Friday, December 16, 2011

Merry Christmas Epsilon From The Poe's

The Poe's 2011 (Camilo, Amy, Jaclyn, Richard, Paul, Stella, Coleman, Donnis, Heidi, Addison)

As 2012 quickly comes to an end, I want to take this time to thank all of you for your support and encouragement on our journey thus far. The holidays bring a time of family, sharing, and above all remembrance of our Heavenly Father's birth. I want to wish each and all of you a wonderful holiday season filled with all the joys that you seek and blessings of our father in heaven.

Epsilon State has achieved much in the short time of our 2011-2013 biennium, with the increase of electronic communication, great sharing of topics which affect education from the legislative arena, increased delivery of the Deltion via email, and much more. You as members have made all of this possible. Thank you. I will take this time to join family, friends, and some foes (Unfortunately we all have some in our families :):):) to enjoy this season.

The next blog is scheduled for January 2, 2012. Stay tuned to increase your knowledge about Epsilon State and DKG as we launch the new year.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Epsilon District Directors Series Part 5: S Sheri Richard

My name is Sheri Richardson and I am the South District Director. I have been a member of Alpha Psi Chapter since December, 2003. On the chapter level, I have held the office of president and am currently the secretary. Last biennium, I was the chairman of the state communications committee. Prior to that, I served as a member of the Jubilee Rose and the communication committees. I had the honor of receiving the Rosebud Award in 2006.

Born and raised in Gretna, Louisiana, I am happily married with two children. My husband, Glynn, is a salesman at Goldin Metals. My daughter, Shannan, is eleven years old. She is a sixth grader at Christ the King School. She sings in the school choir and enjoys dancing. I also have a five year old son named Brennan. He is in Pre-K and loves trains and cars.

In December of 1994, I received a BA in Early Childhood Education from the University of New Orleans. I have been teaching in the Jefferson Parish Public School System at Estelle Elementary ever since. For the first eleven years, I taught Kindergarten. In 2006, I moved down to Pre-K. I love working with the younger children.

Almost every summer, I travel with my Delta Kappa Gamma sisters to the Regional or International conventions. Besides seeing some beautiful cities, I have enjoyed getting to know some wonderful ladies in addition to making many new friends. I am really looking forward to going to New York City in July. I hope you will join us there!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

DKG International Convention 2012 Hotel Reservations

DKG International Convention 2012 Sheraton Hotel is now open for reserving rooms for members attending the convention next July. Society personnel have been able to secure the use of the entire hotel for DKG member during this time. So, call and schedule your room and get your roommate(s).  You may even have a hotel in New York that you prefer using rather than the convention headquarters. Our goal is to have 50-100 Epsilon members representing Louisiana. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Epsilon Convention 2012 Society Representative: First Vice President Alice Carrier

Alice Carrier – Society Representative

Alice Carrier of Brattleboro, Vermont, serves as 2010-2012 international 1st vice-president and chair of the Ad Hoc Committee to Study Electronic Election Process. She also serves a trustee of the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation and chairs the Foundation public relations sub-committee.

Now retired, Carrier taught first or second grade for more than 30 years while serving as school technology coordinator for much of that time. She taught graduate courses as adjunct faculty of the University of Vermont. After retirement she taught in-service courses and served as school district technology consultant for five years.

A past Vermont DKG state president, Carrier served as Northeast Regional Director and international 2nd vice-president. Recently she chaired the international Communications (2002-04), Leadership Development (2004-06), Constitution (2006-08) and Golden Gift Fund (2008-10) committees. Carrier directed the highly successful 2010 Leadership/Management Seminar at the University of Texas for the Golden Gift Fund committee.

Carrier and her husband of 46 years have two married daughters, three grandsons, and identical twin granddaughters. She enjoys reading, designing and knitting sweaters, spending time at her lakeside cottage in the summer, photography, designing and making jewelry, quilting, and learning to use new technologies. Carrier says she needs more time in her life to pursue all her interests and hobbies.

As Society representative Carrier will share information about the Society, answer questions, and listen to members’ concerns. She said, “I’m very pleased to be able to attend the Louisana state convention. I look forward to meeting many new DKG friends and renewing friendships made in the past.”

Monday, December 12, 2011

Chapter Excellence: S District Kappa Chapter

Kappa Chapter of the South District is led by President Becky Allemand. Kappa has approximately 44 members. Special events by the chapter include donations to local charities which equip students with backpacks, supplies, etc. A special event by the members is their annual Christmas social in which all members contribute gifts for the purpose of raising funds for literacy and numeracy efforts. Great job! Kappa. The event was memorable and very exciting as I joined Kappa for this special day. Anne Elise Falgout led the group in the Christmas Story and that of Silent Night. Bobbie Babin was extremely gracious in opening her home to me. Wonderful job Kappa as your efforts in the community bring education and DKG educators to the forefront of our state.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Epsilon District Directors Series Part 4: NW Kennie Barkley

