Jens' Gems August 2022
Moving Forward with Purpose and Passion
Dear NYSO DKG members,
The summer seems to fly by faster each year! I hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful weather. When I need a few moments of mindfulness, I often find myself outside digging in one of our gardens. Above is one picture of this year's beauty!!
This issue of Jen's Gems includes reminders about upcoming NYSO DKG events this fall including our Executive Board meeting and Seminar and Area Council Conferences. At the end of this month we are also offering two ZOOM meetings to support Chapter Treasurers and Membership Chairs.
Please spend a few minutes perusing the information to remain current in your understanding of the work and opportunities as a benefit of membership in the New York State Organization DKG.
Reminder to register for the Fall Executive Board Meeting and Seminar, October 14 and 15 at the Delta Marriott in Utica
The NYSO Executive Committee is looking forward to seeing many members in person again at our Fall Executive Board Meeting and Seminar on October 14th and 15th. Please open the attachment below for a direct link to make your hotel registration by September 1st for the special room rate of $139/night, including full breakfast buffet at the hotel grille.This rate is available for Thursday, October 13 - Saturday, October 15, so consider taking advantage of the savings and plan an extra day exploring Upstate New York!
The early registration deadline for the conference is September 23rd, and the form is linked below. Several workshops are being planned as well as a guest speaker in support of the DKG mission "to promote personal and professional growth of women educators and excellence in education." We will have reports from our Officers and some of our Committees regarding their work in our organization, and enjoy some much needed fellowship with members!
The Executive Committee is offering two incentives to encourage members to attend our NYSO meetings. The first is the Chapter Attendance Challenge. The Chapter President with the highest number of members in attendance at the Fall Executive Board Meeting and Seminar will win free registration to attend the 2023 Convention at the Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel, April 28-30, 2023. First time attendees to a NYSO conference will be entered into a separate drawing to also win a free registration for the 2023 Convention.
Chapter Presidents - News You Can Use
Chapter Presidents are reminded that you serve on the NYSO Executive Board along with Past Presidents and Officers of the Executive Committee. Your attendance is required at our Executive Board meeting on Saturday morning, October 15th. The tentative agenda will be published in the September Pi Lights, our NYSO website, and will be sent out by email.
In addition, the Leadership Development Committee will present a workshop after the Executive Board meeting as a follow up to the virtual training presented in June. Please bring your questions, ideas and experiences to share. This is a great opportunity to bring along one or more of your chapter officers so that she may learn more about our Society as well!
LDC Chair, Jeanne Schenk, welcomes Chapter Presidents to contact her by email at email@example.com if you have questions at any time. The Leadership Development Committee is eager to help!
Pi Lights deadline is September 1st
Pi Lights is published four times a year to share information about our organization with NYSO members. The deadline for our next electronic issue is September 1st. Editor Kim Goldhirsch would like to feature Chapter Officer inductions in this issue. Chapters are encouraged to send their group photos (with names included) by the deadline for consideration.
Several committees have been busy this summer providing support to Chapters and members. Committee Chairs should submit an article to update or inform members about the work of their team. Scholarships, Awards, and Grants-in-Aid Chairs are asked to remind members of the many opportunities available to recognize member achievements and obtain financial support for personal and professional development.
Thank you in advance for sharing your submission with Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org, including me at email@example.com by the deadline. Your promptness is a critical piece in the publication timeline.
ZOOM Presentation for Chapter Membership Chairs
The NYSO Membership and Expansion Committee welcomes Chapter Presidents and Membership Chairs to attend a ZOOM presentation on Monday, August 22 at 7 p.m. The welcome letter and agenda are included below. One of the goals of this meeting is to provide essential information in support of chapters' efforts to recruit, retain and reinstate membership in the Society.
Chapter Treasurers - IRS Form 990
Thank you to members who share their time and talents as Chapter Treasurers. You play an integral role in Society business and we appreciate your service. Chapters are required to file IRS Form 990 annually by November 15th, and many have already completed this responsibility. To support Chapter Treasurers, a ZOOM meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 31 at 7 p.m. NYSO Treasurer Suzanne Patrick will present and be able to assist those who would like help with this task. The link for this virtual meeting is shown below.
Upcoming Area Conferences
NYSO DKG is proud to offer many opportunities for educators to network, socialize and learn about various topics and our organization. Information about these upcoming Area Conferences has been published in Pi Lights and/or Jen's Gems earlier in the year. Hope you can join us!
The Southeast Area Council warmly invites you to attend their virtual conference, "Attracting Women to Leadership Roles in Education," on Saturday, September 17th. Please see below for the flyer and registration form for this free event. The form is due by September 2nd.
The Eastern Area Council welcomes NYSO members to attend, "Relax and Let Your True Colors Show," on Saturday, October 1, 2022. The registration form is included below and must be received by September 15th.