Alpha Delta Kappa Builds Educational Excellence, Altruism
and World Understanding Through Fellowship

 
Why Become a Member? Membership Benefits

  • Friendship, support and association with professional peers
  • Honor and recognition of professional achievement
  • Professional and personal growth and development opportunities
  • Informative publications and peer-reviewed publication opportunities
  • Leadership development opportunities and training
  • Extensive members-only website
  • Scholarship and travel opportunities
  • Group insurance programs

Membership, which is honorary and based on peer recognition, provides a wealth of opportunities for leadership development and networking through workshops, training sessions, conferences and conventions. But, perhaps the greatest opportunity Alpha Delta Kappa provides is the opportunity to make a difference. Around the world, Alpha Delta Kappa members combine their energies and talents to enrich their lives and the lives of others through thousands of heartwarming, community-based altruistic projects.

In the past two years alone, Alpha Delta Kappa members have given nearly 12 million dollars in monetary and other gifts, nearly 2 million dollars in scholarships and have provided more than 2 million hours of volunteer service to their communities.  Opportunities for professional and personal networking abound in Alpha Delta Kappa.  From state/provincial/national conventions and regional conferences every even-numbered year to International conventions every odd-numbered year, talented women educators gather to share ideas, fellowship, recognition and support.  Alpha Delta Kappa conferences and conventions feature informative and inspirational seminars by some of the most effective and renowned speakers today.

More than 29,000 women educators around the world have discovered the many opportunities provided by membership in Alpha Delta Kappa — opportunities for recognition of their commitment to educational excellence, for personal and professional growth and for collectively channeling their energies toward the good of their schools, communities, the teaching profession and the world.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Alpha Delta Kappa has more than 1,200 chapters located in towns and cities in every state in the U.S., and around the world in Australia, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

 

 

 

AΔK Announcements

Introducing the 2018-19 World Understanding Project: TEACH TOO

Posted On Thursday, November 8, 2018

Introducing the 2018-19 World Understanding Project: TEACH TOO

 As of November 2, 2018, $5,572.57 has been raised for Project TEACH TOO!



TEACH TOO requests grant funds to construct transitional housing for 48 older teens to enable them to finish their education and learn an occupation. According to Haitian law, children residing in licensed orphanages cannot remain after the age of 18. As a result, older students have had to leave the Imagine Missions orphanage without the skills or abilities required to be independent and successful. Transitional housing with occupancy limited to two years or less enables these students to finish their most important goal—completing their education. Imagine Missions will mentor these students and assist them throughout this process.  https://www.ImagineMissions.org

Funds will be donated to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation this fall, winter and spring, and TEACH TOO will receive the funds at the 2019 International Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The target amount for the project is $50,000.

You may donate online (on the website under "Foundation/Donations") OR
Mail your donation to:
Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation
PO BOX 870567 
Kansas City MO 64187-0567


Please note "TEACH TOO" in the special instructions box on the online donation form or in the memo line of the check.  Thank you so much!

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Beware! Banking Fraud is on the Rise!

Posted On Monday, November 5, 2018

It has come to our attention that two of our regions and one of our S/P/Ns have recently been victims of fraud attempts.  There are myriad ways fraudsters can get information online.  (Per federal regulations, nonprofit information filed with the Internal Revenue Service is a matter of public record.)  How can you protect yourself and Alpha Delta Kappa?  



Alpha Delta Kappa International and the Foundation have trusted and used United Missouri Bank (UMB) for decades.  We asked Senior Advisor Anne Bowman for advice:

Check, ACH, and wire fraud continue to rise, and being alert to these fraudsters’ methods is important

In terms of best practices, I would emphasize a few things.  Your groups should not initiate any form of payment without verbally confirming the request is valid with an authorized person.  A quick phone call (making sure you have their correct phone number, and not just a number on the correspondence) can go a long way to avoiding malicious attempts on an account.

Always require dual control on any wire payment.  You should have an internal dual control policy, as well as dual control set up with the bank.  The safest strategy would be a policy of no wires. 

I would also suggest any changes relating to payments be verified.  Even if a vendor sends you a request to change a payment address, you should call the vendor to verify.

Another good practice is to review the email address on any request for payment.  It may look similar, but on closer inspection, you can see it does not match the actual address.

Finally, just be alert and be suspicious of everything.  If someone is pushing you to make a payment, don’t be rushed.  Take the time to verify anything that might not seem quite right. 

Certainly, fraud should be reported to the bank which initiated the payment.  You may also want to contact the police department and local FBI office. 

As it relates to retrieving the funds, you should be working with the sending bank.  Most times, with outgoing wires, when the money leaves the bank, you won’t see it again.  It’s often sent to another bank, and then immediately wired out of that bank to an overseas bank. 

Everyone should be reviewing their account daily online and be alert to any suspicious activity.