I am the Northwest District Director for Delta Kappa Gamma, Epsilon State and Mu Chapter President. I was inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma in 2001. I was surprised and honored to be invited into this society of key women educators. When I first joined, Mu Chapter, the meetings gave me the opportunity to talk with and be mentored by really great teachers. Now the meetings give me the chance to be inspired by what others are doing. In 2005, my Delta Kappa Gamma sister and former high school English teacher, Mrs. Hope Cryar told me that I would be the next second-vice president. I was hesitant; how could I be a leader in our local society when the members were all teachers I looked up to? Mrs. Cryar just smiled, shook her head, and said, “Kennie, I did not ask a question. Besides Delta Kappa Gamma sisters never say no.” Mrs. Cryar was not even tall enough to reach my shoulder, yet all I could do was respond, “Yes, Mam.” After that I was asked to be first-vice president, and then president. Mrs. Cryar had passed away prior to my becoming president , but had willed her Delta Kappa Gamma pins back to Mu Chapter. I received and now wear her president’s pin. I will always treasure it.
I was born and grew up in Mansfield, Louisiana. I was named after my father, Kenneth. I graduated from Mansfield High School and then attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport. I met my husband, Steve, when I was in college. We married after we both graduated and moved to Mansfield. Later we moved to Stonewall, where our son Andrew attends school.

I have taught seventh and eighth grade reading, English, pre-algebra, and seventh grade science in DeSoto Parish. Currently, I am an Instructional Technology Coordinator for DeSoto Parish Schools. My focus is technology in middle and high schools.

When not at work, I volunteer at church where I serve on several committees. I also follow my son around to many school football and basketball games, not to mention all his youth activities. When I find a little quiet time, I enjoy reading on my Kindle or iPad. My husband and I also like to cruise in the Caribbean, where we enjoy snorkeling, tubing, and just sitting on beautiful beaches.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Epsilon District Directors Series Part 3: S Diane Vickers

Diane Vickers is the District Director for the Southeast District of Epsilon State. Diane was born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas but her family moved to Baton Rouge when her dad’s job transferred him there when she and her identical twin sister were 5 years old. So Diane grew up in south Louisiana from a very early age. Diane is a product of the public school system in Baton Rouge and holds a BA degree in Elementary Education with an additional certification in both Kindergarten and Primary Montessori (ages 3 – 6). A Montessori teacher at The Dufrocq School in Baton Rouge, Diane loves teaching her young students aged 3 – 5 years old. Now in her 23rd year of teaching, Diane loves her job and working with her students. Life is so amazing when you are 3, 4, and 5 years of age. Every day is a new and exciting experience.
Diane was initiated into Beta Tau chapter in April 2000 and has served as Beta Tau’s President, Second Vice-President and numerous Committee Chairman positions. Diane has also served as President of the Baton Rouge Coordinating Council. At the state level Diane has served on various committees and has chaired the First Timers Committee and Co-Chaired both the 2006 and 2012 Epsilon State Conventions. Diane is honored to be a member of the 2005 Bea Davis Class. Diane was honored with the Rosebud Award in 2003 and the Rose in Bloom Award in 2011.
One of the greatest loves in Diane’s life is all things related to LSU sports (especially LSU football). If there is an LSU sporting event you are likely to see Diane there. This past year Diane attended both the opening game against Oregon in Jerry’s Palace in Dallas, Texas and then WON tickets to the LSU vs Bama game (named the Game of the Century) from a Baton Rouge radio station. She and her twin sister, Deborah, travelled first class with the LSU Alumni Association Travelling Tigers on an all expense paid trip to “Brawl for it All” game in Tuscaloosa, AL. Needless to say Diane is thrilled to have experienced a 12-0 winning season.
Diane is the “mother” to a nine year old Boston Terrier named Baylee. Being a very devoted “mother”, Diane has outfitted Baylee with an entire and complete LSU wardrobe. Baylee has to be fashionable when we watch our Tigers!!! Diane is also an avid crafter, making crafts for family and friends and with her students.
Diane is an active alumnae member of her sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma. She enjoys Tri Sigma Get-Togethers and the lifelong bonds she has with her sorority sisters. Diane is also very active with The Louisiana Association of Educators. Diane serves as the Building Representative for her school, she sits on the East Baton Rouge Board of Directors, The Louisiana State Board of Directors, and the Louisiana State Executive Board.
In Diane’s spare time (haha) she also enjoys travelling, yard work, cooking, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Epsilon District Directors Series Part 2: Central - Susan Crooks

 I was born in Alexandria, and have lived in Louisiana all my life, except for four years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  I’m a math teacher, and have taught in Rapides, Grant, and Caldwell parishes.  Currently, I’m an assistant professor of mathematics at Louisiana College in Pineville.

My undergraduate degree was actually in art education from NLU in Monroe, with a minor in mathematics.  I also have a masters’ degree in math education and a Specialist in Educational Technology from NSU.

I joined the Alpha Pi chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma in 1997.    I was honored to be invited because I knew so many teachers I idolize were members.  It wasn’t long before I was asked to serve as chapter president.  At this time, I’m the chapter treasurer, another important and busy job!  I’ve served on Epsilon State committees, I’m a graduate of Bea Davis, and I’m now the Central District Director.  I was very flattered when Donnis asked me to serve.  Some of you may not know that I composed the music for the Bea Davis song that my class wrote.

