Volume 95 - Issue 6 | December 2022

Cathy Tenney, Editor

A Message From OSO President Debby Canter

“Everything has a purpose. And that purpose has a story that goes along with it. It just depends on what your passion is. "

-- Kobe Bryant

We are making plans for our first in-person state convention since 2019 so I hope that you are making plans to join us April 14-16, 2023, at the Dublin Embassy Suites. In this issue, you will find an application for presenters at the convention. It takes a lot of OSO members to put together a meaningful convention and we need your help and expertise. Please consider sharing your time and talents with other members across the state. 

I had the pleasure of attending Beta Alpha’s November meeting and sharing my passions for DKG. I have learned so much more about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio this past year. You can find an enrollment flier for your use in this issue as well as on the OSO website. You may copy and distribute to preschools, Head Starts, and daycare centers. Thank you chapter co-presidents Cathy Greenleaf and Vickie Powell for also giving me the chance to talk about the OSO website.

I attended Beta Zeta's and Beta Eta’s joint birthday celebration in Ottawa, Ohio and enjoyed the hospitality and catching up with Tammy Schrader. It was so nice to have technology available to share videos from Fran DeWine, First Lady of Ohio, and Nancy Willis from Girls ROX.  Both videos can be found on the OSO website. Thanks to chapter presidents Suzanne Geis and Cynthy Kleman for a most enjoyable morning. 

Please take a few minutes to complete the three question survey concerning the possibility of having a Biennial Seminar in June 2023. The link can be found in this issue. 

As this year winds down, I hope you find time during this busy season to enjoy some quality time with your family and friends. Peace be with you and those you love.


OSO Convention Presenter Application

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library of Ohio Flier

Link to Biennial Seminar Survey

Attention All Chapters

Is your chapter wanting to sell items at the OSO State Convention in April? If so, you need to contact OSO President Debby Canter as soon as possible as there will be limited space available.









Alpha Gamma

Alpha Delta

Alpha Eta

Alpha Lambda

Alpha Nu

Alpha Xi

Alpha Sigma

Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha

Beta Zeta

Beta Eta

Beta Kappa

Beta Rho

Beta Upsilon

Beta Psi

Gamma Theta

Gamma Iota

Gamma Nu

Gamma Xi

Gamma Pi

Gamma Sigma

Gamma Phi

Delta Theta

Delta Kappa

Delta Mu

Delta Phi

Delta Chi

Ohio State Organization Wants Needs You!!!

We Are Seeking Leaders for the Next Biennium


Stop for a minute and think about your DKG sisters and yourself. We are a unique mix of ages, ethnicities, abilities, talents, skill sets, and gifts brought together by our passion for education, educators, and students.


Now think about our state officers. They are a part of that unique mix, yet they have accepted the challenge of leading at the state level. Because of their passion, they have “put themselves out there” for a purpose—to lead and serve. YOU are capable as well! Examine yourself and all those unique qualities listed above. What can YOU offer the Ohio State Organization? Where could your interests and skill set be a benefit to the sisters of the Ohio State Organization? 


So, what should you do now? Download and complete the application for one of ten elected positions at the state level. Submit it by January 2, 2023. There IS a place for you! We welcome you with open arms, hearts and minds!


Elected State Positions


First Vice President

Second Vice President 

Recording Secretary 

Corresponding Secretary

Nominating Committee Representative, Area I Northeast

Nominating Committee Representative, Area II Southeast

Nominating Committee Representative, Area III Northwest 

Nominating Committee Representative, Area  IV Southwest 

Nominating Committee Representative, Area V Central


All job descriptions for the offices listed above are found in our constitution. You’ll find the link to the constitution on the Ohio State Organization website. The term of each office is two years (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2025).

Link to Elected State Positions Application

Watch the Latest Video from the

OSO Communications & Marketing Committee

Link to Video

Let's Share a 'Priceless Gift' with a

Delta Kappa Gamma OSO Sister

It’s that time of the year for sharing and caring for Delta Kappa Gamma Sisters in each OSO Chapter during this season of giving and receiving. This year give a ‘priceless gift’ to an OSO Chapter Sister during this December season. Here are some suggestions you might consider doing with and for that special Society sister you want to celebrate during this season.

It might be…

  • sending a letter or card that includes a memory that you shared with your chapter sister; 
  • sharing a photo from a Delta Kappa Gamma Society event that you attended together; 
  • giving a pin or memento from a State, Regional, or International Convention;
  • having phone calls or zoom meetings between OSO chapter sisters to rekindle kindred memories and fellowship with each other.

Melodie McGee, Gamma Nu

Membership Chair

Read Melodie's Entire Message

Fulfilling the Mission and Purpose of Delta Kappa Gamma

Ohio chapters maintain a faithful adherence to our Society Purpose, to endow scholarships to aid outstanding women educators in pursuing graduate study and to grant fellowships to women educators from other countries.

During the last fiscal year, 19 chapters awarded 28 member scholarships totaling $6,829. Does your chapter realize the members who were awarded a scholarship are your future chapter leaders? Be sure to nominate them to a chapter, state or international position.

