Friday, December 21, 2012

Epsilon Membership Snapsot


Registration Complete

What a great feeling. My registration for state convention has been mailed. I am on my way to Ruston to visit with my sisters of DKG. Have you sent in your registration? Registration form can be found on our state website.

Monday, December 17, 2012

2014 International Convention - CHANGE

Prepare for Change
The 2014 International Convention in Indianapolis will be different. The Constitution and International Standing Rules are subject to amendments by the members in attendance, but there are other changes that you need to know prior to making your travel arrangements. The beginning and ending day, the length of time you are there and the days on which certain activities will occur will be different.

The dates of the convention are July 28-August 1, 2014. That’s five days. The decision was made several biennia ago to schedule the 2014 convention differently than in the past. This decision was made partially due to the scheduling with the hotel, but primarily in order to save our members $40 a night for accommodations. So, there will be changes. And, change can often be painful. Help us by sharing these changes with your members. For example, the International Executive Board meeting will begin on Monday, July 28, with Opening Night that same evening. Traditionally, Tuesday or Wednesday has been opening night. Not so, for Indianapolis. The Executive Board Lunch will be on Friday with the closing banquet that evening, August 1. Members can leave on Saturday, August 2, rather than the traditional departure on Sunday.

More will be shared later. But begin now to alert your members to the changes such as the length, and opening and closing days for the 2014 International Convention.

(President to President Newsletter. December 2012 Issue)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Why not WRITE for the Bulletin!

Have you considered submitting an article to the Bulletin? I have and it is a joy to see your published work. The hours of developing and working on an article coupled with the committee's edits and recommendations are challenging - but rewarding. Check out the upcoming topics, guidelines and requirement for submission at So, sit down and write. You will be surprised at the results.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Chi Chapter attends "Tea Party"

Last evening Peggy King and her husband Ronnie traveled to Morgan City and helped Chi Chapter celebrate Christmas.  Our meeting turned out to be quite grand (and wildly successful).  Chi packed the meeting location with over 75% of the membership in attendance.   There were a couple of impromptu segments and much laughter along the way.  With her characteristic ingenuity, Peggy was not satisfied to only offer brief remarks to the audience.  She presented a complete Christmas “tea party” – a full program where she coaxed the audience into willing participation.  I had to let you know of Peggy’s outstanding performance and kindness at our meeting.  This December meeting will be one remembered for getting everyone’s holidays off to a bright start.  Thank you, Donnis, for approving Peggy’s travel to this chapter meeting.  Peggy was just the “umph” we needed to add to Chi’s “try” in the coming New Year.  Members left the meeting with Peggy’s affirmations ringing in their ears.  See when an Epsilon State representative tells you about the ways your chapter is realizing Dr. Annie’s dream, you know you are doing the right thing.  If Chi did not have the Society vision in sight before last night’s meeting, we certainly do now.  Alecia Rabalais, President

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

2013 Epsilon State Convention Society Representative - Dr. Hanna Fowler

Epsilon is proud to have Dr. Hanna Fowler serve as the 2013 Convention Society Representative. Dr. Fowler is an extraordinary individual as evidenced in her accomplishments in the Society, her community and life events.

Chapter-Initiated into Alpha Theta Chapter in 1985; served as chapter president of two chapters; currently chapter president of Gamma Omega Chapter; charter member of two chapters, Gamma Tau and Gamma Omega; served in other chapter offices and chaired many chapter committees.

State- Psi State Organization Executive Secretary (2007-2012); past Psi State President (2005-2007); served as First Vice President (2003-2005); District IV Director (1993-1995); recipient of 2009 Psi State Achievement Award; chaired and served on several state committees; participated in Leadership Seminars I (1990) and II (1992); presented at several Leadership Seminar I and II; attended all state conventions since 1987 with the exception of one.

 International and SE Region-Southeast Regional Director (2012-2014); International Membership chair (2010-2012); member of the International Membership committee (2008-2010); member of the World Fellowships committee (2007-2008); led the pre-conference training for 2009-2011 SE State Organization Membership Chairs; served as a member of the SE Region Task Force to Study the International Committee Structure (2007-2010); chaired the Rules Committee at the 2008 International Convention; served as a member of the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) Atlanta Steering committee (2008-2011); conducted workshops at International Conventions and SE Regional Conferences since 2005. Attended International Conventions and SER Conferences since 1992 and 2 European Regional Conferences.

EDUCATION: Doctorate in Education Leadership; Specialist and Master of Education in Administration and Supervision; Specialist and Master of Education in Early Childhood; Bachelor of Science (Art Education).

EMPLOYMENT: GA Department of Education, Division of  Needs Improvement (2004-2011); School Improvement Consultant (2008); Retired from McDuffie County Schools (2004); served as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, Title I resource teacher, assistant principal, and principal (1974-2004).

FAMILY: Married for 34 years to “My Knight in Shining Armor”, Sammy Fowler; 3 fabulous children; 4 wonderful grandchildren; 4 grand dogs; and my crazy; black cat named Res-Q.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Under my leadership as principal: the school received the GA School of Excellence in 2000, the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2001, received the International Reading Association Exemplary Reading Award 2003, 9 teachers recognized as National Board Certified.

