Volume 95 - Issue 11 | May 2023

Cathy Tenney, Editor

A Message From OSO President Debby Canter

“Be brave and be patient. Have faith in yourself; trust in the significance of your life and the purpose of your passion." --Jillian Michaels

Thank you.  Just two words that can convey a simple meaning or a larger one. Think of this one as a HUGE thank you. Thank you, convention attendees, committee members, committee chairs, presenters, chorus members, volunteers, ADSOEF Directors, Admin Team, and especially my sister, Kim. “It takes a village” certainly applies when planning and executing a state convention and our team did not disappoint. Did everything go as planned? Of course not, but wasn’t it wonderful to be together again!  

And a few more offers of thanks: Thanks to Nancy Miller for the DKG bookmark - I love it! Thank you, Belinda Dixon and Cathy Tenney for your generous donations to ADSOEF in my honor. Also, thanks to Diana Kirkpatrick and everyone who contributed to my beautiful bracelet.  I will cherish it as it is a wonderful reminder of my biennium. 

I have included a link to the 2023 Convention Feedback Form. Please take a few minutes to complete it. This will help President Elect Melodie McGee and her team make improvements for the 2025 state convention. 

Other links that are included are the Biennial Seminar, Chapter President's Annual Report, and Gold Key Application. The deadline for the Biennial Seminar is May 25.  The Chapter President’s Annual Report and Gold Key Application are both due June 15. 


If anyone is attending the DKG International Conference in Detroit July 12-16, please let Melodie know very soon so she can plan an OSO dinner on Friday, July 14. Please get your registrations completed and hotel reservations made before the room block is full. 


Enjoy the feeling of renewal that spring brings!



2023 Convention Feedback Form

Chapter President's Annual Report

Gold Key Planning Document

Gold Key Online Application

Biennial Seminar Registration

Biennial Seminar - History in the Hills

Beta Iota

Bonnie Marie Doty

Anna Yoder Miller

Beta Rho

Pat L. Beck

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

The Delta Kappa Gamma Society OSO 'Member' SHIP Shuttle has been in an orbiting campaign from November 1, 2022, through April 28, 2023.

It’s now time for all the OSO 'Member' SHIP Shuttle Chairs to email 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 OSO Shuttle at the October Executive Board Meeting.

The Chapter(s) who have the most OSO members who launch into their chapter overall from all categories will receive a surprise recognition.

Soar High and Continue to Explore New OSO Galaxies…

2022-2023 OSO Membership Committee

Congratulations, Melissa Hackett, Gamma Pi; Eileen McNally, Beta Delta and Cathy Tenney, Beta Kappa! Their photographs were selected to appear in the 2023 DKG Spring Fine Arts Gallery which can be viewed online at dkg.org.

"I'm Still Standing"

Melissa Hackett, Gamma Pi

"Hungarian Parliament - Budapest"

Cathy Tenney, Beta Kappa

"Too Cold"

Eileen McNally, Beta Delta

"City of Spires, Prague"

Cathy Tenney, Beta Kappa

"Ancient Steps"

Melissa Hackett, Gamma Pi

World Fellowship: What's Next?

Note: Two young women, Emma and Darmini, from Indonesia, received aid from the World Fellowship program and are attending The Ohio State University.

The World Fellowship Committee’s goals were: to seek more information about the WF program and to extend the information to local chapters through articles in The Voice, to make contact with the recipients, and to invite the recipients to local meetings.. 

The Voice articles reviewed the history and operations of the WF Fund, provided members with ideas on fundraising, introduced Emma and Darmini with biographical sketches, gave information on the country of Indonesia, and shared the girls’ summer plans.

Both young ladies attended the luncheon at the June 11, 2022 Leadership Conference and spoke briefly about their gratitude to WF and DKG. Tammy Shroeder and Jeanne Bennett greeted the ladies and attended the luncheon with them.   

Jeanne contacted Emma and Darmini in March and asked the question: “What's next?” Both will graduate from OSU in May. Darmini will go back to Indonesia and continue teaching young children in impoverished areas. Emma will also head back to her hometown and continue her work teaching Indonesian and English. She may return to the U.S. to teach Indonesian or pursue a PhD.