While living in Tuscaloosa, I taught as an adjunct for the University of Alabama, and tutored for the Athletic Department.  So, of course, I became hooked on Alabama football, and still pull for them, even when they play LSU.  I’m also a big fan of Trace Adkins, and have been to see him concert several times.

I am married to Gerald Crooks, and we have one son, John.  John is married to a wonderful girl named Kayla, and they have three beautiful daughters.  Gerald is the second vice-president of the Cenla Shrine Club and will become president next year.  He’s also the acting principal at Cenla Christian Academy, a private school in Pineville.  We enjoy visiting our camp at Toledo Bend when we have the chance, but we’re both very involved with our schools, our church, and our organizations!
We are members of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Deville, and I sing alto in the choir.  It has become one of my greatest joys!
I love to watch or read murder mysteries, and I love optical illusions and puzzles.  I collect Santa Claus figures (I tell people it’s because we have the same initials, but I think the truth is that I refuse to grow up!)  I would love to have more time to travel, or do crafts or family tree research.  And I always enjoy spending time with my Delta Kappa Gamma sisters in my chapter and around the state!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Epsilon District Directors Series Part 1: NE Dr. Stacy Potter

My name is Stacy Potter and I am the NE District Director. I am a member of Theta Chapter in Ruston and currently work as a Mathematics Instructor at Louisiana Tech University. I am originally from upstate New York. This is my third time living in Louisiana and it is the best because I met my wonderful husband (after giving up men). We have two beautiful children, April (3 1/2) and Jacob (2 1/2). My Bachelors and Masters Degree is in Secondary Mathematics Education from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania and SUNY Cortland in New York. I received my Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Instructional Technology from Louisiana Tech University in 2005. As for how I got to Louisiana, here is the short version. After graduating with my Bachelors, I moved further south in Pennsylvania and found a newspaper article asking for teachers in Bastrop, LA. With 6 inches of snow in NY and 70 degrees in LA, I moved to Bastrop. After a year, I moved to Kentucky and was a customer service phone representative for Staples (the office supply store). From there, I moved to Bernice, since they had been through four math teachers in a matter of four weeks. I worked for 1 1/2 years and then financially couldn't afford to live there. My mom asked me to move back home, which I did, and obtained my Masters Degree. It was too cold there, so I moved back to Bernice, taught a year, and then obtained my current job at Louisiana Tech University. I have been there for 12 years. I feel that I am home and that God has placed me here for a reason. I believe one of those reasons is my family and the other is to help educate the students at the university to the best of my knowledge. God has blessed me in so many ways that I cannot count them all, but He is first and formost in my live. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – (NIV) Ephesians 2:8

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Epsilon District Directors: Who are they?

District Directors (DD's) or area/regional coordinators/directors (as some states refer to them) are members appointed to serve at the district level by the incoming Epsilon President. DD's hold a unique position as that of liaison and representative for Epsilon State. Coordinating the district meeting with the host chapter is just one of the responsibilities of these individuals. You may think of these members as a state senator from a political standpoint or a department head in the school/college setting. DD's also read and sign the minutes for each state convention. Are all expenses paid for these individuals? No. Do these members go above and beyond the "call of duty"? Yes! As do all of our members!

Who are these unique individuals that you may see at state convention  "flitting about like a bee, dressed like Marilyn Monroe (Six at one time)"? Now you will know. Beginning December 2, you will get an opportunity to read about the DD's and their story as Donnis' Dialogue begins a six-part series on Epsilon District Directors: Who are they?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chapter Excellence: Beta Sigma Chapter

Beta Sigma members at Central District Meeting 2011
Located in Vernon Parish and a chapter member of the Central District,  Beta Sigma Chapter is led by President Linda Hudgens. Beta Sigma serves members from Leesville, Hicks, Simpson, Pickering, Rosepine, Anacoco, Hornbeck, Slagle, Evans, Pitkin areas. Vernon Parish is also home of Fort Polk JRTC. Beta Sigma chapter participates in a variety of projects throughout the year (Books and Bunnies, school supply packs), and programs that focus on women's health and exercise (Curves workout session) in addition to technology updates and community interest areas. Beta Sigma chapter is home to former state president, Betty Westerchil and your current state president. Beta Sigma has initiated five new members this fall. Way to go Beta Sigma!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Say "Yes" to convention requests

Epsilon State Executive Committee along with convention chairs Diane Vickers and Bertha Hinojosa are working on the development of the program for the convention. You are needed! All members play an important role in the success of the convention and the development of the program (Birthday Luncheon, President's Banquet, general sessions, etc.). Members are called upon to offer the invocation and benediction, work with logistics of the conference, etc. Please say "Yes" if you receive a call requesting your assistance at state convention.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Epsilon State launches new website!

Epsilon State Webmaster Maryanne Russell has worked extremely hard to transfer files/documents, learn a new website program (Wordpress), and make the changes recommended by the "website analysis group" to bring our state an updated/user-friendly source of electronic media for the members of the Society. Epsilon members will enjoy the ease of locating information, sending requests, and more on the new site. Some of the changes that you see are those of the layout, colors, information location and member contact information. In an effort to allow member input and options, members of the Executive Committee, Executive Board, and committees have been polled about their preference for listing information (addresses/phone numbers/email addresses) on the website. You will see the results of this action by the state in the committee listing section along with form contact info.

