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Kathrin Hodgson
State Organisation President
Decemberr 2017



Another year has flown by, and by the time you read this, 2018 will have descended upon us – where does time go? My theory is that we spend so much time planning for events in the future, that we sometimes forget to enjoy the present. However, these things do need preparation, and much hard work is undertaken on behalf of our organisation, both at chapter and state level.

Not least of this is the planning for our state conference in April, in Kingston (London – sadly not Jamaica!). The theme of the conference is Specialist Provision in Education and we have a wide range of speakers and performers.

As always, we have to pay deposits to secure hotel and restaurant bookings – several months before the event. Therefore, I would ask you if you would book early. To this purpose, you will also find a registration form enclosed with the latest edition of GB News, newly printed and desperate to be used.

The hotel where we intend to hold the conference is central, comfortable and, for London, surprisingly inexpensive. So, what better excuse for a weekend away? Bring a friend or a spouse (that could even be the same person!). Mid-April could be just the time to enjoy a run in a London park before breakfast – I’ll see you there.

At this stage I have to thank four extremely hardworking individuals for their unceasingly hard work in organising the conference: Evelyn and Joan, for finding and visiting the hotel and locating speakers; Diana, for her never-ending ideas and willingness to take on writing activities so that I don’t have to; and finally, Gloria, for being my guide and mentor and keeping me – mostly – on the straight and narrow.

Since this is an even numbered year in the DKG calendar, we need new chapter officers – presidents, vice-presidents and treasurers. Please consider taking on one of these roles. Nominations need to submitted by February 10th and full training will be provided at the State Conference, where we will be announcing the names of the new officers.

The biggest event in the biennium is the International Convention, this year in the birthplace of DKG – Austin, Texas. The cost of attending may be proving to be prohibitive for many of you; however, your contribution to the proceedings there are invaluable. In the new year, DKG News will be sent to you. In that edition you will find proposed changes to the constitution. I would urge you to read through them and, particularly if you feel strongly for or against any of the proposals, please let me know; one of my roles at the International Convention is to vote on behalf of GB. I know one or two matters to be discussed concern me – not least possible changes to our voting system – so please tell me what you think.

I hope to see many of you in April.

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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Jess Curtis
President of Beta Chapter 
September 2016

 It was with great sadness that owing to increasingly difficult life circumstances, the  decision to close our Chapter was reached at a meeting, attended by State President, Kathy Hodgson. on Saturday 24th September. Two members have chosen to become reserve members of  Gamma.


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.