The Scarlett Letter
Message from the President
Happy 2023 to all of you!
Theta’s January meeting at the Arboretum is fast approaching! I hope all of you have
January 21, 2023, 10:30, on your calendars. Committees have been working hard and
will have lots of good news and big plans to share with you. The last time we scheduled
a meeting at the Arboretum it snowed, and we had to cancel. Let’s hope for better
weather this time.
Tammy Albright, our Region IV director, will be our guest. We have also invited
members of her chapter, Delta Iota, located in neighboring Brunswick County, to join
our meeting. We want to meet and get to know our nearby sisters. Please come help
make our guests feel welcome, and show them what an enthusiastic, supportive group
Registration is now open for the NC DKG Leadership Development Seminar to be held
March 25-26, 2023, at Caraway Conference Center near Asheboro. This year’s theme
is “NC DKG Leadership: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Present, and Inspiring the
Future!” The deadline to apply is February 28, 2023. Only 30 spots are available
statewide and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so we need to choose our
applicant right away. Theta has budgeted money to send one person. Please contact
me ASAP if you are interested in applying.
Registration for the 2023 NC DKG convention in Greenville, NC is now available online.
Show your DKG pride and be among the first to register! This year’s convention is not
far from Wilmington, so Theta can hopefully be well-represented. Some may want to go
for the entire convention, and others may want to spend one night or even drive up for
one day. If you have never attended a state convention, this is the perfect opportunity
to get in on the fun and see a bigger picture of NC DKG.
See you soon!
News From The Scholarship Committee
The Scholarship Committee is very pleased to announce that Madison N. Ayers is the 2022-23
recipient of the Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship (Theta Chapter). Madison is an Elementary
Education major at UNCW and is completing her internship in a 4th Grade Classroom. She is
responsible for her own tuition and expenses so this scholarship eases some of her concerns
about finances. She says it has helped her focus on her work, her degree, and her future!
Congratulations to Madison!
Theta Mourns Sophia Kelly Floyd's Passing
The membership committee will do a short memorial for Sophia Floyd at our January meeting. Please contact Judy Busick if you would be willing to share any of your memories of Sophia.
Theta Chapter member, Sophia K. Floyd passed away on November 22, 2022.
Sophia was a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in Business Education. She taught the majority of her 36 year career as a Business Education teacher in Pender County.
Sophia became a member of Theta Chapter in 1961 and served as Treasurer and was a member of the Finance Committee for many years. She was Theta’s longest standing member and was honored on Founders’ Day in 2011 with 50 years of service.
Sophia will be greatly missed.
During November and December, we focused our charitable efforts on items for the Foster
Pantry. Thank you so much for your generosity! For January and February, your BT Support
Team would like to collect donations for, or actual items from, our BT Wish Lists. You were
given a sheet at the November meeting listing items that our BTs would love to have. (We will
email that list to everyone again before our January meeting--just in case you cannot find your
copy.) You may bring items to our January meeting or put a donation in our Red Crayon when it
is passed. Please contact Judy Busick if you have any questions or need pickup /drop-off
Educational Excellence Community (EEC) Project
As a result of your gracious generosity, your Theta EEC collected $675.00 in
November and December for the Foster Pantry (FP), our fall community project.
In addition, a large bag of diapers and wipes were also given. The EEC thanks you
for supporting this important project. We are currently in touch with FP to
determine their most urgent needs and will be providing you updates.
2022 Education Grant Winners
Theta Chapter is pleased to present the 2022 Educator Grant winners:
Laura Black, Rocky Point Elementary School, "The Science of Sound". This project is for 5th grade music students who will work together in small groups to create an instrument and learn to play it.
Jennifer Bloodworth, Topsail Annandale Elementary School, "Station Creation". This project will create stations that will differentiate in subject and instructional level to meet the needs of diverse 4th grade learners.
Jody Keziah, Topsail Middle School, "Reading in Middle School". 5th grade students who are housed at the MS due to overcrowding at the ES, will use Scholastic News weekly to explore nonfiction topics to increase reading and language arts skills, promote a love of reading and develop lifelong reading habits.
Roseanna Robertson, Cape Fear Elementary School, "Building Our Outdoor Environment". The outdoor classroom will be used by three preschool classrooms and will aid with social-emotional development as well as cognitive learning in all academic areas including arts and technology. All of this will occur while empowering children to learn and develop through play.
