This is the story of how President Pettit led Omega State change. President Pettit is a visionary, and in her wisdom she realized we needed new structures for Omega State to function effectively. So she created an Ad Hoc Committee on Committees--a name that makes me laugh because it conjures up the Grammar Rock song from my childhood. "I'm just a bill. I'm only a bill, and I'm sittin' here on Capitol Hill. . .I might DIE in COMMITTEE." That's what happens to a lot of great ideas in a Committee--they DIE.
As the Ad Hoc Committee met many times (fully alive!), we discussed ways to streamline communications, to arrange the Committees effectively for the tasks they were created to perform, to eliminate and combine and reorder. We laughed and fellowshipped and brainstormed, and what finally came out of all of that were the changes that International President Carolyn Pittman said she's shared with others--we have a bunch of new groups working together and we call them Teams.
What I love about the process is how so many people had input into making Omega State great! President Pettit knew something needed to be done. True Morgan, Shirley Organ, Dr. Norma Silvers, and Memory Lamfers began the discussion. I joined later. Joyce Best and her Team got in on it. You voted at Convention. And in the end, here's where we've landed for now.
1. We changed the word "Committee" to "Team."
Rationale: We hope to establish the idea that we're in it to win it, playing the game, out on the court, working with the team--instead of letting our good ideas die in Committee!
While we realize this is an emotionally-powered word change, one which coaches probably love!, I'm already feeling it because members just volunteered for Teams and some Teams formed themselves and informed me later!
2. The Omega State Award, the Star Chapter Award, and Scholarships were all united into one Team called Scholarships and Awards Team.
Rationale: They are all accolades members can receive. We realize some are about money, some aren't, and some come from State and some from International. But we tried to focus on what is similar about them--they all honor DKG members in some way.
As we process through these changes, I kept 2 co-Team Leaders on the Team just to be sure everybody gets awards and scholarships, but I reduced the number of team members from 12 to 6. Ruth Ann Bearden is co-Team Leader in charge of Omega State Award, Phyllis Sinclair is co-Team Leader in charge of Scholarships, Carol Drollinger is still in charge of Star Chapter Awards. Applications are online. What we're hoping happens is that each Team Member works on each award or scholarship as she has time and one member doesn't get stuck doing it all at the last minute. The co-chairs and team members are all very active and will do a great job!
3. The Expansion Team was moved under Membership.
Rationale: Membership takes care of members, and expanding adds members so it just makes sense to put them together because they're about members.
Juana Hajek has some great new ways to start a chapter so if you'd like to help, chat with her. You don't have to officially be on the Membership Team to help out. We're all one big Team anyway!
4. The World Fellowship Team was placed under Community and World Connections.
Rationale: Our rationale was that if you're going to "fellowship" with the world, you're making a "connection" so there's no need to repeat.