Fort Steuben DAR Chapter meets, inducts officers

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met May 11 at Scaffidi’s Restaurant.

First Vice Regent Nancy Valles called the meeting to order; Treasurer Beverly Livingston led the Pledge of Allegiance; Second Vice Regent Karen Blanc led The American’s Creed; Wadeanne Nardo led the national anthem; and Carol Skerbetz gave the invocation and blessing.

Following the luncheon, Denese White and Sandra Briggs, Scholarship Committee co-chairs, were introduced and awarded the Katherine Sinclair-Pauline Francis-Golda Fulton Scholarships to Brandon Llewlyn of Steubenville High School and Harry Olenick of Weir High Schools.

Nancy Valles, Junior American Citizen Chair, announced the national contest winners, and among the chapter’s 22 first-place winners, eight placed first nationally, three placed second and six placed third, all from Harding Middle School.

Winners included Jacob Swinsinski, art poster, third place; Tyler Rielly, Tony Gentile, Orlando Schiappa, sixth-grade banner, first place; Katlin Rayl, Veronica Kaine and Lena Jolly, seventh-grade banner, third place; Jazmin Pendergrast, Rhiannon Petrisko and Sara McDonald, eighth-grade banner, first place; Cesare Jennings Jr., sixth-grade stamp design, first place; Emilee Crago, eighth-grade stamp design, second place; Peyton Blasko, sixth-grade photographic essay, first place; Ryan DeLelles, seventh-grade creative expression poem, second place; Cameron Sheeler, sixth-grade essay, third place; Aiyanna Glynn, seventh-grade essay, second place; and Glory Dami, eighth-grade essay, third place.

The students were presented with a certificate and a check from the National Daughters of the American Revolution.

Following the awards the business section of the meeting was held. Beverly Livingston gave the treasurer’s report, which will be filed for audit.

Past Regent and Secretary Carol Skerbetz installed the new officers, including Regent Nancy Valles, First Vice Regent Karen Blanc, Second Vice Regent Denese White, Recording Secretary Lisa Carte, Corresponding Secretary Vickie Joseph, Treasurer Beverly Livingston, Registrar Danice Ryan, Historian Sandra Briggs and Librarian Bonny Slemmer.

Members held a memorial service for Jonnie Thomas Thompson, a member of three years, and Shirley Jean Mack Peterson Wildman, a member of seven years.

Karen Blanc reported on the search for a meeting place, and the Best Western Hotel was chosen. Luncheon price will increase to $15.

Fort Steuben will hold Frontier Days Saturday and Sunday, and the chapter will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at Saturday’s opening. Members were encouraged to attend.

Dues should be submitted to Livingston.

Prospective members Mary Ann Jessie, Jeannie Vega and Debra Eloi were in attendance.

Chapter members thanked Karen Blanc, the Calling Committee and greeters. Skerbetz gave the benediction.

The next meeting will be held Sept. 14 at Historic Fort Steuben, and Ohio State Regent Sandy McCann will be the speaker.