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A Message from Donna Butler
2017-2019 Beta State President

Dear Beta State Sisters,

What a wonderful time we had at our first ever Beta State Leadership Day! And as we all discovered, “It’s Not a Big Deal to Lead.”   We all learned about our leadership styles, including what “color” leader we are. It was wonderful to participate in several interactive activities that allowed us to move around the room, meeting and interacting with our Beta State Sisters as we learned how to develop and enhance our leadership qualities. Some ideas that Linda Navorska, our own SE Regional Director and workshop leader gave us included:
The 7 E’s of Leadership: 1. Engage; 2. Educate; 3. Encourage; 4. Equip; 5. Empower; 6. Energize; 7. Elevate.  And a quote, “ Blessed are the leaders who seek the best for those they serve.”

Linda gave us many things to think about with regard to our leadership styles as we all enjoyed a day of fun, fellowship, food, and discovery. And according to the evaluations, Beta State members feel that this is an event we should certainly do again! Linda will be sending me a condensed version of her presentation that will be put on the website for all members to enjoy.

So what event is up next for Beta State members? The answer – The One Day Workshop for Chapter Officer/Committee Chairman Training on June 1st, 2018 at Dalraida Church of Christ in Montgomery!  If you are going to be an incoming chapter officer or committee chairman for 2018-2020, this will be your only opportunity to be trained in person for your new position.  At the 2017 Beta State Convention, we voted to no longer have District Meetings due to declining attendance over the years at these meetings.  At the One Day Workshop there will be sessions for chapter presidents, vice presidents, parliamentarians, and treasurers. There will be sessions for chapter committee chairmen of Educational Excellence, Finance, Membership, Rules/Bylaws/Policies,  Scholarship/World Fellowship, Communications/Publicity, and Exhibits and Records. Also there will be sessions for personal and professional growth that will be of interest to all members. This One Day Workshop is open to all Beta State members! You do not have to be an incoming chapter officer or committee chairman in order to attend. Second Vice President, Penny Christian, and the District Directors are already hard at work planning for this event. So look for a registration form that will be posted on the website. I will also be sending the registration form out by email.

If you have any articles or photos that you would like printed in the next issue of the Beta State News, please, please send them to both Beta State editor, Patsy Powell and me no later than March 15. We want to see what your chapter has been doing! And I know as I have been visiting chapters around the state, that Beta State members are making quite a positive impact. So let everyone else know as well!

Speaking of positive impact, it’s time to select the first recipient of the Beta State Achievement Award for this biennium! The deadline to send in an application for a worthy recipient from your chapter is May 1st. Then chairman, Dawn Pettit, and her committee will be making the selection that will be announced at Fall Board on August 18 at Dalraida Church of Christ. You can find the criteria for this award and the application on this website.

The International Convention in Austin, Texas, will be July 16-20! This is a Constitutional Convention meaning changes will be made to the International Constitution.  And there are over 100 amendments that will be considered! Have you made your hotel reservation, and have you registered for the Convention? You can do both online on the DKG International website. We will be going out to eat one night during Convention as a state group. Look for more details on this closer to time.

I continue to enjoy visiting chapters now in 2018.  And Beta State members are continuing to make a positive impact everywhere!  As always, it is my pleasure to serve as your Beta State President.

Sister to Sister with love,
Donna B.



Joann Skinner has been chosen to take office on July 1, 2018 as our next treasurer. Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Joann holds a B.S.Ed with a major in Business Education from West Georgia College (Currently State University of West Georgia), a M.R.E. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana, and an 18-semester hour add on in Business Education from West Georgia College. Joann taught Business Office Technology at the post secondary education level in Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia. She was the owner of the Curves franchise in Oxford, Alabama from 2001 until 2014.

During her 40-year membership in DKG, Joann has been president of Mu and Rho Chapters in Psi State (Georgia). She has chaired and served on various chapter committees since transferring to the Gamma Zeta Chapter in Beta state in 2006. She attended Leadership I and II in Psi State, and has been a presenter at district workshops and SERC in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Her two children. Paul Mcgowan and wife, Nichole, live in Verbena, Alabama; and Ellen Treadwell and husband, TJ, reside in Carrollton, Georgia, with her three grandchildren, Hattie, Meredith and Eli. She attends Heflin First United Methodist Church and Heritage Baptist Church in Heflin, where she has lived since 2006. Joann enjoys reading, crafting and traveling.

For those members who sustained storm damage from yesterday's violent weather, they can request $250.00 from the Beta State Emergency Fund for personal classroom losses and $500.00 from the International Emergency Fund for personal damages to your home.

Beta State Emergency Fund Request

For International Emergency Fund assistance, please go to Forms/General Forms under the International website.

Registration is now open for the Beta State one-day workshop. This is a Word document so you can type on it but be sure to download and save it to your computer before printing it. Please snail mail with your payment to Dianne Huey at the address listed on the form.

If you took pictures at Leadership Day, please send them to Madeline Buchanan, Webmaster, for a slide show to be put on the website.

It’s that time of year again.  Please nominate deserving members for the Beta State Achievement Award. The deadline for submitting nomination forms for the 2018 Beta State Achievement Award is May 1, 2018.  The award will be presented at the 2018 Fall Board Meeting.  User friendly forms are available on the Beta State website. The form is in the Word format and can be typed.
For more information, contact Dawn Pettit, Beta State Achievement Award Chairman at dpettit3@yahoo.com.

Registration and hotel bookings arre 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.

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.

Enjoy an Alaskan Glacier Cruise
Join Carolyn Rants and DKG Friends aboard the Celebrity Solstice
August 29 – September 8, 2018.
The DKG Alaska Glacier Tour is offering a $75 discount if you sign up for the tour during MARCH!!  And you do not even need to be Irish to take advantage of this offer. Contact Carolyn Rants (carolyn@rants.net) or Call Nicole at 1-800-438-7672.  Join the fun!




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"7 Purposes" graphic courtesy of California State Organization

Updated on March 29, 2018


visitors for the 2017-2019 biennium.