Dear Beta Rho Members,

Signs of spring are slowly beginning to emerge – tulips and daffodils peeking through the ground, birds flitting about, and the snow disappearing. We are still wishing for warmer temperatures; however, we do see signs that spring is indeed on its way.

I just returned from the delightful Will-South Cook Coordinating Council brunch with the theme “Technology: the World I Envision But Will Not See.” Pat Kubistal, a Delta Kappa Gamma Sister from the Kappa Chapter, gave us a delightful, entertaining and sometimes humorous presentation about what the future might hold for us. Some things we would readily embrace, while other things were not so encouraging. We had eighteen members from our Beta Rho chapter at the brunch, which included five of our past chapter presidents and one of our three new initiates. This was a wonderful way for Michelle Cappel to experience the warmth and welcoming arms of our Delta Kappa Gamma, Lambda State sisters.

I hope you will join me in welcoming our three new initiates at our next meeting which will be held on Wednesday, April 2, at 4:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Lockport, 1000 S. Washington Street, Lockport. (Directions will be printed elsewhere in this newsletter.) We will have our orientation tea and initiation on that date for Dr. Sheila Kennedy, Associate Professor of English, Lewis University; Michelle Marie Cappel, elementary teacher at Edna Keith School in Joliet; and Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Will County. Please join us for this wonderful occasion.

There is still time to register for the Lambda State Convention which is April 11 – 13 at the St. Louis Airport Marriott, St. Louis, MO. I know there will be at least three of us attending. I have registration forms; they are also available on the Delta Kappa Gamma, Lambda State website.

Please plan to attend our end-of-the year dinner meeting. We will be inducting our new officers for the next biennium as well as presenting our educational grants, our “Key Community” award and our literacy award at this meeting. It is always a wonderful meeting and a great way to end another successful year.

Think spring with warm temperatures and tiny buds turning into beautiful flowers.