AΔK Month/Founders Day Ideas and Activities

Nebraska Fraternity Education Chairman Cindy Dunbar, Nebraska Rho Chapter, wrote a script about our four Founders. It is in interview format with the Founders’ impressions after the conclusion of the first International Convention held in Chicago.

 Arkansas Psi Chapter Recognizes the First Baby Born in October!

"Lost & Founders' Day" activity from Pennsylvania Eta Chapter 2011 
Founders' Day skit by Carolyn Y. George-Remy, Maryland Eta Chapter

Presented Montana Treasure State Award (MT Delta)

Chapter visited seven local elementary schools telling stories and giving gifts (PR Theta)

Public radio station honored Founders (AL Theta)

The chapter distributed mammogram reminders. (NC Alpha Epsilon)

The chapter painted a women’s shelter. (IN Alpha Eta)

The chapter was featured on television, as well as in the newspaper, talking about Alpha Delta Kappa Month. (AL Beta Delta)

Announcement made on local television channel; town signs (WV Delta)

Chapter president was interviewed on local radio (TX Epsilon Gamma)

Iota and Delta chapters celebrated our Founders together by taking a walk down memory lane with three senior sisters' oral histories while overlooking the beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania skyline from an elegant Mt. Washington restaurant.

Delta had a joint meeting with Iota in October. Delta sisters also invited sister chapters in Eastern Ohio to attend their meeting. Delta sisters also had training on the Alpha Delta Kappa Website at the PSU campus.

Kappa and Rho chapters enjoyed dinner, a program, and a Founders' Day Service together at a restaurant in Carlisle.

Mu chapter had proclamations of Alpha Delta Kappa Month from the Mayor of Indiana, as well as the Indiana County Commissioners.

Pi sisters had a wonderful Founders' Day program with gifts of a candle and bookmark after a dessert of pumpkin pie and coffee.

Sigma sisters created a poster with facts about Alpha Delta Kappa and had little flyers to pass out. These were put in Teachers' Lounge and served sweet rolls and coffee or tea.

Chi Chapter served soft pretzels and juice for the children who attend after school care at the North Penn Boys and Girls Club. They also spent time looking at their chapter's archives and remembering their favorite activities.

Psi chapter enjoyed dinner and a Founders' Day Program at a local restaurant. A Chinese Auction was held to raise money for our scholarship fund.

Alabama Epsilon Chapter: Members provided snacks in the lounges of schools where they each teach. At our October meeting we had a time of learning about Alpha Delta Kappa through trivia gathered by members from this website and other resources. We had a great time refreshing our minds and we also gained new knowledge. We were pleasantly surprised to find out how much we already knew about our great organization. This was a wonderful way for our pledges to learn about Alpha Delta Kappa.

Louisiana Beta Zeta Chapter celebrated Alpha Delta Kappa Month by meeting at a restaurant and enjoying a night of good food and good company. After the meal, we created baskets of goodies to share with others at school or in the community to let them know about Alpha Delta Kappa.

The chapter redecorated/improved the the faculty lounges in their respective schools. Included were prints for the walls, baskets to organize sugar packets, salt, pepper, etc. (TN Alpha Chi Chapter)

Goodie bags to all support personnel. Flowers for local nursing homes.

A member delivered 40 leather handbags (donated by The Boston Store) to the YWCA as a part of our outreach program, "Suited for Success." (Taken from WI Iota Chapter's H-114 Form)

Hosted two Russian principals for three weeks in a member's home (Taken from WA Gamma Chapter's H-114 Form).

To celebrate Alpha Delta Kappa Month, the chapter volunteered at a local Boys/Girls club. Children were treated to stories, "make and take" activities and treats. Over 30 children from disadvantaged homes were invited to attend. (Taken from FL Alpha Phi Chapter's H-114 Form).

A proclamation by the mayor was published in the local newspaper; received the certificate from the mayor and school district recognition (Taken from AZ Iota Chapter's H-114 Form).

"Be a Lifesaver, Get a Mammogram" cards distributed at state Founders' Day celebration and throughout community (Taken from CT Lambda Chapter's H-114 Form).

We applied for a "garden spot" in our community's park to help beautify our area (Taken from MA Mu Chapter's H-114 Form).

Mayor spoke at October meeting (Taken from NJ Mu Chapter's H-114 Form).

Planted a tree at local high school (Taken from PA Rho Chapter's H-114 Form).

