The meeting was called to order at 9:40 a.m. by Regent Elaine. Acting Chaplain Emily presented a spiritual moment entitled “Beginning the Journey.” The advice is to “Keep looking up and keep following God.” An email from Chaplain Cara Polsley described her journey of unexpected progress toward recovery from her injuries of last year.
Regent Elaine and DAR members welcomed the club’s newest member, Lynn Firestone, who was accepted into the National DAR Feb. 5. Lynn then led the Pledge of Allegiance, the American’s Creed and the United States Constitution Preamble. Regent Elaine led the DAR ritual along with Chaplain Emily’s responses.
The President General’s message was read by Kit Sampson. The National Defense Report for General Edward Hand is one of two chapter reports being sent to the South Central Division Chair for review and possible awards. The request for additional information related to Chair Bettie Ore will be sent with the chapter report. Jan. 11 chapter minutes were approved as distributed via email.
For correspondance, the chapter received thank you letters from Crossnore School, Tamassee School, Hindman School, Chenawa School and Bacone College. Ottawa Kansas Dentistry volunteered to present a dental program to the chapter.
The chapter discussed and approved purchasing a full-page ad in the Kansas DAR State Conference Program. Photos were distributed and chosen for the ad. Treasurer Barbara’s January report was approved.
Emily presented a brochure describing the Kansas Wetlands Wildlife National Scenic Byway. The Byway is 77 miles, and the wetlands cover 60,000 acres and 27 sites in the counties of Barton, Reno and Stafford. Regent Elaine described the women’s issues by distributing several publications on activities for strengthening women. Workout To Go, published by National Institutes of Health, Action Plan for Healthy Living and Physical Activity for Fun and Fitness, published by K-State Research and Extension, covered both eating and exercise habits.
For new business, the nominating committee, Emily, Barbara Dew and Barbara Netherland, presented a slate of officers as follows: regent, Dee Ellen Kruzel; vice regent, Nancy Machnicki; chaplain, Harma McKenzie; and treasurer, Barbara Dew. Kit Sampson moved the slate be accepted by acclamation.
For commemorative events, a description of the explosion and sinking of the USS Maine in the Havana, Cuba harbor in February 1898 was given by Lorene, along with pictures of the memorial located in Arlington National Cemetery. Barbara Dew announced the annual opening of The Old Depot Museum March 1.
Hostesses of the meeting were Dee Ellen Kruzel and Lynn Firestone. The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 a.m. Several members met for lunch following the meeting.
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