A message from our President,
As a child, September was always an exciting month: it was back to school with new school supplies, new friends, new teachers, new challenges. As a teacher, similar feelings of newness was always there. I still feel the same way at our annual DKG September Homecoming, but this year my excitement is intensified. I am beginning a new biennium as your President.
At my installation in May, I told you how honoured I am to have been elected as your president, and how happy I am to begin my work with a great slate of officers and so many enthusiastic members. My vision for the biennium is Dare to Kindle Growth, inspired by the words of Dr. Mildred Burns when she learned of our name change. D-K-G- Quebec. Dare to Kindle Growth. And so we begin to dare.
The majority of our members are late career or retired teachers. DKG Quebec cannot sustain itself for much longer with that profile. We need a critical mass of early and mid-career teachers to kindle further growth. In her closing address to the Leadership Training sessions at our Northeast Regional Conference in July, International DKG President, Carolyn Pittman, urged each DKG member to commit to bringing in two new members this year, particularly young members with energy and vision. I urge all of us in DKG Quebec to do the same. We need to put our heads together to find new ways to attract and maintain younger members while at the same time meeting the needs and interests of our long time members. Let’s think in terms of social media, speakers, alternative activities and groupings, projects and public workshops as possible bridges to new members. Your ideas are essential!
Not only do we need to continue to increase our membership, but we need to grow our leadership. In May I asked each and every one of you to step outside your comfort zone and take on a leadership role. This does not necessarily mean joining the Executive, although the position of First Vice President is still open. You might simply join one of our committees, or become the chair of a committee. Or you might develop a classroom “action research” project and submit an application for funding. You might write up your project and submit it to the Gamma Gamut or to one of the DKG International professional journals. You might even dare to prepare a presentation of your work for your DKG sisters for one of our evening programs.
The success of any organization does not lie with the executive but with the membership. Each of us has unique skills, talents and abilities. It is when these resources are combined that we are best able to kindle growth. I ask all of you to join together with me to give DKG your best again this biennium so that we will become the best we can be.
To quote Edward Everett Hale:, “I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can.”
DKG Quebec 2017-2019
Dare to Kindle Growth
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