The Urbana Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met Friday, June 10, at 11:30 a.m. in the Champaign County Historical Society for the annual Flag Day potluck.
There were 20 Urbana Chapter members present and four members of the Children of the American Revolution, Cuttahotha Society.
Rev. Carol Tong gave the blessing before everyone enjoyed the delicious food that had been prepared.
Since the group was celebrating June 14, Flag Day, the following was read: “The flag of the United States of America is our National Emblem, the symbol of freedom. George Washington, the Father of our Country, said, ‘It stands for dignity, honor and protection of all who love liberty and equality and who claim the sheltering protection it has always given.’”
The DAR Ritual was led by Judi Henson and Lana Seeberg with the C.A.R. members present leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America was read by Susan Fornof-Lippencott. Following the Ritual, the Chapter held a memorial service for member Kay Schneider, who died in April.
Reports were given by Pat Detwiler, Margaret Denzer, Lana Seeberg, Carol Tong and Dolly Wisma. In the Chaplain’s Report, it was announced that member Mary Hess will be 102 years of age on June 26th.
Registrar Betty Driever reported 84 members, 12 associates. Members voted on two prospective members.
Historian Janet Ebert reported on the progress of finding Revolutionary soldiers in various cemeteries in Champaign County. She also reported that our Chapter dedicated a grave marker for Clara Preston at Maple Grove Cemetery in Mechanicsburg on May 28, 2016. Janet is also working on the completion of report of all Historic Sites at which our chapter has placed a marker. This report will be sent to the national Historic Sites and Properties Database.
Becky Shultz reported that the scrapbook was up-to-date and everyone should check out the 120th Anniversary “Titanic” page. In the May issue Regent’s report for the OSDAR Newsletter, Sandy McCann had a very nice tribute to our Urbana Chapter and has named it the “Unsinkable” Urbana Chapter.
Several of our chapter members have volunteered to help with the Traveling Vietnam Wall Exhibit at the Information Tent June 11th. The Urbana Chapter will take their Vietnam War Commemoration Flag to be displayed behind the Information Tables. We will also take some informational handouts on the Vietnam War.
New DAR officers for 2016-2018 were installed: Regent Pat Detwiler; 1st Vice Regent Kim Snyder; 2nd Vice Regent Janice Coates; Recording Secretary (unfilled); Treasurer Judy Brooks; Chaplain Rev. Carol Tong; Registrar Dona Tullis; Historian Janet Ebert; and Librarian Lana Seeberg.
The Chapter Regent’s pin was presented to new Regent Pat Detwiler by outgoing Regent Judi Henson. This pin was donated by Alice Gaumer in 1933 and has since been passed on to each new regent. The newly installed officers were presented with a DAR Rose.
The program for the meeting was a “Pocket Flag Project.” This project was led by the Cuttahotha Society, Children of the American Revolution. The C.A.R. and DAR folded these small flags and they will be sent to a U.S. Army unit in Afghanistan.
Kim Snyder, Senior President of C.A.R. installed the new Cuttahotha Society officers. President Megan Snyder; Vice President Camille Brinnon; Recording Secretary Stephanie Selvaggio; Treasurer Sarah Preston; Chaplain Anna Selvaggio; and Librarian Hannah Preston.
Senior DAR officers are: Kim Snyder, president and registrar; Cate Brinnon, vice president; Susan Selvaggio, secretary; Judy Brooks, treasurer; and Karen Preston, librarian.
Hostesses were Becky Shultz, Amy Marsh, Dianne Burroughs and Jan Forsbach.
Outgoing Regent Judi Henson was thanked for her term of service and she expressed her thanks to chapter members for their love and support during her term.
The OSDAR Fall Fun Fair is Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Columbus.
Next meeting will be August 15, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church for an organizational meeting.
Submitted by the DAR.