The Urbana Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met on Monday, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Urbana. In attendance were 61 DAR members, their guests, student award winners, their families, teachers and administrators. Regent Judi Henson and Chaplain Lana Seeberg led those present in the opening DAR Ritual, followed by Susan Fornof-Lippencott reciting the American’s Creed to the Constitution of the United States.
The President General’s Message, given by Regent Henson, recognized the contributions made by The National Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution through Celebrate America. Members have recorded over 12.5 million volunteer hours.
The National Defense Report given by Margaret Denzer outlined the history and importance of West Point. Chaplain Lana Seeberg gave a prayer for Youth Awards from the DAR Missal.
Regent Henson announced to those present that Dr. Janet Ebert would be receiving the Outstanding Woman In American History for the State of Ohio award. This award will be presented to Dr. Ebert at the Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference April 2 during the Youth Luncheon. The Urbana Chapter DAR expressed its appreciation to have Dr. Ebert receive this prestigious award.
Standing in for Pat Detwiler, American History and DAR Scholarship Chairman Becky Shultz outlined the requirements for the essay and citizenship awards.
Receiving the awards were:
5th grade – 1st place Kayla Cole, West Liberty-Salem. She won the Southwest District with her essay.
2nd place Arianna Chapman, West Liberty-Salem
6th grade – 1st place Kylie Burgel, West Liberty-Salem
2nd place Grace Winters, West Liberty-Salem
7th grade – 1st place Cecilia Bradford, Mechanicsburg
2nd place Audrey Ayers, Mechanicsburg
8th grade – 1st place Sydnee Payer, West Liberty-Salem
2nd place Cheyenne Gluckle, West Liberty-Salem
Citizenship Award winners were Dalton Hanlin from Graham High School, Scarlett Wiant from Mechanicsburg High School, Leman Simpson from Urbana High School, and Joseph Adams from West-Liberty Salem High School.
The business meeting resumed after refreshments with the Report of Officers.
Registrar/Genealogy Report: Betty Driever reported that we have 84 members, 11 associate members and 6 prospective members.
Historian Janet Ebert reported that she will be working with the Boy Scouts and the Historical Society on the Heritage Project.
Regent’s Report: The Master Questionnaire and Chapter Achievement Award forms were completed on January 22. The Chapter Achievement Award form totaled 586 points, making the chapter a level 1 (325). The chapter’s Celebrate America hours totaled 4086. Regent Henson thanked the members for their hard work.
The 117th OSDAR State Conference will be held March 31-April 3 at the Columbus Airport Marriott. The credentials for the State Conference were mailed on January 21. This form is for the 8 voting delegates and alternates. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend.
Megan Snyder, daughter of Urbana Chapter DAR member Kim Snyder, will be a Junior Page at the OSDAR State Conference.
The DAR sign at the 29/36 intersection was donated by Margaret Denzer when she joined the Urbana Chapter in 2006.
Dona Tullis made a donation in honor of Betty Driever to the Christian Waldschmidt Homestead.
American Indian – Carol Tong gave a report regarding the diversity of languages among American Indians.
C.A.R. – Kim Snyder explained to members about the “Pocket Flag Project.” Three-hundred flags will be purchased to give to active duty servicemen and women serving overseas. Members will participate in the folding of these flags at the June 10 Flag Day meeting.
Nominating Committee – Cheryl Walter gave a report on the progress of the nominating committee. A recording secretary is still needed.
Titanic Committee – The120th Anniversary of the Urbana Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016, at the First Presbyterian Church in Urbana. The Titanic will be the theme for the luncheon. Many State Officers and Committee Chairs are expected to attend. All members are encouraged to participate and if so inclined, to dress in period costume.
Kroger Community Rewards – Members were reminded they will need to reapply for this program in April.
Guinness World Record Project – The OSDAR will be sending letters to active duty military personnel. The heartfelt original letters are to be handwritten with a return address and a $.49 stamp. The letter should begin with Dear ____, a personal message and a closing. Do not seal the letter as they will need to be approved. One letter per person, however, family and friends may also participate. The letters will be collected at the March meeting. These letters will be delivered to the State Conference. The public is invited to join in this project. Please write your letters with the above guidelines and give to any Urbana Chapter member before March 21.
The next meeting will be held Monday, March 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall.
Hostesses for the March meeting will be Kim Snyder, Peg Neiswander, Lisa Black, Jeanne Evans, and Dona Tullis. Members are asked to bring items for the Caring Kitchen (see page 47 in the back of the program book).
Chaplain Seeberg read “George Washington’s Prayer for his Country” to conclude the meeting.
Submitted by the DAR.