One of my favorites is the "What's Happening" section. Photos give members a glimpse into the events from around the state. As you peruse the website, our request is that you would make notes of the items that you like and send these comments to our webmaster. The "Contact Us" link located at the bottom of the menu bar (left-side panel) will offer you the ease of sending requests/photos/etc. So, don't delay! Add the icon to your desktop, on your phone and keep updated on the state and all that's happening at

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to Epsilon State

As Thanksgiving draws near, teachers are preparing (In many parts of the state) for a week of rest and relaxation!!!! I hope. As this week comes, I would like to wish each and every one of you a time filled with the enjoyment of what you love most and with those that enrich your life. While it is sometimes hard to find a moment to break away from the hustle and bustle of the activities that fill our holiday, I encourage all of you to "find that moment" during your week. Invest a little time in "you". It will improve your health and focus. You are worth it!

I am also taking my advice during the holidays. The next blog is scheduled for Monday, November 28. So get ready for the big announcement on that date. God Bless you all during this holiday season.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Epsilon Traveling Tips for E-Files

It is not always easy to travel with a laptop, jump drives, etc. So, in an effort to have files within e-reach, I have began to utilize The ease of uploading all my essential files to a cloud storage has made traveling alot easier. The use of DropBox allows me to upload files as well as photos and have at the touch of my fingertips whether on my computer or that of the hotel, lab, or business in which I am currently residing/presenting at the time. The basic storage is 8MG with the ability to increase storage capacity based upon referrals. So, if you have the need for cloud storage, check out

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chapter Excellence: Highlighting members and chapter achievements - Sigma SW District

Forty-four members strong, Sigma chapter is located in DeRidder and has members from the surrounding areas of Beauregard Parish. Linda Edmonds leads members through this biennium as president. Members are to be commended for their efforts in the community as they continue to bring to the public eye the many works of Delta Kappa Gamma in our schools and community. Collections of books by members are now occupying the table tops of doctor and dental offices, in addition to the new teacher supply basket awarded to a South Beauregard Elementary recipient. Members were led in a session November 15 which focused on Irlen Syndrome.The Irlen Method is non-invasive technology that uses colored overlays and filters to improve the brain's ability to process visual information. It is the only method scientifically proven to successfully correct the processing problems associated with Irlen Syndrome (Taken from www://irlin/com November 16, 2011). Thank you Sigma Chapter for making me feel welcome. Donnis

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

DKG International Nominations 2012

DKG International has announced nominees for 2012. Dr. Beverly Helms has been nominated for International President. Dr. Helms was the international guest at Epsilon's 2011 convention in New Orleans. Dr. Helms of Florida is a familiar face among the members of DKG and will serve our Society well. In addition to the president nominees, International First Vice President – Dr. Barbara Baethe (Texas), and International Second Vice President - Dr. Lynda B. Schmid (Pennsylvania) are on the ballot. Epsilon State endorsement of Hanna Fowler (Georgia) contributed to the vote for Hanna as a nominee for the Southeast Regional Director. Another SER member Elaine Warwick (Tennessee) is a nominee for the Nominations Committee for the coming biennium.

These ladies are well known throughout our state from their various visits, cohort members of various events (Example: Golden Gift), and friendships developed over the course of their membership. It is without a doubt that all of the nominees will take our Society to the "next level". Congratulations to these ladies and a special "Thank you" to accepting the nomination to serve our Society which so richly enhances efforts of and supports women in education.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Blueprint for Chapter Leadership Legacy: Part III

Living Room

Social interactions, exchange of ideas
Invite members to participate in chapter programs, write articles for chapter or state newsletters, and encourage them to serve in state committees.
Ask current members to share their leadership empowerment stories from time to time.
Introduce members to state leaders
Encourage state officers to give chapter members jobs at state meetings
Assign members to shadow chapter or state officers so that they understand the responsibilities of the positions.

The Bathroom

To give us a clean and efficient practice
Flush away any practices that hinder progress

The Guest Room

Explain the "big picture" in orientation before asking commitment to membership
Encourage members to bring guests to meetings especially to hear speakers on current issues in education or to participate in fund-raising events

Taken from 2011 Leadership Development Manual

Friday, November 11, 2011

Epsilon State Salutes our Veterans

Paul and I have been privileged to teach Sunday School classes for young married couples over the past six years at East Leesville Baptist Church located in Vernon Parish and also the home of Fort Polk. The bulk of the class membership consisted of military couples ranging in married life from three weeks to ....... Getting to know these couples opened our eyes to the countless sacrifices that our soldiers and their familiar make as they serve our country. So many of our members brought perspectives to the class from a variety of geographic locations and cultural backgrounds which enhanced the study and conversation. We were oftened saddened at the deployment of class members, but elated at their safe return. Our class was also touched by the death of a member killed in Iraq. His wife's faith in God was an inspiration to all.

