Editor’s Note Did you know that “the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International was founded May 11, 1929, at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas.. Dr. Annie Webb Blanton, member of the faculty of the University of Texas and a former state superintendent of public instruction in Texas, conceived the idea of an organization for women educators. Eleven women educators from Texas, representing various professional positions [and levels] in education, were initiated by Dr. Blanton and Alpha Chapter was installed on June 3, 1929.
The Founders believed that there was need for an organization in which women educators—rural and urban teachers; preschool, elementary, high school, college, and university teachers; librarians; school administrators; supervisors—might be united for efforts toward better professional preparation, recognition of women’s work in the teaching profession, and scholarships for those needing aid in improving their professional preparation.”
The mission of DKG has not changed over almost 90 years! Recognizing and supporting the potential of key women educators with membership in Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is needed just as much today as in 1929. DKG is a professional organization working to “impact education worldwide” bringing changes some may find challenging. Yet, if this 20th century society is to survive in the 21st, it will need to incorporate fresh ideas, modern technologies, newer ways. Be sure to follow what is happening at this year’s constitutional convention on the www.djg,org website under the Resources tab and let your voice be heard in Austin!
Next Meeting Date
Monday, March 14 – Luncheon at Amici’s Restaurant on the corner of 303 & Rt. 59 at 1 p.m. This would be a great time to bring a friend. Socialize and talk about programs, projects and your involvement with Alpha Eta. Why DID you join and what can we do to encourage others? Contact Marge LaPadula 357-6826 and let her know you are coming!
Upcoming DKG Events: Pi Stat and International April 21-22 is the date of the Pi State Spring Executive Board Meeting & Seminars in Latham,NY., “Opportunities to Connect.” Join the many DKG colleagues from around the state, attend breakout sessions (Lochie Musso’s NGO@UN is presenting one on the UN SDGs), hear keynote Lisa Meade, Assistant Superintendent, blog writer, winner of the SANNY middle school principal of the year, take a trip to Talbot’s wonderful discount shop down the block, and more! Go to www.dkgnystate.org to learn more and register. 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
CTAUN Conference , 2019“Stepping Up to Protect the World’s Children” is the theme of this 19th CTAUN conference at UN headquarters on Friday, April 6. UN and NGO leaders, as well as children themselves will address major challenges and present important initiatives that promote the well-being of children. Educational Excellence awards will be presented to special teachers and the CTAUN Global Citizen Award will be granted to Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, for his outstanding work in education on a global scale. Exceptional Academic Posters by college level students from around the world will be on display also. To learn more and register, go to www.teachun.org Deadline for registration is March 22 so act fast! Officers We wish Co-First Vice-President Mary Ellen Collins much success at her new home in Florida but we will miss her here in Rockland!
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
Upcoming Events Friday, 5 April 2019 at UN headquarters in NYC, the Committee on Teaching About the UN (CTAUN) will hold its 20th Conference;"Our Planet - Our Crisis - What’s Next?” In September, 2018, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, “Climate change is the defining issue of our times.”
We all have a responsibility to learn how we can bring about effective actions to address these environmental challenges. CTAUN invites you to join with them as they highlight major issues affecting our environment and showcase efforts underway by UN agencies, governments, NGOs and individuals in finding solutions.
Click here to see the CTAUN website www.teachun.orgC:\Users\Administrator.WINDOWS-UFEA7K2\Documents\Alpha Eta Newsletter Winter 2019 - for merge.docxfor more information and details on registering. Friday-Sunday, 26-28 April 2019 will be the New York State DKG Convention: “Connecting with the Finger Lakes” at the Ramada on the Lake in Geneva, NY. This is a great time to see the bigger picture of DKG, hear outstanding speakers, attend interesting workshops, meet the new officers, greet colleagues, tour another part of NYS and more! This year attendees can get three professional development units, too. More information, highlights and registration forms are in the latest Pi Lights newsletter. You can also go to the website for registration details. April is lovely in the Finger Lakes. Let’s get a whole group from Alpha Eta! Projects At the November meeting, 9 boxes were collected for Meals on Wheels to give out to clients in emergencies when the weather was poor and distribution of regular deliveries was not possible. Three other suggested projects relating to the Nyack Schools that Lisa Gould offered at the Projects Committee meeting (November 6, 2018 at Laura’s home) were discussed. These include providing healthy snack boxes, books to take home and supporting the Family Resource Center as needed. We thank Marge LaPadula for hosting the annual Holiday Fundraising Party in December. The auction garnered $300 for the NYS Native American Fund and DKG World Fellowship. If you were unable to attend, please consider sending a donation to treasurer Jerry Goumas at 120 Locust Drive, Upper Nyack, NY 10965 to add to this fund.
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!