September 22, 2014
Dear Members of Delta Gamma At-Large,
I am honored and excited to have been elected President of
Delta Gamma At-Large and to serve the needs of the chapter for
the next two years. We have a committed and energetic board that
has already been working hard to develop our strategic
Before revealing our plans for the future, I would like to thank
the outgoing board members for their service and dedication,
including; Pat Schroeder – president; Terri
Garcia – secretary;
Barb Haag-Heitman – treasurer; Diane
Dressler – faculty
counselor for Marquette; Mary Polchert – leadership
succession; and Kathryn Schroeter – research
I am excited to report that the board has been working to develop
a strategic plan to take us through the next two years. The strategic
plan has been built around the requirements for the STTI Chapter
Key Award, with the thought of developing the support structure
needed to apply for the Key Award. This year we will focus on
a needs assessment so that we can apply in the next biennium,
which starts in 2015. This support structure will start with
a task force committed to examining the specific requirements
for applying for the Key Award and developing the means to reach
the goals. Maureen Greene, our Advisor to the Board, has agreed
to guide the work of this task force. We would like at least
four other members to be part of this task force; possibly two
members who have been with the chapter for some time and two
newer members. Anyone interested, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
The specifics of the strategic plan can be found under the strategic
plan tab on the Delta Gamma At-Large home page.
On September 17th we held our third annual Awards Banquet at
the Lunda Room in Marquette University. It was a great evening
dedicated to honoring those members that have demonstrated outstanding
leadership in their areas of practice. This year we honored Margaret
(Peg) Rauschenberger and Darlene Weis as Nurse Educators of the
Year; Marie Golanowski and Patricia
Schroeder as Nurse Administrators
of the Year; and Peggy Troy as the Living Legend. A social hour
was followed by dinner and presentations. Everyone had a wonderful
time and after hearing the inspiring words of the awardees, left
feeling a bit more committed to the work they do.
We have two more great events coming up very soon. They include
the American Nurse Joint Chapter Project and
The American Nurse Joint Chapter Project is a collaboration of
the southeastern Wisconsin chapters of STTI. We will be showing
the film “The American Nurse” for
the first time in the state of Wisconsin on October 1st.
See the flyer or
information below for details. Tickets are limited and on a first
come/first serve basis. The DGAL Research Conference will
be held on the evening of November 6th on the
Alverno College campus. We hope to see you there. Be sure to
view the events calendar for more upcoming activities.
The goal for this year is focused on membership and retention.
As such, we are planning events at both Children’s Hospital
of Wisconsin and Wheaton Franciscan to increase our visibility
and recruit community members. We are also trying to develop
task forces for specific activities in order to increase the
number of active members and encourage leadership among members.
These task forces will be short term commitments that are dedicated
to specific projects. Watch e-mails and the website for opportunities.
On a last note, I would like to give a shout out to Barb
Haag-Heitman and Marilyn Frenn, both active members of DGAL, who will be inducted
as Fellows into the American Academy of Nursing in October. Congratulations
to both on your outstanding achievements!
I look forward to a fun and productive year, and hope that
you will take the opportunity to get involved in some of the
great activities that DGAL has to offer.
President, Delta Gamma At-Large Chapter