This Honorary Chapter was approved at the 2011 Convocation Business Meeting and honors men and women who have made significant and longtime contributions of service to the Society and demonstrated a commitment to its ideals and excellence in education. Nominations are open only to those with a minimum of 20 years of membership in KDP. See the 2013 and 2015 initiates into the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter
The chapter was named for Eleanor Roosevelt because of her belief in human rights, her energy and compassion in serving people, her involvement in community service, and her commitment to educating youth. Known as America’s most influential First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884–November 7, 1962) also earned a reputation as a champion and leader of education. She once said, “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was inducted into the Laureate Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi in 1949.
The Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter is composed of a maximum of 100 members. Membership in the honorary chapter is inclusive of all qualifying members, regardless of education position. Membership in the chapter is a lifetime appointment. Membership is by nomination, recognizing KDP members with an extensive history of involvement and commitment to the Society. Nominees do not need to be currently employed in an education position.
Prospective members cannot self-nominate. Officers and employees of the Society will not be eligible for nomination until one biennium has elapsed following their term of office or final day of employment.
A Nominee must have been an active KDP member for a minimum of 20 years. Additionally, nominations will include evidence of satisfying at least 7 of the following 12 criteria, with a minimum of 5 primary criteria:
- Service to a KDP chapter as an officer or counselor
- Significant number of years of service to a KDP chapter
- National service to KDP – such as committees, chairperson, Executive Council, hosted a regional meeting or conference, served the Foundation in a leadership role
- Attended a minimum of 5 KDP Convocations and participated as a volunteer or presenter
- Sustained donor/contributor to KDP
- Served as a reviewer of manuscripts or scholarships, published an article or book, and/or served as volunteer editor
- Awards or recognition for teaching excellence
- A leadership role within the education community
- Participated in Literacy Alive/Reading Is Fun
- Established a KDP scholarship at the local level
- Helped train counselors regionally or at Convocation
- Other significant contributions, such as, excellence in the profession or ambassador for the Society
Current Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter members will review the group of submissions and recommend membership for approval by the KDP Executive Council. Inductees to the Chapter will be notified by May 1, 2017 and will be recognized and inducted during the 2017 KDP Convocation in Pittsburgh, PA.
To nominate someone for membership to the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter please click here.