Fort Steuben Chapter of DAR meets

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Fort Steuben Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met April 12 at the Best Western Inn, with Regent Nancy Valles calling the meeting to order.

Mary Wood led the Pledge of Allegiance; Second Vice Regent Denese White led the American’s Creed; Bonnie Slemmer led singing the national anthem; and Chaplain Wadeanne Nardo gave the invocation and blessed the meal.

Following a luncheon, First Vice Regent, Karen Blanc introduced Sharon Neeley, who presented the program, “Posies a-Plenty.” Neeley shared information about heritage plants, flower crafting and edible plants.

Registrar Danice Ryan introduced four prospective members, Patricia D’Aurora, Shirley Farrow, Gabriella Harcharick and Donna Dennis. She also introduced visiting Regent Mary Doorn from the Conococheague, Md., chapter.

Vickie Joseph read the minutes, and Beverly Livingston gave the treasurer’s report. Opal Kleineke gave the Defense Minute and reminded members to express their gratitude to veterans, especially Vietnam War veterans, in light of their poor treatment. March 30, 2011 was designated “Welcome Home Day.”

Members were reminded to record their community service hours and give them to Karen Blanc for the Celebrate America Project.

Vickie Joseph presented the Women’s Issues topic on how to avoid being a victim of investment fraud and telephone scams.

Junior American Citizen Chair JoAnn Morrison reported the chapter had 11 winners at the state level. Six of the winners were able to attend the state conference JAC luncheon honoring their achievements. The 11 winners from Harding Middle School include Brooklyn Jones, Haelee Jenkins, Grace Dillon, Jordan Sarjeant, Carlo Biasi, Chardonnay Sanders, Katlin Rayl, Lena Jolly, Veronica Kaine, Elizabeth Anderson and Aiyanna Glynn. The students, their parents and their teacher Dennis McGrath will be guests at the May 10 meeting and luncheon.

Scholarship Chair Carolyn Mizok reported 22 entries for the scholarship contest are now being judged.

Nancy Valles and JoAnn Morrison attended the Ohio State Conference in Columbus March 28-30. The chapter received certificates for National Defense, DAR schools labels and state scholarships.

The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution Continental Congress will be in Washington, D.C., June 25-29. Nancy Valles, Vickie Joseph, and Lauren Joseph will attend. All members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Opal Kleineke volunteered for the Calling Committee. Denese White asked members to give any comments on the meeting location. She will be making reservations for next year’s meetings soon. Visiting Regent Mary Doorn had DAR car magnets for sale.

The Chapter thanked Denese White and the Calling Committee and greeters Bonny Slemmer and Mary Wood.

Wadeanne Nardo gave the benediction and the meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be May 10 at the Best Western on University Boulevard. Carolyn Shockley and Rebecca Hersko will be the greeters.