Fort Steuben Chapter meets

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Daughters of the American Revolution Fort Steuben Chapter met April 20 at Scaffidi’s Restaurant with Regent Jo Ann Morrison calling the meeting to order.

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

First Vice Regent Nancy Valles introduced chapter member Sandra Briggs who gave a program on DAR insignia and placement of pins. The insigna 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 read the previous meeting’s minutes and the treasurer’s report, which was file for audit.

Communications from Bacone College, Tamassee DAR School and Hindman Settlement School thanking the chapter for Campbell Soup labels and Box Tops for Education were read.

Morrison introduced Debra Eloi ,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.

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

Junior American Citizens Chair Nancy Valles reported 11 JAC winners attended the Schools Luncheon at the State Conference in Columbus 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.

Skerbetz read the Nominating Committee report, and Morrison opened the floor to nominations. Without any floor nominations, the committee’s slate of 2013-2016 officers was approved. The officers will be as follows: 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.

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.

Regent Morrison extended thanks to Karen Blanc and the Calling Committee.

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

The next meeting of the chapter will be May 11, and the chapter scholarship winners and the JAC National winner will be honored. The chapter also will install new officers.