When I pause to remember our nations military, those serving or retired I am eternally grateful to the sacrifice that these individuals make without hestitation to protect our nation. Please make a point to "Thank a Veteran" for their service to our country.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Blueprint for Chapter Leadership Legacy: Part II

The Atrium
Environment to stimulate growth. be generour in your praise and recognition.
Maintain contact between meetings by inviting members to coffee, lunch, sending notes, etc.
Develop a culture of involvement.

Large Open Door
Welcomes new and old members alike
Include members from every educational arena and educational job description
Invite those at the beginning of their careers as well as those who have retired and everyone in between

Kitchen and Dining Room
Cook and enjoy!
Assign new members an immediate task or job.
Mentor new members and introduce them to other members with whom they have common interests.
Encourage new members to volunteer on an active committee and given them meaningful jobs.
Develop projects that everyone can be involved in.

Taken from 2011 Leadership Development Manual

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Blueprint for Chapter Leadership Legacy: Part I

DKG International has created a blueprint for our society leadership which departmentalizes chapter responsibilities into easy and understandable concepts. During a three-part series, you will receive information which will assist you in chapter evaluation. When information is given to us in large portions, it may be overwhelming to assimilate into easy and understandable terms for your chapter. Through the use of the blueprint, chapters can evaluate offerings/processes/growth potential.

The Storage Room

Record chapter history and periodically review DKG history at all three levels of Society.

The Study

Plan, monitor progress and communicate with members through newsletters, phone, email, website, etc.
Publicize Society through activities receiving mediate coverage and school/community recognition.
Create strategies for attracting, retaining and nurturing chapter members and leaders.
Review Society's mission, purposes and history.

The Bedroom

Ensure self-care and demonstrate self-care to members
A place to retreat, relax, refresh yourself and ensure that you balance your commitments to your family and friends, your work and your Society.

Taken from DKG 2011 Leadership Development Conference Manual.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Treasurers: File required documents with the IRS

As a non-profit agency, DKG is required to abide by the laws/rules/guidelines of the IRS.  Information below was taken from the DKG website. Linda Ruth Jackson will also assist Treasurer's in completing the process. Please do not delay in checking the status of your chapter on the IRS website.  Failure to file the required documents on a yearly basis will result in chapter dissolvement.

**Please do not file unless your fiscal year reads July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. If you do not have these dates, please email Cheryl Schnosenberg with your name, address, chapter or council and EIN. We will notify the IRS and send you a copy of the letter for your files.

All chapter treasurers and coordinating/district councils with separate bank accounts that collect less than $25,000 a year are required to file the 990n postcard between July 1, 2011 and November 15, 2011. For quick access please follows the steps below:
1. Log onto
2. Create your Form 990-N (epostcard)
3. Submit

Once you have successfully filed after July 1, 2011, please send a copy of the email that you receive from the IRS to your state treasurer.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Epsilon Fall Tour 2011: South District Meeting

Epsilon State Officers enjoyed a wonderful time with members of the South District this weekend as we traveled to Destrahan Plantation. Approximately 80 members tapped their feet in the Mule Barn. The morning consisted of informative and interesting committee reports and officer presentations.  Following the morning session and lunch, members toured the plantation.

Judy Rongey was recognized as the Rose-in-bloom. Valerie Millet received the Rosebud award. Way to go ladies! Special thanks to Sheri Richardson S District Director and Upsilon Chapter for your dedication and enthusiasm as members of DKG.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Chapter Excellence: Highlighting members and chapter achievements - Beta Chi NE District

Tia Neal (left) participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
 Beta Chi Chapter of the NE District has excelled in many areas of education, as well as in their community. With approximately 30 members Beta Chi is a chapter whose geographic area covers Ferriday, Vidalia, Harrisonburg, Sicily Island and Jonesville. Linda Edwards, President truly delights in the work of the members as they dedicate their time and talents to DKG and their community. Special thanks to Tia Neal for supplying photos and a recent article (below) about Beta Chi projects and members of whose dedication and determination which makes membership in DKG so special. 
Becky Richard assists in preparation of bags for distribution to women in the community for "Breast Cancer Awareness" Month.