Respectfully submitted

Jeanne Bennett, Chair

Tammy Shroeder

Bunny Doebling

Chapter News from Around Ohio

Making fleece blankets has become a yearly project event for Alpha Phi Chapter March meeting. This year 13 blankets went to Robinson Elementary in Perry County, Kentucky. Pictured are Lynn Martin & Denise Shaneyfelt working as a team. Linda Nier, Susanne LeFeber, Joyce Palmer, Lynn Martin work on another blanket. Rhea Young and Denise Shanefelt took charge of this year’s Schools for Africa drawing at our March project meeting. 

Beta Chi Chapter's April committee is pictured above: Carrie Sinkele, Roz Gadd, Rhonda Accordino and seated is Donna Lewis. Rosemary Koror is not pictured. Carrie Sinkele presented a program on robotics.

Beta Chi Chapter is proud to announce that Linda Cowin has been selected as a Community Star. Pictured is Linda Cowin with Brenda Linert,editor of the Warren Tribune who sponsors the Community Star event.

Delta Chi Chapter hosted the Greater Cincinnati Joint Chapter Luncheon. Co-presidents Melody Newman and Joan Ballbach sold tickets for the many baskets that were donated by the chapters.

Debby Canter, Ohio State Organization President, participated in the Greater Cincinnati Joint Chapter Luncheon. The event concluded with the singing of the DKG Song.

Bylaws and Standing Rules Committee

The amendments required by Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and the amendments voted in at the 2023 OSO Convention have been incorporated into the OSO Bylaws and Standing Rules. Some are changes, some are simply rewording for clarification. All changes are in red so you may look through quickly to see where they fit in. The updated documents will be on the website soon, but without changes in red.

OSO Bylaws

Standing Rules

Beta Rho Chapter honored our 50-year and our 25-year members. Donna Dailey, a retired elementary teacher, has been a member of Beta Rho for 50 years. Sue Haley, a retired school administrator, was honored as a 25-year member. Both ladies were presented with a certificate and pin.

Nu Rho Chapter delivered 30 school bookbags and over $100 worth of school supplies to George Washington Carver Elementary School. Mr. Hayes, director of the YES Program, greeted (from left to right} Janis Arnold, Vera Glover, and Irma Moore.

Beta Nu Chapter members volunteer on the Oak Hills Book Bus, a literacy initiative on wheels.  Pictured are Barb Weidus, President, and Barb Steers, Beta Nu Membership Chair, describing their participation on the bus as it visits each of Oak Hills Local School District's elementary schools every week during the school year, and even in the summer.

Delta Epsilon and Beta Alpha Chapters recently held a joint meeting. Debby Canter, OSO President, introduced the guest speaker Kim Lewis, Delta Epsilon, who gave a yoga presentation.

Pat Lewis who became an Alpha Phi Chapter member in 1983, celebrated her 90th birthday. Chapter members Linda Nier, Bryanne Peck, Robin Prewitt, Denise Shaneyfelt, and Rhea Young surprised Pat with a visit at her birthday celebration.

Mya Hochradel (left) and Samantha Conrad (right) were awarded scholarships this spring from Alpha Nu chapter of Lancaster Ohio. The Veneta Thropp Memorial grant is awarded to current student teachers in Lancaster who have graduated from any Fairfield County high school. Recipients are chosen based on financial need and their reasons for choosing teaching. 

Gamma Nu Chapter members Shirley Moore, Melodie McGee, Barbara Cleveland and Jay McClanahan promoted Imagination Library at the Hill Top Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Chapter members were able to speak with several families including prospective young readers.

Reminder - DKG Town Hall Meetings

DKG International President Debbie LeBlanc is hosting a series of virtual Town Hall meetings to discuss any cares or concerns members have regarding DKG. The last two meetings scheduled in May are listed below. All members are invited to attend either or both meetings. 

Wednesday, May 3 at 1:30 PM

Saturday, May 20 at 11:30 AM

(This last meeting will be a part of the Administrative Board meeting being held in Austin. Join the board for this meeting.)

Upcoming Dates to Remember

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 Due

Send copy to State Treasurer

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