DAR Fort Steuben Chapter meets

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Nov. 9 at the Best Western Inn.

Regent Nancy Valles called the meeting to order; Mary Wood led the Pledge of Allegiance; Second Vice Regent Denese White led The American’s Creed; Librarian Bonnie Slemmer led the national anthem; and Chaplain Wadeanne Nardo led the invocation and blessed the food.

First Vice Regent Karen Blanc introduced speakers Gary Cramer and Michael Mongelli of the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment of the Continental Line. The 8th Pennsylvania regiment volunteered in August 1776 to augment the Continental Army. Cramer and Mongelli gave a presentation about their organization. They also spoke about communications during battle, noting a unit commander would give orders to the fife and drum corps, which would signal the troops. Because of this system, the musicians and unit commander were prime targets.

The pair also brought several Revolutionary War artifacts for the group to view.

A business meeting followed the program. Vickie Joseph read the last meeting’s minutes, and Beverly Livingston gave the treasurer’s report, noting outstanding due need to be paid. Joseph also read correspondent from Ohio State Regent Sandy McCann and Sons of the American Revolution Wreaths Project Chair Gary Timmons.

Nominating Committee Chair Carol Skerbetz reported Joseph will serve as recording secretary and Diane Bowers will service as corresponding secretary. JoAnn Morrison and Carol Skerbetz will be Junior American Citizen co-chairs.

Opal Kleineke gave the National Defense Minute, speaking about the Budget Control Act and how the cuts affect the military.

Conservation Chair Susan Guy reported a rock and large shrub were to be removed from the Union Cemetery and suggested the group might beautify the area by planting flowers. Red, white and blue ribbons are being sold for $2 each to raise funds for the project.

The Fort Steuben Chapter will participate in the Steubenville Christmas parade Dec. 7. The float will feature Denese White and Sandy Briggs, dressed in colonial-era costumes, sitting next to a fire place and will have a red, white and blue color scheme. Chapter members were invited to walk in the parade and hand out candy.

Chapter T-shirts are available for $20 at Stuff With Attitude.

First Vice Regent Karen Blanc asked members to turn in their record of volunteer hours each month so she can tabulate the chapter’s total hours for the Celebrate America Project.

Carol Skerbetz is selling tickets for the Waldschmidt quilt for $1 each and six for $5.

Joseph spoke about steps to take to reduce breast cancer under Women’s Issues.

Valles and Blanc reported on the grave-marking ceremony for DAR Real Daughter Sarah Jane Markle Burgett at Fairview Cemetery in Burgettstown. Markle Burgett is the daughter of Revolutionary War soldier Abraham Tower Markle, who settled in Jefferson County, Ohio. Markle Burgett was born in Jefferson County.

Four Fort Steuben Chapter members were in attendance, as was Pittsburgh Chapter Regent Dru Simeone and Pennsylvania State Regent Roberta McMullen. A dessert reception at the Burgettstown Community Library followed the ceremony.

Beverly Livingston has forms for those who want to sponsor a Wreaths Across America Project wreath. Each one is $15, and the ceremony will be held Dec. 14 at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Those members planning to attend are encouraged to meet at 9:30 a.m. that day at the Holiday Inn – Weirton.

Lorna Young is collected canceled stamps, and Jane Toothman is collecting Box Tops for Education.

Members thanked Denese White and the Calling Committee and greeters Sandy Briggs and JoAnn Morrison.

Nardo gave the benediction, and the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be held Dec. 14 at the University Boulevard Best Western Inn. Members were asked to bring items for the annual Christmas sale.