The second part of the International Vision Statement asks us to think big--as we're leading, we're impacting education worldwide. This is a tall order. It isn't just enough to lead; each of us must impact the whole wide world! We're pretty good at impacting our families, churches, and communities, but this idea of impacting education worldwide calls us to consider just how big our scope of influence can reach. What is your chapter doing to impact education worldwide? What are you doing?
While much of what I do for DKG focuses on Colorado State, I really thought about how to impact education worldwide. I started by writing the first bilingual article for The Collegiate Exchange, one of our International DKG publications that you can access online at dkg.org. I gathered state presidents from Nueva Leon, Baja Mexico, and Panama and we wrote in Spanish and English so I consider that a pretty big impact on the world! Let me ask you--what are you doing for the whole world as you lead?
In addition to being guided by the International Vision Statement, each Colorado State President chooses her own state theme--a subject she directs the state toward and a point she wants to make about that subject. My biennium theme is: Promoting Praise and Possibility . As an English teacher, I like alliteration so I chose some 'p' words to focus us and narrowed my goals to two specific activities--praising and looking at possibilities. I want to be a praise promoter, and I want each of you to be one with me! Because I believe praise makes us all stronger together. And I want to see possibilities instead of problems, just as I want you to, too.
Corresponding State Secretary Kerry Tripp really helped me bring this possibility idea into action with the way she applied it. When someone says, "Oh, we can't do that," she asked them, "Then what can we do?" I've been using her technique, and members offer the most amazing suggestions for possibilities! It's quite fun to redirect focus and inspire other to share their ideas.
The 2018 Colorado State Fall Board Meeting theme was "Step Right Up!" Our whole meeting was about ways members can step up into leadership roles in chapter, state, and international positions. As you think about your Chapter meetings, you can think about the program or project you'll be focusing on and create a catchy verbal theme that draws members into the excitement of the action. Even though I've got the 2019 Spring Board Meeting theme in mind, I want to hold onto it a little long and let it evolve, but the Convention Planning Team is working fast and furious on our plans for June 28, 29, 30 so I wanted to share that theme now just to whet your whistle!
As I thought about the 2019 Colorado State Convention, I considered the past and the future and realized that all our new amendments and possibilities lead us out into the wild blue yonder. I like the idea of table decorations and favors being red for our rose symbol and blue for our gaze into the future, and even as our future is open and wide, I want to hold onto the DKG song phrase of "forward moving ever." So here's our 2019 Colorado State Convention theme for you to ponder: Into the Wild Blue Yonder--Forward Moving Ever! As we head toward 2019, think of ways you're moving out into the wild blue yonder, and come join us at the Convention to share your plans!