Local DAR Chapter representatives attend Continental Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fort Steuben Chapter Regent Nancy Valles of Paris, Pa., and Secretary Vickie Joseph of Wheeling recently attended the 123rd- annual Daughters of the American Revolution Continental Congress.
The keynote speaker for the opening night ceremony was author and historian Alexander Rose, who discussed his book, "Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring," and the ordinary people who did extraordinary things to help secure American independence. The ceremony also welcomed executives from AMC's television show, "TURN," who were presented with the DAR Media and Entertainment Award. The DAR Medal of Honor was presented to historian and well-known battlefield tour guide Ed Bearss.
On National Defense Night, an evening that honors the nation's military personnel and veterans, the speakers were Navy Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy, and retired Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Claude "Mick" Kicklighter, director of Department of Defense Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration, spoke about the efforts of the commemoration program.
Additional awards that evening were presented to the Army Nurse of the Year, the Margaret Cochran Corbin Award for distinguished women in military service and outstanding volunteers for veterans.
Other honorees recognized during the week-long event included exceptional students and those committed to education such as the national American History Essay Contest winners, the DAR Good Citizens, the American History Scholarship winner and the Outstanding Teacher of American History.
"It's inspiring to see more than 3,500 members travel to Washington to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year to honor our heritage, focus on the future and celebrate America," said DAR President General Lynn F. Young.
"Attendees show great enthusiasm to participate in forums during the conference to enhance their work of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism back in their communities. The reports given at our Continental Congress make it clear that the DAR is playing an important role in cities and towns across America," Young said.
While at Congress, they attended the DAR Schools supper, Units Overseas Committee Luncheon and International Bazaar, as well as a variety of business sessions, opening night and Celebrate America! night.
The DAR Continental Congress has been the annual national meeting of the membership since the organization's founding. National, state and chapter leaders meet at the DAR National Headquarters to report on the year's work, honor award recipients and plan future initiatives. The week-long convention consists of business sessions, committee meetings and social functions.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. For information, visit www.DAR.org.
Amsterdam High School Classes from 1923-54 having reunion Aug. 16
Classmates and teachers of Amsterdam High School Classes of 1923 through 1954 will celebrate their annual reunion on Aug. 16 at the East Springfield Community Center, which is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department. It is handicap accessible.
There will be a social time at 3 p.m. followed by dinner at 5 p.m. The buffet-style menu will include baked steak and chicken. Cost is $23 per person, which includes gratuity.
Checks can be made payable to Amsterdam Class Reunion and returned to Norma J. Smith, 9229 Snug Harbor Road SE, Amsterdam, OH 439303, or call Smith at (740) 543-3967.
Anyone who has not received an invitation should contact Smith. The reservation deadline is Aug. 10.
Oak Grove Reunion is Saturday
at Bell Chapel UMC shelterhouse
The annual Oak Grove (now Hills School) Reunion will be held at the shelterhouse at Bell Chapel United Methodist Church, state Route 213, Steubenville, on Saturday, beginning at noon.
It is a covered-dish meal. Attendees are asked to bring their own drinks.
For information, contact Fred Vogt at (740) 282-4278 or Jean Barker at (740) 264-1448.
Mingo Junction Senior Center picnic
is July 24 at Aracoma Park
The Mingo Junction Senior Center's annual picnic will be held on July 24 at Aracoma Park, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The cost is $10 per person. There will be food, prizes and entertainment provided by Ron Retzer.
There are seats still available for the center's planned trip Sept. 15-18 to Ocean City, Md., and the eastern shore.
For information, contact Suzie Zorbini at (740) 632-1716.