The Joy of Joy
We are aware that scientists can determine the age of tree by by noting the growth rings.   Leonardo da Vinci is credited with first mentioning that trees form rings each year and that the thickness of each ring is determined by the conditions of the year.  
What would it be like if people were like trees and we could see the effects of the outside conditions on them?  

The members and leaders of your chapter are effected by their life circumstances, our educators are effected by both their life circumstances and their professional circumstances.  And yes, our students are effected by the conditions around them.
Care, concern, and joy can nourish as nothing else can.  
Members, leaders, educators, and certainly students need that care, concern, and joy.   We all have the power and time to provide care, concern, and nourishing joy.  
Choose joy to nourish those around you and yourself.


Debby Canter, Educational Excellence Chair
Alpha Delta State Educational Excellence Committee:  
Providing assistance to children in Ohio's Foster Care System (EEC Goals 1,2,3)

Imagine being awakened in the middle of the night and being told to grab just a few things in your bedroom and load them into a garbage bag. This happens every day to children all across our country.  For most of them, this is through no fault of their own. Many things can occur in their homes to warrant this intrusion and confusion. Most of the time it is due to neglect at the hands of their parents. Someone, whether it be a neighbor, a teacher, or another relative, makes the call out of concern for a child's safety.  Even if it is needed, it causes embarrassment and fear.
What can we do as members of Alpha Delta State? 
>>The first step is awareness <<

  • We need to have conversations at our chapter meetings. 
  • Next, come to a consensus as to the plan of action at the local level. 

Providing duffel bags, toiletry items or a stuffed animal can ease the pain of a confused and hurting child even though this seems like a small gesture. 

PLEASE SHARE your chapter's contribution to the foster care children in your area in upcoming issues of The Voice by sending to Debby Canter at  or at this year's ADS convention in the chapter showcase.

By Sue Eades
State Co nvent ion News

State Convention News
State Convention Time is Getting Closer
. . .and have you registered?
The Convention Schedule and Registration was sent by Constant Contact and was posted on the Alpha Delta State website in early February.  Immediately registrations began to arrive and we are still looking for yours if your haven't yet sent it in by U.S. Mail, electronically, or using PayPal.
There are fun times, there are business times, there are socializing times, there are learning times, there is a dress up time at the banquet, there are more casual times, there is recognition of chapter presidents, long-time members and chapters, and our deceased members.  There are many opportunities for personal and professional development.

Since the schedule and registration went out, 
we  have been informed that 
Dr. Paolo A. DeMaria, State Superintendent of Education 
will provide the opening remarks on Friday evening.  

We have had our fingers crossed on this one and it looks like it is going to happen!  This is a huge honor for Alpha Delta State. Your state leadership and convention committee is sincerely hoping for your support as we make our state education leader aware of Delta Kappa Gamma, its mission and purposes.

Have you registered?  
See you in Columbus at the Polaris Hilton, 
April 13 - 15, 2018
Lighting the Way . . .
Alpha Delta State continues Lighting the Way 
as we take note of our 80 years and look ahead to our continued commitment to professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education at the State Convention.

  • *    Lighting the Way through Fun and Fellowship - Explore Columbus! on Friday afternoon
  • *    Lighting the Way through EducationSeize the Moment: Be the Change! Opening night keynote speaker Dr. Tiffany Tines Curry, National Milken Educator.
  • *     Lighting the Way through DKG - The Story of Possibility, Aggie Moynihan, International Representative
  • *    Lighting the Way through Service - The Reality of Foster Care and Kinship Care, Dr. Mary Greiner, Medical Director, CHECK Foster Care Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • *    Lighting the Way through Courage and Sacrifice - The Legacy of Courage, Cheryl Popp and Peter Bronson tell the stories of HonorFlite and the first person histories of American veterans

