DAR honors local students

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution March 9 meeting at Scaffidi’s Restaurant was called to order by Chapter Regent Jo Ann Morrison.

Carol Skerbetz led the Pledge of Allegiance; Karen Blanc led the American Creed; Wadeanne Nardo led the national anthem; and Chaplain Diane Bowers gave the invocation and blessed the food.

The chapter recognized the Daughters of the American Revolution American History Awards and Good Citizenship Awards.

Karen Blanc, American History chair, presented certificates, medals and checks to Kaylea Bell of Edison High School, Brandon Llewellyn of Steubenville High School and Katelyn Wilson of Steubenville Catholic Central High School.

Linda Hohenshil, Good Citizenship chair, recognized honorable mention students, including Ryan Ledakis, Steubenville High School; Amy Davis, Weirton Madonna High School; Daniel Bell, Edison High School; Kasey Celestin, Indian Creek High School; and Carissa Koleski, Buckeye High School.

The students were presented with certificates and lapel pins.

The Good Citizenship winners included John Rodesh, Toronto High School, first place; Jennifer Mangano, Oak Glen High School, second place; and Shelby Wade, Brooke High School, third place; and Harry Olenick, Weir High School, third place.

The students were presented with certificates, pins and checks.

The business session followed with a motion made to dispense with the reading of the minutes. Treasurer Beverly Livingston gave a report, which was filed for audit.

Morrison introduced prospective members Mary Ann Jessee, Jeannie Vega and Tammy Kotyk.

Lorna Young, Indian Minute Chair, reported on the Honniasont Indians. These American Indians lived along the upper Ohio River, its western Pennsylvania branches and neighboring parts of West Virginia and Ohio. They assisted the Susquehanna in war and traded with the Dutch. They were later destroyed by the Susquehanna and Seneca Indians.

Karen Blanc, American History chair, read a thank-you letter from Michael Mastromichalis, an American History winner and a chapter scholarship recipient. She also read a notice from the National Museum of the United States Army, noting any soldier who has ever worn a Army uniform is eligible to have a special registry page on the museum website. Those wanting to enroll may log onto www.usarmyregistry.org and complete the form.

Morrison read a report from the Nominating Committee.

Proposed 2013-2016 officers include Regent Nancy Valles, First Vice Regent Karen Blanc, Second Vice Regent Denese White, Chaplain Wadeanne Nardo, Corresponding Secretary Vickie Joseph, Treasurer Beverly Livingston, Registrar Danice Ryan, Historian Sandy Briggs, Librarian Bonnie Slemmer and Parliamentarian Carol Skerbetz.

Officers will be elected in April and installed in May.

The next meeting will be held at noon April 20 at Scaffidi’s. Sandy Briggs will present the program, and Vickie Joseph and Carol Skerbetz will be the greeters.

Morrison thanked Karen Blanc and the Calling Committee.

Chaplain Diane Bowers gave the benediction and the meeting was adjourned.