awarded World Fellowships recipients is determined by the individual and chapter giving the year before?

Members of The DKG International World Fellowship Committee have an opportunity to select recipients each year. Applications are submitted through the Fulbright Commission/ Foundations of the United States Embassy and then submitted to International.

One of the staff members at Headquarters has a tremendous task of gathering all the documentation from WF applicants and then distributing it to the five committee members. We are divided into two groups for reading the lengthy documents and scoring them on a rubric.  If you have ever served on a scholarship or grants committee you understand the time commitment required.

If there is a discrepancy in the scores the chair reads and scores those applications. The applications are ranked by the combined scores. A highlight of serving is meeting and working with other DKG members of the committeeMembers meet to discuss the applications and determine the actual recipients. International staff contact the recipients and Universities to make sure they are enrolled before the list is released to our membership. 

One of the highlights has been writing articles and blogs to encourage chapters to promote this international initiative. While attending the International Conference in Phoenix spending time with our committee members was great fun. I have enjoyed sending cards and emails to welcome them to studying in the USA or Canada. One thing I have learned is a year passes very quickly so reaching out early enables better communication with our recipients. The committee has engaged in a Zoom meeting with available recipients to hear firsthand the experiences they have encountered.

As a member of the World Fellowship Committee, I recommend chapters engage in reaching out to WF recipients with cards of encouragement. Review the recipient list and see if they are studying in your state and invite them to your chapter meeting.

This year I have invited one of the recipients I have been communicating with to my chapter virtual meeting. Think outside the box on how your chapter can donate and encourage World Fellowship Recipients.  We encourage you to consider submitting your name to serve on this important international DKG committee.

Connie Savell, Delta Tau Chapter, North Carolina
World Fellowship Committee Member


Thursday, February 1, 2024

Announcing the Bursting the Bubble Campaign

What does this bubble graphic represent?

Why should DKG members have a thorough knowledge of this graphic?

How can this knowledge impact the future of DKG?

The ‘Bursting the Bubble’ campaign is a multi-month marketing campaign designed to showcase opportunities through DKG. Each circle (bubble) in the graphic represents an opportunity or benefit of membership in the Society. The campaign will take a deep dive into each bubble and will include multimedia resources for marketing DKG within and beyond the Society.

Watch for the first “bursting the bubble” feature on or about March 1 and then twice a month to follow as the campaign intentionally bursts the bubbles of opportunities through DKG.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Calling ALL US DKG Members: Get Ready to Attend the US Forum 2024 National Legislative Seminar, March 10-13th!

The US Forum Steering Committee has been very busy planning an exciting and informative seminar in Washington DC. We hope you will join us for this unique, signature event that is only offered to DKG members every two years.

The National Legislative Seminar takes place at the Holiday Inn National Airport, Crystal City, just a short distance from the sights and sounds of our nation’s capital. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from experts on the key issues identified by DKG members, hone your advocacy skills, and discuss solutions with members from across the country and with your congressional representatives in the House and Senate!

Registration for the seminar is $340.00 and includes all meals. You can register and pay online or download the registration form and pay by check. Go to www.dkgusforum.org to complete your registration and find out about reserving your hotel room.

Just a reminder that the deadline to reserve a room at the seminar rate of $129.00 is Tuesday, February 6th! Don’t delay. The phone number to contact the hotel for a reservation is listed on the Registration Form. You will also find this number on the US Forum website, www.dkgusforum.org.

A full schedule of engaging speakers and activities, both at the hotel and in Washington, DC, is being planned for you. Did you know that during the National Legislative Seminar, you can participate in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, learn about women and education Issues in the upcoming legislative session, understand how the federal government is helping to improve mental health services for all Americans, and gain a better idea of the ways that artificial intelligence systems will impact teaching and learning in the very near future?

You’ll even get to meet some of the Senators and Representatives from your home state during the Day on the Hill event on Tuesday, March 12th!

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to join with fellow DKG members to learn, grow, and advocate for women, children, and education in our nation’s beautiful Capitol! Register now at www.dkgusforum.org.

See you in DC in March!

