By Pamela Nix, Executive Director 2017-09-13 05:30:36
millennials be unstoppable I began writing this column on the plane ride home from National Convention, after crashing for a power nap the first hour. Convention 2017 will be unforgettable for so many reasons, and I hope those who experienced it took home wonderful memories for a lifetime. Right before convention, I was asked to give a presentation to a group of corporate mid-level managers on managing millennials, the generation born during the 1980s and '90s. In creating the presentation, I spent quite a bit of time reflecting on my job at headquarters and researching millennials in the workplace. This generation of digital natives values finding a deeper sense of purpose in their work. Despite media headlines that stereotype millennials as being self-promoting and obsessed with social media, they are not all the same; no generation is. And, I truly believe that some of the challenges in managing this generation are universal and would be true for any generation coming into the workforce lacking work and world experience. According to Forbes, by 2025, millennials will make up 75 percent of the world's working population. Baby boomers who have yet to retire and Gen Xers who want to continue careers in management MUST master managing millennials by making the most of their tech-sawy, happiness-seeking personalities. Roughly 75 percent of the headquarters staff is millennials. It was not intentional, but it is interesting that we are already successfully operating in the environment of 2025, which speaks to the caliber of women we hire and the strength of their supervisors and volunteer role models. And, I also believe our staff reflects the positive millennial characteristic of wanting to feel that what they do is worthwhile and they are part of something important that positively affects the world. At Kappa Delta, we see the value in millennials, and we intend to continue to empower this generation. By the way, I closed my presentation to the corporate guys with a twist: "If millennials have been told all of their lives that they can change the world, then let them!" Millennials, ignore what others say about you – be unstoppable! News and events KD COMMUNICATIONS HONORED Kappa Delta's communications efforts were recognized by the Fraternity Communications Association at its 2017 conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. The sorority's new brand launch earned third place for the highest overall communications honor, the William C. Levere Award for Total Communication. In the media category, KD earned second place for Best Online Magazine or Feature with the "My KD Story: Heather Ryan" coordinated video and article and third place for Multimedia Presentation-Educational for the Kappa Delta Museum video. The Angelos received second place for the top magazine honor, the Fred F. Yoder Award for Overall Publication Excellence, and the following additional awards: first place, Publication Improvement; first place, Design-Feature Article for "Soaring to Victory," winter 2017; first place, Design-Single Page for "KD Poll," fall 2016; and third place, Critics Choice-Cover Design, for "Travails of the Travelers," fall 2016. FCA is composed of communications professionals from fraternal organizations, including Greek-letter fraternities and sororities. More than 800 entries were considered for awards in 30 categories. Communications staff pictured above, clockwise from top left: Sherry Egan Anderson, Angelos editor; Lindsey Archer, senior graphic design and marketing manager; Heidi Moore Roy, director of communications; Hayley Lollar, communications coordinator; Kristen Archer, senior multimedia manager; and Heather Pringle Burke, senior communication and technology manager. UPCOMING EVENTS OCT. 20-22: Delta Iota-Murray State 50th anniversary celebration, including Friday Meet-and-Greet at Spring Hills Marriott in Murray, Kentucky; Saturday alumnae get-together, White Rose Ceremony, campus and Delta Iota house tours, banquet with guest speaker National Vice President-Alumnae Tove Bichel Thomas; and Sunday breakfast. For more information, contact Bonnye Roof at email@example.com or 270.519.2886. OCT. 21: New England State Day at the Crowne Plaza Boston-Newton, including a buffet lunch and a Founders Day celebration with keynote speaker National President Tricia Ruma Spence. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Claire Murdough at 603.498.1387. JAN. 26-28, 2018: Kappa Delta's fifth National Collegiate Training Academy and Collegiate National Leadership Team Academy, Hyatt Regency Orlando. SAVE THE DATE, JUNE 27-30, 2019: The 63rd Biennial National Convention, Hyatt Regency Dallas. To publicize a State Day or chapter anniversary celebration in The Angelos, please send the event details to email@example.com by Oct. 1 for the winter issue, Jan. 1 for the spring issue, April 1 for the summer issue and July 1 for the fall issue. NEW ALUMNAE CHAPTER COMMUNICATIONS TOOL At the 2017 National Convention, KD alumnae chapter delegates were introduced to Group Interactive Networks' GIN System, a technology tool that provides each alumnae chapter with a customized portal to communicate with its members. With the GIN System, AC members can share calendar information and files, post announcements and send out mass emails and text messages. Each AC also will receive an easy-to-use KD-branded website that can be personalized for the alumnae chapter. GIN will integrate each website with the sorority's membership database. Members will use their Kappa Delta username and password from their member portal to access the AC's communication portal as well as the private area of the national website. When a member updates her address, email or other information on the AC GIN System, it will instantaneously synch with the national database, ensuring member information matches across all services and the national organization always has the most current information for all members. The GIN System is web-based and available securely on the web, through Facebook, Google accounts and on smartphone and tablet devices. It has been used for some time by KD collegiate chapters, and now alumnae chapter members will enjoy the benefit of having all their AC communication tools in one place. Instructions on how to use the GIN System were provided to alumnae chapter presidents in the AC Insider newsletter and through webinar training. If you have questions, contact Senior Alumnae Chapter Manager Pat