The pandemic has changed “how we do things” within DKG, particularly training and conferences. This past summer, DKG International provided two different options to attend the International Conference in San Antonio Texas as well as the Leadership Training and Retreat held in Atlanta, Georgia (in-person and virtual). The conference in San Antonio held July 22 - 24 was either in-person and accessible virtually through the DKG International App, while the leadership training could be attended in person and through a webinar format. Because of the online format and the ability to record sessions, members could attend the workshop and training during the allotted time or view at a later date. Looking ahead, the DKG International Convention is scheduled for July 12 - 16th in New Orleans - Save the Date.
June, July, and August were busy with the formation and establishment of Committee chairs and members for the 2021 -2023 biennium. The Leadership Development Committee met in June and July to plan and organize the online Committee chair training which was conducted and well attended August 14th. The committee chairs received a “hard copy” of the International Bylaws and an updated electronic Committee chair manual.
With Highland United Methodist Church still closed to outside groups as of early August, it was decided that the September 18th Executive Board Meeting be held via Zoom. The Executive Committee successfully organized the meeting business and the LDC committee effectively implemented the Leadership Development moment, which focused on - what are chapters doing to move forward the theme of Rise, Evolve, Flourish. The ideas captured in breakout rooms during the LD moment, were collated and emailed to chapter presidents.
In late summer and early fall, the initial plan and intent was to hold the November Society Workshop in person. Unfortunately with the rise and new strain of COVID and an informal poll, it was decided, in mid October, that more people would attend if the workshop was held virtually. Our plans changed from an in-person to an online format. The Educational Excellence Committee did a fantastic job reorganizing the agenda from in-person to online through the leadership of Sally Nazelrod. Thank you for your flexibility and efforts!
Looking ahead, the Executive Committee is planning the March 5th Executive Board Meeting - tentatively at Highland United Methodist Church, with more details coming after the new year. The Leadership Development Committee is also busy planning the Leadership Development Conference to be held on May 14th. The conference will include a speaker from DKG International, a Brain Based Leadership talk and session, an Energy Bus presentation, the President's training, and the presentation of scholarships.
COVID-19 had thrown a loop into how we function personally and as an organization. Chapters are looking into ways to use a combination of in-person, zoom gatherings, the use of outside locations with the nice fall weather, and the use of larger spaces in churches and schools. As I visited chapters this fall and into the winter season, I can see that our chapter meetings, programs, and gatherings are continuing to Evolve, Rise, and Flourish. Thank you for your enthusiasm and creativity!
Please continue to keep me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sally Nazelrod, First Vice President (Sally4280@aol.com) informed about your chapter activities. Please send us and the newsletter editor Patty Simon, (email@example.com) a copy of your chapter’s newsletter.
Thank you and Happy New Year!
Marilyn Keane, Upsilon
2021 - 2023 DKG Maryland State President
Please check out the latest copy of our state newsletter at https://www.dkgmd.org/uploads/1/8/8/4/18847766/dkg_md_state_news_winter_2021.pdf
Welcome to the Delta Kappa Gamma Maryland State International Website! Professional Society of Key Women Educators. Thank you for visiting!
The focus for the 2021-2022 biennium is: Evolve, Rise, and Flourish! This past year presented a variety of challenges, but with these challenges we evolved to learn new skills and find our inner strengths, rose to the everyday challenges to create and function in “the new normal,” and amongst it all, flourished with our individual, chapter, and DKG Maryland society pursuits. Finding our inner selves through this evolution is what gives each of us, our chapters, and society our strength.
Our strength is with our members through displaying and disseminating our society's purposes with fellowship and professional interests. If you have a talent, are an expert or have experience in a personal endeavor/educational activity, or you know a great person who can present at a conference/convention, please share this information!!!! We want to know.
There are many exciting activities planned for this year. Keep these dates on your calendar.
Make sure to read each newsletter to receive the latest information. Another way to be informed is to join our Facebook page at: DKG Maryland State Organization
Calling all - Potential Members. DKG Maryland is a Professional Society of Key Women Educators. If you have not heard of Delta Kappa Gamma, are currently in education (K-12, College, Professional School, teach adults) and would like more information, please contact: Marilyn Keane - Alcatraz46@yahoo.com