President's Message from Pat Batten:


Dear Sisters in Christ -


With the month of January comes a Province IV Board meeting for diocesan presidents of the various dioceses in the Southeast. We will spend an intense weekend in workshops and will be planning the Fall Assembly/Retreat at Kanuga 2020 and the next January Board Meeting/Louisiana Retreat 2021. The Strategic Plan for the Order will be reviewed and goals for Province IV may be updated as we see our role(s) in the future of the Order.


The Strategic Plan has been briefly discussed at our board meetings (chapter presidents) and there is now a Strategic Plan Companion with questions for reflection for each chapter to use. There is also homework for each goal which should be downloaded to prepare for discussion at upcoming 2020-2021 meetings.  Please review your November newsletter for a more detailed discussion of the goals. The calendar below includes specific goals for the board meetings that will be our focus in 2020. We have a distince plan for meetings now that the Strategic Plan has been released and your input will be needed.


Saturday, March 7, 2020 - Winter Board Meeting  Goal #3 will be our topic for the day: Nuture and Grow Our Members. Theme - "Bring Life and Light".

The DVD "A Closer Walk with God" from the national site may be included as it includes a DOK overview for prospective members.


Saturday, April 25, 2020 - Spring Retreat Program is being developed at this time with our diocesan liaison. 


Saturday, August 22, 2020 - Summer Board Meeting  Goal #5 topic: Foster Community and Build Connections. Theme - "Sharing Joys and Dividing Sorrows"


Saturday, September 26, 2020 - Fall Assembly Province IV President Jane Searcy will be with us as our speaker. This is also our annual business meeting and we will elect new officers for the 2021 term. Cai Armstrong chairs the Nominating Committee and will need volunteers for the Committee. Open positions include President, Vice Presidents and Treasurer Elect.  


We have agreed to shorten our board meetings in hopes that our attendance will increase. There won't be a Eucharist or lunch so that we can use our time to discuss our business issues and Strategic Goals. The board meetings are intended for all chapter presidents and/or their representatives and will continue to include leadership topics and plans as laid out by the National DOK organization.


Please prayerfully consider hosting one of these meetings as we do not have definite locations yet for any of the four gatherings in 2020. With the streamlining of board meetings, registration, Eucharist and lunch activities will be removed and all that remains for the hosting chapter is to provide a meeting space for 3-4 hours for the Winter and Summer Board Meetings. The Spring Retreat and Fall Assembly will continue to include Holy Eucharist and lunch periods and we still need locations for these larger events.    


Keeping you all in prayer for the New Year and our Daughters of the King activities.


Always FHS,


Pat Batten


The Order of the Daughters of the King

Diocese of Upper South Carolina

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