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DAR Chapter has virtual event

WEIRTON — The Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met June 14 at Giovanni’s Restaurant in Weirton to watch the virtual opening of the DAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C.

Such was necessary because of the coronavirus pandemic restrictions in place.

Special thanks was extended to junior member Lauren Joseph for her technical support that made it possible for members to watch the event livestreamed. Lauren Joseph and Tracey Dysert were thanked as well for acting as Regent Vickie Joseph’s “personal pages” for the special meeting.

Members attending the local meeting dressed in formal attire, “pretending that we were really in Washington, D.C.,” a chapter spokeswoman noted.

The business meeting was called to order by Joseph. Barbara Starkey led the pledge of allegiance, Mary Ann Jesse led the American’s creed, and the national anthem was sung by all members.

Minutes of the previous meeting were dispensed, and Patti D’Aurora gave the treasurer’s report and said that dues can be paid at any time.

Under committee reports, Janet Rymer and Susan Brown noted having state, district and national winners in the Junior American Citizenship contest. Next year’s contest is pending based on schools reopening.

Scholarship winners were Laine Hagerty of Indian Creek High School and Scotty Mitchell of Steubenville High School.

Under old business, members were encouraged to provide Francine Hauldren with program ideas and any yearbook changes.

The Fall Fun Fair is postponed, and a September meeting is anticipated at Historic Fort Steuben in Steubenville.

On July 18, the DAR Chapter’s board met outside the picnic shelter of the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church. Members present were Vickie Joseph, Mary Ann Jesse, Francine Hauldren, Karen Blanc, Nancy Valles, Janet Rymer, Patti D’Aurora, Susan Welch and Donna Dennis.

Plans are still ongoing to host the state regent at the Sept. 12 meeting at Historic Fort Steuben, barring coronavirus precautionary restrictions.

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