I hope that you are having a great summer. Fall is on the way!
It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve as the DKG Maryland State President.
There are many things to learn, tasks to complete, and so many wonderful women
who will join together to share ideas for the upcoming years. It is an exciting time!
Our slate of officers is complete, the committees are formed, and we are all ready
to Go! The DKG Maryland 2023-2025 biennium has begun!
In June, I had the opportunity to attend officers’ training in Irving, Texas, hosted
by DKG International. Together, Janey Snyder, Sharon Darling, Weezie Carey, and
I represented DKG Maryland, participated in a wide variety of professional
learning events, interacted the other DKG members from countries throughout the
world, and gained a current understanding of our organization at the international
level. In July, Janey Snyder and I attended the DKG International Conference in
Detroit. The sessions presented there were all outstanding and provided various
insights into the potential growth of our organization as well as a focus on self-care
for our members.
At the Convention banquet this past April, I presented my theme for my next two
years as the President. I chose “Celebrate Success”.
There are many things to celebrate at the state and chapter level. Many of our
chapters and members are already engaged in a wide variety of activities and
projects which support the DKG vision and mission of DKG.
Vision: Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide
Mission: To promote professional and personal growth of womeneducators.
As we plan our goals, we need to focus on our Seven Purposes:
1. To unite women educators of the world in a genuine spiritual fellowship
2. To honor women who have given or who evidence a potential for distinctive
service in any field of education
3. To advance the professional interest and position of women in education
4. To initiate, endorse and support desirable legislation or other suitable
endeavors in the interests of education and of women educators
5. To endow scholarships to aid outstanding women educators in pursuing
graduate study and to grant fellowships to non-member women educators.
6. To stimulate the personal and professional growth of members and to
encourage their participation in appropriate programs of action
7. To inform the members of current economic, social, political and
educational issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society.
As we plan together to “Celebrate Success,” let’s take a look at the past, present,
What activities, projects, and events does your chapter already accomplish that are
What ideas does your chapter have to add to the current success?
What do you foresee as possible future short and/or long-term projects?
The key to Success is to focus on Goals, not Obstacles!
Celebrate Success as you accomplish your Goals - Large and Small
An important topic that we need to address is the retention of our members and the
possible addition of new members to our chapters. Statistics that I learned over the
74% of the members of DKG International are between the ages of 66 and 75.
8% of our members are under 46 years of age.
Based on what I see in my DKG world, these facts certainly ring true. Can we find
ways to increase our membership numbers?
Can we find ways to engage our current membership and encourage those
members to attend state functions? What I have learned in a few short months is
that many of our Maryland members have a whole lot to contribute to the success
of our organization, but do not attend state functions.
Through our continued Diligence, Determination, and Dedication;
Through our continued Knowledge, Keenness, and Kindness; and
Through our continued Generosity, Gratitude, and Goal Setting;
We will make a difference.
I will be visiting all of the Maryland DKG chapters in the two years. I can’t wait to
visit with “old” friends and colleagues, and meet many of you whom I haven’t had
the pleasure to know.
All members are invited to attend the DKG Maryland State Convention, April 14-16. 2023. There is space in the hallway to allow for a silent auction. This fundraiser will supplement the DKG Maryland State Available Fund and the International Emergency Fund. Any chapter or individual member is welcome to participate. There will be 1-2 tables in the Ball Room Foyer for placement of items. Items should be available for placement on the tables before 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. For more information, please contact Brenda Patterson. Return this form or email this information to Brenda Patterson by April 1, 2023.
DKG Maryland Members are invited and encouraged to share their artistic and creative talents at the DKG Maryland State Convention which will be held at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center on April 14 – 16, 2023.
Artists may drop off their work(s)on Friday, April 14th from 3:00PM to 6:00PM in the designated exhibit area. Submissions will need to be picked up by 6:00PM on Saturday, April 15th. Viewing times include Friday evening and will be scheduled at specific times on Saturday.
Submissions include, but are not limited to:
Paintings: oil, watercolor, other
Needlework: knitting, crochet, embroidery, sewing, other
Literary Works: poetry, short story, novel, other
Miscellaneous Arts and Crafts: stained glass, quilts, scrapbooks, cards, baskets, mosaics, calligraphy, family histories, jewelry. ornaments
Music Composition: Dance, Other
Please complete the form (link below) and return it to:
Sally Nazelrod, email: Sally4280@aol.com or USPS: Sally Nazelrod, 2714 Bert Fowler Rd., Manchester, MD 21102 no later than March 15, 2023.
Questions for Sally: call or text- 443-277-0112.
Janey Snyder, Alpha, DKG MD 2nd Vice President
Are you ready for a fun weekend? Time with DKG sisters, old and new? Lots of activities are planned for the State Convention in April. Many of us have not seen each other for almost three years. The hotel is in Hyattsville, the Conference Center for the University of Maryland. It is beautiful, modern and the place that you want to be in April, 2023. The State Officers, Committee Chairs and Delta, Theta, Iota, Rho, and Upsilon Hostess Chapters are looking forward to greeting you and presenting a great convention for all of our members and their guests.
The Convention Committee invites you to attend the convention for all or part of the weekend. The convention opens Friday night with a fun and entertaining social event. Saturday morning will be the business meeting followed by the luncheon, with a message from International as well as other activities. The committee is planning several workshops for the afternoon. Do you have a topic that you would like to have presented? If so, send a message to Janey Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org. A banquet will be held on Saturday evening. New officers will be installed followed by a brief message from our new president for the 2023-2025 biennium. Sunday morning there will be a remembrance service for all members who passed since 2019. (Yes, that includes the previous biennium, 2019-2021 as well as 2021-2023.) Chapter presidents, please make sure that Sharon Darling, Nu, has information about any members of your chapter who have passed since the spring of 2019.
There will be a Women in the Arts exhibit. Any member is free to bring an item for the exhibit: needlework, photographs, arts, crafts, etc. Please begin working now on an exhibit entry. There will also be a silent auction, and we are asking all chapters and/or individual members to bring an item or a basket for the auction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Emergency Fund as well DKG MD available funds. More details on both of these will be available soon.
Below is information about the hotel and hotel reservation information. If you prefer to register online, just send a message to Janey Snyder, email@example.com, and you will be sent a direct link to the hotel reservation desk. (The link address is too long for this article.)
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center | 3501 University Blvd E, Hyattsville, MD 20783
For a virtual tour of the hotel: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=TMH78Kx9pMw
Hotel Reservation Phone 1-800-228-9290
Rates are from $149 to $189, varies for 1 King bed to 2 Queen beds
Book at these rates through March 16, 2023. After that time, rates may change.
Happy New Year! The next days are critical as our Scholarship deadline is January 15, 2022. Remember, you may be eligible for the Life Long Learning $1,500 Scholarship. There are also mini-grants of $200 for personal growth. The forms are available on the Scholarships page.
The Strategic Intent and list of Chapter Ideas for events, activities, and finding members, are posted under RESOURCES. - Note posted by Minnie Young