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Kathrin Hodgson
State Organisation President




As I approach the end of my third year as State President, I realise how fortunate I am to be surrounded by supportive and hardworking friends and colleagues; one result of this was our State Conference at the beginning of April. Through their untiring enthusiasm and dedication, we managed to produce an interesting and thought provoking weekend. The speakers’ topics blended well together, as had been hoped, and the other activities were well received, judging by the feedback forms. Even the trip to Brown’s on Saturday evening was an adventure – certainly for those who put their trust in my navigational skills – I love maps, though they have a tendency to misbehave when under my control! However, I still maintain that the walk along the river to our final destination in the early evening sunshine was always in the plan
     By now each of you will have received the list of amendments to the Constitution and International Standing Rules, via the latest edition of DKG News. These amendments are mostly intended to simplify the rules that govern DKG; please let me know if there are any amendments about which you feel very strongly, so that I can reflect your views when I attend the International Convention in Austin in July.
     I am almost certain to be the only representative from Great Britain at the International Convention. From what I have gleaned so far, other European countries will be similarly diminished. This is no surprise – the cost of travel, accommodation and registration, plus incidentals is now beyond the pockets of many.
     Our current International President, Carolyn Pittman, is keen to promote the ‘global’ aspect of DKG; as a consequence, all four Forums – US, Canadian, Latin American and European – will present a joint session in Austin. As spokesperson for the Forums, I will give the closing words at the end of the second general session, and introduce the Global Awareness Forum which will follow. It promises to be interesting, and we should congratulate Carolyn on her positive, forwarding thinking.
     I am thinking of having a recording made of the next sentence, since I seem to repeat it so often. Please consider taking on the role of State President, Vice-President or State Treasurer for 2019-2021 – yes it does require a commitment of time, but the rewards are massive. The sooner the decision is made, the more time there will be for the existing personnel to work alongside you in preparation. And, we are always there to give help and support – it is a sign of strength to know when you need help and to ask for it.
     On a final note, I would like to give my thanks to all of the Chairs of our state committees for their hard work, and a very special mention to my right hand ‘man’ – Evelyn – for her indefatigable enthusiasm. Last year, Evelyn doubted that she was the right candidate to receive the Great Britain Achievement Award. Never has an award been more deserved.

Barbara Kern

President of Alpha Chapter

January 2018

Alpha Chapter has had a further interesting series of meetings, in a variety of venues.

In September we met at Dulwich Hamlet Junior School, and members who had attended the European Regional in Tallinn in Estonia spoke to us about their experiences there. They had an extremely enjoyable time and found the 

Estonians very hospitable – see the reports in GB News Autumn 2017.

Our October meeting was intended to be a joint one with Gamma Chapter – to be held at Dulwich Hamlet Junior School, where Claire, the Head, was going to show us the latest refurbishments, and speak to us about the combined schools. Unfortunately, due to family circumstances and illness, Claire had to cancel.  As we had no venue, we lunched at a local restaurant, and then, taking advantage of the reasonable weather, held our business meeting outdoors in the pleasant grounds of the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

November also saw a change of speaker at short notice.  Lindsey McHale  was called away for work purposes, so could not speak to us about her wide-roving Music therapy work. Instead Joan Carroll, at short notice, asked a church friend if she would speak to us. Anne Ross bravely stepped into the breach, and spoke about her varied work and experiences in work in Mental Health. A report on Anne's talk is printed in the Spring edition of GB News 2018. 

In December we had our usual festive outing and lunch. This year we visited The Charterhouse, an Almhouse, and which had been the site of the original Charterhouse School in the Smithfield area of London. Lunch afterwards was at The Fox and Anchor Pub, nearby – a festive occasion.

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Liz Malik
President of Gamma Chapter 
January 2018

The Autumn issue of GB news was especially interesting for me and I have enjoyed reading it several times.  Not being fit enough to travel to Tallinn was extremely disappointing after all the preparation and expectation of experiencing such a wonderful country as well as another opportunity to attend another regional conference.  I heard many stories of the adventures of Gamma members but was also able to gain a real flavour of everyone’s enthusiasm and enjoyment through their descriptive articles.  I should love to have heard the music and singing and seen the dancing for myself but am pleased that everyone enjoyed the experience so much.

Our most recent speaker, Margret Sargent, was pleased to take a copy of GB News to pass on to friends who might be interested in seeing it.  When I see past speakers or visitors they usually ask what’s going on with us and remark on the friendliness and comradely welcome they experienced. Most of the connections I make at U3A and other places are retired, very busy with lots of activities and involved with the upbringing of grandchildren. However we keep positive about the future and continue to keep this wonderful organisation alive.