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The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International--For Key Women Educators

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Spring is Around the Corner...And


So Are Opportunities for You
THIS ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS
RECENT AND UPCOMING
EVENTS
SPRING LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

The purpose of the Leadership


Training Conference is to provide the
preliminary training and support
necessary for incoming chapter
presidents, treasurers...
Continued on Page 2

Learn about how you can become a participant in Leadership Seminar I on Page 8.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Spring is my favorite season of the year


especially in Psi State! Events are
blooming, and I am filled with
excitement...
Continued on Page 4

Upsilon impacts students. See Page 4.


MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

A special session for chapter


membership chairs will be offered at
the Psi State Spring Leadership
Conference on April 30...

See Page 8 about this event.

Congratulations to Peggy McCall on her


nomination as the Southeast representative of
the 2016-18 International Nominations
Committee. Kudos, Peggy!

Continued on Page 5

Mission Statement: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth
of women educators and excellence in education.

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Spring Leadership Conference:


Bloom With Us!
The purpose of the Leadership
Training Conference is to provide
the preliminary training and support
necessary for incoming chapter
presidents, treasurers, membership
chairs, communication chairs, EEC
chairs, and all EEC umbrella
committee chairs to feel prepared to
serve chapters confidently and
knowing they have support from
their state leaders.
The conference also serves to
provide the opportunity for
members to explore personal
interest in leadership or other areas
of interest for which sessions are
provided.
The conference begins at 7 PM
Friday, April 29, with a keynote
address by a very special guest. This
will be a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity for most of us. Our
guest will stay for a dessert
reception following the address.

will lead into the last sessions of the


day. The day will end for all at 3.
A sampling of the session offerings
for members follows on page 3.
All members of DKG must register
for the conference.
Please register as soon as possible as
seating space in Warner Robins
Middle School is limited. Register
online via this link: https://
docs.google.com/forms/d/
1mIZOTUJIGkNPJPvrOqPUcACB
N5JRqC8a1lCNABOFiyQ/
viewform. (Hotel and map
information can be found in the
link.) If you dont have access to
register online, then you may print
page 11 and submit your form.
We hope to see you soon!
Virginia McChesney

Are you an artist?


Please share one or
two of your best
works with DKG
Sisters in Warner
Robins at the Spring
Leadership
Conference.
The items will need
to be original works
of art created by the
member who will
need to describe the
work as well as
identify herself by
name, chapter, and
district. The artist
does not need to be
in attendance.

Saturday will be a very full day for


officers and chairs as they will be in
training sessions beginning at 9,
continuing into the Info Fair at
10:30, then joining all members for
the Executive Board Meeting,
which will be followed by lunch and
the presentation of awards. A
multigenerational panel discussion

Vision Statement: Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide

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The museum is just one of the attractions in the Warner Robins area.

SESSION SAMPLING

Storytelling: Everyone has a story to


tell. Join us to create a collection of
personalized tales.
Dedication, Knowledge, Growth:
Uncover the facts that lead you to
dedication, knowledge, and growth
in
our organization. Discover ways to
enhance your leadership journey using
the vast array of DKG resources.
Legislation: A brief presentation of
current state and national educational
issues and what DKG members can do to
be involved and/or supportive.
Have STEM, Will Travel: Retired
engineers will share science activities
designed to meet Georgia Performance
Standards and STEM requirements.
These can be done in any classroom, and
detailed how-to handouts will be
provided.
Leaders, Do You Need a Pedicure?:
This session will be a fun interactive way
to discuss leadership inspired through
literature. Leaders, do you need a

pedicure? If so, join this session for a


discussion of great books that can help
you as a leader!
Theres an App for That!: Bring your
devices (smart phone, tablet, chrome
book, etc.) for a hands-on session using
apps for your classroom as well as your
DKG chapter. Apps such as Remind,
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Plickers,
Socrative, EdModo, and many others will
be demonstrated.
Whats Your Line: Dance, Kick up
your Heels, and Find your Groove!
DKG 101: The Saga Continues:
Join the continuing saga of the Society
Superheros--Dee, Kay and Gee--as they
use their super powers in the "Hall of
Sisterhood" in the search for truth,
justice, and DKG way!!!

