Fourteen members of the Susanna Randolph Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and nine guests met at the VAHS Genealogy Room Thursday, March 5, 2020.
Regent Joy Davis called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. Opening exercises included the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag, singing the Star-Spangled Banner and reciting the American’s Creed.
Members read the President General’s Message, National Defense News, Constitution Minute, American Indian Minute, Conservation News, and DAR School News.
The winner of the 2020 DAR Good Citizen Award from Van-Far High School, Mr. Colin Wilburn, son of Jay and Tracy Wilburn, was presented with a pin and book by Chapter Chairperson Gayle Jones. Regent Joy Davis surprised Mr. Wilburn and the audience by reading the letter announcing him as the first place male winner in the Missouri State competition. He will be honored at the Honors and Awards Luncheon of Missouri State Conference on Saturday, April 18, in Columbia, Mo. Colin shared his plans to attend the University of Missouri Honors College in Biochemistry and Statistics. His application will be forwarded on to competition in the South Central Division (the states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas) of DAR. Regent Davis commented that she cannot remember anyone from our area receiving the state award since the beginning of the DAR Good Citizen in 1934.
The winner of the Good Citizen Award from Community R-VI High School was Miss Lauryn Robnett, daughter of Jon and Dana Robnett. Miss Robnett was unable to attend the ceremony.
The winner of the American History Essay Award was Miss Lexie Jones, Grade 6, Van-Far Elementary School, daughter of Matthew and Gayle Jones. The subject for 2020 was a “Journal of the Mayflower Journey.” 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower journey.
Teresa Wenzel led an educational George Washington Trivia game. Hostesses for the meeting were Gayle Jones and Joy Hoyt.
Members attending were Carolyn Ball, Joy Brummitt, Elaine Dameron, Joy Davis, Sheila Enis, Brenda Gower, Glee Hanson, Joy Hoyt, Gayle Jones, Ruth Miller, Teresa Wenzel, Donna Wilson, Wanda Winders, and Vicki Wright.
Glee Hanson was the winner of the door prize.
DAR holds February meeting
The regular meeting of the Susanna Randolph Chapter was called to order by Regent Joy Davis on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m., at the Vandalia Area Historical Society Genealogy Room.
The opening ritual was led by Regent Davis, Chaplain Virginia Howdeshell, and with the singing of the National Anthem.
The President General’s Message was read by Vice-Regent Teresa Wenzel. The National Defense News was given by Sheila Ennis on events in history on this day. The Constitution Minute was presented by Vicki Wright. The American Indian Minute was presented by Judy Flowers about a Navajo female WWII veteran that died at age 105. The Conservation Minute was given by Ann Carter on plants native to Missouri. The DAR School news was presented by Donna Wilson.
• Officer’s Reports
Recording Secretary, Carolyn Ball took roll call with 11 members present. The minutes of the last meeting were approved as presented.
The Treasurer’s report was given by Elaine Dameron and showed current assets of $7,312.85. The report will be filed for audit. Bills were presented for payment to Ruth Miller for materials for the Quilt of Valor totaling $85.66. A motion was made by Elaine Dameron and seconded by Ann Carter that the bills be paid. The motion passed.
The Registrar’s report was given by Ruth Miller. Member Connie Hale has transferred membership to the Mexico chapter effective Jan. 13, 2020. Ten supplementals were approved for Elaine Dameron. New member Ruth Stevenson advised she was encouraging more members of her family to join DAR.
The Vice-Regent’s report was given by Teresa Wenzel regarding the March 5 meeting. The program will be the 2020 DAR Good Citizens and Essay winners, and hostesses will be Gayle Jones and Joy Hoyt
• Committee Reports
Ann Carter reported on Project Patriot. She advised that on Fridays members should wear red to “Remember Every Deployed.”
• Unfinished Business
Ruth Miller reported that materials had been purchased for the next Quilt of Valor and it was in the process of being made.
• New Business
Ann Carter suggested that members try to attend some of the Thursday workshops at the MSSDAR State Conference which will be held April 15-19 in Columbia, Mo.
Gayle Jones and Ruth Miller will assist Teresa Wenzel in preparation for the March 5 meeting with DAR Good Citizens and Essay Winners presentations. Regent Davis has volunteered to print the invitations and will give them to Gayle to mail to the winners. Joy Davis has books to present to the winners.
A memorial service will be conducted for Maxine Jackson at the April 2 meeting. Ruth Miller will organize this event. Ann Carter and Joy Davis will assist with the decor. The regular chapter program will not be conducted at this meeting.
Ann Carter was appointed to be chair for the nominating committee for 2020-2022 Chapter Officers. Additional committee members are Sheila Ennis and Donna Wilson.
• Other Business:
The Secretary of the Clark County Chapter sent an email asking for chapters to purchase a half-page ad in the state conference program book, honoring our district director, Mitzie Pitford. The cost for each chapter would be $4. A motion was made by Ann Carter and seconded by Sheila Ennis that our chapter contribute $4 toward this ad. The motion passed.
An email was also sent asking each chapter to provide a basket for the Silent Auction at State Conference. The proceeds will go for renovation of the Missouri Box and Missouri Seal in Constitution Hall. Ann Carter made a motion to send $50 in lieu of a basket. Carolyn Ball seconded the motion. The motion passed.
The Regent of the Farmington Chapter requested a card shower for one of their members, Marlyn Mauk, 1802 Perrine Road, Farmington, Mo. 63640, who will turn 93 on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
The School Spirit items continue to be collected at meetings for the Van-Far Bright Futures project. March items are hand sanitizer, Kleenex, deodorant, and personal hygiene items.
The chapter also continues to collect coupons and empty print cartridges.
The meeting closed with the Daughters’ Pledge, Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the State of Missouri.
Carolyn Ball presented an informative program on Benjamin Banneker.
Hostesses Sheila Ennis and Vicki Wright provided refreshments, which were enjoyed by all.
Members in attendance were Carolyn Ball, Ann Carter, Elaine Dameron, Joy Davis, Sheila Ennis, Judy Flowers, Virginia Howdeshell, Ruth Miller, Teresa Wenzel, Donna Wilson, and Vicki Wright.
Teresa Wenzel was the winner of the door prize.