B.E. Informed

Beta Epsilon Chapter, Eta State, DKG

Beta Epsilon Chapter, Eta State, The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International

Eta State, Region X

Areas of Bessemer City, Cherryville, and Kings Mountain

North Carolina

March 2015

Volume 30, Issue 4

The President Ponders

Our regular chapter meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19 at 4:30, and will be hosted by our Kings Mountain sisters. The meeting will be at First Presbyterian Church in Kings Mountain (111 East King Street, Kings Mountain)

Since our scholarship fund-raiser had to be postponed, rescheduled, and eventually cancelled, we are going to use this meeting to promote our scholarship fund. Since there's no cost for a meal, we thought this may be the best opportunity for some of us to "give a little extra." This would also be a great meeting to invite our beginning teachers (especially if you know them personally), any prospective members that you want to bring, or any former members that you would like to see reinstate. We are all educators, and they, too, would probably be willing to donate a little money to offer scholarships to prospective teachers. Invite, invite, invite, and then bring them with you!!!

Basically, we are asking you to make a donation to our scholarship fund for this year, but we want to make it fun. For every $10 you donate, you will get a balloon to pop. There will be various prizes and treasures that you can win by popping those balloons!! If you can't come, you can even send in your donation with a fellow member, and we will reserve some balloons just for you!

The Kings Mountain ladies will be serving some desserts, so come ready to fellowship. The meeting will start at 4:30, but you can come at 4:00 to start reserving your balloons.

We are asking that each area bring the two baskets that you were going to donate for the Crock Pop Cook Off. These will be used at prizes. If your area wants to donate more than two baskets, that will be great! If you personally have something small that you would like to donate as a prize, please feel free to do that too!

We hope to see you there!

Shaunda, Teresa, and Millicent

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March Chapter Meeting, First Presbyterian Church, Kings Mountain

Thursday, March 19th, 4:30pm

111 East King Street

Kings Mountain, NC

  • Desserts will be served!!
  • Applications for prospective members should be turned into Nicole Boyer (Membership Chair) at this meeting. Follow the link below for an application.
  • Our Scholarship Fundraiser will be held at this meeting and will look a little differently this year. Please consider making a donation for our Grants-In-Aid and get chances to pop balloons for special prizes! Refer to the President's article in this newsletter or the email sent out on Friday, March 13th for more information.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Chapter Mini-Grant Opportunity

Don't forget about the opportunity you have to apply for a mini-grant (up to $150) for an idea you want to implement within your school or supplies you may need for a project. Complete details are in the email that was sent February 11, 2015. If you need this information again, please email Millicent Heavner or the Beta Epsilon email address. The deadline to apply is March 24, 2015.

DKG International Biennium Theme (2014-2016)

85 Years and Beyond: Advancing Key Women Educators for Life

Southeast Regional Convention

Westin Harbor Resort, Savannah GA

July 15-18, 2015

International Convention

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville TN

July 5-9, 2016

Want to read more DKG News? Click these links to the DKG website.

DKG News: Southeast Regional Conference Edition

Get Connected

DKG Constitution

Sustaining Pride in the Big Picture

Eta State Biennium Theme (2013-2015)

Together, We Are Stronger - Committing, Collaborating, Celebrating!

Mission Statement: Voices of Influence Empowering NC Women Educators

President Pat's Emphasis Points:

  • Teachers as Leaders
  • Recommitting to Membership
  • Mentoring Members
  • Doing Kind Deeds for DKG
  • Supporting Early Career Educators

Upcoming Events

Eta State Convention, Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel

April 24-26, 2015

Mention DKG Eta State for special $119 room rate

Click the link below for more information!

April Chapter Meeting, Second Baptist Church, Cherryville

Thursday, April 30th, 6pm

201 North Houser Street

Cherryville, NC

This will be a catered dinner meeting. Our chapter will vote on new members that were nominated at the March meeting. The induction ceremony will be held in September.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Applications for Lucille Cornetet Award for Professional Development Due Very Soon

Friday, May 1st, 11pm

Get Application from the DKG International Website (Link Below)

Applications are available for these grants, awarded three times a year, for non-degree opportunities, workshops, seminars, or national certifications. Melanie Sherrill and Millicent Heavner both received an award after the September applications. Don't hesitate to apply! The third deadlilne to apply will be before May 1, 2015


Schools for Africa: Transforming Lives Through Education (from www.dkg.org)

At our last meeting, we raised $39.21 for Schools for Africa just by collecting loose dollars and change! Thank you to all who gave. Here is some of the information that was shared with our members at that meeting...

Every Child Deserves a Quality Education

In sub-Saharan Africa, one-third of all children are deprived of the chance to go to school. They miss out because of inadequate school facilities and poor teacher training. In addition, many schools lack genderseparate sanitation facilities, often causing adolescent girls to stay home. Poverty also forces children to drop out of school early to help support their families. Schools for Africa is a partnership among UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and the Hamburg Society that is helping more and more girls and boys get a quality education. By providing funds to support this critical program, The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International — a professional organization of women educators and a longstanding U.S. Fund for UNICEF partner — is helping to secure a brighter future for Africa’s children.

Making a Difference

With Support from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and Others, the Schools for Africa Program Is… • Benefiting nearly 5 million children, with a special emphasis on girls, orphans, and children living in extreme poverty • Increasing access to basic quality education in 11 of Africa’s neediest countries: Angola, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe • Building and rehabilitating almost 1,000 schools • Training nearly 100,000 teachers • Supplying notebooks, pens, desks, chairs, and other essential school materials • Making sure schools have clean, safe drinking water and separate bathrooms for girls and boys • Creating schools that offer a protective environment.

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