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A Message from Donna Butler
2017-2019 Beta State President

Dear Beta State sisters,

Happy New Year, Beta State members!  I hope you are ready to attend our first ever Beta State Leadership Day on Saturday, February 24, 2018! Our own Southeast Regional Director, Linda Navorska from South Carolina, will be coming to conduct our leadership development workshop. To quote Linda, “It’s Not Such a Big Deal to Lead! Inside all of us is at least one characteristic of a leader. Do you know yours! Do you know how to use it?” After all, by virtue of our membership in Delta Kappa Gamma and Beta State, we are all leaders! Our workshop takes place at Dalraida Church of Christ in Montgomery. Registration is from 9-9:30 A.M. Our day will end at 2:30 P.M. Cost is $25 which includes lunch and all materials. Active teachers will be able to receive professional development for this day. Please feel free to invite prospective members and DKG members from other states. The cost is the same for all who attend! Beta State will also be giving away one free registration to the International Convention in Austin, July 16-20, 2018. And you must be present to win! Please fill out and snail mail the registration form on this website to Marion Hodges, Beta State Recording Secretary.  I’m looking forward to seeing you on February 24! 

The deadline for both Beta State and International Scholarships is rapidly approaching- February 1st, 2018! Please find the Beta State application form and requirements on this website. Either email or snail mail your completed application to Allison Hill, Beta State Scholarship/ World Fellowship Chairman. To access the International Scholarship application on the International website, please click on the heading Apply/Submit and then click on Applications.

Have you chosen your World Fellowship pen pal yet, either as a chapter or as an individual?  It’s a great way to become more globally aware. I’m waiting to hear back from mine! I emailed the World Fellowship Scholarship Recipient Brochure to all chapter presidents earlier in the Fall of 2017. If you need this information again, please feel free to email me! International has asked all DKG members not to post this brochure on either websites or in newsletters due to privacy issues with the World Fellowship Scholarship Recipients.

I have so enjoyed visiting chapters during the Fall of 2017. Beta State members have certainly made a positive impact on my life!  And I am certainly looking forward to the chapter visits I have scheduled from January – May, 2018. As always, it is my pleasure to serve as your Beta State President!

Sister to Sister with love,
Donna B.


Linda Navorska, Southeast Regional Director, resides in Lake City, SC. She recently retired after over 35 years in education. She received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Ashland University in Ohio, earned a Masters in Education from Cambridge College, MA and a Masters in Elementary Administration from the University of South Carolina. During her career she taught grades 2-6, elementary music, and elementary gifted and talented. She served as assistant principal in 2 schools in Beaufort, SC and finished her career as Coordinator of Assessment in Darlington County.

She has been married to Donald for 38 years. They have a son who lives in Columbus, Ohio and a daughter and son-in-law who live in Asheville, NC.

In Delta Kappa Gamma, Linda has served on every committee at the chapter level and held most offices, including chapter president. At the state level she has served on many committees, including by-laws, and served as state secretary, 2nd and first vice-president, and state president.

Registration is open for the Beta State Leadership Day. Please send in your registration form now. The deadline for sending in the form and money is February 14.

If you would like to ride a “Beta State bus” to the International Convention in Austin in July, please read the following information carefully. We will need at least 45 people to sign up to ride a bus before we can book one. The bus would leave on Sunday, July 15, and arrive in Austin late Sunday night. Pickup locations will be in Athens, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile. Cost will be $267.77 apiece for round trip if we have at least 45 sign up. If we have more than 45, the price will go down. The bus will return to Alabama on Saturday, July 21st. If you ride the bus, please make hotel reservations for 6 nights in Austin-Sunday through Friday. If you know you want to go, please sent a $25 deposit to  Libby Watson, Beta State Executive Secretary, no later than February 15, 2018. Make checks out to Elizabeth Watson, and snail mail them to her at 9982 Paradise Shores, Athens, AL. 35611. The remaining 242.77 will be due to Libby no later than July 1st ( two weeks before departure). If we don’t get at least 45 passengers, all $25 deposit checks will be shredded or returned by Libby as requested. if we get the passengers needed, Libby will cash the deposit checks and make the required deposit for the charter. She will not cash the balance check until two weeks before departure. If we get more than 45 passengers, payments will be adjusted and appropriate refunds made. The cost also includes a day trip to San Antonio on Monday,
July 16.

Registration and hotel bookings are now available for the Delta Kappa Gamma International Convention in Austin, TX.

Look at the Schedule at a Glance for the Delta Kappa Gamma International Convention in July.

An updated interactive Order of the Rose form is now on the Current Information page. This form was changed in order to be in agreement with International.

Scholarship applications for both Beta State and International are due on February 1st. Please see the Scholarships or Current Information pages for information on applying for these.

Applications arenow being accepted for the office of Beta State Treasurer.
Please click on the treasurer job description and the application (interactive) and mail to Jody Stewart, personnel committee chairman, at the address shown at the bottom of the application as soon as possible.

Chapter presidents, please have your chapter members sign and put their email addresses on the website/Beta State News permission form. These forms can be mailed or scanned and emailed to Donna Butler, Beta State President; Usha Midkiff, (Communications Chairman; Patsy Gaines Powell, editor, Beta State News; and Madeline Buchanan, Webmaster. If you need snail mail addresses, please look in your Beta State Directory or email Madeline Buchanan, webmaster.

Chapter presidents, please remember to email your chapter newsletters to Donna Butler, Beta State President; Usha Midkiff, (Communications Chairman; and Madeline Buchanan, Webmaster.

We are interested in what our sisters are doing.
If you receive an honor, participate in a fundraiser outside of Beta State, or are elected to an office in another organization, please email pictures and an article to webmaster Madeline Buchanan for the "Members in the News" page.

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August 29 – September 8, 2018




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