Delta Kappa Gamma Holds October Meeting
Article by: Mrs. Tia Neal
Photos by: Mrs. Katie T. Adams and Mrs. Tia Neal
            The Beta Chi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International held its October meeting on the 10th at 5:00 p.m. at Utility Baptist Church.  Delta Kappa Gamma (ΔΚΓ) Society was founded in 1929 as a medium through which women leaders in education might gain recognition.  ΔΚΓ works to unite women educators of the world in a genuine spiritual fellowship and honors those who have given or who evidence a potential for distinctive service in any field of education.
            This meeting was called to order by President Linda Edwards.  Mrs. Kim Tiser led the devotional entitled “The Gratitude Adjustment”, which reminded us to always be thankful for what we have, even in the most difficult of situations.  Mrs. Tamba Eichmann then read the minutes of the last meeting and they were accepted as read.  Mrs. Tia Neal discussed the financial report. President Edwards addressed the concerns of old and new business which included the upcoming Epsilon State Northeast District Conference on the 29th of October and the soon to come Beta Chi website.
            The program emphasis of the evening was the use of technology in the classroom presented by Dr. Melissa Cater.  She focused on the use of “clickers” in the classroom as a way of quickly collecting data from students and utilizing it in the most efficient way.  Dr. Cater also discussed the use of mobile technology, which is becoming popular globally as a way of learning, and how teachers can employ it most effectively to the benefit of their students.
            October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and members of Delta Kappa Gamma are active in raising awareness.  Mrs. Becky Richard passed out pink ribbon bags containing pink cups and packets of pink lemonade.  She distributed the bags to the members asking them to give them to survivors with the following message: “When life gives you lemons, make ‘pink’ lemonade.”  Also, member Mrs. Tia Neal participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Alexandria on Saturday, October 15th.   She raced in honor of family members, friends, and survivors of the Beta Chi Chapter.  Accompanying Mrs. Neal that day was Mrs. Tonya Womack, who is the lead Mammographer and QC Coordinator at Riverland Medical Center in Ferriday, Louisiana.
            Hostesses for the evening were Mrs. Mary Jo Williams, Mrs. Marilyn  Miller, Mrs. Misti Michot, Mrs. Mickie Brown, Mrs. Glenda Bird, and Mrs.  Jimmye Campbell.  Ladies, the refreshments were delicious and we thank you for your hard work!  Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Cater for winning the door prize.   Also, ΔΚΓ would like to say, “Thank You” to Utility Baptist Church for the use of its facility.  The meeting was then adjourned by President Linda Edwards.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chapter Excellence: Highlighting members and chapter achievements

While traveling around the state, I am constantly amazed about the extensive involvement of members in the chapter, schools and community. As a fellow member, I am encouraged and motivated by the dedication and enthusiasm of these ladies.  You as a state should also share in knowing about the extraordinary women whom we call "Sisters in Delta Kappa Gamma".  Beginning in November, you will have a chance to read some of the great stories about chapters and the members of these chapters in "Chapter Excellence: Highlighting members and chapter achievements".

Chapters and members will be highlighted throughout this biennium. No particular order will be followed. Please feel free to send photos, articles, or just "tidbits" about your chapter and the members which make it so unique and special.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

DKG Members Share their Talents for Epsilon

Special thanks to Sheryl Sweeney (Alpha Sigma) and Sherry Bohannon (Beta Omicron) for giving of their time and talents to sew the red ribbons for the DKG Epsilon badges. The sale of the ribbons supports the Florence Amy Fund. These items can be purchased at district and state meetings for a cost of $10.  Thank you Sherry and Sheryl for "stepping up" and working on this project.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Epsilon Fall Tour 2011: Northeast District Meeting

Epsilon State Officers enjoyed a wonderful time with members of the Northeast District this weekend as we traveled to Ruston. Approximately 70 registered for the meeting which consisted of informative and interesting committee reports and officer presentations.  Jenna Carpenter presented a session with hints and tips on balancing life and the many issues women face in our daily lives.
Diane Simms was recognized as the Rose-in-bloom. Beth Rinehart received the Rosebud award. Way to go ladies! Alpha Nu Chapter received the "Highest Attendance Award".
Special thanks to Stacy Potter NE District Director and Theta Chapter for your dedication and enthusiasm as members of DKG. Epsilon State Officers are looking forward to continuing the journey of REACHing all members of our state as we prepare for the S District Meeting November 5.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Three categories for membership termination

Three categories define membership termination: (1) Non-payment of dues and fees, (2) resignation, (3) death. Under no other circumstances should a member be terminated. This point was discussed by SER presidents this summer in Louisville concerning attempts by chapters throughout the society who have attempted to terminate membership of a member for reasons other than those listed above.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Rose in Bloom: Maxie Garrett

Linda Knox has seen firsthand the extraordinary life of Maxie Garette and has authored a book highlighting the many adventures of Maxie. As a Delta Kappa Gamma member and former state president, Linda has captured many of the stories, pictures, and adventures of Maxie in her book a Rose in Bloom: Biography of Maxie Billingsly Garrett. Please join me as I read Maxie’s story and also help to support the Florence Amy Fund.  

A Rose in Bloom:
Biography of Maxie Billingsly Garrett
Linda Knox

 If you would like to order a book contact Linda Knox at 2190 Highway 2 Alt. Haynesville, LA 71038. Other information is   and  318.624.1606. Regular cost: $24.95. 
Special price for Delta Kappa Gamma Sisters is $21.95 (includes tax) with $1.00 of that going to benefit Epsilon State’s Florence Amy Emergency Fund.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

DKG Ribbon Color

Many members will ask "Why is your ribbon black? I thought that the ribbon was suppose to be red!" My response is that the ribbon can be any color. Traditionally, the majority of ribbons are red. Either to symbolize the red roses or the traditional red seen in the shield/graphics of the society. However, DKG does not require a specific color for the ribbon. Ribbons purchased from Epsilon State supporting the Florence Amy Fund are red. Black is another color that I wear and have seen worn by many members of Epsilon and other states along with white. So, in selecting your color of ribbon, know that you have a choice.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Epsilon Fall Tour 2011: Northwest District Meeting

Epsilon State Officers traveled to Mansfield for the Northwest  District this weekend at the First United Methodist Church. Approximately 70 registered for the meeting which consisted of informative and interesting committee reports and officer presentations. Officers agree that the committee presentations have elevated to a higher level with graphics/props/increased enthusiasm about their particular areas. Great job committee members! Presentations consisted of sessions on Google, Mansfield Female College, and the BackAlley Theater.

