2023 International Conference: Tampere, Finland
Members Simone Nance and Jennifer Nance attended the International Conference in Tampere, Finland in July 2023. The conference had 178 attendees from 8 countries, including 52 attendees from the United States and 6 from Indiana.
Many of the U.S. attendees
Simone with Eygló Björnsdóttir, the European Achievement Award recipient for 2023
With Tia Neal (Louisiana) and Hanne Escalante (Norway) during a session to meet with others with similar teaching positions
At the Grand Dinner, the Finnish members used three characters to represent teachers in various time periods in Finland's history.
All of the Indiana attendees (L to R): Lois Vogel, Jo Jones, Simone Nance, Jennifer Nance, Roni Embry, and Carol Herzog
Simone & Jennifer happened to see Marika Heimbach (European Regional Forum Director, Germany) and Janny Kisteman (Netherlands) at a cafe in Helsinki the day before leaving and had a wonderful chat before they flew to Spain!
At the closing ceremony, we had a beautiful remembrance for all those members who have been lost from our European chapters.
When they said "coffee break" between sessions, they meant it!
At the Grand Dinner on the final night of the conference. L to R: Connie Rensink (International 1st VP, TN), Simone Nance, Jennifer Nance, Lynn Caruthers (TN), Beverly Hall (International 2nd VP, TN)
Jennifer talking music with Nancy Davis (Tennessee) and Shelia Wilkinson (Kentucky)
Members from many different countries attended the session to learn some Finnish words!
A wonderful, yet serious, conversation this morning with International President Dr. Debbie Leblanc about the sustainability of our organization and the importance of our work. It was a reminder that change begins at the chapter level.
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS FROM THE TRIP:
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2023 Indiana State Convention
The Convention was hosted in Evansville in April 2023. We had two days filled with DKG members from around the state.
Women's Equality Day Luncheon
Several members were FINALLY able to attend the Women's Equality Day Luncheon held in Evansville at the Old National Events Plaza in August (after being postponed due to Covid). Simone, Marcia, Barb, Carolyn, and Carol were all able to hear the amazing Mae Jemison speak as part of the event.
First In-Person Meeting!
Our Executive Board was SO EXCITED to be able to meet in person finally! One of the members attending has been unable to participate in the virtual meetings, so this was extra-special. We were able to have a small lunch gathering to plan out our chapter's meetings and social events for the upcoming year!
State Convention Basket
Our State chapter, DKG Indiana, invited all of the chapters to bring a basket for a silent auction in June to the State Convention. The purpose was to raise money for the DKG Emergency Fund. The event was definitely a success! Our chapter chose to include only local products, such as Donut Bank coffee, Dewig Meats jerky, books by local authors, artwork by a local artist, jams from a local farm market, Lib's chocolates, Marx BBQ sauce, and MORE! You can see a list of the contents HERE ! This was a fun way to support our local shops and artists in addition to DKG. A special thanks to chapter member Darlene for assembling and delivering the basket for us!
Our Chapter is helping support the YWCA with both monetary and supply donations. Here are a few of the ways our members have helped:
Chinese Cooking Class
Member Mei shows our chapter how to make some traditional Chinese dishes at home.
Self - Defense Workshop
The group is warming up and having a talk with local officers before our "Wonder Woman 2.0" self-defense workshop at SICTC.
Member Gwen gives the chapter a tour of the newly opened Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center (SICTC), an EVSC school that includes students from 5 area counties.
The chapter had a meeting with dinner and a mixology lesson at Comfort by Cross Eyed Cricket.
Golden Key Award
Angie and Darlene accept the Golden Key Award certificate for our Chapter at the Alpha Epsilon State Convention in 2017.
Women's Suffrage Presentation PLUS the Benefits of Wine and Herbs Wine Tasting
We had a meeting at Darlene's house, where she presented information about the health benefits of wine. Multiple wines were also available for tasting, as well as information about basic wine tasting etiquette. During the meal, Lorie presented information about the women's suffrage movement.
Members met at Comfort by the Cross Eyed Cricket before a planned tour of the LST.
Certificates are given to members for years of service to the organization. Angie (above, left) received her 15 year certificate, and Vickie (above. right) received her 20 year membership certificate.
Our annual Pound Auction fundraiser is a highlight of our year. Carol (above, left) has been our auctioneer for many years.