Hello District Two,
Well this past month has been exciting for the Region.
It was great to see many of you all at the Alabama Regional Honors In Action Leadership Conference last month. Though it happened to fall on the biggest weekend for The Alabama Crimson Tide, it was a great way to spend time with you all in District 2. Having the International President of Phi Theta Kappa, Daniel Chitty, was a great, and our World Café Discussion on the Region’s Honors in Action Project was enlightening. As I went around to different groups, it was very interesting to hear all of the different perspectives many of you all had about technology in the classroom. Our guest speaker, Dr. John Jones, gave me a new perspective on how to look at things are done in the classroom, and how “it depends” on whether one technique is more effective than another. Though it seems as if our time together ii always short, I do love seeing you all throughout the year to just get a feel of who you are and how your chapter is doing. It was a blast doing the challenge course with many of you from my District, and though it was awkward at times, it was fun as well. It has been an honor to be serving District 2 for the past seven months, and I look forward to finishing out my term on a strong note.
The challenge for CollegeFish by L.B. Wallace advisor Heather Owen should not just end once October is done. Though I have had a great time promoting this website at my own school this month it does not end there. Go and promote CollegeFish during your chapter meetings, tell your members to tell their classmates about it. Tell them about how CollegeFish.org can help them search for different schools and scholarships that they can match up with. I know that I am using it every step of the way as I plan to graduate and move on to my transfer university next fall.
A challenge from the Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter from Northwest-Shoals has been laid out for us. The goal for each chapter is to collect 50 pounds of pop tabs. They have to be tabs of canned drinks. In addition to supporting the American Cancer Society, Phi Theta Kappa is supporting the Ronald McDonald house. The RMH houses families in Birmingham while their loved ones receive cancer treatment. 75 pounds of pop tabs will purchase on night at RMH. 525 pounds equals 1 week. Alpha Zeta Iota is challenging the Alabama Region to see which chapter can collect the most tabs. Every chapter’s amount of soda can tabs will be weighed at the Regional Convention in March. The winner will be recognized onstage at the Hallmark Awards.
The Athens State Alumni Association wants to challenge all the chapters in the Alabama Region as well. They want to see which chapter can increase their membership the most. The chapter that increases their membership between now and February 1, 2014, by the greatest percentage will be awarded a $100 gift card to fund a pizza party or to defer the cost of future induction ceremonies.
I would also like to remind every member of your chapter as well that Regional Convention will be March 7-8. We are looking forward to seeing what you have been able to accomplish. Just like we did during the Leadership Conference, we will be holding a pinning ceremony at Convention for all members who complete their Five Star Competitive Edge. I look forward to seeing many from District Two pinned at this ceremony, and I plan on being a part of the pinning next semester as well.
Once again, I would like to encourage you to contact me about your spring and/or fall inductions. I would love to attend and support what your chapter is doing, and I am here to serve you over my last few months.
It has been great to be a part of District 2, and a part of what the Alabama Region is doing. I want to encourage you that I would love to help your chapter out as well on your upcoming Honors in Action Project and College Project over the next couple of months.
If possible, I would just simply love to attend one of your chapter meetings so that we can have some personal time together!
Regional Vice President, District Two
Calhoun Community College