Are family members


coming with you to
Warner Robins?
Plan to visit local
sites of interest, like
the Museum of
Aviation, or--if you
are a train fan--head
to depot row.

Speak It Right, Sisters: The


Communication Committee will highlight
the different components of state
communication: newsletter, website,
public relations, and copyright laws.

Mission Statement: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth
of women educators and excellence in education.

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Message from the President


DONT MISS A CHANCE TO LEARN, GROW, FELLOWSHIP, AND REENERGIZE

Spring is my favorite season of


the year--especially in Psi
State! Events are blooming,
and I am filled with
excitement.

Hill Plantation, and Swamp


Gravy and dont forget the
food! I hope you will join me
for a wonderful weekend of
fellowship and learning.

DeltaHostel moves from the


fall to spring, giving us an
opportunity to experience the
nature, history, and beauty of
Georgia in a new way. I am
excited about seeing an area
of the state with which I am
not familiar. I am eager to see
the Colquitt murals, Pebble

District meetings are


undergoing an amazing
transformation from a districtcentered event to a state-wide
conference. As you can see
from the conference
highlights, opportunities
abound for personal and
professional development as

well as important training for


chapter officers and
committees. There is truly
something for everyone. In
between all the other
workshops, Executive Board
will be held to conduct
important matters. Official
business requires a quorum, so
current presidents are needed!
Dont miss a chance to learn,
grow, fellowship, and
reenergize!
Gail Springstead

Members of the
Upsilon Chapter of
Delta Kappa Gamma
presented a thesaurus
to each student in Mrs.
Ann-Marie Cyphers
4th grade,as well as to
other selected students
in Lamar County
Elementary School in
Barnesville.

Vision Statement: Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide

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Membership Matters: Recruit,


Reinstate, Retain, & Recognize
A special session for chapter
membership chairs will be offered
at the Psi State Spring Leadership
Conference on April 30 at Warner
Robins Middle School. Bring your
questions, concerns, ideas, and
recruitment data. Your Psi State
Membership Committee will be
ready for lots of sharing with you!
Focus on the 3 Rs of Membership:
Recruit by using the new
recruitment tools.
Reinstate by contacting former
members. The time may be right!
Retain by getting members
involved and by having great
programs & projects.
Also retain by Recognizing
members & their achievements.
How can you recognize members?
Spotlight one chapter member
at each chapter meeting.
Tell a little about her (get info
from Member Data Sheet).
Reveal her name and present
her with a certificate and take a
photo.
Present shining stars or red roses
to members who have made an

impact on chapter, school, or


community.
List members accomplishments
on meeting agendas, in chapter
newsletters, on your chapter
website, and on Facebook in the
DKG - Create a Buzz in Psi State
group.
Have a Sunshine Committee in
your chapter that keeps tab of
situations like births, deaths, &
important events that affect
members.
Send articles & photos to local
newspapers.

What are ways that


your chapter already
focuses on the 3 Rs
of Membership?
Share with us so
that we can adopt
each others best
practices.

Things to Remember:
Order of the Rose awards will be
presented to chapters that
INCREASE membership
during this biennium.
Send a form 6 (Report of
the Death of a Member)
promptly when a death
occurs. Send a photo to be
used in remembrance at Psi
State Convention.

Many chapters share red roses for various occasions.

Gwen White

Mission Statement: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth
of women educators and excellence in education.

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The website has scrolling images to welcome visitors.

EEC Resources At Your


Fingertips

make clear what EEC is really all


about.

Have you seen the new DKG


website at www.dkg.org??? It is
amazing!

But dont forget to check out the


smiling faces of all of the
International Educational
Excellence Committee members
who are really the best resource
of all. They are there to help you
in any way with your EEC needs.

