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 Evelyn Goodsell

State Organisation President

2019 - 2021



 State President’s Welcome Report July 2019

Little did I ever consider, when I joined Delta Kappa Gamma, thirty years ago, that I would one day be elected the President of GB! Nothing could have been further from my thoughts.

I had joined the Association quite by accident. Sandra Blackerand I were both infant teachers at a Primary school in Tonbridge. One day we saw in our staff-room a poster inviting teachers to Brenchley school to explore different ways of using Unifix bricks. We decided we would go along and expected to know other teachers when we arrived. But no, the women we met were complete strangers to us although they obviously knew each other very well. They were very friendly and made us feel welcome so we stayed. At the end of the session, they all took out sandwiches and we took our leave and went to the pub puzzling who on earth these people were. Sometime later we received an invitation to meet them again and, after a good deal of trepidation, eventually joined DKG!

At that time I hadn’t been a teacher for very long as circumstances had not permitted me to go on to University when I left MaidstoneGrammar School at sixteen. I had to train as a Comptometer Operator at a college in London and start to earn my living.

It was not until long after I was married and had two children, who were now at school, that I decided I should capitalise on my education and do something more stimulating. I had heard of this college in London, Sydney Webb, which trained ‘mature students’ to be teachers. It was part-time, two evenings a week and some Saturdays for three years, and full-time for the final year. I applied. I had to take an examination, and was accepted

Not having enough money to give up my day job with The Charities Aid Foundation, I continued with it for the three years, dashing down to the station at the end of the day to catch the train to London.

At the end of the four years I gained my teacher’s certificate and taught, quite happily, for the next thirty years.

It was some time before I really understood the workings of DKG, and I must confess I nearly resigned, but once I had attended a Conference in Canterbury, my understanding became clear and I have enjoyed the friendship of the members in GB and in all the other countries.

I have attended all the European Regional conferences and most of the International ones since Toronto.

I have had the privilege of serving on an International Committee and being an International Speaker. I have been a Chapter Treasurer and President and GB State Treasurer, but never aspired to be State President

I have a very hard act to follow. Kathy was such a competent, efficient President. Hopefully, when I return from the DKG International Convention in Iceland, my task will become clearer but, even though I will do my best, I know I shall need all your support.



Penny Kinnear

Alpha Chapter President










Alpha Chapter President's Report July 2019

 Alpha has enjoyed another year of meetings and outings.

Our focus this year has been on Revitalisation which was launched in October 2018 and our restructured programme includes three Business Meetings throughout the year (September, February and July) to ensure that we are on target.

To date Alpha has hand delivered the agreed DKG Welcome Book Packs, including an introductory letter, a postcard with DKG contact details and a gift of 2 books, to 16 selected schools and we hope soon to deliver the final sets. We now have to plan the next steps.

December saw us at Holy Trinity Church, Rotherhithe for our Christmas celebration, planned and delivered by Dorcas and her husband Ray. This involved a very enjoyable craft session led by Dorcas, making a variety of Christmas decorations, followed by a delicious four course lunch expertly cooked by Chefs Ray and Barbara's brother Stephen.

We've had very interesting and informative talks from visiting speakers. In February, Lindsay McHale updated us regarding her Music Therapy in Africa and colleague Dr Margaret Lobo told us about her work with the OKMT (Otakar Kraus Music Trust)  which has been based in Twickenham since 1991 and the TMTT (The Music Therapy Trust in India) which has been opering since 2005.   In May, Sue Aldred with colleagues Pat and Doreen, took us through an interactive session of exercises, stretches and breathing techniques to demonstrate how Singing enhances Breathing. They belong to the group “Breath of Life” which aims to help those with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). We all enjoyed the practical aspects of the session including the singing which I think some were a bit apprehensive about initially.

Our March meeting had two of our own members as speakers. Anna gave us a fascinating talk on her travels in South Africa and at the end had us all singing along to the South African National Anthem in – Xhosa, Zula, Sesotha, Afrikaans and English. Lavinia took us on a virtual journey (in her plane) giving us a bird's eye view of her travels across a large part of Queensland and New South Wales. We are planning another session to find out from both of them where and what happened next.

Informal visits have included a weekday trip in September to Lambeth Palace Garden Museum where we enjoyed the “Garden Fairies” exhibition and in February we went to the “Handel & Hendrix in London” museum which is made up of two residences: Handel’s house at 25 Brook Street and Hendrix’s flat at the top floor of 23 Brook Street. A fascinating insight into the lives of these two famous and very different musicians.

Our annual outing in June took us to Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery in Ealing. The Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of unique sculptures by the artist Anish Kapoor. Pitzhanger Manor itself, built by Sir John Soane between 1800-1804, was originally his country residence and has recently re-opened after a 3-year renovation.

The annual visit to the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in July was as usual full of fascinating glimpses of the future with lots of interactive exhibits for young and old alike.                          

We are now planning our programme for the coming year 2019-2020.



Carole Stirling

Gamma Chapter President  

2018 - 2020

Gamma Chapter Report, December 2018

Gamma chapter started their meetings in September with a fascinating talk by Rebekah Domer from the Darvell Community in Robertsbridge. She explained the history behind the community being established in Robertsbridge and shared some of their daily life with us. They are members of the Bruderhof, a Christian church community founded in 1920. There are communities across the World who share a common faith and way of life. There were, needless to say, many questions, especially around children in the community and their education.  She brought several books with her written by herself and other members of the community.  She gave them to us to share so we might better understand their common beliefs. Everyone agreed it was a very interesting morning.

In November Pat Jay came to speak to us about her second career as a Humanist Celebrant. Having retired Pat decided to try something different. She trained with the Humanist Society as a non religious celebrant and was able to conduct weddings. With further training she is now able to conduct funerals and baby naming ceremonies.  So she covers all the major stages in life! She talked about her beliefs and her relationship with the Humanist Society. This was another stimulating morning and in complete contrast to the September meeting.

Unfortunately our December celebrations were cancelled as so many people were unable to come due to unforeseen circumstances. I was very disappointed but I think that we’ll have to have a social in the New Year to just enjoy each other’s company. Val Shilling at Symond’s Court is quite happy for us to use their facilities at any time.  We’ll have to arrange a date.

The most exciting news at the moment is REVITALISATION. This initiative needs to be driven through in the New Year before we lose the momentum created by our special meeting in October. I would like to thank Sheila Roberts who is co-ordinating this for Gamma chapter. There are many exciting ideas being talked about and now we need to decide our way forward.  Sheila is liaising with Alpha so it is a combined initiative.  I think this is a very exciting time for us and I look forward to the future and everything it brings.