DKG Alpha Zeta State’s President, Ingrid Williams, has initiated a president’s project for the 2019-2020 year. “For the Love of Books” Book Drive will commence this year and all chapters will be collecting new and gently used pre-school through grade 12 books to be redistributed throughout the state of New Jersey.
I have spoken to the state chair of this project, Susan Murphy, and she has indicated that the books we collect can go to any worthy recipients. I told her about the books we collect for the school in Paterson and she said this is perfect. Susan wants each member to be responsible for donating 25 books and I have the spreadsheet she distributed for me to keep track of how many books each member donates. Since the books we collect for Paterson are to be grade 4 or younger, if anyone has books for grades 5 - 12 that are new, gently used or in like-new condition I will collect them and keep them in my garage until I have collected 350 and then I will contact Book Smiles to pick them up and take them to their distribution center.
Some good sources of books other than buying them on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or other retail bookstores is to buy them from used bookstores, church rummage sales, garage sales, etc. You can even ask people to donate them to you if they don’t sell them. Most of the time they are just happy to have someone take them off their hands. Many public libraries also sell or give away used children’s books.
At our December meeting we are just collecting for Paterson. When you bring your books to the future meetings, please put a post-it note on the top book in your bag with the number of books, your name and if the books are for Paterson or Book Smiles. I will take the books for Book Smiles. Also, please email me the number of books you bring and if they are for Paterson or Book Smiles. Thank you all for your generosity and if you have any questions just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Chapter Chair “For the Love of Books”
Dear Alpha Sisters,
Here we are in full-fledged fall, complete with leaves to rake, early darkness, and forecasts of snow. How did this happen? It also means that we are heading toward our December chapter meeting on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Yes, that’s Sunday afternoon. We thought we’d try a different day that might have fewer sports and Holiday Sales. Of course, there is no good day and we’ll be in the holiday season, but I hope that many of you will be able to attend. We’ll be at Christ Church, Pompton Lakes.
Our special service project, in addition to the usual Girls Love Mail and the Red Hawk Pantry, is our collection of books for a fourth grade class in Paterson. The teacher is a friend of Debbie Hoeflinger to whose class we gave books last year at the end of the year. They were so thrilled that we thought that this year’s class might get them as holiday “presents”, so we’re collecting them at the December meeting. You are asked to contribute new or gently used books at the fourth grade interest level and at any reading level. The class will have good readers as well as children barely able to read, but they’re all about 9 years old. If you have books suitable for younger children, they will be a special bonus – books that the 4th graders can give to the younger classes. This project of ours happens to fit neatly in with our DKGNJ President’s Project to give away 15,000 books during her biennium. You read about the project in the state newsletter, I hope, and Ingrid talked about it at the October meeting during her visit. All we need to do is count the ones we send to Paterson and give the count to the state chair. If you have any adult books that you want to donate, we can take them to the January state meeting to someone else who has a plan for them.
Now, our meeting plan. We’re gathering at 1:00 p.m., so we’re having a light lunch and then the meeting. Please come wearing a Holiday Sweater. I’m sure you have something that is either in the class of Ugly Sweater or Favorite Holiday Sweater. It will make for a festive occasion and, probably, a few giggles. Our program is a discussion of the book Educated by Tara Westover. If you haven’t read it, you still have a month, but reading the book is not a pre-requisite for attending the meeting. Besides, technology can provide you with insight without reading:
Finally, I am getting ready to send out a state News Between the News with lots of information from DKG International, so pay attention! Especially pay attention to the information on new doctorates. Getting a doctorate is a bid deal and DKG would like to recognize the achievement!
Doctoral Recognition in Philadelphia
Members who have completed their doctoral degrees between July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020, will be recognized and honored at the 2020 DKG International Convention in Philadelphia. To be recognized, members must submit the following documentation by April 30, 2020:
Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving,