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DAR chapter inducts new member

NEW MEMBER — Melinda Young, center, was inducted as a new member of the Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. With her are Nancy Courtney, chaplain, left, and Regent Vickie Joseph. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — The Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Nov. 9 at Giovanni’s Restaurant in Weirton with Regent Vickie Joseph presiding.

Opening ceremonies involved Barbara Starkey, flag chairman; Mary Ann Jesse, second vice regent; and Bonny Slemmer.

Registrar Susan Welch introduced Griselda Taylor. Guests were Sue Davidson’s mother, Alice Gabriel, and Shirley Farrow’s husband, Dwight,

Chaplain Nancy Courtney inducted new member Melinda Young.

During a patriot memorial service led by Courtney, each member said the name of her patriot.

Francine Hauldren, first vice regent, introduced guest speaker Dan Wilson, commander of the AMVETS Post 275 who provided tips to help veterans relocate after service.

The meeting included reports by Secretary Janet Rymer and Treasurer Patti DeAurora.

In committee reports, Karen Blanc, national defense, gave a reading about honoring the unknown soldier. Under women’s issues, DeeAnn Greene read her essay about breast cancer. Rymer, JAC chairperson, reported on the progress of JAC projects and requested help with judging on Dec. 20.

Nancy Valles reported that the theme of this year’s American Heritage contest is “Rise and Shine Your Light on the 19th Amendment.” Entries are due Jan. 2 through Feb. 15.

Under flag facts, Barbara Starkey urged flying the flag on Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. She said the first official flag was established on June 14, 1777.

Carol Mizok explained the role that Indians played on the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

Jeanne Vega explained that Veterans Day is always the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month since the signing of the treaty to end World War 1 in 1918. She provided information about various businesses offering discounts to veterans on Veterans Day.

Under old business, D’Aurora said she had purchased six $20 flags that were made in America and had placed them in the Union Cemetery.

Greene provided the chapter’s web address for the website almost ready for use.

Under new business, a revision in the Dec. 14 meeting was noted. Given it is the observance of Wreaths Across America, members will meet at Giovanni’s Restaurant by 11:15 a.m. and carpool to the Paris Cemetery to help with the event there. Afterward, the meeting will resume with lunch and a business session at the restaurant. Members who cannot attend the cemetery event should join the group at the restaurant at 1:30 p.m.

The chapter received an invitation to the 25th anniversary observance of the Hannah Bosworth Chapter in Cleveland on Dec. 7.

Nancy Courtney gave the invocation and benediction.

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