Greetings Ladies! Happy Fall or Summer Part II! I hope by the time you are reading this letter we have finally achieved “sweater weather”. Regardless of the weather, I am sure we can all find things we are thankful for in our lives. Along with my wonderful family, caring friends and secure life I whole-heartedly count my sisters of DKG as a blessing in my life. Each meeting when I can’t imagine the generosity, kindness, and dedication to be any better, I am struck by yet more of the same. I could, and I tried to, highlight each member’s contribution to our chapter but had to stop because each one of you brings a special strength to our organization, our meetings and each other. Thank you for being my sisters!
It was wonderful to see you all at our first meeting and for our sisters who were not able to attend physically (thank you Emily for “tuning-in” virtually) we missed you and hope to see you soon. Maybe our next meeting! Kristin once again provided an excellent program with a presenter from Pathways Women’s Cancer Center. If you were not at the meeting but would like to hear about the services Pathways provides or volunteer opportunities, we have some materials to share. Please see me or Kristin at the December meeting.
Hopefully, you have all had an opportunity to see the most recent DKG newsletter (link below) and saw our own Laura Perrius in the member Spotlight. Congratulations! Laura for a very well deserved honor. Newsletter Link: https://www.dkgnj.org/dkgnj-newsletter-fall-2023.html
Please bear with me as this “President’s Letter” is a bit longer with more exciting news and opportunities for personal and professional growth, as well as, moving our influence “Beyond These Walls” .
A Note from Kristin: Much like the holiday season, our December meeting promises to be a busy one. As part of our “Beyond These Walls” series, we are asking you to use this meeting as a chance to bring a person and a plate.
What does that mean? Step 1: Try to identify a prospective DKG member. Consider Inviting them to join us on December 9th please indicate their name on your meeting RSVP. There is no obligation for them to join. By the same token, if you don’t have anyone you can think of to invite at this time, this does not preclude you from attending on your own. Think of this as an opportunity for a prospective candidate to get to know us without the pressure of commitment. We are just opening our doors to folks beyond our walls.
Step 2: Use the signupsheetlinkedhere (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JcqJMvNlAxN3W3m3CJeE_OngA6RFygZSZ2fAlQzSdQE/edit) to indicate what you will bring to the meeting for us to share and enjoy on the 9th. Please be sure to sign up so we do not duplicate efforts. The cost of the meeting will be adjusted as our hosts with the most, Jennie and Joan, will only have to handle paper products and drinks. The work ‘beyond our walls’ will continue in more ways at this meeting. We will prepare *supply bags” for the women cared for through Strengthen Our Sisters. The requested items are listed below. Laura already has the bags! *We are asking our sisters to please bring the following items: Soap (with little or no fragrance) regular size shampoo regular size conditioner wash cloth body wash sanitary pads a pair of socks or soft slippers samples of make-up We will also supply small cards for members to write a note of encouragement and support,
We also have an opportunity to participate in a toy drive in conjunction with the Glen Ridge Police Department, where our own Patti Caruso's daughter bravely serves as an officer. Unwrapped toys are being collected for newborns to 18 years old. Patti will take whatever we collect back to be distributed to children in need in Newark.
Finally, if you have books to donate through https://www.booksmiles.org/, you may do so at the designated drop off areas or speak with Linda Leddy about dropping them off at her home.
Wel!, with this list of activities we are certainly living up to the motto on our homepage; We are strong, relevant women educators from Morris, Bergen, Passaic and Essex Counties in New Jersey. I must say we most certainly are!
I look forward to seeing you (and maybe a guest) on Saturday December 9 at the Butler TriBoro First Aid in Butler, NJ.
In the event you are traveling or unable to join us due to illness, please send us your email to request to Zoom in. You may send your request to Megan at (email@example.com) or me at (firstname.lastname@example.org) . You will receive a Zoom invitation just prior to the meeting.
Warmest regards, Theresa
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Alpha Chapter Meeting Saturday, December 9, 2023 - 9:30 A.M. Social, 10:00 A.M. Meeting Location: Tri-Boro First Aid Squad 51 Morse Ave, Butler NJ 07405 Please request directions from Google Maps or Waze
Program: Person and a Plate Please remember items for Strengthen our Sisters & the toy drive (no bags needed – Laura has them already) Cost: $10 per person - includes coffee, tea, water, juice (we will be providing food with our plates) Check payable to “Alpha Chapter DKG” or pay on pay using the "Buy Now" button below.
Please RSVP using this Link to Google Form: -https://forms.gle/sdFMTG4pr4D8QXwk6 or by snail or email to Jennie Villanueva ~ email@example.com on or before December 1, 2023 - If you are bringing a guest, please remember to register and pay for her, too. Check payable to “Alpha Chapter DKG” send to 18 Post Brook Rd., N. ~ West Milford, NJ 07480
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Please consider sending a donation to the Grant-in Aid
Grant in Aid donation
At this time instead of trying to collect items and deliver them to our service projects, we decided at the last meeting to ask people to make their donations directly online. Our projectsare the Red Hawk Pantry at Montclair and Strengthen our Sisters, a shelter program for women and children.
Red Hawk Pantry You can make a monetary gift online. Please select “Red Hawk Pantry” on the donation form.
You also can choose from the Amazon Wish List. Once you have chosen items be sure to request they be delivered to the following address: The Red Hawk Pantry C/O Sonja Tillman Montclair State University 1 Normal Ave Blanton Hall, Room 1200 Montclair NJ 07043