General Edward Hand Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met 9:30 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Ottawa Visitor’s Center. Those present were Regent Elaine Oakleaf, Vice Regent Dee Ellen Kruzel, Chaplain Harma McKenzie, Nancy Machnicki, Emily Kirkpatrick, Betty Wittmeyer, Barbara Dew, Edith Rader, Bettie Ore, Lorene Christin, prospective member Kathy Reed and guest Peggy Dew. Refreshments provided by Emily and Elaine included a Dolley Madison-doll cake.

The meeting opened with a spiritual moment by Chaplain Harma, followed by the DAR ritual led by Regent Elaine, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Nancy, the American’s Creed and Constitution Preamble recited by all present.

The National Society newsletter included the president general’s message, read by Lorene who presented a picture of the General Edward Hand sign located in the Yorktown, Va., battlefield adjacent to General George Washington’s campsite.

Bettie Ore, national defense chairman, presented information from the website about the new secretary of defense and the head of the central command. She gave an interesting report on the accomplishments of President James Madison, 1809-1817, who is known as the Father of the Constitution.

January minutes were read by recording secretary Lorene and approved with one correction. Treasurer Barbara Dew gave the January treasurer’s report; Bettie Ore moved, Edith seconded and the report was approved.

Correspondence included a thank you note from the Kansas state regent’s granddaughter for a $139 donation to cover adoption of a dog; there were thank you notes for money, labels and boxtops from Crossnore School, Hindman Schools, Tomassee School and Bacone College. Betty Wittmeyer read a thank you note from Chemewa High School in Oregon, which received a total donation of $376.

The Kansas State nominating committee presented the candidates for the 2013-2016 KSDAR state officers, of which two represent the Southeast District and one represents the General Edward Hand Chapter. Election will be at the state conference, April 25-28 in Topeka. Sarah Tah, prospective junior member in the chapter, will serve as page at the state conference.

Barbara Dew reported that the president general’s special projects application has secured matching funds, and the club will receive approval or disapproval by May 1. The NSDAR master questionnaire was submitted by the Jan. 31 deadline, and Regent Elaine was thanked for submitting extra pictures and events regarding this chapter.

Prospective member Jane Taul was voted on and passed unanimously. Edith Rader was presented a certificate honoring her 60 years of DAR service, along with a necklace of more than 60 red and blue stars.

A report on the beginning of President’s Day (still officially Washington’s birthday) was given by Lorene. The program featured First Lady Dolley Madison and was dramatically presented by Regent Elaine, who covered Dolley’s entire life, including her years as presidential hostess. She served as President Jefferson’s hostess in addition to being the First Lady of President Madison.

The next meeting is scheduled for March 9 with the meeting place to be announced. Meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at Smoked  Creations.

— Submitted by

Lorene Christin,

recording secretary