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October is ADK month

Governor Tim Pawlenty, along with Park Rapids Area School Superintendent Glenn Chiodo, have proclaimed October 2010 as Alpha Delta Kappa Month. Known as ADK, the international honor society for women educators has been in existence for over 60 years.

About 149,000 women educators around the world have discovered the many opportunities provided by membership in ADK since its inception. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, today ADK has nearly 45,000 members in over 1,500 unique chapters located in towns and cities in every U.S. state, Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia, Jamaica, and Mexico. Alpha Delta Kappa is truly international in membership and scope.

ADK is an organization dedicated to educational excellence, altruism, and world understanding. In the past two years alone, members worldwide have given over $7.7 million in monetary gifts to a wide range of altruistic projects, over $1.9 million have been awarded in education scholarships, and members have volunteered over 1.8 million hours in service. Alpha Delta Kappa supports altruistic projects like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Alpha Phi, the local chapter, serves the Park Rapids, Nevis, and Menahga area. The nineteen members of this chapter have built a fellowship while promoting excellence in education and service to others. In 25 years local members have raised over $13,000 for scholarships to local graduates pursuing a career in education and supported various local organizations with their time and monetary gifts.

If you are a woman educator with a minimum of two years of experience and would like more information about ADK, contact the local president, Linda Schissel, at 732-3583.

Alpha Phi meets the third Tuesday of each month during the school year. Meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. Visitors are always welcome.

Carol Sievers

Park Rapids

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