By Diana Kirkpatrick, Membership Chair
Sharing....the Big Picture!
Many of you have asked for advice on how to support/build chapter vitality and how to encourage chapter programs that emphasize membership. Below are several links I feel you will find helpful as well as useful in developing your current membership activities.
I am delighted to announce that the "Pride in the Big Picture" orientation is now available in webinar. The following link can be used during your recruitment plans and endeavors to share Delta Kappa Gamma with prospective new members.
Also, DKG has a reorientation video, "Sustaining Pride in the Big Picture," which is divided into four parts/components, with each segment being approximately 15 minutes in length. These can be useful for chapter program/s, either as a whole or as a continuing four-part series. The presentations can be accessed by signing into the DKG website (to sign-in, you will need your DKG ID number....for the username and dkg2014society....for the password)....once signed in click on the Resources Tab in the top the drop-down box you will see the word on that link to access either the "Sustaining Pride in the Big Picture" PowerPoint presentation or the videos.
I encourage all chapter presidents and membership chairs (and yes....chapter members too) to be responsible in taking the necessary time to preview what the above resources offer for membership recruitment and sustainability.   

Let's share, with others, the/our bigger picture!

Welcome to Alpha Delta State!

We welcome the following initiates as committed and valuable members of our state organization. Congratulations for being selected and recognized as a key woman educator who has demonstrated leadership capabilities, inventiveness, commitment, enthusiasm and/or has proven to possess the potential for distinctive educational excellence. We look forward to working with each of you as a contributing member of Alpha Delta State.

New Initiates

Alpha Lambda - Julia Francis and Beth Pettey

By Dr. Norma Kirby, Chair


The FIRST Annual Meeting 
of Alpha Delta State Ohio Educational Foundation is happening on 

Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Alpha Delta State Convention 
at Polaris Hilton, 8700 Lyra Drive, Columbus, Ohio
11:30 a.m. to  Noon

The meeting will be conducted by the 
Board of Directors of the Foundation.

All DKG members in Ohio are members of the Foundation and are encouraged to attend. Members need not be registered for Convention 2018 to attend the Annual Meeting. Members not registered for Convention may attend only the Annual Meeting.

Members will learn what is happening with their Foundation funds designated to support personal and professional growth and educational excellence.
Members will receive the ADSOEF Annual Report detailing the accomplishments and goals of your ADSOEF Board of Directors. Policies developed by the Board, to date, can be viewed on the Alpha Delta State Website - - by clicking on the Foundation's box found on the home page of the State Website.

Members who normally expect to contribute to the Esther H. Strickland Student Teaching Grant at the Convention Birthday Luncheon may now choose to select the Strickland Grant, or other Foundation funds, for their philanthropy. Other funds are Blanton Scholarship Fund, Boyd International Study Fund, lifelong learning opportunities of Biennial Seminar and Leadership Memorial Funds, Individual/Classroom/Community Project Fund, and Without Donor Restriction Fund.

Your support for your Foundation makes a difference in educators' opportunities for professional and personal development, and in learning opportunities for students of all ages. All contributions add up toward helping learners thrive and strive for excellence!

Nominations Committee Needs Your Assistance

Alpha Delta State is blessed with talented, generous women.   We, the nominations committee, need your help to invite these women to leadership positions. You can help us by filling out the form below with either your name or the name of a DKG member you think would be interested in serving Alpha Delta State. Send it to one of the committee members via email or US postal service.
Remember anyone invited to membership in DKG has leadership qualities.

City_____________________________         Zip Code____________
Chapter ____________________________
Phone #_____________________________
Committee Members and Addresses:

Tammy Schroeder, Beta Eta, Chair
Box 415
Kalida, OH 45853
Ph: 419-532-3762 or 419-796-8964

Marilyn Okoye, Gamma Rho
296 austin Street
Berea, OH 44017

Linda Diltz, Beta Rho                                         
315 Sunset Drive                                                     
Circleville, Oh 43113                                                                        
Karyn Kern-Lazear, Gamma Phi                       
760 Viewcrest Court                                  
Cincinnati, Ohio 45231                                                                              
Patricia Miles, Alpha Theta
240 East Beverly Road
Wooster, Ohio 44691

Bylaws/Policies and Procedures

The Bylaws/Policies and Procedures Committee will be working to revise and simplify the documents so there is consistency using the International format. Any proposed changes to the Bylaws will be reviewed and put up for vote before the General Assembly at the Convention in April 2019. 

