Thursday, August 30, 2012

Chapter Presidents: Upcoming Deadlines

Chapter Presidents - Begin polling your chapter members for nominations for the Rose in Bloom, Rosebud and Golden Rose. These awards are presented at the district meeting and you surely want your chapter to have someone nominated for this recognition.

District Meeting Registration Forms

District meetings are quickly approaching. Keeping checking the Epsilon website for uploads of registration forms for your district meeting. Complete the form and mail. Plan to attend this special time in your district and represent your chapter.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chapter Presidents: Meetings of Purpose

It is sometimes difficult to keep chapter meetings on task. Many of us are thrilled to be able to connect with our sisters for this once a month special time, and we want to catch up on all of the latest news. But it is very important to use our time wisely to conduct the business of our Society. Some pointers on keeping the meeting on schedule:
  • Distribute a printed agenda
  • Allow for questions/discussion at the end of the meeting
  • If a topic requires indepth discussion that is not planned ask that the topic be tabled and placed on the agenda of the next meeting, if applicable.
  • Be consistent in starting and ending on time. Members do not want to have meetings that extend beyond the scheduled completion time.
  • Always be courteous to members. Members are the core of our Society.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Best Feature of DKG

"The best feature of Delta Kappa Gamma is the new frienships which it brings. I value yours." Annie Webb Blanton

Monday, August 27, 2012

Epsilon Sisters Stay Safe!

Epsilon Sisters, many of you have begun evacuations and schools have been closed in areas throughout the southern part of our state. Please know that you are in my prayers as we all prepare for Issac. Stay safe! Donnis

Epsilon Committee Meeting

August is an important time in our Society. Committees take this time to gather for conducting the business of Epsilon. Committees met this year at the Pineville Convention Center on August 18. Much work was accomplished. Thank you ladies for giving of your Saturday to work on items that will benefit our members.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

SER Conference - Orlando, Florida

Epsilon members - begin making plans now to travel to Orlando for the Southeast Regional Conference July 10-13, 2013. This conference provides many opportunities for members to network with our southern sisters, attend informative workshops, great food and many more wonderful events. Check out the link below to get some more information about the conference. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

SER Regional Director - Dr. Hanna Fowler

A word from Dr. Hanna Fowler - our Southeastern Regional Director

I have been married to “My Knight in Shining Armor” for 34 years and have 3 grown children. Boy, girl, boy in that order, four grandchildren, 2 boys and 2 girls in that order. I live in the small community of Thomson, GA, McDuffie County population around 24,000. I spent the majority of my teaching and leadership years in McDuffie County and retired for the first time in 2004 as principal of an elementary school and went to work for the GA Department of Education. I served middle schools and high schools that were in major need of improvement. I retired for the second time in 2011. DKG has become my full time play! My second play is genealogy and visiting my children and grandchildren. I will end this brief bio with: I love my God, my Family, my Country, and DKG!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Epsilon State Website and Email Suggestions

Throughout the state many of our members utilize school and business email addresses as their contact information for delivery of Epsilon publications, etc. Some of you have noted that problems occur when trying to access the Epsilon website. A problem has also been noticed in the delivery of the Deltion to those who submit their school or business email as their main contact information.

Schools and businesses may have firewalls which prevent the delivery of Epsilon information. A request to all who have school or business emails, is the submission of an alternate email. Epsilon state does not send mass amounts of emails. But we do want you to receive your information and remain updated about our state.

Monday, August 20, 2012

May Allen scholarship guidelines approved

Tulane Board of Administrators approved the May Allen Fund amendment submitted by Epsilon State. This approval aligns the existing scholarship requirements with Epsilon State scholarship guidelines. Tulane representatives will be coordinating efforts with Epsilon State to distribute information to all about the many opportunities of this prestigous scholarship. Please consider applying for enrollment in the programs that will be available to all members of Epsilon State.

The development of the amendment and document review was a tedious and time-consuming process. It is without a doubt that Epsilon State takes this opportunity to say a special "Thank you" to Debney Biggs and the scholarship committee for their time, effort and diligence in bringing this opportunity to fruition for our members.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What makes a successful chapter?

Successful chapter come in a variety of images. Some of the components of chapters on the rise or successful are:
  • Communication with members (Emails, newsletters, etc.)
  • Has 4 or more meetings per year
  • Utilizing flex-time in scheduling meetings (Morning, afternoon, evening)
  • Creates networking opportunities for members at meetings and amongst the communication lines
  • Plans meetings that do not focus on the meal

Monday, August 13, 2012

Great apps for your iPad

Apps for iPads or Tablets

Apps for Office/Administration

Dragon Diction

Apps for Teacher Organization

ShowMe     whiteboard
iWorks        collection of keyboards
Evernote      easier to integrate than Drop Box
iStudiezPro     organize classes
MagicaliPad     whiteboard
ExplainEverything     ask question to everyone

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Chapter President: Chapter Diary

While it is not essential to keep a daily log of your chapter/member happenings, it is essential that you develop a system of recording the information about dates, initiations, meetings recaps, etc. about your chapter.

Some ideas on how to develop an electronic record might be:

  • iPad notes or Pages applications
  • Email notes/reminders within your mailbox
Make every effort to log the history of your chapter during the biennium. It is your history in the making.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chapter Presidents - Fall initiations

Have you begun work with your Membership Chair on setting the date, time, location for initiation of new members? This is an important time in your chapter and should be something that is special to the chapter and to those individuals being initiated.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Chapter Presidents - Form 18

Form 18 - Mailed from International. Please check with chapter treasurer to ensure delivery of this important information. Printout will contain listings of chapter members. Check this information closely.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Epsilon Members: Back to School

Many of our members will return to the classroom, offices, etc. as schools start back this week around our state. What a great profession we have all chosen  - TEACHING. A teacher impacts the life of their children in many ways - make this impact positive. You, as a teacher, may be the only smile a child will see, your comments may be the only words of encouragement this child hears, and the only one who sees the child as a person. You are IMPORTANT in the life of a child! Make every moment count!

Chapter President: State Representative

Invite a state representative to your chapter meeting and get a Key Chapter point. Representatives include those of the Executive Committee (President, First VP, Second VP, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Recording Secretary, Executive Secretary, Deltion Editor), District Directors, Committee Chairs. Epsilon representatives are well informed about the state and international issues/happenings of our Society. 

Some ideas to make the visit representative-friendly to the traveler: 
  • Offer overnight lodging at a members home
  • Send information about the chapter or something specific in which you would like the rep to address
  • Send address and travel tips prior to visit
  • Contact (email or phone call) the rep a couple of days before visit is scheduled