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Chapter-to-Chapter Exchange

When DKG members attend international events, in person and online, they often meet members from other regions or countries. Learning about DKG and educational practices in other places is one of the advantages of being a part of the Society. The International Issues Task Force wanted to find a way to help chapters make these extended connections without leaving their own community.

The Chapter-to-Chapter Exchange program invites chapters to make connections with fellow members in other countries or regions. Members might share educational information from their region, how their local members are involved in DKG, and other personal stories. Formats for exchanges can include email, video conferences, recorded videos, Padlet, or any other platform that works for both partners. It’s up to each chapter. 

Members and chapters may log onto the new Chapter-to-Chapter Exchange Community on dkg.org at MyDKG > Communities > Chapter-to-Chapter Exchange to find a partner.

Here are a couple of stories of European connections from recent years:

Netherlands and Norway

In June 2019, three members of DKG Netherlands accepted Norway's invitation to attend an anniversary meeting in Kristiansand.

Janny Kisteman, Jeannine de Jong and Marie-Antoinette Hubers were warmly welcomed by Astrid Bie Skaaland and stayed there for four nights. They visited schools, museums and the famous Ravnedalen park in Kristiansand.

They learned a lot from each other, and the intention was that a group of members from Norway would go to The Netherlands in May 2020. Unfortunately, this has not taken place due to the Corona epidemic, but new plans are being made.

Netherlands and Germany

Last spring, the Epsilon chapter in The Netherlands organized an exchange with a chapter in Germany.

The German guests visited Groningen where they had a beautiful day together. They visited the Groninger Museum, went on top of the Forum in Groningen and had a delicious dinner together.

Next year the Netherlands chapter hopes to visit Germany!

The International Task Force hopes that members will embrace the Chapter-to-Chapter program and use the power of technology to enjoy DKG fellowship with friends across the globe.

Monday, January 29, 2024

Local Nonprofits and DKG


In whatever region of DKG you may live, your community relies on contributions for support of their local nonprofits. Our chapters are very generous in supporting those in need. This support can come in many forms – monetary, supplies, or time and volunteerism. 

Monetary gifts are always appreciated. These gifts can then be allocated to the areas of greatest need. Sometimes, these nonprofits specify what a certain amount can provide for the year. An example would be The Food Group in our community that states a gift of $500 feeds a child during the school year in their weekly individual food bags. Gift cards can also be very helpful. These allow the nonprofit to pass these cards along to the recipients of their non-profit. Two such groups are Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity. Big Brothers and Big Sisters encourage gift cards to local establishments such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, and skating rinks. Habitat for Humanity families have great needs when they move into their new homes and gift cards for groceries or home supplies are very welcome. 

Shopping can be great fun when you have a list of specific items requested by your local nonprofit. DKG chapters often focus on assisting women and children in their areas. Groups like Foster Parent Exchanges, Advocacy and Resource Centers, and Child Development Centers develop wish lists of items they can most use with their clients. Some are seasonal like coats, mittens, and socks. Others include the on-going need for hygiene products, appropriate toys, books, or games. A local equine assisted therapy program listed the need for English and Western saddle covers as well as 6-foot cotton lead ropes. 

DKG members are regularly found donating their time, energy, and talent to local non-profits. Sometimes projects are a one-time event while others carry on for an indefinite time. Events can include annual fund-raising opportunities by the nonprofit. Volunteers would assist with planning, setup, and cleanup. Weekly or flexible time occasions could include dog and cat aides at shelters, trail maintenance at parks or refuges, docents at museums or galleries, or construction volunteers. 

What are you and your chapter members interested in? What is your favorite cause? Your local nonprofits are just waiting for your chapter to get going with your support. Monetary, supplies, or time – any of these or all three are much appreciated. 

Friday, January 26, 2024

Enhancing DKG Programs through the Magic of Books

The Educators Book Award Committee always encourages state organizations and chapters to use books to enhance their programs. It is one way of keeping members actively involved in DKG and a positive step to retain active members. There is a list of many program ideas for using books during meetings. The list is available on dkg.org>About>Ed Book Award Winners>Suggestions for Using Educators Award Books.

