Volume 95 - Issue 9 | March 2023

Cathy Tenney, Editor

A Message From OSO President Debby Canter

“Purpose may point you in the right direction but it's passion that propels you." --Travis McAshan

2023 State Convention tentative schedule: 

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 with speaker Jacqueline Walker MSN, RN State Association Director Skills USA (Career Tech)
  • 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 chapter presidents are included), banquet, OSO officer installation, and keynote by Becky Sadowski, Immediate Past International President 

Sunday, April 16

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

Our guest speaker for the luncheon, Jackie Walker, will speak on behalf of the career tech community in the state. Saturday evening, Becky Sadowski will speak on behalf of the DKG Administrative Board, and Sunday morning we will hear from Kelly McQuestin about organ donation.  

The immediate past chapter presidents (2020-2022) are asked to join current chapter presidents (2022-2024) in the president’s parade. 

Help us to meet our room block by reserving your room before the March 15 deadline and purchase the meals offered by the hotel by March 31 along with your registration fee. 

I’m looking forward to this celebration of Ohio State Organization and I hope you can join me in celebrating 85 years of our membership in DKG. 


2023 OSO State Convention Updated Breakout Sessions 
2023 OSO State Convention Registration


Mail Convention registration checks to:

Diana Haskell, OSO Treasurer

8726 Redcloud Ct

Cincinnati, OH 45249

If you have sent checks to Kim Lewis for convention registration, there will be a slight delay in processing. The checks then need to be sent to and deposited by Diana Haskell, OSO Treasurer.

Be an Early Bird!

Book Your Room Now

for the OSO State Convention

In just a few weeks, 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. 

Keep A Candle Glowing

When We Recognize Our

 Passing OSO Chapter Sisters         

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

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.

When your Passing Chapter Sisters name(s) are verbally recognized during the Necrology Ceremony and members from your chapter stand to honor them, one person from your Chapter will turn on the candle, and stand with your chapter. 

As we unite and light our candles in the memory of our passing sisters, their memory will continue to shine on in our hearts.

Melodie McGee, Gamma Nu

Membership Committee Chair

Dr. Denise Shockley

Beta Alpha Chapter


Congratulations! Dr. Denise Shockley’s article “Art Camp: An Appalachian Solution to an Art Desert” has been selected for inclusion in the 2023, Volume 89-3 issue of The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin.  

Join us in sharing your voice at the 2023 OSO State Convention. Complete the Share Your Voice registration form and email or mail it to Cheryl Quay.

Share Your Voice Registration Form (word)

Share Your Voice Registration Form (pdf)

Since there were no applications submitted for the 2023-2025 Nominating Committee, nominations will need to be made from the floor at the Spring Executive Board Meeting at the Ohio State Organization Convention. The following information was taken from the OSO Standing Rules concerning the committee structure:


8.36 Nominating Committee Elected (CONSTITUTION, Art. VIII, Sec. B; Bylaws, Art. VIII, Sec. D 7) 


A. Committee Structure 

  1. The Nominating Committee in OSO is composed of five members, one elected from each of the five areas.
  2. The state is divided by counties into five nominating areas as follows: 
  • Area I ~ Northeast ~ Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Summit, Trumbull 
  • Area II ~ Southeast ~ Ashland, Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Mahoning, Monroe, 10 Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Stark, Tuscarawas, Washington, Wayne 
  • Area III ~ Northwest ~ Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putman, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, Wyandot 
  • Area IV ~ Southwest ~ Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Drake, Fayette, Gallia, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Lawrence, Miami, Montgomery, Pike Preble, Scioto, Shelby, Warren 
  • Area V ~ Central ~ Champaign, Clark, Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Meigs, Morrow, Perry, Pickaway, Richland, Ross, Union, Vinton 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

April 14-16, 2023

OSO State Convention

Dublin Embassy Suites

June 8-10, 2023

OSO Biennial Seminar

Gallia & Jackson Counties

July 11-16, 2023

International Conference

The Westin Book Cadillac

Detroit, MI

History in the Hills – 2023 Biennial Seminar

Gallia and Jackson Counties

Thursday, June 8 through Saturday, June 10

$95.00 per night, breakfast buffet included.

Lunch (Bob Evans Farms), two dinners (The Quality Inn), and bus transportation will be included in the cost and will be provided in the April issue of The Voice.

Activities include:

The John Gee Black Historical Center

The John Gee Black Historical Center is a cultural and educational center to ensure the preservation of tradition, culture, crafts, music, and art of the African Americans in Southeastern Ohio and to educate our diverse people about African American traditions and about the past and present contributions of African Americans to this country. 

More Information About Included Activities

Building the Next DKG Slate of Nominees Begins With YOU

Your invitation to DKG membership highlighted your leadership.  Are you ready to apply for an elected position at the international level, or can you encourage another member to do so?

Applications will be accepted by the International Nominating Committee (INC) in summer 2023.  The time to plan and recruit is now!  You, as a DKG member, may self-nominate or nominate another DKG member.  Leadership in our organization is key to our future, so please give careful consideration to this important task. 


All qualifications and recommendations for applicants for each position are listed in the International Standing Rules (ISR) 8.82.f.  These are the only qualifications considered when the INC evaluates the applications.

Please ignore commonly assumed rumors.  Applicants need not have. . .

  • Earned a doctorate
  • Attended Leadership Management Seminar (Ignite)
  • Participated in a prescribed number of international conferences/conventions
  • Held a certain number of specific state positions
  • Been a member for a minimum number of years

The duties and responsibilities of the elected INC members are outlined in the Constitution Article VIII Section B.8.b.  INC members MAY NOT...

  • Recruit applicants
  • Assist applicants in any way with the application process
  • Discuss any application with anyone other than another INC member
  • Support or advocate for any nominee in any way

Act now!  Evaluate your interests and skills with the qualifications listed in SR 8.82.f noted above. 


Guidelines and applications will be posted on the DKG website in May 2023.

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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