The meeting was called to order at 10:10 a.m. by Elaine, who welcomed the group with an article called “Midwesterners.” God described how wonderful the Midwest would be with its marvelous natural resources and when Gabriel suggested God was being too nice, He replied “Just wait until they see the winters.”
Chaplain Harma presented a spiritual moment entitled “Kindness,” which is defined as thinking of others, and the major point is “keep passing it on.” Regent Elaine led the DAR ritual with Chaplain Harma’s responses, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the American’s Creed and the United States Constitution Preamble. Secretary Lorene read the President General’s message, along with an article about the chapter, which was printed in the DAR National Magazine and accompanied by a picture of the club’s chapter members.
National Defense Committee Chair Bettie Ore, whose picture and biography have been forwarded to the KSDAR South Central Division Chair at their request, presented her current report. She distributed a brochure announcing the Heartland Quilt Shop Hop to be April 2-5. Articles from the National Defender included advice to stay informed of national policy; members who have served in the military should register with the national chair; the flag committee provides flag pins, braille pins and kits with materials to make flags. Bettie reported on a woman who served 28 years in the military, attained two master’s degrees, survived seven IEDs in Iraq, lost her sight and was given a service dog, after which she bicycled across the United States and later joined the DAR.
Another report covered the history of Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father.
For correspondence, credentials for three delegates to the DAR Continental Congress, Washington, D.C., were mailed March 3. Six members and two pages plan to attend the DAR State Conference May 2-3. The Barn Quilt Trail Lecture is scheduled for April 3. DAR Chapter Oceanus Hopkins, Pittsburg, will celebrate its 100th anniversary June 7 and is inviting all Kansas chapters to attend.
Historian Emily presented a commemorative report on national parks. She covered the Isle Royal National Park, on Lake Superior in Michigan with a very interesting description of the park, its wild animals, resort areas and history. Treasurer Barbara presented her report, and the report was approved. More research will be done for the community service awards. Regent Elaine announced that member Phyllis Krebs, who along with her husband trains service dogs, plans to bring a puppy to the club’s June meeting. The minutes of the Feb. 27 meeting, with two corrections, were approved. Minutes are offered to our members via email.
Betty Wittmeyer reported the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. The official opening occurred Aug. 15, 1914; the cost was $375 million dollars and more than 5,000 workers died during the construction. The state of Panama declared its independence from Columbia in 1903 and signed an agreement with the United States so construction of the canal began. Building the canal was considered one of the greatest engineering works of all time but, due to the diseases caused by mosquitoes, sanitizing the entire area was required and was led by Walter Reed.
The DAR meeting was adjourned at 11:05 a.m. and was followed by an interesting program/exhibit, Photography in Franklin County, presented by Deborah Barker, director of the Franklin County Historical Society.
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