Fort Steuben DAR Chapter welcomes state regent to September meeting
Flag bearers Susan Brown and Diane Bowers led the flag procession followed by Ohio DAR Regent Kathy Gobin Dixon. Processional music was provided by Roberta Fedoush.
Regent Vickie Joseph declared the meeting in session. Chaplain Nancy Courtney gave the invocation; Flag Chairman Barbara Starkey led in the Pledge of Allegiance; the American’s Creed was led by Second Vice Regent Mary Ann Jesse; and Fedoush and Tammy Kotyk performed the national anthem.
Prospective members Ashley West, Shannon Baird and Griselda Taylor were introduced.
Guests also were introduced, including the state regent, Judy Bratten, and Southwick-Griscom-Kinney Chapter Regent Deena Horner.
Parliamentarian Nancy Valles presented the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award to Bratten, who recently retired as Historic Fort Steuben’s executive director.
.A women’s suffrage song was performed by Fedoush and Kotyk.
The president general’s message was given by Cameo Society Chairman Denise White.
Joseph introduced the state DAR regent as the guest speaker.
The business meeting included the reading of the June minutes by Recording Secretary Janet Rymer and the treasurer’s report given by Patty D’Aurora.
Under committee reports, the Junior American Citizenship Chairperson read the names of the national JAC winners from Harding Middle School while Courtney read the winners from the Jefferson County Christian School.
The 100th anniversary committee meeting report was given by Karen Blanc. Members are reminded to save the date for the bench installation ceremony on May 8 at Historic Fort Steuben. The centennial banquet will be held June 5 at the Holiday Inn.
Under old business, the group voted to replace two flags missing at the Union Cemetery bench area.
Nominations for the Outstanding Teacher Award need to be made by Nov. 1, members were reminded.
Under new business, a report on the Southwick-Griscom-Kinney Chapter was given by Deena East.
The group noted the passing of Sharon Neeley.
Courtney gave the benediction.