Thank-you Presidents and Executive Board for continuing your service and/ or accepting a new role. You are all so important in making this organization and Area XIII a success. Each of you have a special gift that allows us to work towards our Seven Purposes. I see my role as liaison and disseminator. I hope to help chapters when they have questions or issues regarding international, state, area, or chapter processes.I hardly know everything about DKG but I will help you find an answer and point you in the right direction. As a disseminator, I will try to pass on important informationabout new and continuing programs, regulations, and due dates from each level of DKG. That being said, I had a bumpy start using my new gmail account. I figured it out, finally. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. On to summer leadership training. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the three main areas of emphasis that state would like us to focus on is increasing membership, providing powerful programs, and mentoring leaders. As a president for 6 years I heard about many wonderful programs. It takes a crew to pull those off but so many of you really work well together and complement each other. Keep working on those and review the 7 purposes of DKG to make sure your programs support them. Keeping members will be easier when you have powerful programs. Adding members is tricky in these times when teachers are required to attend so many meetings. Let’s share ideas and be brave about talking about our wonderful organization to all teachers. Create ways to recognize teachers and make them feel valuable.
As second year presidents, it’s time to look for replacements and mentor those with possibilities. Personally, I never saw myself in the role of an Area Director.I was happy working within my chapter. I could probably do any job except treasurer or secretary. I see myself as the worker bee. Now, I am stepping out of my comfort zone. Like the young lady at convention, Sara Safari, who chose a project bigger than anything she thought she could do, (which was to climb Mt. Everest), this is my Mt. Everest. Like I said before, we each have a gift. Don’t keep it to yourself. Start giving it away. Be more and do more than you think you can.
Keep informed, keep me updated, and always be kind!