Took a pet dog to area nursing homes as a "Healing Paws" service (Taken from WI Psi Chapter's H-114 Form).

Created a booklet of favorite inspirational sayings and quotes (Taken from Arkansas Nu Chapter's H-114 Form).

Tutored at elementary school after-school programs (Taken from Tennessee Fidelis Delta Chapter's H-114 Form).

Presented a "bouquet" of new pencils to a literacy center (taken from Arizona Xi Chapter's H-114 Form).

Lydia Furumoto and Aimee Yatsushiro helped with Maui Waena School's Book Fair. Through Lydia's assistance, curtains were sewn for the Maui Waena School library.

Ione Isobe attended a six-hour Ambassador Training for the Hawaii Bone Marrow Registry Program, and helped with a four-hour Bone Marrow Donor Registry drive. (taken from Hawaii Gamma Chapter's H-114 Form).

West Virginia Chapters Thank Teachers Thanks to Linda Parsons from Beta Beta. Linda had an ad published in the Wayne County News thanking the teachers for a wonderful job. Beta Beta members along with Lambda made treat bags, and had cake for the faculty and staff at their home school. Anne Chadwick, President, Beta Beta

Alabama Beta Tau and Texas Gamma Mu Chapter members distributed gifts to teachers in their schools: Informational Alpha Delta Kappa brochures with Life Savers attached and "Here's a Hug from Alpha Delta Kappa" packets with information about Alpha Delta Kappa Month. (taken from the chapter's H-114 Form).

Retired members in California Beta Eta Chapter made bookmarks for all new teachers in the local school district (taken from the chapter's H-114 Form).

Missouri Beta Rho Chapter members took children, whose parents were unavailable, trick-or-treating (taken from the chapter's H-114 Form).

Alabama Fidelis Alpha Chapter members tutored high school drop-outs studying for the G.E.D. for 15 hours in October (taken from the chapter's H-114 Form).

Nebraska Mu Chapter played "Who Wants to be an Alpha Delta Kappa Millionaire" for fraternity education (taken from the chapter's H-114 Form).

Illinois Alpha Nu Chapter made a book basket for the first October baby born (taken from the chapter's H-114 Form).

Tennessee Alpha Chapter prepared and served a meal at Ronald McDonald House (taken from the chapter's H-114 Form).

Illinois Gamma Chapter gave Alpha Delta Kappa logo magnets to area businesses (taken from the chapter's H-114 Form).

Nebraska Xi Chapter handed "survival kits" to staff before parent-teacher conferences (taken from the chapter's H-114 Form).

Connecticut Zeta Chapter adopted a homeless family and provided clothes (taken from the chapter's H-114 Form).

California Fidelis Delta Chapter had an Alpha Delta Kappa Question and Answer session (taken from the chapter's H-114 Form).

The chapters in the Mobile Area (Alpha, Alpha Tau, Beta Epsilon, Fidelis Beta, and Phi) participated in a Founders' Day Celebration and Rededication Ceremony. Entertainment was provided by the Murphy High School Jazz Band. The chapters then made a donation to the Murphy High School Marching Band Ireland fund for their trip in March 2004 as official ambassadors for the city of Mobile in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland.

Alabama Xi Chapter remembers past presidents during their Founders' Day meeting in October. This year, Chapter President Michelle Parks presented each past president with a copy of the book, "The Spyglass" by Richard Paul Evans, to be given to their respective school libraries in their honor.

Members of Tennessee Sigma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa donated books to their respective school libraries in memory of our Founders and in honor of our members. We also provided refreshments to fellow faculty members with a note that they were from Alpha Delta Kappa members.

Louisiana District One held a District Founders' Day Dinner with all Chapters participating. Attendance 96. Chapters invited scholarship recipients who were recognized. Three state officers attended. — District Chairman Kim Neese; Chairman Elect Gloria Bingham

Many chapters in California had their members wear their Alpha Delta Kappa pins during October. Beta Eta Chapter recognized over 80 new teachers in their area schools by giving information about Alpha Delta Kappa and a treat in honor of Alpha Delta Kappa Month. -California: Madaline Liu, Chairman

Colorado - Alpha Delta Kappa Members hosted a breakfast for their school staff to recognize Alpha Delta Kappa Month and then gave information to interested women on Alpha Delta Kappa. (as a result, four new members were added to this chapter.) -Lynn Lemmon-Oliver, Chairman

Hawaii - The Department of Education Superintendent recognized Alpha Delta Kappa Sisters during the month. - Linda Kim, Chairman

Proclamations were received by the Governor and the mayors of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii.
Floral arrangements for school offices were given by Alpha Delta Kappa Sisters during the month of October.
Displays were on bulletin boards, radio spots were heard and posters were hung all giving information on Alpha Delta Kappa during the month.
* Website ads

* Booth at a town promotional event

* Banner and chapter history book at a county historical museum

* An award given to the first child born in the community in October

* Send e-mail messages of encouragement to fellow teachers.