While you are there, be sure to


navigate to the new and improved
Educational Excellence
Committee page. There you will
find helpful links to information
on topics such as Support for
Early Career Educators, Schools
for Africa, Impact Educational
Law and Policy, and DKG/UN
Relations. Also, there are
presentations from the Regional
Conferences and great
documents about programs/
activities for your chapters.
One of the great new features is
the FAQs section that will help

Need help closer to home? No


problem! Each of your districts
has an EEC member on each of
the committees to help you. You
can find a list of committee chairs
on our Psi State Georgia
Organization website found at
www.dkgga.weebly.com.

EEC Goals for


2014-16
1. Empowering
women through
leadership
opportunities.
2. Promoting
Excellence in
Education through
programs and
projects
3. Changing global
awareness through
collaboration
worldwide

We are here to help you--just a


click away!
Kathy Brown

Vision Statement: Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide

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Many of the 2014 participants in Leadership Seminar I are active in district and state roles.

LEADERSHIP SEMINAR I
The Psi State Leadership Seminar I will
be held this summer from June 3-5, and
you need to attend! If you have any
desire to improve in your leadership
and communication skills, this is the
seminar for you. The biannual event
will be held at Hampton Inn and Suites
in Macon. Training begins on Friday
evening, June 3, and ends on Sunday,
June 5. It will be an experience you will
not forget, and one you will be so happy
you attended. The cost for the entire
weekend is $80.
Applications are available online at the
Psi State website http://
dkgga.weebly.com/ The application
deadline is May 15. Space is limited to
30 people, so complete your application
as soon as possible.
If you have questions or concerns,
email Martha Noyes at
noyes_m@bellsouth.net.

SILENT AUCTION
Besides the many training opportunities
at the Spring Leadership Conference in
April, a silent auction will be sponsored
by the Global Impact Committee (who
will donate to World Fellowship) and
the 2017 Convention Committee (who
will use proceeds to offset convention
expenses).
For this event to be a success, we need
the support of each Psi State chapter.
We are requesting that each chapter in
Psi State donate at least one theme
basket for the auction.
Setup will begin on Friday and
Continue Saturday. The big reveal for
each basket will be Saturday (time to be
announced).

Support the Global Impact and


Convention Committees.

Did you know that


Leadership
Seminars I and II
are offered every
other year? You do
not have to take
them in order. In
fact, many Sisters
who took part in
Seminar II last
summer will register
for Seminar I this
summer.
Come join us!

Thanks in advance for your support


from Jeanne Strobel (Global Impact)
and Melissa Rawlins and Judy Scarboro
(2017 Convention Co-Chairs).

Mission Statement: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth
of women educators and excellence in education.

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GeorgiaGram: The Potential and Pitfall of


Technology to the Masses in Psi State
IMAGINE SENDING AN EMAIL TO 3,000 SISTERS
Recently the Georgia State
Organization attempted to
open a direct communication
link from President Gail
Springstead to all members via
email. This attempt provided
useful information for future
communication.
Our database of member email
addresses came from
International. The first
observation of this list was that
email addresses for over 900
members did not appear on the
profile printout. Also, when

the Georgia Gram was emailed to


the remaining membership,
approximately 20% were
returned due to either a)
incomplete email addresses, b)
not recognized by member
email providers, or c) were
blocked by some schools or
institutions.
Sending a document to nearly
3,000 members is difficult.
Even if technical issues can be
solved, one overriding issue can
only be solved by individual
members. Each member must

go to the International Profile


site at dkg.org, open MyDKG,
and up-date her personal
information. Username and
password can be provided by
your chapter president.
The Communication
Committee will continue to
explore technology that will
allow us the capability to
communicate more directly
with members.
Betty Richardson

Over two dozen Sisters were present to celebrate Delta Kappa Gamma Day at the Capitol on January 12.

