An Important Message from International President Judy Ganzert
Preparedness is Essential
Many of you have had questions and/or concerns regarding the recent worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it may impact your upcoming conventions and even the conferences scheduled for this summer. Preparedness is essential. This outbreak is extremely serious and must be watched carefully. To date, the outbreak is primarily impacting areas in Asia, but we are very aware that there have been cases in North America and elsewhere.
Sisters have asked if conventions and conferences should be canceled. My answer at this point is no. However, we should all be diligent and be aware of the outbreak, especially if it occurs in nearby geographic areas. If an outbreak arises in the area of your venue, the hotel will be diligent to take appropriate precautions. According to most contracts, Alpha Delta Kappa will be liable for all expenses if we cancel for any reason. If there is a serious threat near your hotel, the hotel could cancel all meetings and Alpha Delta Kappa would be released from liability. We saw this two years ago due to the natural disaster caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017.
So … what precautions should we take? What do we need to say to our members? First and foremost, each of us needs to:
1. Wash our hands regularly.
2. Use hand sanitizer or wipes when washing is not convenient.
3. Spray public areas (airplane seats, trays, armrest) with a disinfectant or wipe with a sanitized wipe.
4. Avoid touching our mouths, eyes, or nose (M.E.N.) … especially with contaminated hands.
5. Pay attention to the latest travel alerts from the State Department, the World Health Organization, and the Center for Disease Control.
While we don’t know where this virus will go or how big it will get, we do know that our worldwide public health organizations are working around the clock to bring us the best and most current information as it is available. We each need to do our part, by staying vigilant, keeping abreast of the latest information, and taking proper precautions, especially when traveling. Preparedness is essential.
I hope that you find this information helpful. I wish you well as you continue to plan for your upcoming conventions. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or International Headquarters, (800) 247-2311, firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Love in our Sisterhood,
Calendar of Events
April 3 - 5, 2020 - Hawaii Alpha Delta Kappa State Convention, at Ala Moana Hotel. If you have not registered to attend the State Convention, please do so as soon as possible. Show your gratitude to the leaders of the 2018-2020 Hawaii Alpha Delta Kappa biennium for a job well done and welcome the new executive board!
July 13, 2020 - Pre-Regional Conference activities and meetings - Check in a day earlier at the Hilton if your committee will be preparing at the hotel or if you would like to spend a relaxing evening before the whirlwind of conference speakers, workshops, luncheons, and entertainment begin! Stay tuned for more information about Mini Field Trips, committee set up assignments, 3Ps meeting with International President Judy Ganzert, Choir Practice, and more.
July 14 - 16, 2020 - Northwest/Southwest Regional Conference, Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort. Our state chairs, Naomi Yap and Gayle Lum, have been extremely busy, along with their committee members, planning for this major event. Please check with your chapter representative how you can help to make this a memorable regional conference for everyone, especially our out of state guests who may be visiting Hawai'i for the first time. Mahalo nui loa for your kokua.
Hawai'i Alpha Delta Kappa volunteers at the 26th annual Hawai'i State Championship Science Bowl. On January 25, at Honolulu Community College, more than 24 HADK members helped with the setup of classrooms, worked at the registration tables and monitored the testing rooms where high school students from around the state were challenged on their biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, energy and math knowledge. This event would not be possible without sponsors like HADK and other community businesses and organizations who have been long time supporters. Mahalo to our Science Bowl committee chairperson, Julie Shimonishi, for her dedication in coordinating HADK volunteers.
Were you fortunate to see the "The Last King of Bali" performance at Kennedy Theatre on February 9th? The tri-chapter sponsored show was absolutely exquisite! It came to life through giant shadow puppetry, stylized acting and dance, all accompanied by live gamelan music. The chapter sales before the show began was also a huge success. Thank you to Eta, Lambda, and Theta chapters for selecting one of the best shows ever. Photos: Upper Left - Balinese dancer; Lower Right - the awarding of the scholarship check for the University of Hawaii Theatre & Dance program, presented by HADK Chapter Presidents (L to R) Carol Fong, Maryanne Lee, and Sylvia Wee.