The VIEW From Above 5
Key to this “foresight thinking” will be how COVID-19 has and will continue to impact the future of our Society. In many ways the “genie is out of the bottle” for us as a group where many members, if not most, have staunchly resisted change. Coronavirus has forced all of us to rethink how we live, how we act, how we think. We are not the same people we were in March 2020. We are not the same Society either. Yesterday (May 11th) we celebrated our 91st Founders Day. Today, I attended a ZOOM training session hosted by Dr. Lace Marie Brogden, 2nd Vice President, in preparation for this week’s first fully virtual Administrative Board meeting in DKG’s history. COVID-19 precipitated this change, not our Society membership. At least we had the foresight to address electronic meetings in our governing documents. Otherwise, business at the international level would have crept to a standstill by now. But more needs to be done. Staff members have worked from home since March 24th – a probable feature of employment going forward. The development of WFH (work from home) schedules and tech support are just a few considerations the Board will need to consider.
In some state organizations, where documents have not been updated in a timely fashion, carrying on the business of the Society has been severely limited. Actually, chapters are better off because the Constitution has given them the right to conduct business electronically and by mail. But the important piece is that we are now ready to take stock and go forward. We are poised to make the necessary changes to function in this new world. To avoid isolation we must embrace change. Humans need humans, but it may be a long time before hugs, handshakes, and welcome kisses are safe. Presently, it must be enough to see someone and to talk to them at a safe distance. People must be safe and stay healthy.
What “foresight” thoughts are crowding your brain as you consider your chapter’s future? Your state organization’s future? International’s future? This weekend while the members of your Administrative Board ponder the future, engage in reflective time yourself. Share your thoughts with other DKG members, with DKG leaders, with me. Having the thought is great, but it goes nowhere when it isn’t shared. Sharing is the first necessary step in effecting change and ultimately in pursuing a meaningful future. Stay safe and healthy!