Updated: Fri 29.Jan 2016
The Non Dues Revenue Committee Work
The Non-Dues Revenue Committee is not a typical group but similar to other international committees, we represent the 5 Regions in DKG. Ann-Charlotte from Sweden, my immediate predecessor was the first member from Europe. However, the original committee had been formed as long ago as 1969. I was appointed in 2012 by Dr Beverly Helms, the international president, as the second member from Europe.
Joining our first meeting of the NDR in October of that year was a totally different experience, most unlike any of those I had served on previously: Educators Award (2 years) Constitution (2 years) Nominations (4 years). As we soon learned, increasing non-dues revenue is an alternative to raising membership dues (subscriptions) and is beneficial for all levels of the Society – Chapter, State and International.
Learning that our most valuable contribution was to find sponsors for the international Convention in Indianapolis in 2014, I soon realized that the members from the USA would be able to research sponsorship from Insurance companies, the application of sales from OneCause, and medical bracelets recording individual health information for emergencies. Unfortunately, none of these were available in Europe. My role was to produce relative information for a possible 8 sponsors, with their worldwide connections and publicity for their companies online and send the information on to Phyllis Hickey, Operation Service Manager (ie Finance) at Headquarters.
As a result, each member of the NDR committee organised workshops at the Regional Conferences, demonstrated possibilities and shared ideas useful to all strata of our Society. I was greatly encouraged by Phyllis both in Austin and when she attended our European workshop, where she took a photo of the group and highlighted a folder at our second Committee Meeting with the appropriate photograph for each of us.
Our European Workshop gave participants an opportunity for discussion, sharing ideas and useful, successful, personal experiences as we suggested raising funds for Chapters and State meetings in our own countries. We circulated lists of these to each other. Subsequently, suggestions were added to the combined “Fund Raising Ideas you can take to the Bank” now available on the HQ website under the Committees section - Non Dues Revenue. You will have received DKG News Jan/Feb recently where there is an article entitled “Engines ignite in INDY pole position” written by Connie Hoag from Illinois. Do visit our exhibition in the Market Place at the Indianapolis Convention in July 2014 and give us more ideas.
Mary Wardrop Great Britain
Updated: Tue 15.Apr 2014