STEUBENVILLE - The Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Feb. 8 at the Best Western Plus University Inn.
Regent Nancy Valles presided at the meeting where opening ceremonies were led by JoAnn Morrison, Second Vice Regent Denese White and the Rev. Kevin Bowers.
Registrar Danice Ryan welcomed new member Nichole Balakos. Prospective members Patricia D'Aurora and Ashley Kerr were introduced. Chris Ryan, Danice Ryan's husband, also was a guest. In appreciation for his assistance and work on the DAR Steubenville Christmas parade float, Chris Ryan was given a Husband of DAR pin.
Chaplain Wadeanne Nardo gave the invocation and blessing and benediction.
After the luncheon, First Vice Regent Karen Blanc introduced the guest speaker, the Rev. Kevin Bowers.
Bowers and his wife, Corresponding Secretary Diane Bowers, presented a program on the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Bowers said the founding fathers and mothers were guided by religious principles, noting 29 signers had advanced seminary degrees.
He shared signers' quotes on the country, faith, religion and morals. Members gave Bowers a standing ovation.
Reports were given by Recording Secretary Vickie Joseph and Treasurer Beverly Livingston.
Blanc asked members to report community service hours monthly. She said the best way to report the hours is on the DAR website. For those unable to record their own hours, Blanc will circulate a list at each meeting to collect the information.
Carol Skerbetz reported that February is the last month to purchase drawing tickets for the Waldschmidt quilt.
Junior American Citizen Chair JoAnn Morrison gave a report on the winners of the Junior American Citizen contest.
The theme for this year's contest is "Honoring our Heritage." Harding Middle School seventh- and eighth-graders participated in the contest.
Seventh-grade winners were: poster, Mitchell Malesick; banner, Brooklyn Jones, Haelee Jenkens, Grace Dillon and Jordan Sarjeant; stamp design, Carlo Biasi; poem, Kirsten Clark; short story, Cameron Sheller; and photographic essay, Peyton Blasko.
The eighth-grade winners were: poster, Chardonnay Sanders; banner, Katlin Rayl, Lena Jolly and Veronica Kaine; stamp design, Elizabeth Anderson; poem, Alec Taylor; and short story, Aiyanna Glynn.
These students' projects will next advance to the Ohio state contest. Winners of the state contest will advance to the DAR East Central Division contest, then to the national contest.
National Defense Chair Opal Kleineke presented parts of an interview with U.S. Army Capt. Chris Turner regarding the NSDAR care packages for the troops.
He said the troops greatly appreciate the packages and that they put everything to good use.
Conservation Chair Susan Guy reminded the members ribbons remain available for purchase to support the restoration of the Union Cemetery.
Fort Steuben DAR T-shirts also are available for $20.
Women's Issues Chair Vickie Joseph gave a report on avoiding getting sick in the winter months.
Good Citizens Co-Chair Marsha Cable said the chapter winner's name has been sent to the North East District vice chair.
Several members volunteered to sponsor lunches for the winners of the Good Citizens and American History contests.
Scholarship Committee Chair Carolyn Mizok reported letters have been sent to local high schools inviting senior student to enter the essay contest.
Winners of the essay contest will be awarded scholarships from a fund established by past Regents and DAR benefactors Golda Fulton, Katherine Minor and Pauline Francis.
Cheryl Kelly will assume the duties of American Indian Committee Chair, and Becky Hersko has agreed to chair the DAR Service for Veterans Committee.
Since the December meeting was canceled because of inclement weather, members were not able to hold their annual Christmas gift sale. They will have a "Spring Fling" gift sale at the April meeting with proceeds to help supplement the scholarship funds.
The Ohio DAR state conference will be held March 28-30 at the Columbus Airport Marriott. Nancy Valles and JoAnn Morrison are planning to attend. The North East district is the hostess district and will be in charge of the hospitality room. Each chapter was asked to donate $20 for expenses.
Mary Webster and Susan Guy were greeters.
The next meeting will be held March 8 at the Best Western Plus University Inn. Beverly Livingston and Jane Toothman will be greeters.