In our shortest move, just a block across the neighborhood, the movers lost the key to that desk, and it has remained locked despite my trying a myriad of antique keys we've inherited from family members. Some have three extensions on the key, some have two, some have none, some are skeleton keys supposed to open anything, but, alas, the desk remains locked and we have no idea what treasures we left inside. I tell you this to illustrate the importance of a key.
Take a moment and consider what it means to be key women educators. I could be a woman but not an educator. I could be an educator but not a woman. I could be a woman educator, but not a key woman educator. As a key woman educator, I hold the power to unlock a life-long love of learning, the hope of possibility, the joy of inspiration. Think back to lives of students you've changed. I know you can name a dozen, a hundred, or a thousand, and you've probably got notes and stories to prove it.
My point is, YOU are a KEY woman educator. You open doors, hearts, ideas, and hope. You open the treasures in your Chapter sisters. You can't help it because you're a key, and opening things is what you do!
The more I know about our Society, the more I marvel at the wisdom of our founder, Annie Webb Blanton. She carefully considered the name of our Society, making sure the Greek letters she chose to represent us said exactly what we are--key women educators!
We pronounce ∆ιδασκαοι—Didaskotikai as "Delta" which means teachers.
We pronounce Κλειδουχοι—Kleidouchai as "Kappa" which means key.
We pronounce Γυναικεz— Gynaikes as "Gamma" which means women.
Now you can no longer say, "It's all Greek to me," because you know that DKG literally means "key women educators!" And you know you're the key that opens the treasures in your Chapter sisters!