Deborah Mullinix was recognized as the Rose-in-bloom. Special thanks to Kennie Barkley, Northwest District Director and Mu Chapter for your dedication and enthusiasm as members of DKG. Epsilon State Officers are looking forward to continuing the journey of REACHing all members of our state as we prepare for the NE District Meeting October 29.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Hats and gloves "ON" at Epsilon State Convention

A special component of Epsilon State Convention 2012 is the inclusion of hats and gloves at the Birthday Luncheon on Saturday. Epsilon members attending SER in Louisville this summer shared in the enthusiasm and discovery of the many styles of hats worn. Our state has embraced this concept and I ask that members begin preparing for this special time at the convention. Use your imagination, large, small, short or tall we will definitely see them all! Flowers, netting, feathers and bows will all be welcomed.

Gloves are also a welcome addition. So, pull out those hats and gloves or if you are like me - start checking out websites or borrow from someone else. Somethings the most cherished items are those shared among friends or in this case - Sisters.  Look forward to seeing you (and your hats) at state convention.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

MAPP Series 18: CAN with emphasis on "N"

Networking  - Networking is the sharing of information/resources/energies for the benefit of oneself and others
  • Attend chapter meetings
  • Share D&D Weekly emails with your school personnel
  • Share "Red Rose Alerts" with your school personnel
    • All educators are interested in legislation that affects education in Louisiana
  • Present workshops at the chapter, district, state, regional and international levels - Share resources with fellow educators
  • Coordinate a meeting with another chapter in the district. Share resources/talents/locations. Many chapters in rural areas may not have the selection of various sites (Restaurants/Libraries/etc.) in which to meet. EXTEND the hand of sisterhood to other chapters and INCREASE the joy of being a member in DKG.
  • Have a meeting and assign members different items of discussion (Red Rose Alerts, D&D Weekly, Donnis' Dialogue, The Deltion, DKG International, etc.)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

MAPP Series 17: CAN with emphasis on "A"

Action strategies/activities

1.     Programs and Projects with Purpose: The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International – Program of Work Reunion  (found on
2.     50 Uses for a Live Chapter Meeting
3.     Seventy-five Project Pearls
4.   Self-Appraisal Checklist

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

MAPP Series 16: CAN with emphasis on "C"

Program Committee

·         Develop chapter Program of Work that focuses upon Society Purposes, Mission
·         Plan Program of Work to include projects, activities, and programs related to personal growth, service to others, professional affairs, legislation, research, music.
·         Plan year’s program using adopted international theme found in program manual.
·         Adjust focus to meet local needs, interest.
·         Use various programming techniques to present ideas to stimulate thinking that may develop into action.
·         Encourage maximum member participation by having as many different members as possible take part in programs.
·         Plan for observance of Founders Day, chapter birthday.
·         Prepare, distribute chapter yearbook to members.
·         Provide for use of programming.
·         Provide for use of music as integral part of programming.
·         Use music to enhance appreciation of Society’s goals and to give dignity, beauty to programs.

Personal Growth and Services

 ·         Recognize members’ needs, recommend programs, projects to aid individual growth.
·         Develop leadership among members.
·         Encourage participation in study groups concerned with economic, social, political, educational issues.
·         Encourage members to reach beyond themselves, their communities to help create genuine spiritual fellowship among women educators of the world.
·         Provide opportunities for developing better human relationships within community.
·         Encourage members to reach beyond themselves in service to communities.
Professional Affairs 

·         Develop interest, participation in activities designed to improve professional status of women educators.
·         Further a program of selective recruitment of teachers and cooperate with other groups in recruitment and retention of qualified educators.
·         Encourage chapter interest in the improvement of the professional status of women.


·         Encourage research of interest to those responsible for Program of Work as they design chapter programs, create chapter projects.
·         Suggest coordination with other chapters in cooperative research projects related to Society Purposes.
·         Invite persons doing relevant research to discuss findings are chapter meetings.
·         Assess needs within communities represented by members; suggest systematic studies of local problems.
·         Publicize pertinent research in area of program theme, current educational trends and issues.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Epsilon Fall Tour 2011: Southeast District Meeting

Epsilon State Officers enjoyed a wonderful time with members of the Southeast District this weekend as we traveled toWalker Baptist Church. Approximately 75 registered for the meeting which consisted of informative and interesting committee reports and officer presentations. Dr. Mary Manhein of the LSU FACES Lab led members through a presentation which focused thw many fascinating aspects of her job in identifying remains. Dr. Manhein is also an author with fiction and non-fiction works.

Representative Pope was honored to receive the Friends in Education Award of Delta Kappa Gamma. District Director Diane Vickers was recognized as the Rose-in-bloom. Way to go ladies! Beta Tau Chapter received the "Highest Attendance Award". Golden Rose Awards were presented to members age 55 continuing to teach. Rho Chapter received the highest amount of Golden Rose awards. Great job Rho!