Vision Statement: Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide

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DKG Educational Foundation Hosts


Nashville Event at the Wildhorse
Dust off your western wear and
boots as you pack for Nashville this
summer! The DKG Educational
Foundation (DKGEF) will sponsor
Call Me Country at the worldfamous Wildhorse Saloon during
the 2016 DKG International
Convention. All DKG members and
their guests are urged to purchase
tickets when registering for the
convention, either online
(www.dkg.org) or using the
registration form found in the Jan./
Feb. issue of the DKG News.
Plan to spend Thursday evening,
July 7th in the Wildhorse Saloon
located in the heart of Nashvilles
entertainment district. This threelevel historic warehouse has been
converted into a 66,000 sq. ft.
country music dance hall,
restaurant, concert hall, and TV
production site. Horse sculptures
and murals dominate the dcor with
many positioned for optimal selfie
opportunities! The extensive allyou-can-eat buffet on levels two
and three features award-winning
BBQ selections and numerous side
dishes.
The first floor features space for
performances by a live band and a
DJ, as well as line dance instruction

for those wanting to kick up their


heels. Besides dining seating, the
second and third floors include cash
bars and a variety of entertainment
venues ranging from billiards to
shuffle board to big screen TVs. Use
your visit to the Wildhorse as an
opportunity to wander in and out of
all the famous clubs and shops
located in the area with a ride
home to the Opryland Hotel
provided at your convenience.
Your ticket ($165) includes:
transportation (buses will run
every 20 minutes between
the Wildhorse Saloon and
the Opryland Hotel)
access to all levels and
activities
entertainment DJ, live
band, line dance instruction,
dance floor
dinner buffet
a tax deductible donation to
the Foundation
Purchase tickets for the DKGEF
Call Me Country event on the
Convention Registration Form and
join your friends for a get-down
good time at the Wildhorse in
Nashville!
Cathy P. Daugherty, International First Vice President

Mission Statement: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth
of women educators and excellence in education.

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International Convention is Calling


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN ON THE INTERNATIONAL WEBSITE

The updated DKG website has


many great features. One of the
most important promotions
follows:
Start making plans now to
attend the International
Convention in Nashville , TN,
July 59,
2016.
This is a once-in-a-biennium
opportunity designed to help
you find fulfillment in your
busy life. The convention will
offer community and
connection, information and
inspiration, motivation and
momentum. When you and
your chapter are equipped

with the right tools, the right


plan and the right attitude,
there is nothing that you
cannot achieve. Thats what
the 2016 International
Convention is all about.
Enjoy Nashville with tours of
Music City and experience
the wonder of the Opryland
Hotel.
Don't forget to use the event
hashtags on social media,
#dkgcon
#DKGNashville2016
#DKGtakesNashville.This is
your convention. Dont miss
a thing!

May 7 is the
next deadline
for submission
to Psi State
News.
If you have questions or
comments, feel free to
mail the editor at
dkggaeditor@gmail.com.

Vision Statement: Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide

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Registration for 2016 Georgia State Organization


Leadership Training Conference
USE THIS FORM ONLY IF UNABLE TO REGISTER VIA GOOGLE DOC ON PAGE 2
Conference Date: April 29-30


Registration Deadline: April 3
Location: Warner Robbins Middle School 425 Mary Ln. Warner Robins, GA 31088
Hotel information available in the Google Doc (pg. 2) or search the Watson Blvd. area for accommodations.

All DKG members attending the conference MUST register.


Name: _________________________________________________________________
Email address: ___________________________________________________________
Postal address (street, city, zip) _______________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
Chapter (Greek name of local chapter): _______________________________________
District (circle yours): I II III IV V VI
Preferred phone number: ___________________________________________________
Position (check all that apply):
Chapter Officer - Current President
Chapter Officer - Incoming President
Chapter Officer - Incoming Treasurer
Chapter Membership Chair
Chapter Communication Committee Chair
Chapter Webmaster
Chapter Newsletter Editor
EEC Chair
EEC Committee
General Membership
Other: _____________________________

Do you have any physical limitations which


require special accommodations? yes no
Do you plan to attend the Friday evening dessert
reception? yes no
Do you plan to eat lunch with us on Saturday?
yes no
Do you have any food allergies or special dietary
concerns? yes (please explain) no
________________________________________

Please submit $25 registration fee. Make checks payable to Psi State and mail to:
Tina Marsh
24 Marlboro Ct.
Newnan, GA 30265
Mission Statement: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth
of women educators and excellence in education.