Regent Muriel Beshears welcomed 42 people to the February 17, 2 p.m. Centennial Celebration of the Susanna Randolph Chapter, DAR, at The Grand Vandalia Hotel that was doing business in 1917 when the chapter began.
The group recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the U.S.A. Past Chaplain Virginia Howdeshell gave the invocation. Some history of the chapter was shared and Vice-Regent Joy Davis led the group through the afternoon’s agenda.
Davis gave some facts about what was happening in Vandalia, Mo., and in the United States in 1917.
Cupcakes and beverages were enjoyed by all, followed by time to view the memorabilia on display. This display included the original scrapbook and minute book along with several scrapbooks from various dates through the one hundred years. Ann Carter selected and organized the items on display for the event.
The Susanna Randolph Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was organized on February 17, 1917. There were 19 charter members. Today, there are 60 members in the chapter, making it the largest chapter in the Northeastern Missouri District, realizing that information could have changed and the chapter not made aware of it as of yet.
There have been 37 chapter regents. Those sharing in the celebration were Maxine Jackson, Virginia Howdeshell, Ann Carter, Ruth Miller, and Joy Davis. Ruth Miller is the only chapter regent serving two consecutive terms during the first 100 years.
Special guests were Missouri State Regent Susan Bowman, Recording Secretary General NSDAR Morgan Lake, Honorary State Regent Anne Keller, Missouri State Vice Regent Cindy Suich, Missouri State Librarian Kay Ellis, and Northeast District Director Chyerl Varvil. Vandalia Mayor Ralph Kuda, Jr., gave greetings to the group and congratulations on their Centennial anniversary. The Grand Vandalia Hotel owner Connie Kuda received appreciation from the group for charming decorations and collections.
“I Love America Jingo” was the game played by those present with traveling prizes furnished by the Susanna Randolph Chapter members. The group recited the Daughters’ Pledge and the Preamble to the Constitution before Virginia Howdeshell gave the closing benediction.
The Vandalia Area Historical Society has a birthday cake on display in one of their windows on Main Street. Historical Society member and Susanna Randolph Chapter member Vicki Wright decorated the window in honor of the chapter.
Those attending the centennial celebration were Hannibal Heritage Chapter Regent Cheryl Vaughn, Mexico-Missouri Chapter member Jeanie Gay, Pike County Chapter members Marilyn Johnson, Louise Sitton and Lois Stark; Montgomery Chapter members Shirley Swearingen, Beverly Robinson, Joy Leistritz and Lisa Strube; Bowling Green Chapter members Diane Fuerst, Lori Smith and guest Samantha Smith, and Charlene McCune; Susanna Randolph Chapter members Jennifer Adam, Muriel Beshears, Ann Carter, Elaine Dameron, Joy Davis, Barbara Elzea, Sheila Ennis, Judy Flowers, Linda Sue Galloway, Brenda Gower, Glee Hanson, Virginia Howdeshell, Gayle Jones, Crystal McCurdy, Ruth Miller, Carolyn Petersen, Teresa Wenzel, and Vicki Wright and guests Kathy and Jean Stringer.
The planning committee for this event was Jennifer Adam, Joy Davis, Gayle Jones, and Ruth Miller. Gayle Jones made the delicious cupcakes.