DAR Chapter plans membership event

Fort Steuben members to host event Nov. 17 in Weirton

PROGRAM PRESENTERS — Fort Steuben Daughters of the American Revolution members Nancy Valles, left, and Vickie Joseph recently visited four of the DAR-sponsored schools with the Ohio state bus tour. They shared their impressions of the schools with local members during a recent meeting. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — The Fort Steuben Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met Oct. 14 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant in Steubenville with chapter Regent Karen Blanc presiding.

Opening ceremonies involved Flag Chairman Rebecca Hersko, Second Vice Regent Vickie Joseph, Chaplain Bonny Slemmer and Regent Karen Blanc.

After lunch, Blanc and Slemmer installed Susan Welch as the chapter’s new registrar.

Blanc introduced members Nancy Valles and Joseph, who gave a presentation on their recent bus tour of four of the DAR-sponsored schools.

Promotion of education is one of the three primary objectives adopted in the original bylaws of the NSDAR, they noted. At one time the national society supported as many as 35 schools. Most of the schools began with small groups of children in disadvantaged areas where public education was not accessible, they explained. Today, the six DAR schools serve a variety of special needs programs, including attention deficit disorder, dyslexia, adult literacy and children in family crisis.

In late September, Valles and Joseph were part of the Ohio DAR bus tour of four schools — Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Ky; Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Grant, Ala.; Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga.; and Tamassee DAR School in Tamassee, S.C. The 36 DAR members on the bus met students at each school and learned about each campus during student-led tours. They learned the schools are an integral part of their respective communities, providing support to children and families.

They said Ohio State Regent Nancy Shirm Wright was part of the tour and that she and Ohio Schools Chairman Patty Brandes presented gifts at each school, including gift cards, stuffed animals and Ohio buckeye chocolates. The four-day bus tour concluded at Tamassee School where Wright was honored as a past board member. The dining room where members had dinner with several students previously was dedicated to Wright in appreciation of her continuing dedication to the school.

The business meeting included reports by Joseph, minutes, and Blanc, treasurer.

Welch introduced prospective members Griselda Taylor and Janet Rymer. She also announced that the Fort Steuben Chapter will be hosting a membership event at 6 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the First Christian Church, 3252 Main St., Weirton. Anyone with a Revolutionary War patriot ancestor who has an interest in joining the DAR is welcome to attend. Ohio Registrar Betsy Goad, Ohio Volunteer Genealogist Judy Jennings and Ohio Membership Chairman Cindy Kettler will attend to assist with research and completion of applications.

For information or to make a reservation call Welch at (304) 374-0577 or Blanc at (304) 723-4548.

Under committee reports, Chairman Sandra Briggs said applications for the DAR Good Citizenship contest have been distributed. Members were asked to encourage more schools to participate in the contest. American Heritage Chairman Jeanne Vega has applications for the American Heritage contest. The topic is “Exploring America through the Arts.” Entries are due in February.

JAC Chairman Jo Ann Morrison reported that the theme for the 2018 JAC contest is the 100th anniversary of World War I — “Service on the Home Front.” Harding Middle School and the Jefferson County Christian School are participating. Local children winning the contests consistently go on to win on the state and national levels.

Under old business, member Mary Ann Jesse reminded the group that she has a few more dog tag pins available for purchase. There was a discussion about new brochures to promote the chapter. Dee Ann Greene and Valles developed the brochures.

Denise White authored a historical coloring book. Franciscan University of Steubenville student Nicholas Ward was the artist. The coloring books are available at Historic Fort Steuben.

Valles thanked members who brought in lap robes to donate to oncology patients at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center. Blanc thanked members for donating more than $100 in gift cards to help hurricane victims in Texas and Florida.

Blanc announced that she would be introducing a new service project at the next meeting.

The next meeting will be held Saturday at Froehlich’s Classic Corner. The speaker will be Leslie Arendt, who perform a historical drama titled “Daddy was a Confederate.”