Volume 95 - Issue 10 | April 2023

Cathy Tenney, Editor

A Message From OSO President Debby Canter

“Celebrations infuse life with passion and purpose. They summon the human spirit." --Terrence E. Deal

It’s almost time to Celebrate! I hope you have registered for this year’s state convention and made your hotel reservations. Some things to consider:

  • If you are coming to Friday evening’s dance party, make sure to wear something festive, bright and add some bling to your attire. This is a very casual event so be comfortable and put on your boogie shoes. 
  • Bring cash to shop in the Marketplace. 
  • If you have co-presidents, only one voting card will be issued to your chapter. 
  • The Executive Board meeting is a requirement for Gold Key.
  • The menus have been upgraded to meet our food and beverage minimum.
  • Professional dress is suggested for the luncheon and banquet. 
  • The luncheon will begin at 12:15 p.m. instead of 12:00 p.m. 
  • The Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday at 9:00 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m. 
  • Volunteers are still needed to assist with registration and meal tickets. 

I had the pleasure of attending Alpha Eta’s meeting in Springfield last month. Chapter President Carol Dunlap had mentioned to the members that my mother was in the hospital and that I would be speaking first. After I finished sharing the information about my initiatives and the state convention, chapter member Nadine stepped forward and asked the members to join her in prayer for my mother and our family. This was one of the most touching moments of my biennium. Thank you, Nadine and members of Alpha Eta. 

I attended the joint birthday celebration of Alpha Delta and Alpha Gamma in Washington Court House. It may have been windy outside, but the vibes were all tropical inside! Donna Kelley and her committee hosted a fun birthday celebration for the two chapters that were chartered on the same day in 1939 marking 84 years in existence. The food, atmosphere, and the company were all outstanding even though I led the members at my table astray by having dessert before celebrating with the birthday song. Thanks to my table mates Co-Presidents Peggy Lester and Nancy Mowery, Anne Quinn and Marty Burns for the wonderful conversations and laughter. 

The Biennial Seminar is happening! Join us June 8-10 in Gallipolis for a history-rich tour of Gallia and Jackson Counties.  The registration link is included in this issue along with the phone number to the hotel. Make sure to mention OSO when making your room reservation. 


Updated Proposed and Alternative Budget 2023-2024
Biennial Seminar Registration
Biennial Seminar - History in the Hills

President Debby is asking members attending the state convention to volunteer for an hour or two to help make sure things run smoothly. You can email Debby at president@dkgohio.org and volunteer for the registration table on Friday evening or Saturday morning. Also, door monitors are needed for Friday evening’s Reception, Saturday’s Luncheon, and Saturday's Banquet. 

Keep A Candle Glowing

When We Recognize Our

 Passing OSO Chapter Sisters         

Don’t forget to bring your light to shine on behalf of your chapter sister(s).

We want to invite each OSO Chapter that has lost a chapter sister(s) during this biennium to bring to the Celebration of Life, one battery operated candle.

We would like to honor our passing OSO Chapter Sisters in a special way during our Celebration of Life Ceremony at the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International OSO Convention on Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. 

Melodie McGee, Gamma Nu

Membership Committee Chair

Evelyn Ferguson


Mary Kathryn Baehl

Alpha Eta

Evelyn Joann Schultz

Beta Upsilon

Ann Lee Hall

Beta Lambda

Betty Bartlett

Gamma Phi

Marv Jarvis

Gamma Phi

Dixie G. Davis

Gamma Xi

Three Ohio State Organization members received notice from The Arts & Humanities Jury of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International that their photographs have been selected to be published in the 2023 Spring Fine Arts Gallery. DKG anticipates the unveiling of the new DKG Fine Arts Gallery by mid-April.  Congratulations to Melissa Hackett, Gamma Pi; Eileen McNally, Beta Delta; and Cathy Tenney, Beta Kappa.

Melissa Hackett, Gamma Pi

Eileen McNally, Beta Delta

Cathy Tenney, Beta Kappa

Soar High and Explore New OSO Galaxies


It's almost time for our OSO ‘Member’ SHIP SHUTTLE to Land!

During 2022-2023, OSO has been on a mission searching the Ohio galaxies, launching into new territories, seeking to gain new members who have not been introduced to the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

The 2022-23 Delta Kappa Gamma Society International OSO ‘Member’ SHIP SHUTTLE orbiting campaign has continued from November 1, 2022, through April 28, 2023.

Membership Shuttle Chairs will email their information about their chapters' totals to the dkgohio.org website beginning on May 1, 2023, through May 15, 2023, using recording forms that will be on the ‘Member’ SHIP SHUTTLE Site.