All proposed changes will need to be in to the committee by June 1, 2018 in order to be eligible for the voting process. Any and all input is welcome from members or committees.

Please send your input to:

Judy McClanahan, Chairman
159 South Huron Ave.
Columbus, OH 43204

or email:

Austin, Texas

July 16 - 20, 2018


In Honor of Our Alpha Delta Sisters

  Ruth  Eltzroth      Alpha Delta      1-24-18
  Ruth Ann McLaughlin      Alpha Mu      1-27-18
  Milfred Kahr      Gamma Iota      2-01-18
  Pamela Owens      Gamma Lambda      1-29-18
  Janice Thomas      Gamma Lambda      1-31-18
  Teresa L. Bok      Delta Zeta      1-26-17
  Mary Davis Reeves      Delta Zeta      12-20-17

~ Mark Your Calendar ~
 Alpha Delta State Conventions at Columbus Polaris Hilton
  • April 13-15, 2018

Chapter Leadership Workshops 
These workshops have been scheduled for incoming presidents and their leadership teams.
  • Monday, June 11th at Ohio Northern University Conference Center in Ada
  • Tuesday, June 12th at the Amish Door in Wilmot
  • Thursday, June 28th at the Chillicothe Country Club
These were purposefully planned for different days of the week and a gap in time to avoid that day when you can never come or vacation schedules. You may attend any one of them that best fits your schedule.  These will be informative, fun, and a great start for your chapter's new biennium.  More information and registration will be coming but for now - place the date(s) on your calendar!

Fall Executive Board Meetings at Trinity United Methodist Church, Columbus
  • October 20, 2018
Alpha Delta State Conventions at Columbus Polaris Hilton
  • April 5 - 7, 2019   

Does your chapter have a Facebook page?

Let's work together to BOOST your chapter's reach!

There are number of chapters in Ohio who have chosen to create a Facebook page. 
This is great for reaching your chapter members. 

However, there may be occasions that you might want your reach to extend to the entire state. Some of those occasions may even be a proclamation of great things going on in your chapter.

How can this be accomplished? 
First, send your chapter's Facebook URL to webmaster Eileen: 

The ADS Facebook account will "like" and "follow" your chapter's Facebook page. In turn, the person in charge of your Facebook page should "like" and "follow" the ADS Facebook page. 

Everyone wins!
The new and greatly improved DKG app is here. This app will quickly become your "go-to" source for information from International. Description and download information is available HERE.

Meier Bauer, President -  Gamma Phi- 465 Woodlands Ridge Drive Cincinnati, OH 45238 (513) 941-4461,  Email Meier

Diana Kirkpatrick, First Vice - President Alpha Delta-  554 Washington Avenue Washington CH, OH 43160-2048 (740) 335-2593,   Email Diana K.

Debby Canter, Second Vice-President - Delta Epsilon P.O. Box 143 Oak Hill, OH 45656 (740)-688-1604,  Email Debby

Diana Haskell, Treasurer -  Gamma Phi 8726 Redcloud Court Cincinnati, OH 45249-2317 Home: (513) 489-4069 Cell: (513) 607-3212,  

Karen S. Dombrowski, Recording Secretary -  Alpha Nu - 684 Manchester Circle N Pickerington, OH 43147 (614) 837-0891 (614) 563 -0495, 

Ann M. Todd, Corresponding Secretary Zeta - 3621 Butler Rd. Wakeman, OH 44889 (440)839-2069 (440) 577-5228,  Email Ann

Joyce Jones-Weinkam, Parliamentarian - Gamma Xi - E-mail: Email Joyce

Patricia Cermak, Immediate Past President - Gamma Rho - 9504 Greenhaven Parkway Brecksville, OH 44141-1607 (440) 526-8934, 

Eileen McNally, Webmaster - Beta Delta - E-Mail: Email Eileen

Margaret Archangel, Editor - Gamma Phi 4754 Hirth Hill Rd. W Grove City, OH 43123 
(513) 520-7910,  Email Margaret 

Your Editor...
All the best to all of you,
Margaret Archangel, Editor

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