Volume 95 - Issue 5 | November 2022

Cathy Tenney, Editor

A Message From OSO President Debby Canter

“We are all capable of living each day with a fiery passion and sense of purpose that radiates in our smile and voice."

-- Robert Cheeke

October was definitely a busy month for me as state president - well actually one certain week in October. Within an eight day period, I attended four chapter meetings and conducted the Fall Executive Board Meeting. I traveled almost 1200 miles in those eight days!

Saturday, October 15 - I drove to Loveland for the Greater Cincinnati Joint Chapter Luncheon with Beta Nu, Gamma Eta, Gamma Phi, Delta Chi (host chapter), and Delta Psi. I enjoyed the presentation “Eating from the Garden of Eden” by the guest speaker. I was amazed by the interesting facts about foods and herbs shared by Rita Heikenfeld. Thanks to Besty Foreman and her committee for a most enjoyable afternoon.

Monday, October 17 - I went as far as my sister Kim’s house for Delta Epsilon’s chapter meeting (my chapter).  I shared the information about my three initiatives with chapter members as I had previously only given them a quick introduction last year.  I have learned so much more about the Imagination Library in the past year that I was able to give them a better understanding of how it works. 

Read Debby's Entire Message

Darnelle Clark, Beta Chi

Darnelle Clark, Beta Chi member and first grade teacher,

became known for her YouTube channel, Clark's Cozy Corner. During the pandemic it served as an entertaining way to encourage students to read.  Darnelle, an alumna of Westminster College, was honored by her college with the 2022 Westminster College Alumni Citation Award at the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 15. 

Read more about Darnelle Clark

Alpha Phi Chapter Honors Members With 40+ Years

Alpha Phi Secretary, Linda Parker presented our ladies with a rose, a special gift and gave a history of what it used to be to become a member of DKG. Ladies honored (L to R): Joyce Palmer (48 Years), Bryanne Peck (47 years), Carolyn Matthews (44 years), Maxine McClellan (60 years), seated Urcelle Willis (48 years)

Other members who were honored but were unable to attend were: Linda Blanton (51 years), JoAnne Earley (50 years), Shirley McKamey (46 years), Sharon Smith (46 years). A member will be visiting each one of these ladies.

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


Photographs Selected for Fall 2022 DKG Gallery of Fine Arts

Congratulations to Cathy Tenney, Beta Kappa member and editor of The Voice on having her photographs 'Spring Blossoms' and 'Mesa Verde Visitor Center' being accepted into the Fall 2022 DKG Fine Arts Gallery. Mid-November is the anticipated unveiling of the new DKG Fine Arts Gallery, an online gallery at www.dkg.org.

Give Me a "G" for Girl Scouts of Ohio!

This is an opportunity for chapters to pair up with local Girl Scout Troops to teach leadership, do projects, serve the community, and have fun, all while illustrating what the seven purposes of Delta Kappa Gamma are all about to a younger generation.

Zeta Beta Chapter in Texas collaborated with their local Girl Scout Council, and two local Girl Scout troops to put together a planned and methodical curriculum that includes joint activities, each with a theme that corresponds to one of the seven DKG purposes. Girls at different ages and scouting levels can complete different amounts of activities to earn the “The Delta Kappa Gamma Patch”.  

The key idea is to start with a troop that has roots in your organization. The more connections or “roots” to your chapter, the more buy-in you are likely to get. The original curriculum, found online, has 18 activities already written. You can use it, as-is, or just use it as a framework to write your own.  Once you are committed and have your plans ready to go, contact Trisha Woodley (TrishW@dkg.org) at DKG International to help you along with your local Girl Scout Council. 

Information on how to begin your chapter's journey can be found from the following sources:

Empowering Girl Scout Through the DKG Patch Program - Video

Delta Kappa Gamma International Project Spotlight

Michele Maniskas, Alpha Xi

Educational Excellence Committee Chair

OSO Second Vice President

Come and Orbit Around Ohio. . .Exploring The Delta Kappa Gamma Society

OSO Chapters' Galaxies

Let’s discover and find new crew members to travel and journey with us aboard the Delta Kappa Gamma OSO ‘Member’ SHIP Shuttle! During 2022-2023, OSO is on a mission searching the Ohio galaxies, launching into new territories, seeking to gain new members who have not been introduced to the Delta Kappa Gamma Society. 