* North Central Region: PROCLAMATION: Illinois Beta Tau Chapter had the mayor present his Alpha Delta Kappa Month Proclamation to the officers of the chapter at the City Council Meeting, which was televised. -Susan Rodda, Regional Alpha Delta Kappa Month Chairman

One chapter used e-mail to communicate with all of its members to remind them about Alpha Delta Kappa Month.
An Illinois chapter sent a motivational Power Point presentation to all faculty members via their district e-mail addresses.

In Manitoba, a tree was planted in the name of Alpha Delta Kappa.
An Indiana chapter participated in a television station's Community Meeting.
* LEADERS IN EDUCATION HONORED: An Indiana Chapter sent letters of appreciation to all past Alpha Delta Kappa presidents.


Illinois Lambda Chapter had each member send a card to an educator they knew who had "made a difference."
Student teachers were sent welcome baskets by Illinois Eta Chapter.
An Indiana chapter provided supplies for first-year teachers.

Michigan Beta Kappa Chapter held a birthday party for Alpha Delta Kappa. Everyone was asked to bring a wrapped gift that started with either "A," "D," or "K" for Alpha Delta Kappa. The gifts were exchanged and Alpha Delta Kappa was celebrated with a birthday cake.

Some chapters invited members who had resigned from the chapter to rekindle old ties.

Illinois Lambda Chapter gave each member a daffodil bulb to plant and watch her sisterhood grow. A poem was included with the bulb.

South Dakota Eta Chapter put daily inspirational teaching-oriented messages in teachers' mailboxes. Each message contained a reminder that October was Alpha Delta Kappa Month.

Michigan Alpha Phi Chapter put baskets of special soaps and hand creams in the staff bathrooms at schools.

A Nebraska chapter presented a rose to all of its members who were active teachers.

A Nebraska chapter presented baby books to all babies born in October.

* APPLE PADS — Make for each teacher in the school and place in mailbox with a note about Alpha Delta Kappa.

* GOODIE BAGS OR SURVIVAL KITS — Make one of these for each teacher or member in your chapter.

* PINS — Make pins out of jigsaw puzzle pieces glued together and then spray-painted gold with sparkles, etc., glued on. Give to members with a slip of paper which reads "YOU ARE AN IMPORTANT PIECE OF ALPHA DELTA KAPPA."

* TREATS AND SAYINGS — Make a little treat or token gift for your members or fellow teachers and give it with a saying attached. Make sure you give Alpha Delta Kappa credit. Here are some examples, but you are encouraged to be creative:

"We wish to give you a hand for your outstanding dedication and service to the teaching profession." (Take clear plastic disposable glove, put a corn candy in each finger, fill with popped popcorn and tie with a purple ribbon.)
"You're worth it!" ($100 Grand candy bars with this note attached)
"Alpha Delta Kappa — SUITS US TO A TEE" (attached to some golf tees)
"Alpha Delta Kappa helps smooth out the snags in life." (attached to some emery boards)
"Alpha Delta Kappa — DOUBLES OUR FUN!" (attached to a stick of Doublemint gum)
"Many of us have a favorite book — one we could read over and over again. And in that book might be one chapter we keep going back to again and again. Life is like a book with many chapters and Alpha Delta Kappa is that one chapter we like to keep going back to again and again." (attached to a bookmark)

BALLOON: Remind yourself to influence others. If someone looks nice — tell them.
PATCH: Patching up when problems arise.
BUTTON: Rejoice in the differences of each child. Like others for what they are and what they can become.
BAND-AID: For wounded spirits and crushed feelings. Use them!
Q-TIPS: Clear out the ears and listen to others.
COTTON BALLS: These are for neighboring teachers, when you talk too loudly.
CLOTHES PIN: To put on your know-it-all tongue. Always say less than you think.
BEAN: To stimulate the growth of students.
CANDY: Try to be a teacher of surprise. Make an effort to be a nicer teacher and person.
ASPIRIN: Use when all else fails.