A few examples of how state organizations and chapters use books to enhance their programs are:

  • A state organization held a Fall Conference that offered Personal Growth and Professional Development workshops. One of the workshop choices was a book discussion group that was not a Book Award recipient but a current best seller.
  • Two chapters held a joint meeting that included a book discussion of an award-winner and an exchange of used books.
  • One chapter donated an award-winning book to their local library.

The Educators Book Award Committee loves to hear from chapters about the unique ways they use the award-winning books in their programs.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Live Art Gallery Returns with Continued Momentum

Exciting Opportunity for Artists During the 2024 DKG International Convention:

National Harbor, Maryland July 9 - 13, 2024

 

Calling all DKG creative artists to the beautiful shores of National Harbor, Maryland, for a chance to participate in the Arts Gallery at the DKG International Convention.  The Arts and Humanities Jury Committee is excited to announce the return of the Creative Arts Gallery at the DKG International Convention in National Harbor, Maryland, July 9 -13, 2024.  The Art Gallery showcases our members’ talents in the visual and literary arts, photography and musical composition and has grown in interest with our membership. This multi-faceted art exhibit will take place during the convention and be open for viewing on select days in the Expo area of the convention, respectively, for attendees’ enjoyment. The Arts and Humanities Jury Committee looks forward to many of our members sharing their variety of talents and creativity with our international audience. Please do not miss out on this great opportunity to highlight your creative expression, whatever that may be.

 

The application process is an easy format and follows the Art Gallery submission categories and format.  Here are details to consider as you prepare to share your art with the gallery.

Application Process: One DKG member may submit one work of art. Work submitted must be original (not from kits), one-of-a-kind, and creative. All media, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, will be considered. Creative writing can be displayed on two panels displayed side by side. This includes but is not limited to painting, drawing, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, photography, quilting, embroidery, needlepoint, stained glass, or mosaic. Artists must upload an image of their entry to be reviewed by the Arts and Humanities Jury. Entry selection will reflect the most originality, quality, and space limitations of the venue. Note: Submissions will not be accepted that violate the Society's position on inclusivity (religion, race, sexual orientation/gender, etc.) 

All applicants must be current Delta Kappa Gamma members. The application process for the Convention Art Gallery will be open from February 15, 2024, to March 15, 2024. All entries must be submitted by 11:00 p.m. EST, on March 15, 2024.  The selection of artists will be conducted by the Arts and Humanities Jury Committee by March 22, 2024.  All accepted artists will be notified by that date by email from the Jury Committee. Members must apply via Application for the Member Art Gallery found on the Events tab > 2024 International Convention from the dkg.org website.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Empowering Educators: Why Attend the 2024 DKG International Convention?

Registration and schedule information is being finalized now for the 2024 DKG International Convention which will take place July 9th-13th in National Harbor Maryland. Convention attendees will enjoy the lovely accommodations at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Members choosing air travel will find Reagan Washington National Airport closest to this venue. 

Knowing location and date details is important, but why should our members consider taking time and spending money to attend? This is a question that has been voiced by members during discussions with DKG Leadership. While being cognizant of the concerns, it is important to note that there is a long list of reasons why our members should make attending an International Convention a priority. The first reason comes in the last sentence. We are an international organization and the best way to accomplish business is by bringing members from around the globe together. DKG promotes and uses technology to provide virtual meeting opportunities, but that never compares to having people in one room together. For those that have attended an International event, they will share stories of seeing old friends, who were met solely by attending a conference or convention. 

In even numbered years, such as 2024, elections and constitutional amendments will be voted upon. Currently, only convention attendees are able to vote. Without members in attendance, important decisions are made by a small percentage of members. Our leadership, our goals, possibly even our name are determined by those “in the room’. 

Well known speakers along with many of our colleagues, present information on a plethora of topics. For new educators, retired educators and everyone in between, there are opportunities for personal and professional growth.  

As a final encouragement to consider, DKG is about our past, our present and our future. Our founders and early members understood that bringing members together was good for the organization and because of that we grew. Presently, we have about 50,000 women who believe that membership in DKG is good for education. Our members are making a difference in the lives of women and children around the world. Active involvement at the Chapter, State and International level will secure our future so that DKG can continue to maintain our 7 purposes for key women educators in the years and hopefully decades to come. 

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