Dear Alpha Sisters,
It is already half-way through January and our February meeting is coming up. This will be a really fun-packed meeting including four special events:
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:30 A.M. Social, 10:00 A.M. Meeting
Location: Location: Tri-Boro First Aid Building, Butler
51 Morse Avenue ~ Butler, NJ 07405
Directions: From the Garden State Parkway South — Follow GSP North to Route 46 West and NJ-23 North. Continue to Morse Ave/Butler exit on NJ-23. Turn right on to Morse Ave. Then @ the light, make right Applebee’s & Wendy’s on corner
Cost: $15 per person - includes bagels, fruit, quiche, coffee, tea and juice
Check payable to “Alpha Chapter DKG” or pay online Note: when you sign up, don’t pay and don’t show, it is a hit on our funds!
Please RSVP to Kristin Massotto on or before February 17, 2020 at DKGsocial2018@gmail.com or
Kristin Massotto, 10 Wilson Terrace West Caldwell NJ 07006 or online >
Helen Allen and Judy Jaeger suggest that those who wish to send “Girls Love Mail” letters write them at home and bring them to the meeting. If you are unsure of what to write, check the website https://www.dkgnj-alpha.org/program-of-work.html for details.
Emily Hoeflinger suggests that for donations to the Red Hawk Pantry you can check out the Amazon wish list and send over items online-- especially if you will not be able to make the meeting. You can donate funds directly, as well, if that works best or you can also just bring items to the meeting. The usual guidelines apply: canned veggies but not canned corn, potted meats/other forms of protein (plain canned beans, etc), cereals, boxed goods, spices, jellies, and any special needs (i.e. gluten free, dairy or nut free, low-sugar or sugar free). As well, personal hygiene products are welcome-- deodorant, tampons, pads, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, razors, face wash, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, etc. Just avoid any clothing, towels, or bedding. They don't take those items. And please be sure that these items aren't expired or near their expiration date. All of the links to donate are on their website: https://www.montclair.edu/student-services/red-hawk-pantry/
Linda Leddy has an update to the book donations. We are only gathering books for pre-school through grade 12. Please, no adult books.
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.
When you bring your books to 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. Debbie will take the books for Paterson.
Linda Leddy, Alpha Chapter Chair “For the Love of Books”
The fourth thing that needs to happen at this coming meeting is the presentation of a slate of officers and an election so that we can induct the officers at the May meeting. It would be really helpful if there were a couple of volunteers who contacted me soon indicating a willingness to serve. Megan Connolly and Theresa Messineo have indicated that they will serve as president and 1st VP, so that leaves a 2nd VP and a secretary position open. The secretary is responsible for handling chapter correspondence and taking minutes at the meeting (and maintaining the minutes for the archives). The 2nd VP is responsible for organizing our chapter service/outreach and for professional growth and services (the Rose & Key Award nominations). I will be happy to answer any questions!
In addition to chapter officers, we need to elect at least one member to the Hoitsma Board. This person will be one of those consulted about distribution of funds to our members. Giving away money is fun and there are no meetings, only electronic/phone consultations. Contact Cindy Sokoloff if you have any questions and/or are willing to be elected to this position.
The day before our meeting, on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM, the CTAUN Conference will happen in New York at the UN. This is always a terrific event. Margaret Anzul worked on it for years before it got to be too much for her to do. This year’s theme is “War No More” and the list of speakers is outstanding. Information and registration are available at https://teachun.org/conference/2020-un/ Debbie Hoeflinger, Shannon Neville-Greenwood, and I are planning to go. We would welcome company! Debbie and Shannon might even be able to work with others on transportation (I will have to be on my own from down here in Clinton). We can all certainly meet at the UN!
We have excellent news from Jessica Shackil. Jessica had her baby!! Easton Jay, 12/31/19 at 12:23pm, 7lbs 7 oz & 20.5 inches long! Congratulations, Jessica ! There are photos on our Alpha Facebook Group page. If you aren’t a member, request membership. The page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/774037882634834/ and it is a closed group, so strangers can’t get in.
One more thing…just in from our state president: If you were named Teacher of the Year, earned a degree, or were honored in any other way, I need to make a list, so please let me know asap! firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-851-1428.
Looking forward to seeing you in February,