Volume 95 - Issue 8 | February 2023

Cathy Tenney, Editor

A Message From OSO President Debby Canter

“Passion is born when your heart gets carried away with a purpose greater than yourself." --Roy Spence

Get ready to CELEBRATE! OSO is celebrating 85 years as a member state of DKG and I’m so excited to experience this celebration in person with all of you. The State Convention will be held April 14-16 at the Dublin Embassy Suites.  I am including a tentative schedule so you will know how to plan for this informative and fun event. 

Friday, April 14:

  • 5:30 p.m. Complimentary Evening Reception for hotel guests only, others may purchase
  • 6:00 p.m. Q & A with the Bylaws Committee on proposed amendments
  • 7:00 p.m. Alpha Delta State Ohio Educational Foundation Annual Meeting
  • 8:00 p.m. OSO 85th Anniversary Celebration with baked potato bar and dessert

Saturday, April 15

  • Free breakfast for hotel guests, option to purchase for all others
  • 9:00 a.m. Executive Board Meeting
  • General Session immediately following
  • 12:00 p.m. Birthday Luncheon
  • Breakout sessions at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Click on link below to see session descriptions.
  • 5:30 p.m. Complimentary Evening Reception for hotel guests only, others may purchase
  • 6:30 p.m. Chapter Presidents’ Parade (immediate past and current), banquet and OSO officer installation 

Sunday, April 16

  • 8:00 a.m. Celebration of Life Service 2021-2023
  • Free breakfast for hotel guests, option to purchase for all others
  • 10:00 a.m. closing session with Lifeline of Ohio and student teacher grant recipients 

We are pleased to welcome as our International representative, Immediate Past International President Becky Sadowski. She will be sharing news and updates from DKG.

Please keep in mind that we need to meet our room block so plan on staying at the host hotel. Also, I realize that the meals are costly especially since the hotel adds 30.5% for service charges and taxes as we are not tax exempt.  I know that you can go to a restaurant for much less, but you will be missing out on fellowship and helping OSO meet the food and beverage minimum that we must pay regardless of whether or not enough members order meals. 

Please plan to join us for the entire weekend especially since we haven’t held a state convention in person since 2019.  I really want to see all of you there!


2023 OSO State Convention Breakout Sessions
2023 OSO State Convention Registration

Be an Early Bird!

Book Your Room Now

for the OSO State Convention

In just three months, winter will be a memory, spring will be upon us, and we will be gathering for the OSO State Convention at the Embassy Suites in Dublin. The Convention will begin on Friday, April 14, 2023, and continue through Sunday, April 16, 2023.

It is not too early to book your room at the Embassy Suites by Hilton. This can be done by calling 1-800-220-9219 and using the group name, “2023 DKG Ohio Convention” and the group code, “DK5.” Reservations can also be made online at https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/dkgohioconvention2023-dk5/ 

The reduced group rate is $139 + tax/night. 

Plan to attend the DKG/Ohio State Convention with chapter members and share the cost of a room. 

Nominations for OSO Executive Committee

OSO President

Melodie McGee, Gamma Nu

Melodie A. McGee has been a dedicated member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, International since 2008.  In the past fourteen years, she has served our Society well in many capacities.  As a member of Gamma Nu, Melodie has served as president, first vice president, second vice president, and chaired many committees. As president of Gamma Nu, Melodie was the representative to the Coordinating Council of Franklin and Madison Counties.  She is currently serving as the Delta Kappa Gamma Ohio State Organization First Vice President.

Melodie has attended several conferences at the regional and international levels. In 2015, at the conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Melodie was a presenter and a co-presenter at the International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2014.  In 2018, Melodie attended the International Conference in Austin, Texas. Most recently she attended the International Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana this past summer. Melodie has worked diligently at the state level.  In addition to her current position, Melodie has been a presenter at Leadership Training Sessions, Executive Board Meetings, and ADS/OSO conventions.  

OSO First Vice President

Michele Maniskas, Alpha Xi

Michele Maniskas is a member of Alpha Xi Chapter in Logan, Ohio. Michele is in her 30th year of teaching with twenty-three of those years in first grade in the Logan School District. She served her chapter as president for four years, vice president, Scholarship Chair, Membership Chair and Remembrance Chair.  At the state level, she currently serves as Delta Kappa Gamma Ohio State Organization Second Vice President. She has served as a member of the Membership Committee and has attended several state conventions

Michele says, “I believe in DKG!  I love being connected to so many women educators from around Ohio.  I believe we are helping women educators stay connected and grow through our seven purposes.  I will work with the other officers and offer support as needed.  I believe my biggest impact on our organization will be my ability to think out of the box.  I am always willing to jump into a task whole heartedly and see to its completion.”

OSO Second Vice President

Molly Helmlinger, Beta Kappa

Molly is a member of Beta Kappa Chapter in Shelby County. She is currently president (consultant) of Spirit Lead Consulting, LLC. Molly is a retired public and parochial school educator who has held the positions of superintendent (four school districts), assistant superintendent, elementary principal, district counselor, music teacher, coach, and adjunct professor. 