Special thanks to Diane- Southeast District Director and Beta Gamma Chapter for your dedication and enthusiasm as members of DKG. Epsilon State Officers are looking forward to continuing the journey of REACHing all members of our state as we prepare for the NW District Meeting October 22.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Designing Women of the Southeast Region

Each biennium incoming state presidents of the Southeast Region attend a pre-conference training session which focuses on responsibilities for the office. During this time of training, state presidents develop a bond that extends throughout life as sisters of a unique group. Late night meetings, lengthy discussions about our state organization, family, professional area, etc. are just some of the moments shared during this time in addition to the intense training sessions. One of the "iconic" discussions is what will we call ourselves! This year's group agreed unanimously on the name of "Designing Women". The eleven women who make up this group are:

  • Alabama - Bonnie Shanks
  • Arkansas - Cathy Long
  • Florida - Carrie Frye
  • Georgia - Peggy McCall
  • Kentucky - Jane Thompason
  • Louisiana - Donnis Poe
  • Mississippi - Karen Fayard
  • North Carolina - Linda Little
  • South Carolina - Martha Horton
  • Tennessee - Kathleen Harned
  • Virginia - Julia Van de Water

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Epsilon Member is Lucile B. Cornetet recipient

Congratulations to Debra Fontenot, Beta Zeta Chapter, Southwest District as a recipient of a Lucile B. Cornetet award. Debra received $850 for attendance to the LACUE Conference. Way to go Debra! Keep up the great work.

The Lucile Cornetet Award for Professional Development is an individuals award  granted to educators to participate in professional seminars, workshops, lecture series, national ceritification, on-line courses, and other non-degree program opportunities that relate specifically to an applicant's professional aspirations and/or current educational assignment. (Form EF2,, October 9, 2011).

Monday, October 10, 2011

DKG - What do you say when sharing information about the Society?

What are some key terms to use when talking about the Society? Some of the points to hit during your conversation are:
  • What do you like about DKG? Fellowship/Networking/Business.
  • Mission Statement: The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
  • Vision Statement: Leading women educators impacting education worldwide.
  • Honor society of approximately 95,000 members in 17 countries
  • Provides personal and professional gwoth opportunities for members
  • Opportunities for: publications, community participation through chapter activities/events
  • History: Founded in 1929 in Austin, Texas
These are just a few of the items you might mention. But most of all you should express and relay your "feelings" that motivate and inspire you as a member of DKG.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Epsilon Fall Tour 2011: Southwest District Meeting

Epsilon State Officers enjoyed a wonderful time with members of the Southwest District this weekend as we traveled to Oberlin Elementary School. Approximately 70  registered for the meeting which consisted of informative and interesting committee reports and officer presentations.  Workshop topics of photography, simple desserts, flower arranging and more were well attended by members. Members were honored to have been led in the National Anthem by Shelby Strother, FCCLA State President.

Frances Bylar was recognized as the Rose-in-bloom. Xi Chapter received the "Highest Attendance Award". Golden Rose Awards were presented to members age 55 continuing to teach. Xi and Sigma Chapters received the highest amount of Golden Rose awards. Great job Ladies!

Special thanks to June Inhern Southwest District Director and Beta Zeta Chapter for your dedication and enthusiasm as members of DKG. Epsilon State Officers are looking forward to continuing the journey of REACHing all members of our state as we prepare for the SE District Meeting October 15.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Chapter Yearbooks are historical documents

Chapter yearbooks are a basic component of your chapter's history. The contents included (Member names, addresses, committees, hostesses, meetings, locations, topics, etc.) give an overview of the activities conducted by the chapter for a specific period of time. The style, size and creativity of design is unique to each chapter. The sizes may range from 8 1/2" x 11" to 4" x 6". Covers vary from those tied with ribbons to ones in which are spiral bound.  Essential components of chapter yearbooks are:
  • Chapter/state/International officers
  • Committee chairmen with members
  • District directors
  • Dates of interest: Chapter/District/State/International meetings/locations
  • Active and reserved: Chapter members with contact information
  • Delta Kappa Gamma song
  • Seven purposes of the Society
Chapter yearbooks (6) should be sent to Martha Turner, First Vice President no later than November 10 or bring to the district meeting. So, don't forget to update chapter yearbooks and submit to state.

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    MAPP Series 15: LOTS with emphasis on "S"

    “S” represents scholarships of which there are definitely LOTS available for which members can apply.  Many chapters award scholarships or grants-in-aid to members or graduates earning a degree in education.  On the state level, there are eleven annual scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500.  Scholarship application guidelines vary, but can be found on the Epsilon State website.

    On the international level, the Society offers 29 annual scholarships of $6,000 each.  The Society also awards two biennial international scholarships given in alternating years.  To qualify for a scholarship at the international level, the applicant must have been an active member for a minimum of three years, have a master’s degree, be enrolled in a graduate program, and provide evidence of excellence in scholarship and service to the community.  Application packets are available for download at

    A commitment to education is in fact what Delta Kappa Gamma is all about.  Society membership empowers us through knowledge and professional development to reach our full potential.  However, empowerment alone is not enough.  It is up to us to take advantage of the many opportunities and connections afforded by the Society in order to be actively engaged and participate to the fullest.