Volume 95 - Issue 4| October 2022

Cathy Tenney, Editor


“Passion and purpose go hand in hand. When you discover your purpose, you will normally find it’s something you’re tremendously passionate about."

-Steve Pavlin

I have always felt  blessed to live in Ohio where I get to experience all the changes in the seasons. Of course, you may have to check back with me in January to see if I am still feeling the same. The older I get, the more a warmer climate appeals to me. 

I was fortunate to attend Delta Kappa Chapter’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on September 11 in Kettering. Charter Members Karen Clark, JoAnn Heil, Deanna Roth, and Marilyn Slusser were the guests of honor. Each honoree received roses, a memory book and a beautiful, canvas portrait of herself. I had a wonderful time celebrating with the chapter and listening to the members share their memories. 

I drove to Crooksville on September 26 to visit Gamma Sigma Chapter. The tea pot decor was adorable, the food was delicious, and most of all the members were warm and welcoming. After the OSO updates, we discussed the recent fundraiser for the Ohio Imagination Library that was hosted by the Perry County Affiliate - the Ludowici Community Foundation. The event raised over $20,000!

If you haven't already registered for the Fall Executive Board Meeting, please use the link found in this newsletter or on the website. All chapter presidents, committee chairs, and past state presidents can register at no cost. Any other OSO member may attend for the cost of lunch ($15) and this includes any chapter co-presidents.

Have you been to the Girls ROX website? If not, take some time to read about this program that we have joined as a short-term partner. OSO will pay the cost of training 18 facilitators in the state as soon as chapters can sponsor them. We only have the rest of this biennium to sponsor the training. If you would like to have someone from ROX speak to your chapter, you can contact them at 614-488-8080 and ask for Nancy Willis.

Take time to enjoy autumn's beautiful colors and everything pumpkin spice!


Link to register for the Fall Executive Board Meeting

Helen Payne, Zeta Chapter

Ms. Helen Payne celebrated her 100th birthday on August 26, 2022.  Helen has been a member of the Zeta Chapter since 1965. She is known for her spunky personality and humor as well as her bidding savvy at Zeta's annual auction for the Encouragement Grants.  Many Zeta Chapter members attended a special birthday party held at The Willows in Bellevue, Ohio.  Guests were treated to ice cream and cake after sharing joyful moments with Helen.  Pictured with Helen is Kathy McClendon of Zeta Chapter.  

Happy Belated Birthday, Helen!



Please review the Chapter Yearbook Guidelines as there have been a number of changes made including new DKG International officers, updated ADSOEF director list, updates to OSO committee chairs as well as important upcoming dates to name a few.

Link to Revised Chapter Yearbook Guidelines

Get Ready. . .Get Ready...Get Ready!

It’s almost time for the new 2022-2023 ‘Member’SHIP initiative presentation to be revealed!

Attention all OSO Chapter Presidents and Membership Committee Chairs!  Make sure that you are coming to the October 22, 2022, OSO Executive Board Meeting in Grove City so that you discover what the new ‘Member’SHIP initiative will be for this year and receive the materials for your chapter from the OSO Membership Committee.

You don’t want to miss it!

Melodie A. McGee, Gamma Nu

OSO Membership Chair

Delta Kappa Chapter Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Delta Kappa Chapter of northern Montgomery County celebrated their 50th charter anniversary on September 11, 2022. Pictured are four of the original twenty-six charter members who attended: Marilyn Slusser, Deanna Roth, Karen Clark and JoAnn Heil. At the podium is Becky Molnar.

A few of the Delta Kappa's 50th Year Celebration Committee preparing the tables for the honorees pictured are Tina Bryenton, Sue Ryan, Becky Molnar, Karen Wellbaum and Julie Bains.

Pictured are Debby Canter, OSO President; Sherry Hartings, 2020-2022 Delta Kappa President; Lisa Colebaugh, Laura Saunders, JoAnn Heil, Lori Penrod, Sheila Dean, and Marilyn Slusser.


The Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Ohio is a program that provides every Ohio child from birth to age 5 with a free, high quality, age-appropriate book each month. Through a partnership with the Dollywood Foundation, this program is free to all families in Ohio. There are no eligibility requirements, so all parents need to do is enroll their kids at www.OhioImaginationLibrary.org. 

Currently, 49% of eligible kids are enrolled across the state. More than 343,000 Ohio children are currently receiving a book each month!

The goal for OSO is to raise awareness for the program and assist in enrolling more children. Donations are accepted, but not the priority. Here are a few ideas of how you can help: 

  • Ask your friends who are parents or grandparents if their children/grandchildren (under the age of 5) are enrolled.
  • Reach out to a trusted community center, like a bookstore or rec center, to see if they would be willing to partner with the Ohio  Imagination Library and help promote the program.
  • Reach out to your county's affiliate and ask how you can be helpful in supporting them. Find your county's affiliate at www.OhioImaginationLibrary.org.
  • Invite your county's Imagination Library affiliate to your chapter's next meeting.

Michele Maniskas, Alpha Xi

Educational Excellence Committee Chair

OSO Second Vice President


October 6, 2022 - Canva for Beginners

Limited to 20 Participants

7:00 p.m. via Zoom

October 10, 2022 - OSO Fall Executive Board Meeting Luncheon Reservations Due

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

October 27, 2022 - Canva, The Next Step

Limited to 20 Participants

7:00 p.m. via Zoom

October 31, 2022 - Deadline for Chapter Webmasters to submit

Form 72 (Society Website Compliance Assurance)

April 14-16, 2023 - OSO State Convention

Dublin Embassy Suites

Registration Link


A list of trusted websites to get your photos and Clipart is a click away. If you missed the Copyright webinar, it is available on our YouTube channel.

Link to Clipart Plus List

Link to Copyright Webinar Video

Registration Link


Beginning August 1, 2022, through October 31, 2022, all chapter webmasters MUST review their websites. They must make sure it is up to date and all information is correct. After checking, webmasters will access Form 72 (Society Website Compliance Assurance) on the International website. Upon completion of the online form, International will send a new 2022-2024 Compliance Seal, usually within two weeks. This seal will replace the 2020 - 2022 seal.

Questions? Contact Eileen McNally, OSO Webmaster [email protected].

REMEMBER: Deadline is October 31. 

Chapter News From Around Ohio

Zeta Chapter Members Celebrate With Helen Payne

Pictured with Helen Payne are Barbara Smith, past president of OSO and Liz Koleno, longtime editor of the Zeta Spirit, Zeta Chapter newsletter.

Beta Alpha Chapter Presentations

Karen Waugh Beta Alpha member, presented the Student Teacher Scholarship to Maria Calhoun.  Maria attended South Gallia High School and will graduate from the University of Rio Grande in May 2023.  She will hold a dual licensure in Intervention (PK-5) and Education (PK-5).

Mary Deel introduced the guest speaker, Shannon Dalton, the Community Coordinator for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board. She shared the mission of their programs for suicide prevention.  The main focus being awareness, education, collaboration, support and improved access to mental health care and community resources.

Alpha Psi Chapter Creates Goody Bags

Retired teachers from the Alpha Psi chapter met to put together goody bags with a cookie and a Tim Horton’s gift card. Staples provided a box for school supplies for each teacher also. A cookie was also given to each secretary as a thank you for putting the teacher’s bag into their mailbox. The retired teachers are appreciative of the active teachers. 

Ohio State Organization Related Links

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