Shirley Womble, Malpass Corner Elementary School, "Engaging Resources to Support Early Readers". This project will provide first graders with hands-on materials to assist with the development of early literacy skills, in particular phonological awareness, decoding, and sight recognition of familiar words using evidence-based Science of Reading models for instruction and practice.
Congratulations to these five outstanding educators.
From the State...
Mark the Dates - NC DKG
- Jan. 15-Feb. 15: DKG Art Gallery submission window open
- Jan. 23 :ASK Time for chapter presidents
- Jan. 31: NC DKG Educational Foundation Grants applications due
- Feb. 1: Chapter President Annual Report due
- Feb. 1: Scholarship applications due for NC DKG & DKG International
- Feb. 1: NC DKG News deadline, Chapter President Annual Report due, Founders Award nominations due, Scholarship applications due for NC DKG
- Feb. 27: ASK Time for chapter presidents
- March 1: Chapter Achievement, Golden Key, Rising Star and Beginning Teacher Awards nominations due, Newsletter Excellence, Website Excellence and Communications Excellence Awards due, Bulletin: Journal submissions due, DKGIEF Project applications due, International Achievement Award nominations due
NC DKG Survey Regarding Meetings and Cost
The NC DKG Ad Hoc Committee studying cost-cutting measures for state meetings needs your input. Below is a survey the committee is using to collect information. All NC DKG members are asked to complete the short survey by Friday, January 20, 2023. The responses will be used to compile the committee report for the 2023 NC DKG Convention.
Complete the survey by January 20, 2023!
The survey link is also available on the NC DKG website and Facebook page. Please check with your members who do not have email and ask them to access the survey on one of these platforms.
Thank you for helping the Ad Hoc Committee to have current member input on decisions impacting NC DKG finances for state meetings.
Highlights from the NC DKG Executive Board 2022 Fall Meeting
Officer & Appointed Personnel Reports
• President Winstead conveyed how much she enjoys visiting chapters and learning about their activities. As in other organizations, DKG is challenged with decreasing membership and finding new chapter leaders. Chapters were encouraged to reach out to any state officer if they are struggling or need support. She announced that an ad hoc committee would examine the cost of state meetings and suggest cost-cutting measures for consideration. Winstead will continue chapter visits and the monthly ASK meetings with chapter presidents. • First Vice President & EEC Chair Hilda Parlér introduced the members of the EEC committee, presented highlights from the summer virtual New Leader Training for EEC representatives, and encouraged members to share ideas for chapter programs. Program ideas can be found on the DKG website under the Programs/Projects tab.
• Second Vice President Tammy Cullom shared her work with the new 2022-2024 Regional Directors, provided ideas for working with presidents in their regions, and gave suggestions for regional meetings. Cullom worked with the 2020-2022 Regional Directors in selecting members for the Past, Present, and Future Member Spotlight on the NC DKG website.
• Treasurer Leslie Black announced that 2,771 members had paid dues, with 260 unbilled members. Fifty-six chapters have made donations to Headquarters totaling $4,850. Chapter presidents were reminded to be sure their treasurer submits the 990-N form to the IRS before November 15. If chapters have members who have dropped their membership, Form 18A should be sent to the NC DKG and DKG International treasurers. Black also reported that the Google Workspace evaluation started with a training session on September 23, 2022, to examine the program.
• Executive Secretary Elizabeth Miars reported that she is excited about the 2023 NC DKG Convention in Greenville, NC, on April 28-30, 2023. Dr. Sylvia Alston made a motion that the 2024 NC DKG Convention be held at the Sheraton Imperial in Durham on April 26-28, 2024. Thommi Hendricks seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
International News: Find Your Flavor! Conference Choices!
The energetic and inspiring atmosphere of Motor City and Motown await conference participants in this beautiful city! Join your DKG colleagues at the historic and newly renovated Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit to relax and strengthen your well-being.
Phoenix, Arizona: July 18-22
Relax, share, and learn together at The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, which offers a truly unique experience. The conference hotel is located just outside Phoenix near Chandler in the foothills of the Sierra Estrella Mountain Range and alongside the Gila River. Stewards of the land, the Pima and Maricopa people, offer you something you will long remember — the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Gila River Community.
Tampere, Finland: July 26-29
The DKG International Conference in Tampere, Finland, will open on Wednesday, July 26, at Tampere Hall, a culture and conference center located in the heart of the third largest city in Finland. The opening ceremony and first general session will follow a presentation on the DKG app and technology and a first timers’ meeting. Attendees will then transfer by bus to the Vaprikki Museum for the Tampere City Reception. A walking tour by the river will be a unique option!