OTHER: Member of Thomson First Baptist Church; member of Thomson-McDuffie County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy; and member of the John Franklin Wren Chapter NSDAR. Likes to shop, fluff the house, and play with Res-Q (my black cat). Loves God, family, country, and DKG! 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Scholarship inspires memory project

The quilt was inspired by our Summer pilgrimage to Florence, Assisi, and Rome. We call it Cathedral Window and included in it some of the religious emblems we saw at the various holy sites we visited as well as the panels naming the fruits of the Spirit. We designed it together, then she did the sewing while I did the crochet work.  Scholarship recipients Terri Meaney and Kathleen DeRouche

South District Meeting Harvey

Approximately 72 members registered for the South District Meeting today at the Four Columns in Harvey. Members enjoyed the day of informative presentations and connecting with members from other chapters.

Authors Constance Adler (My Bayou) and Stacey Schouest (The Very 1st Christmas Tree) were present at the meeting to sign copies of their works. Special thanks to Alpha Delta Chapter and their president Ruth Autin for a great job. Many thanks to Sheri Richardson for a wonderful job as South District Director.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Epsilon Convention Cover Design 2013

Epsilon members are encouraged to submit their designs for consideration of this year's convention booklet cover. This booklet contains committee reports, program agendas and much more. The deadline for submission is January 10. This gives all members ample time to utilize their creative "juices" for a design that is unique and appealing.  The booklet measures 8 1/2" x 11". Please remember that the following items show be included in the submission.
  2. REACHing Goals:  Healthy Chapters Empowering Women
  3. International Theme: Sharing our Vision, Strengthening our Society
  4. Epsilon State Convention
  5. 79th Year
  6. March 15-17, 2013
  7. Lincoln Parish Library Events Center
  8. Ruston, Louisiana

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Happy Birthday to Joanna Pruit

Joanna Pruit celebrated her 88th birthday today. Joanna has played the piano at her church (FBC Crowley) for 64 years. She is also a member of Epsilon's Order of the Magnolias. What a terrific lady!

Southeast District Meeting Bogalusa

Approximately 87 members registered for the district meeting today. The meeting was a combination of visiting the historical Bogalusa City Hall, touring the Indian Museum at Cassidy Park. The conclusion of this fabulous event was held at Elizabeth Sullivan Methodist Church with the general session and lunch. Special thanks to Beta Rho chapter, President Cindy Melancon, District Director Diane Vickers. Great job everyone.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Alpha Alpha meets the challenge

Alpha Alpha Chapter NE district has confirmed that 100% of their members have completed the online document for Deltion Delivery preference. Great job Alpha Alpha Chapter President Dianne Simms and members for your efforts in this challenge.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Deltion Editor launches E-Challenge

In an effort to offer more information, Wanda Lemoine Deltion Editor has launched a challenge to all chapter presidents to confirm electronic or hard copy receipt of the Deltion. This challenge is currently underway and all presidents are asked to review the names of their members being sent in correspondence this week. President's are asked to poll the members not listed for their preference and complete the online form concerning the member preference.

Northeast District Meeting Winnsboro

Approximately 54 members of the NW converged on Winnsboro for the meeting today. The members were treated to a workshop presented by Mary Ann Hatfield, Past President of Epsilon State. Special thanks to Orene
Sharp of Omega Chapter and Stacy Potter for the time and talents in coordinating this special event for DKG.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

2012-2014 Ad Hoc DKG Election Process Committee

DKG Society International is currently in the process of researching electronic voting for our members. Thank you ladies for agreeing to serve in this capacity. Your time, efforts and talents are greatly appreciated.
  • Dr. Carolyn Rants, Past International President, (NW ) Chair
  • Alice Carrier, Chair of the 2010-2012 Ad Hoc Committee to Study Electronic Elections, (NE)
  • Aurora Vignau De Zambrano (SW & Latin America)
  • Carolyn Pittman, International First Vice President, (SE)
  • Dr. Sigrun Klara Hannesdottir, member, Editorial Board, (Europe)
  • Dr. Helen Popovich, Chair, 2012-2014 Constitution Committee, Ex Officio
  • Dr. Beverly Helms, International President, Ex Officio
  • Jean Gray, International Parliamentarian, Ex Officio, without vote
  • Nita Scott, Headquarters Liaison, Ex Officio, without vote

Monday, October 15, 2012

May Allen Scholarship Information

Tulane University School of Continuing Studies is pleased to announce the re-institution of the May Allen Fund’s scholarship awards, which will recommence in spring 2013. 

The May Allen scholarships memorialize Dr. May Allen, a DKG member who passed away in 1965.  Dr. Allen, a native of Yarmouth, Maine, was one of the first women to receive a doctoral degree from Yale University (in 1908).   She was a professor of classical languages at Newcomb College.

The May Allen Scholarships will provide tuition & fees for DKG Epsilon State members to enroll in up to 13 hours of coursework and/or travel-study programs through Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies.  Applications will be considered twice a year for proposed study during the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.  Applications will be accepted in early March for the following Summer and Fall semester courses and in early November for the next Spring semester’s courses.

