DAR Chapter holds meeting

The Daughters of the American Revolution Fort Steuben Chapter met April 20 at Scaffidi’s Restaurant with Regent Jo Ann Morrison presiding.

Participants in opening exercises were Susan Brown, Karen Blanc, Wadeanne Nardo and Chaplain Diane Bowers.

First Vice Regent Nancy Valles introduced chapter member Sandra Briggs who gave a program on DAR insignia and placement of pins. The insignia adopted in 1891 represents a spinning wheel and distaff. The insignia is to be worn at DAR functions or while representing the organization.

Secretary Carol Skerbetz presented a report. Communications were read from Bacone College, Tamassee DAR School and Hindman Settlement School, thanking the chapter for donations of Campbell Soup and Box Tops for Education labels.

Morrison introduced Debra Eloi, a visiting DAR member from Las Vegas.

Susan Guy gave the National Defender Minute, reporting President George W. Bush issued a 2008 proclamation declaring March Women’s History Month, with special emphasis on female military members.

Nardo, Service for Veterans Chair, is collecting canceled stamps and T-shirts. Valles, DAR Schools Chair, reminded members Campbell Soup Labels and Box Tops for Education are being collected.

Valles, Junior American Citizens Chair, reported 11 JAC winners attended the Schools Luncheon at the State Conference in Columbus on April 13.

Women’s Issues Chair Vickie Joseph reported the Women in Military Service for America Memorial is the only major national memorial honoring all women who served in the nation’s defense throughout history.

Their patriotism and bravery are recognized through exhibits, film and the memorial register, an interactive computer database that allows memorial visitors access to military histories, photographs and memorable military experiences of registered service women.

Morrison reported the chapter received certificates at the state conference honoring the following committees: Veterans Support, National Defender and Membership. The chapter also received a certificate for 100 percent participation for the President General’s Project.

The nominating committee’s slate of 2013-16 officers was approved. They are: Regent Nancy Valles, First Vice Regent Karen Blanc, Second Vice Regent Denese White, Chaplain Wadeanne Nardo, Recording Secretary Vickie Joseph, Treasurer Beverly Livingston, Registrar Danice Ryan, Historian Sandy Briggs, Librarian Bonnie Slemmer and Parliamentarian Carol Skerbetz. The officers were to be installed at the May 11 meeting.

Members remembered Shirley Jean Peterson Wildman, who died April 6. She joined the chapter in 2006 and served as chapter librarian for the past three years.