The Urbana Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at the Champaign County Historical Society, Urbana.
Regent Judith Henson welcomed members in attendance: Janet Anderson, Judy Brooks, Margaret Denzer, Pat Detwiler, Theisa Dohner, Betty Driever, Janet Ebert, Susan Fornof-Lippencott, Judith Henson, Peg Neiswander, Gayle Petty, Kay Petty, Freda Roesser, Kay Schneider, Lana Seeberg, Becky Shultz, Carol Tong, Dona Tullis, Cheryl Walter, Barbara Ward, Dolly Wisma and Joanna Woodburn.
Also in attendance from the Lagonda Chapter DAR were Harmony Arendt, Leslie Arendt, Glenna Kadel, and Linda Katon. Guests attending were Esther Bishop and Gemma Arendt.
Following the opening ritual, Joanna Woodburn was installed as a new member by Regent Henson and Chaplain Lana Seeberg. Pat Detwiler and Margaret Denzer presented a rose and the DAR new member folder to Ms. Woodburn.
The President General’s report was given by Pat Detwiler and the National Defense report was given by Margaret Denzer.
Dressed in period costume and surrounded by a beautifully constructed interior home backdrop, Leslie Arendt of the Springfield Lagonda Chapter portrayed the challenges her ancestors experienced during the Civil War in “Daddy was a Confederate.” Those present learned of the struggle residents of Kentucky faced as a border state between the north and the south.
After the Secretary, Treasurer and Chaplain reports were given, Registrar Betty Driever reported that as of Sept. 17, we have 83 members and 11 associate members. Registrar Driever is working with 4 prospective members.
Regent Judi Henson reported on the Oct. 11 Urbana Chapter’s Day of Service Program that was held at the Messiah Lutheran Church. This program honored WWII Veterans PFC Thomas Rogers, US Army Infantry, and AMM3 Bernice Branstiter, US Navy Waves. Tom received a purple heart and Bernie worked on aircraft engines. Both veterans were honored with a certificate made by Becky Shultz and gifts of American Flag lapel pins. Theisa Dohner, chairman of the committee and MC for the event, shared experiences and awards of PFC Rogers and AMM3 Branstiter. The Army and Navy songs were played and those present enjoyed two cakes: one with a Purple Heart and one with the US Navy Wave Emblem. Ten Urbana Chapter members were in attendance.
Pat Detwiler will be picking up the American History Contest essays from all 5 county schools on November 3.
Carol Tong gave a report on Red Cloud of the Oglala Lakota Indians.
Members were encouraged to submit their volunteer hours either online or give them to an officer.
Gayle Petty gave an informative report on how to reduce our carbon footprint.
DAR GOOD CITIZEN
Pat Detwiler reported on the Good Citizen and Scholarship Award. Graham, Triad, Urbana, and West-Liberty Salem will be participating.
Theisa Dohner stated that Kathy Dixon delivered 817 soup labels and 47 printer cartridges to the Tamassee School.
DAR SERVICE FOR VETERANS
Members were asked to bring their donations for veterans to the next meeting.
FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES
Dolly Wisma gave members a hand out listing the dates and holidays that the American Flag should be flown and the proper way to display our national flag.
VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SPECIALIST
Regent Henson on behalf of Webmaster Kim Snyder reminded members to sign up for Kroger Rewards.
Please check the national website members.dar.org for announcements and committee information. Theisa Dohner’s granddaughter will be laying a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C. Regent Henson and Constitution Week Chairman Susan Fornof-Lippencott spoke with students in grades 3-12 at the Mechanicsburg School. Information regarding the United States Constitution was given. Wednesday, December 9th will be our annual Colonial Christmas Luncheon at the Urbana Country Club hosted by Margaret Denzer and Theisa Dohner. The chapter will honor years of membership.
The next meeting will be held on November 14, 2015, with 9:00 am social hour and 10:00 am program, at the VFW Post 5451 & DAV Chapter 31 Post located at 220 East Court Street in Urbana. The program will be “4 Paws for Veterans” military service dogs. Members are encouraged to invite a veteran and bring items for the veterans at the Dayton VA Hospital. The Public is invited to this program.
The meeting was adjourned with a prayer given by Chaplain, Lana Seeberg.