Volume 93 | October 1, 2020
News from Ohio State Organization
From Diana's Desk
Believe :: Belong :: Build

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As you listen to the words of Lee Greenwood in his recent 2020 virtual rendition of God Bless the USA, let us be ever mindful that, more than 68 million women vote in elections today because of the courageous women suffragists who never gave up the fight for equality. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, let us honor their legacy November 3 by exercising and protecting the sacred right to vote that they fought so hard to secure.  

God bless all of you and God bless the USA!

2020-2021 - A year to BALANCE your Educational Foundation program funds! Checks payable to ADSOEF with contribution form or go to adsoef.weebly.com

OSO Chapter Presidents and members: You are encouraged to make a chapter donation to “A Heart for All.” In a meeting, whether that occurs face to face or virtually, please plan to discuss giving a contribution. Your ADSOEF Chapter Representative has a contribution form and can answer questions. Pictures and stories show that you care and define the successes of your donations. Click (HERE) to see benefits to past award recipients.

Our hearts lead us to make a difference. Did you know, this year many members of Alpha Upsilon Chapter donated $10 each to benefit the mission of the Educational Foundation? Will your chapter follow their lead? Will your chapter find a creative way to contribute? Now, more than ever, we need your help. May your hearts spur you to take action!

P.S. State members (without a chapter), you are invited to contribute too.

In the quiet hours when we are alone and there is nobody to tell us what fine members  we are, we come sometimes upon a moment in which we wonder, not how much money we are earning, nor how famous we have become, but what good we are doing. A.A. Milne
You can do that good by serving as a director on the Alpha Delta State Ohio Educational Foundation to advance education and the teaching profession!   You have talents, skills, and the heart to be a Foundation Director.  You may also have some questions about being a director.  Here are a few that have been asked.

Q: How do I apply?
A: The online application is available on the ADSOEF website: adsoef.weebly.com

Q: How many directors serve on the Foundation?
A: There are ten elected directors.

Q: What is the term of service?
A:  In 2021, seven directors will be elected.  Five directors will be elected for three-year terms and two will be elected for two-year terms.  In 2023, and yearly thereafter, five directors will be elected for two-year terms.  Directors can serve for three consecutive terms.

Q: What is the time commitment?
A: There are quarterly meetings scheduled each year with additional meetings throughout the quarter as needed.  Each director also serves on a committee and will be involved in committee meetings.

Q: How are meetings conducted?
A: Most Board and committee meetings are conducted electronically.

Q: How will I know what to do?
A: There will be an orientation for new directors.  Many policies and procedures are in place to guide you.  Experienced directors will answer questions and offer support.

Q: What are the expectations of a director?
A: Directors must actively participate, listen, learn, show loyalty, follow the governing procedures, and work cooperatively to strengthen the Foundation.

Perhaps you have more questions.  The ADSOEF Nominating Committee members are eager to answer your questions.  Send your questions to Dr. Norma Kirby at nkkirby@roadrunner.com and the Committee will be happy to respond.

OSO/ADSOEF Scholarships
Do we have any OSO chapter members seeking advanced degrees?  If so, don’t forget SCHOLARSHIPS are available for your use!  We have the Annie Webb Blanton Scholarship, which can be used at any state university.  At Miami University, we have the Ruth Grimes Scholarship, and at The Ohio State University there is the Margaret L. White Scholarship.  These two scholarships are available to anyone seeking an advanced graduate degree in the field of education from either of the two universities.  Finally, we have the Florence L. Woodward Scholarship which can only be used at Kent State University for graduate studies.

Don’t forget, you or someone you know may be eligible for the Esther H. Strickland Student Teaching Grant, awarded to a college education major attending a state supported university during the semester of their student teaching.

All of these scholarship applications can be found on OSO and ADSOEF websites and are due by February 1, 2021.  Your Scholarship Committee is looking forward to reading many applications.

Delta Kappa Gamma International offers many scholarships, too.  Go to the International website and check out the list of offerings.  These are for us to use and are due February 1, 2021.

The DKG/OSO Connectivity Team wishes to thank all those who joined us via Zoom for the “Take a Break with Gerry Brooks” event on September 21.  Forty members attended the session as we enjoyed readings from Gerry’s book and his hilarious YouTube videos.  

Looking ahead, the Zoom event for October will be, “Scaring up Things for a Scavenger Hunt” on Monday, October 26, 2020, at 7:30 P.M.  The Connectivity Team is busy making lists of items that might be found in your home for you to retrieve during this scavenger hunt.  In addition to the hunting, you are also invited to participate in a costume contest.  If you enjoy dressing up and having fun like a kid, this is your chance to be creative and possibly win a gift card for your efforts.  If you choose to “come as you are,” that’s good too.  These events are designed to keep us all connected and to enjoy time together.  

