The Susanna Randolph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its regular meeting March 3 at the Vandalia Hotel restaurant. Virginia Howdeshell, chaplain, asked the blessing before the meal.
Ruth Miller, regent, led the opening ritual. The President General’s report was given by Mandi Bryant, Teresa Wenzel read the National Defense News, Barbara Jarvis gave a Constitution Minute and Ann Carter read an Indian Minute. Judy Flowers read the secretary’s report which was approved. Barbara Elzea gave the treasurer’s report.
The regent read correspondence including an invitation to a dedication ceremony April 6 for names to be added to the plaque in the State Capitol in Jefferson City, listing Revolutionary War veterans buried in Missouri. She also mentioned registration for Continental Congress to be held in Washington D. C.
The George Washington’s Birthday Tea was successful with a number of honorees and family members present. Presenting the program, “Women of the Revolution,” were Mandi Bryant portraying Molly Pitcher and Muriel Beshears as Elizabeth Martin. Several other women were mentioned by Mandi and Muriel as well as Ann Carter, vice regent, serving for Joy Davis, Good Citizen chairman. Ruth Miller, American History chairman, and Ann Carter presented awards.
Guest of honor was Beth Owens, Van-Far High School Good Citizen. She received a pin, certificate and book. Brandi Brandwein, Good Citizen from Community R-6 High School, was unable to attend but also will receive a pin, certificate and book. American History Essay winners from Van-Far were, first through third place: grade 8 – Abbegail Robinson; grade 6 – Walker Franke, Jacob Garner and Kinley Elzea; grade 5 – Caden Wilburn, Jordan Garner and Paige Dameron; Perry Christian Academy: grade 5 – Timothy Duncan. First-place winners read their essays to the group.
Winners of the Christopher Columbus Essay contest in Van-Far High School, first through third, were Brooke Johnson, Ethan Gooch and Kassi Slater. Brooke read her essay on the subject, “Christopher Columbus: In His Own Time, In History and Today.”
The celebration committee included Maxine Jackson, Kathy Mommens, Barbara Jarvis and Judy Flowers. Jordan Garner assisted in serving punch and handed out program. Other members helped with arranging the room and other details.
Several members attended the Bowling Green Chapter’s 100th Birthday celebration held on February 22. Coupons to military families reported were: more than $25,000 in February and $22,000 in March, Mandi Bryant; and $7,500, Teresa Wenzel. Joy Davis made a motion to unanimously elect the slate of officers for 2012-2014 presented by the committee (Ann Carter, Joy Davis and Maxine Jackson): Joy Davis, regent; Ann Carter, vice regent; Mandi Bryant, recording secretary; Cindy Pirch, corresponding secretary; Teresa Wenzel, treasurer; Ruth Miller, registrar; and Dorothy Black, historian. The slate was accepted unanimously. The parliamentarian and board members are appointed later by the regent.
Plans were made to attend the MSSDAR State Conference May 4-6 at the Holiday Inn Select Conference Center in Columbia. Deadline for reserving rooms at the DAR block rate is April 1. The regent will notify members of the date for meal reservations. Forms are available from her or online.
Under new business, the regent reported she had written and will submit an article for the American Spirit magazine, “What’s in a Name” about the chapter’s namesake, Susanna Randolph.
Teresa Wenzel gave a very interesting and informative program on “Battle of King’s Mountain.”
Answering roll call by naming a Revolutionary War battle were: Muriel Beshears, Mandi Bryant, Ann Carter, Joy Davis, Barbara Elzea, Judy Flowers, Linda Sue Galloway, Virginia Howdeshell, Maxine Jackson, Barbara Jarvis, Ruth Miller, Cindy Pirch and Teresa Wenzel.
The meeting closed with the Daughter’s Pledge, the Preamble to the Constitution and Pledge to the State of Missouri.