All Chapters will be recognized for the total ‘members’ who board and participate on their Delta Kappa Gamma Society International OSO Shuttle. The Chapter(s) who have the most OSO ‘Members’ who launch into their chapter overall from all categories will receive a Surprise Recognition.

Chapter News From Around Ohio

Gamma Sigma Chapter members left to right are Linda Geyer, Melody Blake, Deborah Adam, Toni Harper, Katrina Carpenter, Diane Christensen, and Barbara Behrendt who helped to cut the material for the March Blanket Service Project for Perry County Children’s Services.

Wendy Spoerr, Co-President of Beta Chi Chapter, explains the group plans to enlist children in the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

Zeta Chapter inducted new member Amy Phillips.

Gamma Phi Chapter members enjoyed a glass blowing demonstration at a local studio and several ladies made paperweights and ornaments to keep!

Beta Kappa Chapter members Barri Grandey, (2nd from the left) and Cathy Tenney, (far right) who are also hospital volunteers presented Wilson Health with activity bags from their chapter. Members donated coloring books, activity books, crayons, paper, and pencils.

Gamma Xi Chapter held a "DKG Roadshow". Members shared an item that was special to them and why.

Wanted - Recipes

Please Help with a Project for the International Conference

in Detroit!

One of the “Meet the Block” prizes to be given away at the International Conference in Detroit will be a custom cookbook. The Steering Committee thought it would be fun to include recipes from each state, country, and territory that has a DKG chapter. We would encourage OSO members to submit recipes.

All recipes should be sent to sstorms855@gmail.com with the Subject Line of “DKG Recipe” by May 1, 2023. Please include your name, state, and chapter. If you would like to include a few sentences about why this recipe is special to you, that would be great. You may also submit a picture of the finished recipe.

More Chapter News

Gamma Pi Chapter learned about ethnic foods and how to make them during a recent meeting. Bill Prest assisted members Susan Harris; Shirley Moritz, guest; and Margie Rose in the process of rolling dough, cutting and filling pierogis.

Gamma Pi Chapter Second Vice-President, Mary Beth White received a volunteer award from Youngstown’s YMCA Davis Center. Mary Beth created Kitchen Chat, a monthly class, with a variety of topics relating to health, wellness and good food.

Gamma Lambda and Phi Chapters held a joint meeting with guest speakers from Girl Scout Troop #91442, (left to right) Kristy Yates, Troop Cookie Chairwoman; Tori Gable, Scout; and Kacey Yates Gable, Troop Leader. They are a three-generation Girl Scout family. They shared a display of family girl scout uniforms including Tori's great-grandmother's uniform from the 1940s. Gamma Lambda President Sandy Procaccio shared information about the DKG Girl Scout patch and met a representative from The Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio Council along with Kacey Yates Gable to discuss the DKG Girl Scout patch and possible collaboration.

Alpha Tau Chapter supports the Lima Literacy Council by playing in a Scrabble Tournament with one team placing third!

Gamma Iota Chapter recently focused on women’s health as well as children’s literacy. The Chapter participated in a chair yoga class lead by Lyndsey Stropkey, yoga instructor. Gamma Iota donated a total of 70 books to be given to Lake County Head Start Program.

Beta Chapter honored Barbara Bradford, our oldest member with a special visit from Freda Cook, Karen Weidenhamer, and Barbara Renneker traveled to Bellefontaine to personally present Barbara with her 65-year membership pin and a certificate.  

Seven members of Beta Chapter visited the First Ladies National Historic Site. It turned out to be a wonderful combination of learning and fellowship. 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

April 1, 2023

Dues Portal Opens for 2023-2024

April 14-16, 2023

OSO State Convention

Dublin Embassy Suites

May 25, 2023

OSO Biennial Seminar

Registration/Money Due

June 8-10, 2023

OSO Biennial Seminar

Gallia & Jackson Counties

June 15, 2023

Gold Key Online Application Due

Chapter President's Report Due

June 30, 2023

Member Dues & Fees for 2023-2024 Due

July 11-16, 2023

International Conference

The Westin Book Cadillac

Detroit, MI

July 15, 2023

Chapter Treasurer Annual Report

Send copy to State Treasurer

Ad Requests for DKG 2023 Summer Conferences

DKG is accepting ads for the 2023 summer conferences. State organizations, chapters, members, vendors, and more are invited to place an ad in the conference program book of your choice. Submission details are included on the DKG Ad Form.

• Detroit, Michigan - July 11-16, 2023

• Phoenix, Arizona - July 18-22, 2023

• Tampere, Finland - July 26-29, 2023

Ad Deadline: April 15, 2023

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