New York State Alpha Eta Spring 2019 President’s Message Joyous Spring to all and wishing you and yours a Happy Easter and a Happy Passover! The executive board met April 18th in order to formulate our program schedule for 2019 - 2020. We have some exciting meetings set up which we will share with all of you at our May 14th meeting. We welcome any thoughts other members might have about interesting topics or activities for our meetings. Please remember that our May 14th meeting is when we present our Grant-in-Aid winner. It would be wonderful to have many members at the meeting to congratulate the winner. We are confirming the restaurant for that date and will send the information to all of you when we have it. Looking forward to seeing you all soon. Laura Meetings and Events Alpha Eta – Thursday, May 14, 2019 Place – To be determined Time – 4:30 Topic: Scholarship Grant, Member Recognition New York State - Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, 2019 Place - Ramada Geneva Lakefront Resort, Geneva, NY Theme: Connecting with the Finger Lakes It is still not too late to join Lochie Musso and Marie Fabry at this conference. Lochie will be driving and there is room in the back seat. We have a room booked and would gladly share it with another! Or two! Go to www.dkgnystate.org to register. Connecticut – Tuesday-July 30-Thursday August 1, 2019 Place – Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, CT Theme – Global Awareness
This is an opportunity to see DKG at another level, meet colleagues from across the northeast and much more. To learn about the convention details and to register go to www.dkg.org and click on Events.
Dues Changes in procedures approved last summer at the DKG International meeting In Austin, TX, mean that dues must be turned in this year by June 1st for next year, 2019-20. This aligns dues collection with the fiscal year. The amount is the same - $75 – and checks are made out to Alpha Eta and sent to treasurer Jerry Goumas at 120 Locust Drive, Upper Nyack, 10960. Or, you can bring them with you to our last meeting of the year on Thursday, May 14th. For your information, here is the breakdown and where your dues go: $40 to International, $20 to NYS, $15 to Alpha Eta. And our dues are among the least expensive for professional organizations making it a real bargain with a great bang for your buck!
New York State Officer Visitation At the Monday, April 8 meeting, guest speaker Deborah Beddard, past NYS President spoke about the DKG Constitutional changes made at the International Convention last summer in Austin, TX. She explained that many of the 123 proposed amendments offered were to simplify procedures and to reduce redundancy. Some key changes directly affecting us are: State Organizations will no longer be known by Greek letters but by geographic locations or country names. Now we will be New York State but we will still receive Pi Lights and contribute to the Pi State Foundation due to the cost of changing tax IDs. Members will no longer be “initiated” but “inducted” removing that “sorority” image. Membership can be offered to former educators and not necessarily retired educators, those who are not in the classroom but who are training others at all levels in any field. A new category of membership has been created: collegiate. Prospective members shall be entering their junior year of undergraduate or completing graduate studies. They can participate in all activities but cannot hold elective office. Dues will be collected in the spring of the upcoming year allowing for better budget planning. Chapters may now meet and vote via electronic formats. What won’t change? OUR NAME! We are still The DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL. Alpha Eta will still remain Alpha Eta. Chapters are the backbone of DKG. It is up to us how we carry on our activities, induct our members, promote the society, following the Seven Principles of the organization using the international, state and chapter rules and by-laws. One must still be invited to join DKG; it is an honor to be a member. For more detailed information from Ms. Beddard’s talk, see our website for a copy of her presentation. And for a really complete explanation, check the DKG.org website and go to International Constitution.
DKG Purpose #2 To honor women who have given or who evidence a potential for distinctive service in any field of education.
July 16-20 is the date of DKG’s International Convention in Austin, Texas, the home of DKG. Come see the Music Capital of the World, take a tour of DKG headquarters, visit museums, U of Texas, Ladybird Lake and more. Dozens of breakouts and 10-Min. Take-Aways will inform you, keynote speakers Benjamin Zander, conductor & musical director and Nadia Lopez, principal & author will inspire you. Make history in the Society. This is a constitutional convention so you will be able to vote on changes to the society constitution and by-laws. Be sure to read about these potential changes so you can be informed. Help move the organization into the future! Meet with members around the world. Be there for the opening ceremony as each country’s representative presents her national flag. If you have never been to a DKG International event, this might just be the one you don’t want to miss! Learn more at www.dkg.org
This is the year to elect new officers which will take place in May. If you would like to step forward and serve, please let Diane Gasparrini (845-268-7632) know. It is always an honor and fun, too!
Delta kappa Gamma promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
New York State Alpha Eta Winter 2019
President’s Message Happy New Year to all! I hope you enjoyed your holidays with family and friends. The holiday party at Marge Lapadula’s house was enjoyed by all of us that attended. Thank you Marge for opening your house to us.
It was fun getting together and also raising money for the Native American and World Fellowship Scholarships. Our November meeting at City Line Family Restaurant in New City included a speaker from Meals on Wheels. The speaker, Maureen Nicolich, was personable and informative while telling us about the programs and services Meals on Wheels is providing in Rockland County.
This was a worthwhile project for our chapter, as we donated Blizzard Boxes for Meals on Wheels to bring to the recipients of their Home Delivered Meals Program during weather emergencies. Thank you to all our members who participated.
We have three additional ideas from the projects committee (Lisa Gould, Marge Lapadula, Lochie Musso and Laura Gould). These include snack boxes for elementary school classrooms, books to take home for elementary school students and rest mats for the family resource center. We discussed these ideas briefly at our November meeting. Members in attendance seemed to favor the books to take home. This would entail providing children’s books to students identified by classroom teachers as being in need of donated books. We will discuss these projects again at a future meeting.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at our March 14th meeting at Amici’s Restaurant, Central Nyack at 1:00 for lunch and a book swap . To all our friends spending the cold winter months of New York in sunny Florida where it is lovely and warm.....Enjoy!! To all those still in New York, bundle up and stay safe!!
Schedule of Meetings Our next meeting is Thursday, March 14th at Amici’s in West Nyack at 1:00. It will be lunch and a book swap.
April meeting will be Monday, April 8th at 4:30 at the home of Lochie Musso with past president Deborah Bedard. A soup and sandwich supper.
May meeting Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 4:30 Location TBA Scholarship Winner
Did you know that the International Society offers many kinds of Insurance? Many members across the nation take advantage of this benefit. Here are some (look on the website for details or call headquarters – 1-888-762-4685):
DKG International has also made available to members a CARE Medical History Bracelet with 3.0 Premium e-Manager Software at a very reasonable rate. Check it out!