Band-aids — For bloody or invisible wounds or loud mouths.
Bobby pins — When you want to see their eyes or when the office has no paper clips.
Safety pin — When things are coming apart at the seams.
Aspirin — Need we say more!
Candy — Quick energy for that last, long half hour at the end of the day.
* Alpha Delta Kappa LEADERSHIP KIT

Do you wonder? Do you ponder
What these contents have to do
With agendas, forms and meetings,
And being a leader — just like you?

Here's why your Alpha Delta Kappa leadership kit contains these items:

* A RUBBER BAND — to remind you that flexibility is an important characteristic of a leader.
* A BUTTON — to remind you to "button your lips" and listen more. A good leader encourages others to dream and to share.
* A TOOTHPICK — to remind you to "pick out" the good qualities of everyone — including you.
* A CANDY KISS — to remind you that everyone needs a nice treat occasionally.
* A GOLD THREAD — to remind you that Alpha Delta Kappa sisterhood is the golden thread that ties us all together.
* AN ERASER — to remind you that everyone makes mistakes sometimes, and that's all right — mistakes are to learn from and grow.
* A PENCIL — to remind you that a leader never quits sharpening her skills.
* A BAND-AID — to remind you that a leader is always "patching up" and "holding" things together.

Give out small bags of candy with the following poem attached:


Contained in this bag

are sweet reminders

of sisterhood . . .
* LIFE SAVERS to remind you of the many times others need your help.
* SWEET TARTS to help you appreciate the differences in our sisters.
* CANDY KISSES to remind you that all need hugs and kisses.
* PEPPERMINTS to freshen our outlook on life.
* SNICKERS to remind you to always smile, enjoy life and your Alpha Delta Kappa Sisters.
* TOOTSIE ROLLS sometimes we have to work hard to keep a sister.
* JUICEFULS that last and last, as does our Alpha Delta Kappa SISTERHOOD.

From 1999-2001 Southwest Regional Altruistic Chairman Marian Martinson:

* Community:

1. Recognize an outstanding community member.
2. Participate in a community project in the name of Alpha Delta Kappa.
3. Make the latest KAPPAN available to the library and other public places.
4. Donate to a civic project in the name of Alpha Delta Kappa.
5. Have a window display
6. Donate books to the library in the name of Alpha Delta Kappa.
7. Request banks to display "Alpha Delta Kappa Month" on marquees.
8. Street banner
9. Street and bumper stickers
10. Governor or mayor proclaim Alpha Delta Kappa Month
11. Place Alpha Delta Kappa displays in the public library.
12. Volunteer work at libraries, museums or visits to nursing homes and/or shut-ins
13. Plant a tree in the name of Alpha Delta Kappa.
14. Make donations to children's section of hospital or to a children's hospital.

* Chapter:

1. Founders' Day Ceremony
2. Meet with other chapters.
3. Invite state officers to speak.
4. Informational tea
5. Have a special drive for the chapter or state altruistic project.
6. Honor members of your chapter.
7. Invite a sustaining member to a meeting.
8. Invite an ITE student to speak.
9. Invite leaders of civic groups to your chapter meeting.
10. Select a "sister chapter" in another area and write a letter for Alpha Delta Kappa Month.

* Schools:

1. Provide refreshments for the teachers' lounge.
2. Set up a display in a display case.
3. Have a salute to women in education.
4. Have a retired teachers' tea.
5. Have a new teachers' tea.
6. Send a special newsletter to all schools in the district.
7. Put notices (with goodies) in teachers' boxes.
8. Notify principals and superintendents of the Alpha Delta Kappa members in their schools.
9. Donate to a school scholarship.
10. Donate school supplies.
11. Teas, open houses, luncheons or banquets honoring administrators and supervisors, future teachers, retired educators and others

* October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as Alpha Delta Kappa Month. Alabama Alpha Iota sisters wear pink ribbons in honor of Alpha Delta Kappa's commitment to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
* Members wear their Alpha Delta Kappa badges each day during the month of October.
* AL Alpha Iota sisters wear Alpha Delta Kappa shirts on a designated day in October.
* Alabama state officers are honored at various Founders' Day teas and functions during the month of October.