During the same period, 35 chapters awarded 81 project or non-member education grants totaling $34,756. These 81 non-members receiving a grant from your chapter are your future chapter members. The Membership Shuttle Challenge is on! Utilize the new member process to invite these women to become a part of your chapter. 

Your chapter made an investment in leadership and new members by awarding $41,585 to members and to non-members in Ohio. It is up to our chapter leaders and members to seek a return on your investment. May your investment yields be high!

Diana Haskell, Gamma Phi

OSO Treasurer

Delta Kappa Gamma is a Professional Organization

During the early years of the Society, the leaders formed a nonprofit corporation. The Internal Revenue Service received the nonprofit application and the Society Articles of Incorporation. Based on these two documents, the Society, state organizations and chapters were given nonprofit status as a professional organization, a 501(c)(6) corporation by the IRS. 

The Society, state organizations, and local chapters are required to file a 990 or 990n tax return by November 15 annually. Ohio State Organization 990 tax return was filed on October 10, 2022. Ohio chapters began filing 990n on July 15. I am aware that 66 Ohio chapters have filed their chapter tax return with the IRS. Please be sure to thank your chapter treasurer for completing this important task to maintain your chapter status as a nonprofit professional organization!

Diana Haskell, Gamma Phi

OSO Treasurer

Ohio Chapters Donate to Help Others!

Gamma Theta Packs 420 Bags of Food for End 68 Hours of Hunger

Gamma Theta’s favorite service project is our End 68 Hours of Hunger. End 68 Hours of

Hunger is a non-profit organization that supplies school children with food for the 68 hours of the

weekend. The food collected is non-perishable food that students can make. Gamma Theta had a packing night. We were able to pack 420 bags of food to be delivered to Lake County Schools. 

Upcoming Dates to Remember

January 2, 2023

Elected OSO State Position Application Due

January 10, 2023

OSO Convention Presenter Application Due

January 15, 2023

Arts & Humanities Submissions for Spring Gallery 

will be accepted today through February 15, 2023

Application Form will be available on www.dkg.org

April 14-16, 2023

OSO State Convention

Dublin Embassy Suites

More Chapter News From Around Ohio

Alpha Phi Chapter

“Give Me a G for Girl Scouts of Ohio”, designated as the theme for Alpha Phi’s October meeting at the Spillway Lodge, was enriched by our speaker, Judy Hatfield from Clinton County.  Introduced by Alpha Phi treasurer, Denise Shaneyfelt. Judy shared how the Girl Scouts work on the local level. 

Alpha Pi Chapter

Alpha Pi had Kris Tier, Mount Vernon City School Middle Schools’ guidance counselor as a speaker. She is trained in Girls ROX and explained the program.  Kris informed our members that all of the Knox County schools have this program thanks to United Way Director, Kelly Brenneman.

Beta Rho Chapter

Beta Rho Chapter had Rick Pond, husband of member, Pat Pond, as their speaker. Mr. Pond spoke about his journey of receiving a liver transplant. He encouraged members to become organ donors to help save lives of those on the transplant list. Pictured above are Beta Rho President, Rita Painter and Rick Pond.

Alpha Nu Chapter

Alpha Nu Chapter of Lancaster recently awarded the Veneta Thropp Memorial Professional Internship Incentive Grant scholarship to McKenna Melfi-Cline, a student teacher at General Sherman Junior High School. Presenting the award is Sally Persinger, Scholarship Chair.  

Delta Phi Chapter

Delta Phi gathered for the November meeting with a combined educational and fun social time using their crafting skills. Members chose to learn how to make either rose pins or silver rose and key charm bracelets. The fruits of their labor will be available to purchase at the OSO Spring Convention to benefit their scholarship fund. 

Alpha Psi Chapter

OSO President Debby Canter joined Alpha Psi chapter for the annual Early Thanksgiving Dinner/Auction October 20. Almost $1,100 was raised with the money to be used toward scholarships for student teachers. Molly Tharp and Ruth Ware served as auctioneers for the event. Alpha Psi President Trudy Cultice is pictured with OSO President Debby Canter.

Beta Kappa Chapter

Beta Kappa Chapter members met on November 16 at the Shelby County Historical Society to help make 300 gingerbread houses for the Historical Society's December 3 Christmas of Yesteryear.

Gamma Lambda Chapter

Gamma Lambda Chapter (Akron Area) initiated two members on Saturday, October 8, 2022.  Kaitlin Nime Jones, is currently working at Hudson Middle School in the Special Education Unit. Makayla Rogers is working in the Hudson City School District as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Pictured from left: Makayla Rogers, Sandy Procaccio, President; Karen Hazlett, Vice-President; Michelle Worthing, Editor Yearbook/Newsletter; Ginny Snyder, Recording Secretary; Cindy Acklin, Ceremonies; Claudia Grimes, Treasurer; and Kaitlin Nime Jones.

Beta Alpha Chapter

Dr. Denise Shockley, Gallia Vinton ESC Superintendent; Cathy Greenleaf, Co-President Beta Alpha Chapter; Gwen Daniels; Lois Carter; Vickie Powell, Co-President Beta Alpha Chapter; Debby Canter, President OSO Delta Kappa Gamma. Each is holding books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

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