In order to qualify for the scholarships, applicants must:
  • Have been members in good standing of Delta Kappa Gamma for at least 3 years;
  • Be employed as a teacher, school librarian, counselor, or school administrator for at least 5 years;
  • Demonstrate merit;
  • Complete and submit a two-part application form, available on the School of Continuing Studies’ website;
  • Have identified the intended coursework and/or travel-study offered through the School of Continuing Studies at the time of application.
The School of Continuing Studies (SCS) is the part-time, open-admissions division of Tulane University; students are limited to 13 credit hours per semester.  To review the University’s Schedule of Classes, please visit .  For a sample listing of scholarly travel-study programs offered by Tulane, visit:  A very limited number of online courses are offered; in addition, SCS offers classes at satellite campuses in Harahan, LA; Biloxi, MS; and Madison, MS.  Class locations/formats are noted on the Schedule of Classes.  Course offerings and travel programs vary each semester; each applicant should ascertain that the desired courses or travel-study are being offered prior to applying for the scholarship funds.

Please note that scholarship forms are not yet posted; an announcement of their availability will be posted in early Spring 2013.


Celeste Uzee,
Director of Communications & Special Projects
Tulane University School of Continuing Studies
125 Gibson Hall, 6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Southwest District Meeting Tops 100

Alpha Chapter and SW District Director June Inhern coordinated efforts for wonderful district meeting in Scott today October 13. Over 100 registered for the meeting. Members enjoyed Zumba, scrap booking, healthy lifestyle workshops. Thank you Alpha Chapter for hosting a great event.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Willie Nelson and the Epsilon State Exec Committee Share a Common Bond!

On the road again!!! Epsilon State Officers are definitely understanding the meaning of Willie Nelson's song On the road again as we travel the state for district meetings. The Executive Committee have truly received a warm and welcome reception from members of the Central and Northwest Districts thus far. Thank you ladies for a wonderful job planning, scheduling and coordinating the venue for your district meeting.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Northwest District Meeting 2012

Approximately 51 members of the NW District attended the meeting held Saturday, October 6 in Minden at First United Methodist Church. Members were treated to a variety of workshops, great food, society information, and a lot of hugs, laughter and good times. Thank you Nu Chapter, Kennie Barkley, and the members of NW District for making this meeting a memorable event.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Epsilon goes to Habacus

Thank you Donna Payne, Nu Chapter President and District Director Kennie Barkley for selecting a great restaurant for the officers and chapter members.

DKG Recognizes "Thank A Teach Day"

Dr. Beverly Helms, DKG International President asks all DKG members to recognize October 5 as "Thank A Teacher" Day. If you can read this - Thank a teacher.

Highlighting Chapter Excellence: Beta Zeta hosts state president

Beta Zeta Chapter President Corinne Granger and Epsilon President Donnis Poe
Twenty-seven members strong, Beta Zeta Chapter is located in the southwest district of our state. Members represent Oberlin, Oakdale, Kinder and many other surrounding areas. Corinne Granger leads the chapter as they meet and have programs such as line dancing, scrapbooking and many more exciting events. Thank you Beta Zeta for allowing me to come and speak with you on October 2. Donnis

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Do you know these members?

Hiding from the camera! Two members of Central District did not want to be seen. Who are they?

Central District Meeting 2012

Approximately 63 members registered for the Central District Meeting held September 29 in Pineville. Louisiana College Performing Arts Center enhanced the setting for the meeting hosted by Beta Xi Chapter and coordinated by District Director Susan Crooks. The attendees were entertained by Buckeye Junior High Choir and the Alexandria Middle Magnet School Strings. Flag presentation by Pineville High School ROTC. Awesome!!! Special thanks to all who worked so hard to make this day a very special time for DKG members. Below are some pictures of the members and events.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dr. Stacy Potter's Golden Gift Experience

Golden Gift Leadership Management Seminar
By: Stacy Potter
WOW!!!! This is one of the many words that come to mind when thinking about my experience at the Leadership Management Seminar in Austin, TX this summer! I was selected as one of 31 ladies to attend LMS. From the first night, our group bonded like no other LMS group (as we were told). Friendships were formed across the globe (the furthest was Norway). Some ladies were retired, others close to retirement, and still others were still in the teaching field who were also State Officers, Area (District) Directors, and/or chapter members.
At LMS, we attended a variety of workshops. This intense educational training was taught by world-renown experts in the field of leadership and management and included course work in interpersonal communication, leading across generations, conflict resolution, effective decision-making, advocacy, negotiation skills, grant writing and fundraising, thinking on your feet, and wellness. We also were honored by seeing International Headquarters, San Antonio, and the gravesites of our founders: Annie Webb Blanton and Lala M Odom.
LMS was an outstanding seminar and has given me ideas that make me think twice, not only in my teaching career, but also within my household. A BIG thank you goes out to my God, DKG sisters, my boss, Susan Griffin, and especially my family for encouraging and supporting me throughout this process. No matter where you are in your job or retirement or in DKG, you will bring away a lot of information and knowledge when attending. It is truly a blessing to go to the Leadership Management Seminar in Austin.

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.”