Molly has served her chapter as president and vice president. Her experience at the state level includes serving as the Leadership Development Chair and on the Strategic Planning Committee.

OSO Recoding Secretary

Meier Bauer, Gamma Phi

Meier Bauer is a member of Gamma Phi Chapter in Cincinnati.   She is a retired Speech-Language Pathologist for Hamilton County Educational Service Center working with preschool to age 22 students. She has also held the positions of Special Evaluator for HCESC, Head Start Consultant for Speech-Language, Pre-Reading Development, Development of State Guidelines and Activities for Pre-Reading Development.

At the chapter level, Meier has served as president, vice president, and the chair of the Program, Legislative Affairs, and Finance Committees. She has served at the state level as president, vice president, corresponding secretary, Membership Committee chair, Leadership Development Chair, Finance Committee Chair, and on the World Fellowship Committee. Currently, she is working with the Non-Dues Revenue Committee at the international level.

OSO Corresponding Secretary

Karen Dombrowski, Alpha Nu

Karen is a member of Alpha Nu chapter. She retired after 30 years as a seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher. Karen has held the offices of reporting secretary, second vice president, and president for her local chapter. She has served as a member or chair of various committees in Alpha Nu. Karen has served at the state level as recording secretary and Gold Key Coordinator. She served as chair of the Expansion Committee and continues now as a member of the committee. She has also served on the Membership Committee.

OSO Needs You!

The Nominating Committee is still in search of a representative from each region to serve on the Nominating Committee for the 2023 - 2025 biennium. If you would be interested in serving in such a position, please call Bev Babbert at 614-774-2530.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

February 1, 2023

Necrology Report (Form 2) Due Today

Link to Form

February 7, 2023

Women's Heart Health Presentation

@ 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Sponsored by Gamma Theta Chapter


February 15, 2023

Spring Fine Arts Gallery Submissions Due to International

April 14-16, 2023

OSO State Convention

Dublin Embassy Suites

June 8-10, 2023

OSO Biennial Seminar

Gallia & Jackson Counties

2023 OSO Biennial Seminar

The 2023 Biennial Seminar will be held June 8-10, 2023, in Gallia and Jackson Counties.  Look for more information in coming issues of The Voice

Ohio Chapter Promotes Literacy

Alpha Theta - Take...Read...Share

The Alpha Theta Chapter of DKG created a service project that we call Take...Read...Share. Our goal is to put more books into the hands of children and for them to "Take, Read, and Share" with others! Members were asked to consider donating two or three new or gently used elementary level books at each meeting. Labels are printed telling students that they may keep this book, share it with others, or return it to the Take, Read, Share box. Our chapter decided to put decorated book boxes in the Wooster, Orrville, Doylestown, and Apple Creek laundromats in Wayne County so that children could read while their parents are busy doing laundry. Thirty books were placed in each box which is checked and maintained regularly by our members. This literacy project appears to be very successful by the way books are disappearing from the boxes. 

More Chapter News From Around Ohio

Gamma Theta Chapter

is Proud to Celebrate

Women’s Heart Health Month

Please join us February 7, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom for an informative meeting about how we can keep our hearts healthy! There will be a short presentation featuring Dr. Beth Carson, MD, with time for questions and answers as well as discussion.




Dedicated to the memory of Paulette Howell.

Omicron Chapter

Omicron started the year with an 84th birthday party! Pictured are back row(l-r) Joy Cowdrey, Patsy Dearing, President Janet Kidd, Vice President Loretta Farley, Treasurer Jeanne Schaad, and Linda Korn. Pictured in the front row are Jackie Smith, Juanita Baker, Jo Ann Ingram.

Alpha Gamma Chapter

Sherry Zeigler and Susan Chemas check out the door prize from the November meeting. Susan won the prize and Sherry donated the bag of apples as well as Christmas decor. The Chapter collected $1,339 for Grant-In-Aids.

Notes From International

  • Members enrolled in graduate or doctoral studies can apply for an international scholarship via applications available on the DKG Website (due by February 1). 

  • The submission period for the Spring Art Gallery is also open from January 15 until February 15.  So, please encourage all your creative members to submit work to the Arts & Humanities Jury for display in the Gallery.

  • The Presidents’ Page is in video format now and is available for on-demand viewing on the DKG Website.  The link will also be sent via email to all chapter presidents after each issue is recorded.  If a chapter president is not receiving the emails, please ask her to reach out to staff.

  • Members should have received or will receive soon (dependent upon mail service) the latest issue of the Collegial Exchange.  If your members are not receiving the magazine, please let us know.  If any member would prefer to not receive the magazine in print, she can indicate that preference in her account (under “My DKG” after logging in to the DKG Website) or by asking her chapter/state organization treasurer to indicate that preference for her.

Ohio State Organization Related Links

Delta Kappa Gamma promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.
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