New Membership Eligibility Revised!

November 2016—The entire International Executive Board (IEB) realized that the time had come to make some changes in Alpha Delta Kappa and this was one of them.  We recognize that there are those retired educators who are still interested in education, who are still in contact with working educators and who want more than a social club.  Those women can bring a lot to Alpha Delta Kappa and we can offer many opportunities to them.

Our mission remains the same, Alpha Delta Kappa builds educational excellence, altruism and world understanding through fellowship.  Alpha Delta Kappa remains an organization for women educators, now some new members will be in the classroom and some will have retired.  Our membership still needs to grow and we need to initiate both active educators and retired educators who are still interested in and connected to education.

1) This change was effective January 1, 2017.
2) The Membership Application (H-103) is being revised and simplified.  Look for the R-17 at the top of application page.  (the “R” refers to revised and number is year)  
3) Allowing Fidelis Chapters to initiate retired members must be voted on at the International Convention by delegates as it requires a Bylaws change.


From the Constitution, Article III-Membership Eligibility.  (Section 3 is the new addition.)

   Section 1.  A member of Alpha Delta Kappa is a woman educator who shall have been initiated into the organization.

   Section 2.  To be eligible for membership in Alpha Delta Kappa, a woman:

        a. Shall have been in the education profession for two or more years.
        b. Shall be under contract in teaching, administration, or some specialized field of education.
        c.  Shall meet one of the following requirements:
   (1)  Shall have graduated from an accredited college or university with a degree in education.
     (2)  Shall, in the U.S., have met the requirements for teacher certification, administrative certification, or certification in a specialized field of education in the state in which she was employed:
          (3)  Shall, in a country other than the U.S., have met the requirements for teacher certification, administrative certifications, or certification in a specialized field of education in the country in which she was employed.

   Section 3.  To be eligible for membership in Alpha Delta Kappa, a woman who is retired must meet the following requirements:
      
        a. Shall have been in the education profession in teaching, administration, or some specialized field of education for two or more years.

        b.  Shall have met one of the following requirements:
    (1)  Shall have graduated from an accredited college or university with a degree in education.
       (2)  Shall, in the U.S., have met the requirements for teacher certification, administrative certification, or certification in a specialized field of education in the state in which she was employed:
          (3)  Shall, in a country other than the U.S., have met the requirements for teacher certification, administrative certifications, or certification in a specialized field of education in the country in which she was employed.

         c.  Continues to demonstrate a genuine interest and active involvement in the current educational process.  

Section 4.  To be eligible for membership in a new chapter, a woman must be approved by a screening committee of Alpha Delta Kappa members.

Section 5.  To be eligible for membership in an established chapter, a woman:
         a.  Must be sponsored by one active and endorsed by two active members of the chapter.
         b.  Must receive the vote of the active members as provided in the International Bylaws.  The voting shall be conducted by ballot.

Section 6.  Eligibility for International, State/Provincial/National or Chapter honorary membership may be found in the Bylaws.