Volume 95 - Issue 1 | July 2022
Cathy Tenney, Editor
"Passion without purpose is like a shot without a target."
- Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Our recent Leadership Conference served four purposes:

  1. Our incoming chapter presidents had an opportunity to gather important information to  help them during their biennium. If you were unable to attend, you can find some of the training handouts on the OSO website.
  2. Our outgoing chapter presidents were able to attend the Spring Executive Board Meeting to finish out their biennium and be recognized for their service to their chapters.
  3. Our members had a chance to share some laughs and reconnect as we had not been able to hold a convention since 2019.
  4. We were able to use some of the funds that the hotel has been holding for over two years. Costs were also cut by having two important meetings back to back. 

The Executive Board Members voted with regret to accept the dissolution of Alpha Zeta Chapter.  Also, funds were approved from the President’s Project to sponsor eighteen Girls ROX facilitators across the state. There is more information later in this issue. 

This may have been a “one and done” event and may not be appealing to the next state president. The Admin Team will continue to look at options for training and meetings. To everyone that helped in any way, thank you so much for serving the needs of the members and for your support.

To the outgoing chapter presidents, thank you so much for all you do for your chapters. I have appreciated all of the positive emails and it has been a pleasure working with you. I know you will continue to be an asset to your chapter. 

To the incoming chapter presidents, I’m looking forward to working with you. As I said at training, don’t ever think that you are bothering me with questions or concerns. You are now part of the OSO Executive Board and I am here to help you.

The DKG International Convention will be held July 12-16 in New Orleans.  I will be attending, along with First Vice President Melodie McGeee; our Parliamentarian, Joyce Jones-Weinkam; State Treasurer, Diana Haskell; and Past State President, Meier Bauer. If anyone else is attending, please contact me and let me know so we can arrange to meet once we arrive.  If you have any thoughts on any of the amendments, please contact me before July 10. I will be voting on behalf of all of the OSO members, not just myself. Your input is valuable.
Enjoy your summer as it goes by all too fast!

2021-2022 OSO “Member” SHIP Cruise Winners
The winners of the 2021-2022 OSO Delta Kappa Gamma “Member” SHIP Cruise are Beta Upsilon, Chi, and Gamma Lambda. Congratulations to these three chapters for inducting six members into each of their chapters during this 2021-2022 sailing season. My captains’ hat goes off to all of you for your outstanding accomplishments.

The three winning chapters each received a silver-framed congratulatory certificate along with a special souvenir initiative button pin for each member of their chapter. These special awards were presented during the Leadership Conference luncheon on June 11, 2022.

I am also proud of the additional eleven chapters which included Alpha Delta, Alpha Gamma, Alpha Psi, Delta Chi, Delta Delta, Delta Kappa, Delta Theta, Gamma Iota, Gamma Pi, Gamma Sigma and Zeta for participating in the 2021-2022 Delta Kappa Gamma Society OSO “Member” SHIP Cruise Campaign. These chapters gained an additional one to four members! They each received framed congratulatory certificates.

Together, we were able to gain 36 additional members.

Melodie McGee, Gamma Nu
OSO Membership Chair
Leadership Conference
Beta Kappa's incoming president Regina Hunsucker and outgoing president Dr. Molly Helmlinger.
Corresponding secretary Cindy Lawyer and Connie Rensink, DKG Member-at-Large are ready for an evening of fellowship and fun!
Outgoing chapter presidents recognized at the Leadership Conference luncheon.
OSO Leadership Team
Claudia Grimes, Gamma Lambda
Gamma Lambda member, Claudia Grimes was honored with the Akron Public School Marilyn Parks Achievement Award on May 18, 2022. The Akron Public School Marilyn Parks Achievement Award recognizes teachers who are making a significant difference in the lives of their students. It is specified in the award that it be given to a “life-long learner and one who stays connected to students and contributes to the wider community of educators.”

Holly Welch, Mu
Holly Welch, Mu Chapter, received her Doctorate in Education from Youngstown State University, Youngstown in May of 2022. Holly is an assistant principal in the Austintown School District and has been a member of Mu Chapter since 2015.
July 1, 2022 - Form 110 - 2022-2024 Chapter Officers
Due to International

July 12-16, 2022 - DKG International Convention - New Orleans
Any OSO member attending the DKG International Convention, please contact OSO State President Debby Canter so plans can be made to connect in New Orleans

October 22, 2022 - OSO Fall Executive Board Meeting @ 10 a.m.
St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church and Family Life Center
3220 Columbus Street, Grove City, OH 43123

April 14-16, 2023 - OSO State Convention***
Dublin Embassy Suites
***Due to a scheduling conflict at the Dublin Embassy Suites there is a change in the dates of the OSO State Convention.***

Delta Lambda Chapter (Erie County) celebrated the membership milestones of three members at our May meeting. They were Cathy Mirtes, 50 years, Holly Schedley and Jackie Teeman each with 20 years.  Cathy received a 50th Anniversary Basket with gold themed items.

Akron area chapters Gamma Lambda and Phi celebrated Founders' Day on May 14 with speakers Lynda Corea and Dr. Michelle Hawkins from Northeast LifeBanc sharing their personal experiences with organ donation.
Gamma Lambda and Phi Chapters awarded the Anne and Ginny Sperry Memorial Scholarship to Leah Sorensen. Leah is a student at The University of Akron majoring in Early Childhood/Inclusive (PreK-Grade 3).
Chi Chapter awarded a $1000 college scholarship to Lilly Arvin from Hamilton High School who will be attending Miami University majoring in math education. Pictured with Lilly are Chi President Joan Avery and Lisa Caudill, Hamilton High School Counselor.
Members of Nu Rho Lydia Martin, Jane Hough, Lageita Halloway, Janis Arnold, Darlene Thaxton, Charleen Johnson-Miller and Gail Ali.
Alpha Mu President Carolyn Kibble presented OSO Recording Secretary Ann Todd with a gift basket after speaking to chapter members. Alpha Mu members posed for a group picture with the chapter's two new members.
Alpha Chi summer outing to The Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio. Chapter members pictured are Jyl Dwer, Denise Shaneyfelt, Susanne LeFeber, Linda Parker, Linda Beaver, and Robin Prewitt. Not pictured are Joyce Palmer and Linda Nier.
The Flame Burns Brightly

Thanks to your donations we have exceeded the original goal for
‘Be the Spark… Light our Flame’

The total as of June 30, 2022, is 

Let’s keep it going!

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