Here's a photo of me when I was in second grade. This was the one time in my whole life that I had my hair cut short. Other than this, it's always been long. Note that even then, my hair was curly--like today, my glasses were cat-eyed and colorful--like today, I grinned openly--like today (but I have more teeth!), and I was wearing a brightly colored pink flowered dress--like today. Why share this with you? Because I want to show you that more than anyone else I know, I hate change.
If you come to visit, you'll see that I never move my living room furniture, I have the first pair of cowboy boots I ever bought, the washstand where I learned to brush my teeth is in the foyer, and the tiny chair I sat in as a child is in my bedroom. More than anyone I know, I hate change. I'm still friends with my best friend from kindergarten even though she moved away that year. We chat on Facebook and visit each other. Need I say it again--I hate change.
So, maybe you can imagine the struggle I face as Colorado State President when I give up the name Omega State and move forward? Maybe, like me, you don't want to do all the forms online or read the Collegial Exchange on your iPad. I love tradition and antiques, but, despite my feelings, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is moving into the future, and I'm here to help you navigate the changes as they come!
The amendments made big changes to membership. Here are some of them. We can now have collegial members. I actually like this change because it brings in young educators. I had a girl in my honors class at MSU-Denver who was ready to join DKG and lead so I know it will work. Colorado State needs to decide how much we want state collegial dues to be. I don't want their money as much as I want their verve and new ideas. They don't have much money to give anyway, but what they lack in finances they make up for in energy so I'd love to have them join us!
These other changes also seem good to me--the chapter determines how to select members and a member becomes a member when she pays her dues. We now "induct" members instead of "initiate" them. We can still have initiations, but this frees us up to have membership start at dues collection.
Even the controversial one makes sense to me--a member can be a member of international, state, and/or chapter. While some people think members will just join international and bypass the chapter, I think we can carefully guide our new members to be a part of each chapter just as we've been doing. Most of you don't know it, but I don't belong to a chapter here in Colorado. I'm a member of state and international. I was Colorado Expansion Chair for years, trying to start a chapter in Douglas County so I didn't join an existing chapter here. I came to all the state and international events, but locally all I got were a half dozen new members I put in existing chapters so I guess I'll have to give up and go join a chapter myself. The best part of DKG membership is the chapter anyway so I hope we draw members to our chapters just as we've always done!
There are a bazillion other changes that your Colorado Executive Team will be bringing you as soon as we can sort them out, but I find it kind of funny that I spent half my time saying how much I hate change and the other half saying how much I like all the membership changes! We're in this together, ladies, so let's embrace the possibilities offered by these changes and lead on! Who's with me?