The Urbana Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, at the First Presbyterian Church for the annual office and committee chair planning session.
Members present: Pat Detwiler, Kim Snyder, Carol Tong, Lana Seeberg, Dona Tullis, Janet Ebert, Judy Brooks, Judi Henson, Becky Shultz, Janet Evans, Judith Kathary, Connie Flanly & Jeanne Evans.
Regent Pat Detwiler welcomed members and led the group in the opening DAR ritual, which included recitation of The Americans Creed and The Pledge of Allegiance. The ritual concluded with the singing of the national anthem.
President General’s Report – Vice Regent Kim Snyder reminded the group that NSDAR President Ann Turner Dillon is encouraging members to visit the national website to view video depicting the Americana Exhibit “Women of Resilience: DAR Service in WWI.” This exhibit opened April 6, 2017.
National Defense Report – In the absence of Margaret Denzer, this report was given by Judi Henson. She brought to our attention the program currently being carried out by the administration led by President Trump. Even though it is costly, our military is being strengthened daily to safeguard the freedoms of our country.
Chaplain’s Report – Rev. Carol Tong discussed the policy of the DAR organization, which is to afford special honor to those members 90 years of age. We are pleased to have four such ladies in our Urbana Chapter. They are: Margaret Denzer, Fonda Lou Eaton, Mary Hess and Mary Pollock.
Report of Officers – Regent Pat Detwiler reported that 11 members have registered to attend the Fall Fun Fair at the Marriott NW in Dublin, Ohio, on Aug. 26, 2017. The group will be leaving at 8 a.m. from the Champaign County Library parking lot. In addition, Regent Detwiler thanked all who supported our Champaign County Fair project. In an effort to get our name “out and about”, we sponsored two showmanship trophies at the Rabbit Show as well as providing patriotic items in the competitor’s buckets for the King of the Ring Competition. Regent Detwiler read two thank you notes from Autumn Feasel and Roegan Hines, young winners of the showmanship trophies. At this point in the meeting, officer and committee reports were suspended to review our 2017-2018 booklets. It was moved by Judi Henson and seconded by Judy Brooks that the program books be accepted as printed. Motion carried. It was moved by Dona Tullis and seconded by Lana Seeberg that the cost of $230.95 be paid to Main Graphics for printing of 95 program books. Motion carried. Regent Pat Detwiler expressed a special thanks to Vice Regent Kim Snyder for her diligence in corrections, additions and final printing of the booklets.
At this point, a very busy fall agenda was reviewed. The following topics were discussed: 1. Designing a brochure for our Chapter to elicit interest. Becky Shultz volunteered to be project chair. 2. Constitution Day Bell Ringing to be held following the regular meeting on September 18, 2017 at Freedom Grove Park. State Regent Nancy Shirm Wright will be in attendance, as will Kathy Dixon, State Vice Regent. Buzzy Moore will be ringing the liberty bell and Mayor Bill Bean will be the speaker. 3. Day of Service activities will feature honoring our first responders throughout Champaign County with gift trays of homemade cookies. 4. Vance grave marking service scheduled for October 15, 2017 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. The program will conclude with a police escort for the procession to Oakdale Cemetery, Urbana, Ohio for the official recognition at the gravesite of Governor Joseph Vance. This is an extremely ambitious project which has been efficiently chaired by Historian, Janet Ebert. Historian Ebert shared details of the project, including the need for financial support. Carol Tong pledged a contribution of $50.00 to be applied to the needed $500.00 for repair of the Vance monument. 6. Visit for Chapter members to Waldschmidt House scheduled for Sunday, October 29, 2017. The group will be leaving from Southpoint parking lot at 12:15 p.m.
Regent Pat Detwiler explained the existence of a state DAR program entitled “Daughters Helping Daughters”. This consists of a committee which assists long time members of OSDAR who are unable to pay national and state dues. We currently have two members of Urbana Chapter who could benefit from this support.
It was announced that Jeanne Evans has agreed to take the secretary position for the next year.
Recording Secretary- The June minutes were presented. It was moved by Becky Shultz and seconded by Carol Tong these minutes be approved. Motion carried.
Registrar- Dona Tullis reported 86 members and 10 associate members. Vice Regent, Kim Snyder, discussed the current change in NSDAR by-laws that removed the requirement for prospective members to be “voted upon” by local chapter members. As part of a Membership Pilot Program, prospective members who apply through NSDAR are connected to their three closest possible chapters. Registrar Dona Tullis mentioned that she is currently working with 3 individuals who have come through this referral process.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:35 p.m. Members then assisted with the addressing of invitations to dignitaries, ancestors and friends for the October 15, 2017 Vance Grave Marking.
Submitted by the Urbana Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.