The Urbana Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met Monday, May 15, in BrownRidge Hall at the VFW Post 5451 and DAV Chapter 31 joint headquarters at 220 E. Court St., Urbana. Present were 18 DAR members, nine veterans, speaker Jim Miller and several guests. A short social time was held before the meeting and everyone enjoyed refreshments of cake, chips, nuts, mints and beverages.
The meeting was called to order at 2 p.m. by Regent Pat Detwiler, who welcomed everyone and then asked all veterans in attendance to stand for a round of applause. Judi Henson read the poem “Thank You for Your Service.”
Regent Detwiler began the opening ritual and Vice Regent Kim Snyder led everyone in The Pledge Allegiance. The ritual ended with the singing of our national anthem.
Regent Detwiler introduced speaker Jim Miller, a Vietnam helicopter pilot. Regent Detwiler read a brief bio about Mr. Miller and then he presented a very impressive program showing pictures he had taken during his years in Vietnam. He had pictures of him, his crew and their helicopter and explained how they delivered and picked up troops in battle areas, also delivering food and water and helping with the Vietnamese people.
Chaplain Rev. Carol Tong delivered a prayer following the program.
A short break was taken after the program and then the business portion of the meeting began at 3:10 p.m.
Regent Detwiler read a thank you note from member Fonda Lou Eaton.
President General Message – The travel schedule of our President General Ann Turner Dillon makes for a busy year. The states are sectioned by three regions and she travels to one of the regions each year of her administration. This year she has been traveling in the western part of the U.S.
National Defense – Margaret Denzer told us about the Kasson Platoon of the Old Guard which provides escorts for military funerals.
Secretary’s Report – The report was approved as printed. Judy Brooks thanked Megan Snyder, C.A.R. member for taking the minutes at the April meeting.
Treasurer’s Report – The report will be filed for audit.
Chaplain’s Report – Carol Tong read member birthdays for April and May and had sent a get well card to member Mary Jane Canan. She also read a scripture reference and a brief report from our State Chaplain.
Registrar’s Report – Dona Tullis reported 86 members and 10 associate members and was working on 5 prospective members.
Historian – Janet Ebert reported on the Heritage Project and a work day is scheduled for Sat., June 3, 10:00 a.m. at Kenton-Pioneer Cemetery, 2800 Millerstown Rd., Urbana. Contact Amanda McCall, 937-631-6084 with questions. Janet told us about the Woodstock Church which will have a special service on Sun., May 28 to showcase their civil war windows. She also said that the First Presbyterian Church in Urbana would be open later in the afternoon on that day for any visitors to look at their civil war window. Janet also gave us an update on the Governor Vance dedication which will occur in October.
Vice Regent – Kim Snyder related she and Regent Detwiler were working on next year’s calendar and if anyone had a suggestion for a program to let them know. They are also looking for a WWI presenter as it is the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. entry into WWI.
American History – Regent Detwiler reported that a total of 91 students in the 8th Grade of the five county schools have earned straight “A’s” for the entire year in American History and will receive a certificate from our chapter along with a letter for the parents.
American Indians – Rev. Carol Tong related how archaeologists have found that early Indian groups impacted the land by exterminating animal species.
C.A.R. – Kim Snyder reported that books will be sorted for delivery on May 25 at 3:00 p.m. Sorting will take place in Janet Ebert’s garage.
DAR Service for Veterans – Items can be brought to the June meeting. Check out page 45 in your program book for items needed.
Lineage Research – Dona Tullis related that she had purchased several lineage books from the St. Paris Library.
Public Relations & Media – Becky Shultz reported she mailed information about our Community Service Awards held in March to the State Committee and that the scrapbook was up-to-date.
Volunteer Information Specialist – Kim Snyder reported that a Junior Facebook page is available.
She is also now the State VIS co-chair. Congrats Kim!!
Service to America – Judi Henson reminded the group to record their volunteer hours at national.
Women’s Issues – Jeanne Evans related that Daughters must remember to express their opinions as individuals and not as DAR members. Americans cherish their freedom of speech, but remember that there are many other ways to express your convictions.
Other Business – Regent Detwiler thanked the hostesses for today, Barbara Ward, Shelly Foulk, Joanna Woodburn, Marilyn Foulk, and Susan Fornof-Lippencott. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, June 14 at the Historical Society. We will have our annual potluck beginning at 11:30 a.m. Bring a dish to share. A video of “History of Old Glory” will be shown.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.