Membership Committees from each chapter received a Delta Kappa Gamma Society OSO ‘Member’ SHIP Shuttle Replica handbook to record the names of new members to their Shuttle Chapter along with a Shuttle Campaign Instructions sheet at the Fall Executive Board Meeting in Grove City, Ohio. The 2022-23 Delta Kappa Gamma Society OSO ‘Member’ SHIP Shuttle will continue orbiting from Nov. 1, 2022 – April 28, 2023. Membership Shuttle Chairs will email their information about their chapters totals to the OSO website beginning on May 1, 2023, through May 15, 2023. 

All Chapters will be recognized for the total ‘members’ who board and participate on their Delta Kappa Gamma Society OSO Shuttle. The Chapter(s) who have the most OSO ‘Members’ who launch into this chapter overall from all categories will receive a “Surprise” Recognition.

Soar high and explore new OSO galaxies!

Melodie McGee, Gamma Nu

OSO Membership Chair

Ohio Chapters Donate to Help Others!

Beta Gamma Donates 250 Meals to Second Harvest Food Bank

Beta Gamma Chapter was recently given a tour of Second Harvest Food Bank in Lorain. Second Harvest serves four counties (Lorain, Erie, Huron, Crawford) in Ohio and will provide eleven million pounds of food this year with very low administrative costs (1.4%) and utilizing 21,000 volunteer hours. Beta Gamma donated 250 meals. Pictured from left to right are: Kathy Wainwright, Carol Stomieroski, Cathy Papuga, Sarida Volante, Second Harvest Volunteer Coordinator Jenny Rivera, Diane Schlegel, Marilyn Bauer, Mary Lou Sampson, Barb Schneider, and Ellen Andrews.

Alpha Xi Creates Birthday Bags 

for Smith Chapel Food and Clothing Mission

The Hocking County Alpha Xi chapter recently assembled birthday bags to donate to the Smith Chapel Food and Clothing Mission. The chapter created 25 bags containing a disposable cake pan, cake mix, frosting, birthday candles, party horns, birthday banner, and birthday card.

Chapter Rules:

Wording Changes Needed

This summer at the DKG International Convention changes were made to the International Constitution and Standing Rules.  The changes now need to be reflected in each chapter’s Chapter Rules.  A motion is not needed to make the changes to Chapter Rules since they were voted on and changed in the Constitution.  You simply need to inform your members.

Chapter Rules Wording Changes Handout

Upcoming Dates to Remember

November 1, 2022

Chapter Yearbooks Due Today!

November 10, 2022

Canva Q & A Zoom Forum @ 7 p.m.

November 14, 2022

Gold Key Zoom Meeting @ 8 p.m.

Link to Zoom Meeting

November 15, 2022

All Treasurers to file IRS 990-N 

January 2, 2023

Elected OSO State Position 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

Registration Link for Canva Q & A

Gold Key Zoom Meeting Link

More Chapter News From Around Ohio

Gamma Theta Chapter

Gamma Theta inducted our newest executive board members, Pat Hall-Miller, Vice President; and D

iana Misich as Corresponding Secretary. Members enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and dessert while listening to  Dr. Kate Delevan, one of our own, speak about Lake County's history in the Women's Equal Rights Movement.

Beta Alpha Chapter

Beta Alpha officers for the upcoming biennium are Vickie Powell, Co-President; Donna DeWitt, First Vice President; and Cathy Greenleaf, Co-President. Guest speaker for the meeting was Ashley Durst, Square One director which serves victims of domestic violence. 

Tau Chapter

Tau Chapter was pleased to welcome Cleveland Family Center For Abducted Women and Children to our October meeting. It was founded by Gina DeJesus and Sylvia Calone and is the only organization of its kind in the Country. Gina was abducted and held captive for 9 years along with 2 other girls in a house in Cleveland. Sylvia Calone and Gina’s sister Mayra DeJesus (sitting) are pictured in the second picture.

Alpha Sigma Chapter

Marilyn Slusser during her recent visit to Alpha Sigma Chapter talked about how to attract new members, set up programs and scholarship opportunities with DKG.  Members Janelle Busdeker and Kay Hoane are all smiles after winning the top bid for their choice baskets during Alpha Sigma’s annual basket auction which is held each fall to raise money to fund the chapter’s service projects for the year.

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