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

January 2015

Volume 30, Issue 3

The President Ponders

Happy New Year to my Beta Epsilon sisters!!! It is 2015!!! Can you believe it? NOT Me!!! As I said in my last article “TIME” just goes by faster and faster! I sincerely hope that each of you had a wonderful holiday and had the opportunity to enjoy “TIME” with your family and friends.

Unfortunately, most of you know, I lost my grandmother on December 30th. It was not a very happy holiday for us, but I am so very thankful that we had the opportunity to spend day and night with her before she passed. Our hearts were broken but it was reassuring to know that she was no longer in pain and walking the streets of gold with our Heavenly Father. I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for all the prayers, visits, cards, e-mails, etc. that you all sent. It is wonderful to know that I have a group of women that I call “sisters” who truly care about me. I also want to say, “thank you” for your patience with me as I have tried to lead our group. Thank you for understanding that I needed to spend time with my family.

On a lighter note, a new year always marks the beginning of new resolutions! I challenge each of you to make resolutions this year that are not your “typical” resolutions. I challenge you to really think about what you can do to help our organization grow and become stronger. What commitment are you willing to make to be more involved in Beta Epsilon? My resolution is to grow our organization and to build more leaders. I want us to learn more about one another and continue to support one another personally and professionally. I want us to become a strong and vibrant organization that others can look up to. So, I ask you, what are your resolutions and goals for Beta Epsilon in 2015?


With love and excitement for 2015,

Your Sister,

Shaunda

DKG International Biennium Theme (2014-2016)

Sharing Our Vision * Strenthening Our Society


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

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

Chapter Updates

Upcoming Events

Applications for Lucille Cornetet Award for Professional Development Due Very Soon

Sunday, Feb. 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


http://www.dkgef.org/awards.html

Crock Pot Cook Off for Scholarships, First Presbyterian Church, Cherryville

Monday, Feb. 16th, 6pm

107 West Academy Street

Cherryville, NC

This is our annual scholarship fund-raising event. We are looking forward to raising lots of money for our mini grants for educators and grants-in-aid for high school girls interested in a career in education. Tickets will be $10 each, and you may bring as many guests as you would like! More details will be finalized at our business meeting in January and will be sent to you soon.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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. We will also be SIGNING pledge cards for The 100 Challenge (DKG Education Foundation), but NO money will be taken at this time.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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.

We Are Launching the Dream! By: Dr. Judith B. Carlson, Foundation Board Chairman

As is said in Peter Pan, “Come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned.” It is an exciting time as we await IRS approval, the final step toward the realiza­tion of a long-anticipated dream. Much of the excitement is the tremendous sense of energy within each region of Eta State as the 100 Challenge invited chapters to partici­pate in the initial “launching” of the dream! The Foundation Board members, along with Eta State 2nd Vice President, Connie Savell, who fosters the accomp­lish­ments within the Regions, are delighted with the awesome response from members who are willing to generously support this initiative. The progress is marvelous and we have until March to accept this Challenge and share in the successful outcome!

Complementing the 100 Challenge is an Educational Foundation Board of Directors who are currently and actively seeking pledges. Each Board member is charged with obtaining pledges from three contacts outside of Delta Kappa Gamma by March 15. We are taking our role seriously and doing what we are hoping others are doing! Building our lists, drafting letters of request and making the con­nection beyond our Society will expand awareness of who we are and what we are about. We are account­able to our membership, and we want you to take pride in the fact that “together we can make a huge differ­ence.” Let's all unite in this partnership and accept the Challenge. Every day is a good day, and the future is what we do to make it so. Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season to all.

Presidents Take Note: Pledges for The 100 Challenge are due March 1 but please send them to your Regional Director as they are made.

New Finance Committee Chairman Named

Betty Marshall has been appointed as the new Eta State Finance Committee Chairman. Betty is a past president of Eta State as well as a past chairman of the Eta State Finance Committee. Betty has also served as a chapter treasurer. She will be filling the state chairmanship held by Lynda Tamblyn, who passed away suddenly in November. Betty will serve the remainder of Lynda's term, which will expire July 1, 2015.

Relevant Websites (Click the Links Below)

Technology TidBit

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Try it out!!