DAR welcomes new members

The Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Feb. 9 at Scaffidi’s Restaurant, with Chapter Regent Jo Ann Morrison presiding.

The opening ceremonies involved First Vice Regent Nancy Valles, Second Vice Regent Karen Blanc, National Defender Chair Bonny Slemmer and Chaplain Diane Bowers gave the invocation and blessing.

New members Mary Wood and Teresa Heiss were welcomed and inducted into the chapter by Morrison, Bowers and Registrar Mary Webster.

Vickie Joseph presented the afternoon’s program, speaking about the Rainbow Center in Burundi, Africa. The center is a haven for infants with AIDS and is funded by Christian Mission in Many Lands, operated by Melli and Ken Johnson. The Rainbow Center offers a clinic that helps families with medicine and food and assists in the purchase of sewing machines for local women, so they may make a living.

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

Lorna Young gave the Indian Minute on the Delaware Native Americans, who became refugees from New Jersey and Delaware, becoming crowded out by European settlers and suffering defeats from the Iroquois. The Delaware tribes at one time occupied large areas of eastern Ohio, including the Muskingum and Tuscarawas river valleys, and, in an alliance with the Shawnee, opposed the frontiersmen.

Slemmer gave a report on Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the appointment of Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III becoming the next U.S. Central Commander. Slemmer also spoke about the National Guard, noting they are frequently deployed for active duty and are called upon during natural disasters.

Service for Veterans Chair Wadeanne Nardo reported stamps and T-shirts are being collected. Valles is collecting Campbell’s soup labels and Box Tops for Education.

Joseph, women’s issues chair, reported on an Afghani women’s self-help group supported by Catholic Relief Services. It was announced that of the chapter’s 18 Junior American Citizens contest winners, 17 were state winners and their projects have been sent for division judging.

The chapter agreed to sponsor the opening day of the Fort Steuben Festival for $200 and send a $100 donation to the Rainbow Center.

Morrison asked members to sponsor the Good Citizen and American History students who will be honored at the March meeting.

The next meeting will be held at noon March 9 at Scaffidi’s. The program will include Linda Hohensil presenting the Good Citizen Awards and Blanc presenting the American History awards. Wilma Boring and Slemmer will be greeters.