In order for you to be a part of this Zoom event, it is very important for you to register in advance with the link provided below.  After registering, make sure you flag the email from President Diana Kirkpatrick, put the date on your calendar, or do whatever you need to do to remember to join us on October 26, at 7:30 P.M.

Plans are still being made for the State Convention that is scheduled for April 9-11, 2021, at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, OH.  We don’t know what the situation will be with the coronavirus, but rest assured, as much as we want to be together in the spring, more than that, we want all of you to be safe and well.  Continue to read The Voice for the latest news about the Convention and Zoom events that are being planned by the Connectivity Team.  Take care!  Stay safe!

Linda Diltz, Beta Rho
Convention Coordinator
Committee News
Once upon a time…Do you remember what happened when you began your journey as an Early Career Educator? 

The experiences of Early Career Educators are very different than they were even a year ago. I recently received a phone call from a collegiate from a historically black university in Ohio, who was completing her student teaching virtually. She wanted some advice and encouragement during this Fall 2020 pandemic season. She informed me about the process of doing student teaching online, completing/submitting virtual lesson plans, virtual student observations, and completing the virtual evaluation process. As a veteran teacher still in the classroom, I was able to give her some ‘tried and true’ techniques that educators should always keep in their hip pockets in order to keep students engaged at all times.

The SEE-Support for Early Career Educators was established as an DKG International Society Project in 2012. It shares the DKG vision which is ‘Leading women educators impacting education worldwide and to strengthen our society.’ 

More on Ohio’s school start plans with downloadable guides and essential links, Congress’s efforts for women and diversity, Ohio’s income tax deduction for teachers as well as progress on the “PinkTax”, and a follow up to Advocacy that Works! Round Table hosted by DKG International’s U.S. Forum in this month’s legislative report.

On September 13, the Ohio Department of Education released their Reset and Restart Education guidelines and website with tools and resources available to administrators, teachers, and parents, as the battlefront against COVID-19 moves into the classroom. The guide tackles more than simply health and safety issues and general operations with subjects like addressing potential flare-ups, student educational experience and learning, educator readiness, and social-emotional health. Download the guidelines here: Reset and Restart Planning Guide  Learn more from the State Superintendent Paulo DeMaria here: Reset and Restart Education video link and visit the website here: Ohio Department of Education/Reset and Restart Educational Planning site.

     Build the Ballot!

The nominations team is in the process of building the ballot for the next biennium, 2021-2023. We have continued to meet in a distanced way over the last few months.  We now are accepting applications for the following positions for Ohio State Organization. Applications are due December 1, 2020.

First Vice President
Second Vice President
Recording Secretary
Corresponding Secretary

Nomination committee representative from the Northeast region
Nomination committee representative from Northwest region
Nomination committee representative from Central region
Nomination committee representative from Southeast region
Nomination committee representative from Southwest region

If you or a DKG sister you know would love to serve at the state level, one of these positions might be for you.  Inside each of us is that shared passion for a career we love.  We share that commonality.  Inside each of us is that innate ability to lead.  So, take a minute, go to the OSO website, find the application under State Officers (committees, nominations) and begin to build your application for yourself or a sister you think would enjoy serving.  Together, and even during times when we cannot meet too often face to face, we can build a ballot for 2021-2023!

A Moment in Time
Did you know?

2020 is not the first time Ohio DKG cancelled the State Convention.

Ohio State Organization DKG held our first Convention at Cleveland’s Hotel Cleveland, October 13-14, 1939.

State conventions were not held during World War II, 1942-45, due to gas rationing. Instead, “Open Board” (regional) meetings were held: Columbus, 1942; Youngstown, 1943; and Columbus, 1944. In 1945 regional meetings were again held: Marietta, Columbus, Dayton, and Youngstown.

Regular yearly state conventions were resumed in October 1946 at Canton’s Hotel Onesto.

Sally Gillmore, Sigma
OSO Historian, Liaison to The Ohio History Center
Photos from "Take a Break with Gerry Brooks"
Important OSO-DKG Dates to Remember
October 26, 2020 - Scaring Up Things for a Scavenger Hunt
Zoom Event @ 7:30 p.m.

October 31, 2020 - Chapter Website Compliance Renewal Due
Form 72 - DKG International (sign in required)

November 15, 2020 - Deadline for Chapter Treasurers to File IRS Form 990

December 1, 2020 - Holiday Treasures
Zoom Event @ 7:30 p.m.

January 1, 2021 - OSO/ADSOEF Scholarship Applications Due

January 15, 2021 - ADSOEF Director Application Form Due

January 15, 2021 - First Day to Submit
Arts & Humanities Submissions for Spring Gallery
DKG International

February 15, 2021 - Last Day to Submit
Arts & Humanities Submissions for Spring Gallery

April 9-11, 2021 - OSO State Convention
Embassy Suites - Dublin, Ohio

Remembering Our Lost Sisters