United Missouri Bank Security Resources:
https://www.umb.com/personal/aboutumb/resources/information-security?richstateremoved

NACHA (National Automated Clearing House Association) website—The governing body for the ACH system.
https://www.nacha.org/system/files/resources/701-18-1-Protecting-Against-Fraud-How-to-Spot-and-Prevent-Fraud-Schemes_0.pdf

**IRS Phishing scheme**
Furthermore, we have learned that there are 990-N e-Postcard phishing schemes out there, where chapters are getting emails disguised as if they are coming from Headquarters with a link to file the 990-N e-Postcard.  The link is to a false IRS site, and when they try to file it tells them they either owe money to the IRS or have to pay money to file.  It is a scheme to get credit card numbers.  We are income tax exempt and none of our chapters owe income taxes unless there are very special circumstances.  YOU SHOULD NEVER BE CHARGED TO FILE THE 990-N E-POSTCARD.  IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS (headquarters@alphadeltakappa.org or 800-247-2311).

The IRS has seen an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents.  The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.

The IRS also does not email 990-N e-Postcard confirmations any longer.


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Disaster Relief

Posted On Friday, November 2, 2018

Disaster Relief

At this time, we have heard of members suffering damage to property, but, thankfully, we have not heard of any members suffering personal injury. Our sisters have been, and are being, affected by natural disasters in multiple locations. Let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this time as they assess their damage and work to move forward. There are many agencies who are moving to get supplies and assistance to those in need according to news reports.  

Keeping up with the weather and disasters of this magnitude is difficult at times.  Please keep in touch and let us know if you have something to be shared or reported regarding our Alpha Delta Kappa family. Let us pull together and embrace our sisters with support, love and care who are in need at this time.  What can we do?   

The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation has a line item in its budget for disaster relief. Donations can be sent to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation and you can indicate on the subject/memo line “disaster relief” or more specifically to an S/P/N (ex:  Louisiana flooding).  Online donations may also be made through the website. When it is specific to a S/P/N, those monies will be sent to the S/P/N treasurer and that S/P/N Disaster Relief Committee will decide how to distribute the funds to assist our members affected.  A donation with only “disaster relief” will go into the fund and be distributed as needed depending on the number of inquiries. Your donation is tax deductible and you will receive a donation statement for tax purposes in January. Thank you so much for your continued support! 

Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation
PO BOX 870567 
Kansas City MO 64187-0567
ONLY Foundation donations will be accepted at the above address. 

A note about membership badges lost in natural disasters:  If chapters have extra badges in their badge banks, please send them to with a personal note to a sister who may have lost hers in a disaster, and we will see that they are appropriately distributed.

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2018 Chapter Officers' E-Packet

Posted On Friday, November 2, 2018

2018 Chapter Officers' E-Packet

Following is a list of helpful resources for your chapter. If your chapter president does not have access to the website, please support her by sharing this with her. 

CHAPTER PRESIDENT:

Calendar's - Officers' and General  
Pearls of Achievement Program 
Scholarships and Grants 
Update Your Chapter Roster Online 

CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN:
Chapter Needs Assessment (CNA) 
2019 Membership Campaign 

CHAPTER TREASURER: 
The Chapter President and Chapter Treasurer should have received the H-138, Member Payment Record (Billing form) and supporting documents via email August 29-31. Be sure to check your spam/junk folder if it doesn't appear in your inbox. If neither had an email address, the forms were mailed USPS. 

Cover Letter
FAQ
H-138, Member Payment Record (Billing form)
S/P/N President's and S/P/N Treasurer's contact info
C-1, Annual Chapter Reporting Form and Audit
990-N IRS E-Postcard filing

CHAPTER RESOURCES:

Contact Us 
International Headquarters Staff is available to assist you with your questions, concerns and need for assistance. Please feel free to contact us for all of your AΔK needs! Our HELP tab has all of the latest info you need to navigate the International website.

Chapter Meetings 
AΔK Month/Founders Day Central, Ceremonies Booklet, Chapter Program Ideas, Distinguished Program Award (DPA), Fraternity Education, Fundraising Ideas, Pearls of Achievement Program, Recruitment/Reinstatement/Retention, Sample Chapter Meeting Agenda, Etc.

Chapter Documents and Forms 
H-103, Membership Application; H-114, Annual Chapter Highlights Summary Form; H-133, Report of Initiation Form; H-154, Petition for Reinstatement; H-151, Chapter Form for Prospective Members; Chapter Needs Assessment (CNA); Chapter Altruistic Report Form; Etc.

Scholarships and Grants
Regional Professional Development, Regional-Mini, Fine Arts Grants, Excellence in Education Award, Classroom Grant, Etc.

Library 
Clip Art, The Lamp of AΔK Song, Poems, Publications, AΔK Websites, Documents and Forms, Directory, Etc. 

General and Guiding Documents and Forms
International Bylaws, Handbook, Membership Development Manual, Etc. 
 
Chapter Supplies and Brochures (Available to Order) 
S45 "Real Life Connections for Today's Members" Brochure, S44 "Big Opportunity" Purse Size, AΔK International - Windows of Opportunity, Etc. 

Marketplace
Official Badges, Jewelry and Gifts, Etc. 

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Podcasts from 2017-2019 International President Sue Pelchat

Posted On Friday, November 2, 2018

Podcasts from 2017-2019 International President Sue Pelchat

Listen to the Podcasts from 2017-2019 International President Susan Pelchat

November 2018-Thanksgiving

More Podcasts


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Do you have Fund Development Experience?

Posted On Friday, November 2, 2018

Do you have Fund Development Experience?

We need YOU for the 2019 International Convention!

Please contact Meeting Coordinator Annie Griffin, agriffin@alphadeltakappa.org

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