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DKG International Mission Statement
DKG International Vision Statement
DKG International Purposes
International History


The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

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Leading Women Educators Impacting Education Worldwide.

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To unite women educators of the world in a genuine spiritual fellowship To honor women who have given or who evidence a potential for distinctive service in any field of education To advance the professional interest and position of women in education
To initiate, endorse and support desirable legislation or other suitable endeavors in the interests of education and of women educators To endow scholarships to aid outstanding women educators in pursuing graduate study and to grant fellowships to non-member women educators To stimulate the personal and professional growth of members and to encourage their participation in appropriate programs of action
To inform the members of current economic, social, political and educational issues so that they may participate effectively in a world society
Members of Beta Rho Chapter, Illinois, created these banners depicting the Society's Purposes for the 1993 Northeast Regional Conference.

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On May 11, 1929 Dr. Annie Webb Blanton and eleven other women educators met at the University Faculty Women's Club in Austin, Texas to organize a society which today is known today as The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Dr. Blanton planned that the membership of each chapter should represent different areas of educational work.

The women who accepted her invitation to join in founding the Society represented a cross section of the profession; a grade teacher, a dean of women, two high school teachers of history and one of mathematics, three elementary school principals, college teachers of psychology, physical education and elementary education. Dr. Blanton was a professor of rural education at the University of Texas in Austin.

Although they risked their security and the loss of employment by working in the new Society which focused on women’s issues within their profession and their community. While this new organization was frowned upon by masculine educators, these twelve women gave generously of time and energy as they crusaded on behalf of women teachers.

The Society grew from 12 members in one state in 1929 to 2,201 members in six states five years later. Expansion into British Columbia in 1952 made the Society an international organization.

The 25th anniversary of the Society was celebrated in 1954 by presenting a silver anniversary scholarship to one member from each state. Thelma Berntson received the award to complete work for her MS degree in speech pathology from the University of Wisconsin. The International Headquarters building was dedicated debt-free on August 3, 1956. Montana was the first state to complete their financial support to the new building. Even though the building has been through several renovations, it still serves the Society in an efficient and welcoming manner.

Thelma Berntsen of Theta Chapter served on the first Board of Trustees for the Education Foundation. Other Alpha Mu State members who have served are Catherine Rathman and Jan Nerem.

Norway State was organized in 1970 and today the Society has eighteen countries when Japan was initiated in 2011. The Society now has approximately 85,000 members.

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Created, July 2009.
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