McCaleb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.536.1897. RESOLUTION ON HUMAN DIGNITY This year marks the 30th anniversary of Kappa Delta's Resolution on Human Dignity, which was adopted at the 47th National Convention, July 1987. It asked Kappa Deltas to rededicate themselves to the sorority's Object, Purpose and Creed in the belief that individual self· worth is rooted in one's commitment to a positive value system. It also encouraged members to recognize their responsibility for one another as sisters and assist each member in reaching her greatest potential. Perhaps most noteworthy at the time was that it publicly said, "Sexual harassment and abuse of women are destructive to all that is honorable, beautiful and highest," and it denounced hazing, stating: "Kappa Delta Sorority recognizes the respect and dignity that all men and women should be accorded and therefore disassociates itself from any activity or event which encourages or permits actions which may be construed as demeaning to any individual." 2017 CHRISTMAS SEAL Kappa Delta introduced its unique Christmas seal program in 1925, and annually since then, seals designed by a KD sister have been sent during the holiday season with an appeal. Members send their tax-deductible donations to the foundation, making life-changing opportunities possible for Kappa Deltas and others. To learn more about the foundation's programs, go to page 48 in this issue of The Angelos. This year's seal was created by Sue Mihelick Hicks, Epsilon Tau-Clemson. Sue served KD for 24 years as a national volunteer, including CAB-specialist, extension specialist, national director of member education, Nominating Committee member, and both collegiate and alumnae province president. She is a member of the Lehigh Valley Alumnae Chapter and serves as Theta Zeta-Lehigh's house corporation president. Sue also serves on boards at her church, Bethlehem Catholic High School and the National Museum of Industrial History. She was the first woman elected to the Clemson Alumni National Council and was named "Clemson Young Alumnus of the Year." Sue has been married to husband David, Sigma Phi Epsilon, for 28 years, and they have two sons, Connor and Grant, and a rescue dog named Millie. Sue says: "Since I pledged KD, I have tossed around ideas for the Christmas seal, but I never submitted one. I had this design [using a nautilus] in my head for over five years and finally had Connor teach me how to turn it into a digital submission." Winners of the annual design contest receive a monetary award of $100. Sue is donating her award to high-school arts in West Virginia. BYLAWS AMENDED Voting delegates to Kappa Delta's 62nd Biennial National Convention approved four amendments to the Kappa Delta National Bylaws. Those amendments have been incorporated into the original document and are now available in the Resource Library at www.kappadelta.org. Thank you to the members of the Bylaws Committee, which was chaired by Judy Hare Thorne, Alpha Iota-California/Los Angeles, for working diligently to gather and present the bylaws amendment proposals to the convention body. PURCHASE MAGAZINES TO SUPPORT CHAPTER HOUSING Magazine sales through the Kappa Delta Magazine Agency help Kappa Delta provide some of the best chapter houses, lodges and other chapter facilities across the nation. Please subscribe to your favorite magazines through the Kappa Delta magazine program. Browse the online magazine store to purchase subscriptions or renew old favorites. Online editions are available for many titles. Go to kd.efundraising.com to place an order. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions. BUILDING CONFIDENCE. INSPIRING ACTION. this is US BY ALISON JAKES ARGERSINGER, NATIONAL PRESIDENT 2015-2017 For the past biennium, it was my honor to serve as Kappa Delta's national president. It was a challenging, humbling and inspiring two years. I experienced Kappa Delta as never before and was reminded anew that all of us are part of a long chain. This past TV season, the drama series This is Us became a big hit. Even though it is true that for many episodes you need not only snacks but also a box of Kleenex, it is still my favorite show. It's about supporting one another and occasionally disappointing one another . . . and then supporting one another some more. What the fictional Pearson family does best is love each other. It reminds me of the family that is our Kappa Delta. From the beginning, our sisterhood has been an "us." Kappa Delta sprang to life at a time when society was still telling women what we could not be. We shouldn't dress or behave except in narrowly defined ways. We shouldn't aspire to higher education, and we weren't allowed to share in full citizenship. It's pretty clear from the historical record that Julia, Lenora, Mary and Sara didn't understand the scope of what their vision implied, but they did realize that women, bonded in love and solidarity, could lift one I another up, inspire one another and become stronger, braver and more accomplished together than they ever could be individually. One hundred and twenty years down the road, we've seen and experienced what has unfolded from ÷their founding vision of "This is Us." We live it on a personal level as our sisters stand by us through the ups and downs, holding our hands, laughing with us, crying with us and rejoicing with us. We bear witness to everything that we've been able to accomplish together over the decades, including millions of dollars and volunteer hours contributed to worthy causes. Today, our challenges are vastly different than they once were. Many collegians juggle campus safety issues, stress-related emotional difficulties and occasional member behavior that does not align with our values, such as hazing, substance abuse and cultural insensitivity. This is not us – or at least it shouldn't be. We must be vigilant that our words and deeds always reflect the high ideals that we represent. Part of that vigilance is a sacred responsibility to take care of our sisters, in a spirit of love. One Kappa Delta writing from 1905 says: "A friend remembers us when we have forgotten or neglected ourselves. She takes loving heed of our health, our work, our aims, our plans. A friend makes us outdo ourselves." This is us. Women empowering women. Sisters uplifting sisters. Giving one another support, a voice, a forum for advocacy, and the abiding reassurance that there are others who identify with our experiences and love us unconditionally. This is us.
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