DAR Chapter makes donations, holds workshop

CHAPTER ACTIVITIES — The Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently donated lap robes to two dialysis clinics. At the Davita Dialysis Clinic, Paris, Pa., are, from left, Nancy Valles, project chairman; Sabrina Taggart, facility administrator; and Karen Blanc, chapter regent. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — The Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Nov. 11, Veterans Day, at Froehlich’s Classic Corner in Steubenville.

Chapter Regent Karen Blanc called the meeting to order.

Prospective members attending were Roberta Fedouch and Lynn Modranski. Guests on hand were Sue Davidson, brought by JoAnn Morrison, and Karen Blanc brought Cheryl Rawson from the Wheeling chapter.

Diane Bowers introduced guest speaker Leslie Arendt, a DAR member from Springfield, Ohio, who dressed in period costume from the late 1800s and performed a solo historical drama titled, “Daddy was a Confederate.” She recited dialogue sharing the thoughts of a woman during the Civil War about the hardships her father and others suffered. She based her story on research done on her third great-grandfather Thornton Lafferty.

Officers’ reports were given by DeeAnn Greene, secretary, and Beverly Livingston, treasurer.

Under committee reports, Nicole Balakos reported that six local high schools have submitted essays/packets to be judged for the Good Citizen contest.

Maryann Joseph reported on restaurants and businesses that provide discounts to veterans and sometimes their widows on Veterans Day and throughout the year.

Under women’s issues, Vicki Joseph encouraged members to buy undergarments as part of the “Support the Girls” program with items to be donated at the state conference.

In announcements, Joseph reminded members about DAR’s “Service for America.” Members are encouraged to log their volunteer hours on the DAR website. Recorded hours can include volunteering with veterans, churches, schools, hospitals and in the community.

Members were reminded about days to fly the flag, including at half staff on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Under old business, members who brought in lap quilts or fabric for the chapter to donate to two dialysis clinics were thanked for their contribution. The chapter donated lap robes to two local dialysis clinics as part of its ongoing community service.

A prospective member workshop held Nov. 17 at the First Christian Church in Weirton attracted eight potential members in Emily McKinney, Roberta Fedoush, Janet Rymern, Griselda Taylor, Kim Ashton, Connie Rohall, Darla Mackey and Judi Gaynor. Two DAR members from other chapters attended to assist with Lavern Piatt and Judy Jennings, OSDAR volunteer genealogist committee, thanked for their help. Karen Blanc thanked Nancy Valles and DeeAnn Greene for their help with the workshop.

Under new business, the chapter voted to sponsor 15 wreaths for the Wreaths Across America campaign. There will be a Christmas sale table at the December meeting manned by Nancy Valles and Tammy Kotyk. Members are reminded to bring a holiday gift or food items and money as the meeting serves as a mini-fundraiser for the chapter.

Member Pat D’Aurora shared what the chapter’s next service project will be — the Cancer Dietary Initiative. Members were asked to please bring cans of tuna to the December meeting.

Vicki Joseph asked members to bring any size linens, excluding king size, for the donated beds for St. Vincent De Paul’s bed ministry.

Gift cards for Hope for Hurricane Harvey were sent and received.

The invocation was led by Carolyn Beebe.

The next meeting is Saturday at Froehlich’s Classic Corner.