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 Kathrin Hodgson

State Organisation President

2017-2019

 

 

 

State President’s Report, August 2018

This summer’s highlights were two trips to Austin, Texas. The first was as a member of the International Finance Committee – sadly my final meeting after four years’ service. The time spent on this committee has been of great interest – hard work too, but opening my eyes and informing me of the workings of DKG Society as a whole. I can’t recommend highly enough what membership of an International Committee has given me – and would encourage those of you who are hesitant, to delay no longer. Filling in the form to apply is the worst part – but you will really reap the benefit.

My second trip was to attend the International Convention. I would like to have seen more of Austin but, since I had several roles to undertake, much of my time involved meetings. Due to the high number of proposed amendments the Finance Committee met every day after each general session in order to make any adjustments to the proposed budget which had been affected by that day’s voting. As State President, I had to vote on your behalf at the Executive meetings. As European Forum Chair, I was responsible for the abbreviated Forum Meeting and delivering the Forum Report – quite nerve wracking to speak to almost 2000 members! I had also been tasked with chairing the inaugural Global Awareness Forum – a joint venture between the four Forums – Canada, Europe, Latin America and the US. This proved to be very well received by the audience with many positive comments at the end of the hour.

I had found myself ‘organising’ a reunion of my Golden Gift class of 2016 in the weeks leading up to the convention. In total, 27 of the 30 members of the group were able to attend. We were able to catch up in a local restaurant. We had a very enjoyable time together with promises of meeting again in Philadelphia – the location of the 2020 Convention.

During our state conference – which seems ages ago now – many of you will remember Phyllis Hickey speaking of a Revitalisation programme – aimed to help states whose membership numbers are dwindling. After the conference, I contacted Carolyn Pittman (International President) via email and then spoke to her in person in May. Carolyn will be visiting on October 13th; meanwhile a Revitalisation committee has been created so we are prepared for Carolyn’s visit. Sheila Roberts is the Chair of this newly formed committee.

We have even fixed the date and location of next year’s state conference – April 6th 2019 at the De Vere Devonport House, Greenwich – the location of our conference in 2017. Please put the date in your diary.

So, an eventful and interesting period of time. I would like to thank you all for your continued support and look forward to the final year of my presidency with renewed enthusiasm.

 

 

 

 

Penny Kinnear

Alpha Chapter President

2018-2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpha  Chapter Report, August 2018

I first became involved with DKG Alpha Chapter approximately 5 years ago and eventually became Chapter Vice President in 2016. I feel honoured to have been asked to be Chapter President 2018-2020 and look forward to the next two years in my new role.

My background and experience in teaching has been in Primary Schools, having taught Nursery to Y6 over more than 40 years in a total of four schools – three in London and one in Belfast - as teacher, Acting Deputy Head, Deputy Head and Acting Headteacher.

Alpha Chapter continues to enjoy a range of interesting visits and speakers covering a variety of topics, despite some of our plans having to be quickly adapted/changed at the last minute.

In May a group visited the Brunei Gallery at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) to see the then current exhibition of 19th Century photographs of life in China and Siam taken by London photographer Richard Thompson. We were fortunate enough to be given a guided tour by the curator of the exhibition which made it even more enjoyable. This was followed by coffee and cake in a local cafe.

Our Summer Outing was brought forward to June when we took the DLR to Island Gardens on The Isle of Dogs and walked along the 19th Century Foot Tunnel under the River Thames to Greenwich. A walk through Greenwich Park to a leisurely lunch at the Plume of Feathers, a visit to the Queen's Orchard (part of the Greenwich Palace complex), then a stroll through Greenwich Market (some shopping and ice cream) and finishing with a boat trip down the river to Westminster, made for an excellent day.

The annual visit to the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in July proved as interesting and thought-provoking as ever with amazing and impressive exhibits. Consensus amongst those who attended was that it was the best one yet.

As our original planned programme with a guest speaker for our final meeting in July had not been possible, it was decided to devote the afternoon to a forward planning and revitalisation discussion, which proved very productive.

Looking at how we can move forward, by restructuring our 2018-2019 programmme, it has been decided to reduce our business meetings to three a year – September, February and July. Also, to hold two Saturday morning meetings with high calibre speakers focusing on key topics, issues and research relating to education today.

Finally, I would like to thank outgoing Chapter President Barbara Kern for her invaluable support and guidance throughout my time as Vice President.

 


Carole Stirling

Gamma Chapter President  
2018 - 2020

Gamma Chapter Report, August 2018

I feel very privileged to have been asked to be President of Gamma Chapter at such an exciting and challenging time.  I think the next two years are going to be very special, I can’t wait!

I am a retired Primary School teacher, having taught across the whole age range but spending most of my time in years five and six.  I taught in four schools in Dorset and Kent, becoming an Assistant Head, a Deputy Head and an Acting Head for a while.  What a lot of changes you see in over forty years of teaching and sometimes the same ideas (but with a different name!) coming around for the second or third time.

One of my colleagues introduced me to Delta Kappa Gamma and I soon realised what an amazing organisation it is.  I was surprised by the opportunities available to members and the warmth and friendliness of all the members at Chapter Meetings meant they soon became very good friends.  When I attended a Regional Conference in Malmo, Sweden I began to understand what it meant to be part of such an international organisation.

Gamma Chapter has been very fortunate to have Liz Malik as President for the previous four years.  Under her inspirational leadership we have been fortunate enough to have passionate, informative speakers who were engaging and entertaining.  She also organised some exciting and different outings in the glorious summer months.  We went to Bewl Water and had a boat trip as well as a delicious fish and chip lunch; the whole day was a complete success.  Later in the summer Liz arranged a visit to HerstmonceauxCastle.  I was unable to attend but everyone who did had a wonderful time.  I would like to thank Liz for all her hard work, support and the example she has been to us all. She will be a very hard act to follow.  I would also like to thank Marian Bowles for agreeing to be my vice president.  She has already been an amazing support in the meetings we have had to plan the programme for the coming year.

I am so excited to see what the next two years holds for us all.  The Revitalisation initiative promises to be the most important thing we’ve explored in years.  Just think, if each of us introduced just one new member we’d double in size virtually overnight!  Watch this space.