Volume 95 - Issue 7 | January 2023

Cathy Tenney, Editor

A Message From OSO President Debby Canter

“God wants us to delight in living His purpose for us, which is why our passion plays a huge part." --Paige Omartian

I hope you are making plans to attend our first in-person state convention since 2019 to be held April 14-16, 2023, at the Dublin Embassy Suites. In this issue, you will find a link to reserve a room and keep in mind that we need to meet a room block to keep costs down. There is also a need 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 Alpha Omega and Beta Chi’s December meeting and sharing my passions for DKG and speaking about the Girls’ ROX program. Immediately following the meeting, I was able to talk with Yvette Kirksey about her interest in receiving ROX training and meeting her niece, Darnelle Clark. It was great to see old friends too - Mary Bumstead, Nancy Countryman, Linda Falatic, and Sharon Jarvis.  Thank you chapter presidents Sue Ellen Davis, Ann Fetrow, Wendy Spoerr, and Maranel Tallman for a delightful evening. 

I enjoyed the hospitality of Kappa’s members at their December meeting in Kenton and the delicious home cooked meal prepared by two chapter members. A representative from the Chamber shared a video from the recent downtown Christmas parade and store windows all decked out for Christmas - quite impressive! It was great to visit with Past State President Donna Myers. Thanks to chapter presidents Kathy Lundy and Virginia Shellhouse for a most enjoyable morning.

I will be hosting a Zoom meeting for all members on January 23, 2023, at 7 pm. This is an opportunity to ask questions or get clarification on any chapter or state issues. The link is provided below as well as an eblast reminder.  

If you haven’t already completed the Biennial Seminar survey, please take a few minutes to complete it. The link can be found below.

My wish for you is to have a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2023!


OSO Convention Presenter Application

Link to Biennial Seminar Survey

Link to Register for January 23 Zoom Meeting

Be an Early Bird!

Book Your Room Now for the OSO State Convention

In just four 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. Look for more information about happenings at convention in future issues of The Voice

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. 

Attention All Chapters - Last Call

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

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

Let it Snow… Let it Snow… Let it Snow!

As we approach the New Year of 2023, remember the Delta Kappa Gamma OSO ‘Member’ SHIP Shuttle is on a mission searching the Ohio galaxies, launching into new territories, seeking to gain sister snowflake members who have not been introduced to or needs to be reacquainted again with the Delta Kappa Gamma Society.

Make sure that you keep your eyes open, watching the clouds for DKG potential women educator members who are like unique one-of-a-kind snowflakes that might be floating down to your OSO Chapter from any skyward direction. 

Make sure that your OSO Chapter is ready to welcome and receive them.

Melodie McGee, Gamma Nu Chapter

Membership Chair

Ohio Chapters Helps Others in Need

Gamma Mu Collected Children's Books and Money

Gamma Mu collected children's books to be delivered to the Licking County Jobs and Family Services for foster children. We are also sending off checks--one to NNEMAP Food Pantry (Near Northside Material Assistance Program) and one to Letcher County Board of Education, Kentucky, to help buy books for their library that was damaged in the flooding this past fall. 

Gamma Lambda and Phi Collect Donations

Gamma Lambda and Phi sisters gathered on December 10 for our Christmas brunch. Two Gamma Lambda sisters (Sue Chunn (L) and Michelle Worthing (R) entertained us with a program of Christmas music. We collected donations for OPEN M Ministries (Clinic and Christmas families), sold Don Drumm Christmas ornaments for the Blessings in a Backpack Program, raffled a Scholarship Gift Basket, and collected pop can tops for the Ronald McDonald House. It was an eventful meeting filled with good food and Christmas cheer!

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

January 23, 2023

Zoom Meeting with OSO President Debby Canter

7 p.m.

April 14-16, 2023

OSO State Convention

Dublin Embassy Suites

More Chapter News From Around Ohio

Alpha Tau Chapter

Alpha Tau met on Saturday, December 10 for a program about dolls. Each member was encouraged to bring a doll they may have received for Christmas. Lisa Weaver shared several examples from her extensive collection. Her dolls started with ones from her great-great grandmother! 

Zeta Chapter

Zeta sisters gathered for their annual holiday meeting and joy-filled auction. Margaret Erlenbach and Terrie Chase are shown examining the many member-donated items for which to bid. The chapter raised over $1800 from this auction for the Encouragement Grant Fund that assists college education majors from Huron County.  Zeta chapter welcomed Mrs. Amy Philliips into membership on December 3, 2022. Amy teaches second grade at Norwalk Catholic Schools. Sponsor JoAnn Krock assists Amy while membership chair, Kathy McClendon, observes and directs the ceremony. 

Delta Theta Chapter

Delta Theta Chapter participated in a wizard themed candle making night at The Chandler in Grove City.

Alpha Omega and Beta Chi Chapters

Alpha Omega and Beta Chi held their annual holiday dinner at Trumbull Country Club. Pictured are Alpha Omega co-presidents Marinel Tallman and Sue Ellen Davis, OSO President Debbie Canter with Beta Chi co-presidents Ann Fetrow and Wendy Spoerr.

Beta Kappa Chapter

Beta Kappa Chapter members played Christmas Feud and the winning table won Santa or Elf hats along with jingle bell necklaces. The other game played individually was a timed Name that Christmas Song. Members who got all them correct had their name put in a drawing for seven prizes donated by the chapter officers.

Delta Epsilon Chapter

The Delta Epsilon Chapter heard from guest speaker Courtney McManus, an eighth grade Language Arts teacher at Jackson Middle School at their November meeting.  In addition to teaching, Mrs. McManus is a certified facilitator for the Girls ROX (Ruling Our eXperiences) program at JMS. The ROX program is in its second year at JMS.  Courtney was presented a gift card from chapter treasurer Belinda Dixon.

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