Members attending were Regent Elaine Oakleaf, Vice Regent Dee Ellen Kruzel, Chaplain Harma McKenzie, Treasurer Barbara Dew, Recording Secretary Lorene Christin, Historian Emily Kirkpatrick, Librarian Nancy Machnicki, Lynn Firestone, Clarice Knight, Patricia McFarland, Barbara Netherland, Edith Rader, Betty Wittmeyer and guest John Machnicki.
The meeting was called to order at 9:40 a.m. by Oakleaf; Chaplain McKenzie’s spiritual moment covered the last week of Jesus’ life, focusing on the ordinary women who played a large part in that time period. Oakleaf led the DAR ritual with McKenzie’s responses, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the American’s Creed and the United States Constitution Preamble, led by Machnicki. Knight read the NSDAR president general’s message; National Defense Chair Bettie Ore was absent.
• Correspondence: KSDAR Chapter Oceanus Hopkins, Pittsburg, is to celebrate its 100th anniversary June 7, and is inviting all Kansas chapters to attend; General Edward Hand chapter members attending the NSDAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., will receive bronze-level ribbons in recognition of the number of national magazine subscriptions ordered by this chapter; a new NSDAR Handbook published by the Young Administration was presented to Vice Regent Dee Ellen; a Webinar concerning the coming Continental Congress was to be presented April 22; State Regent Brenda Dooley stated that NSDAR is strictly non-political and requested a photographer for the state conference; Dew is ordering a DAR grave marker insignia for a current member whose husband recently passed away; Margaret Huffman, in honor of Women’s History Month, forwarded an article titled Passing the Purple Hat to You, in memory of Erma Bombeck.
Historian Kirkpatrick presented her commemorative report on national parks. Her current subject was the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 450-mile byway through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina. There are 47 National Heritage Areas, including the Pisgah Inn, which is 5,000 feet high. The park has 20,000 employees and its construction was begun during the FDR administration.
Recording Secretary Christin’s March 8 minutes were approved. Treasurer Dew reported a beginning balance of $1,891.10, income $35.00, expenditures $24.25 (ROTC Award and Preamble bookmarks), ending balance $1,901.85. The report was approved.
Oakleaf presented the background of Mother’s Day, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Ann Reeves Jarvis, Grafton, West Virginia, started the Mother’s Day Work Club to help women improve the health and education of their children. After her death, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, spent several years attempting to have Mother’s Day declared an official holiday. She was assisted by merchant John Wanamaker from 1908 until President Woodrow Wilson signed the official declaration in 1914. The first official celebration of Mother’s Day was May 10, 1914. Ms. Jarvis was upset by the commercialization of the holiday and filed a number of lawsuits against it but she suffered financial problems because the suits were lost. There are more telephone calls on Mother’s Day than any other day in the year.
Dew gave a program on American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. (GSM) and Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. (BSM). Blue Star flags represent people in service while Gold Star flags represent people lost in service. Both began during World War I (1917); GSM became an official organization on June 4, 1928 and BSM became official during World War II. Barbara showed numerous pictures, caps, gloves, ties, insignia and flagpole toppers, items that were donated to the Franklin County Historical Society. Both organizations still exist and emphasize working with returning service men and veteran’s hospitals and homes. A Gold Star commemorative stamp was issued in 1948 and there is a Gold Star Manor Home in California.
Vice Regent Kruzel presented the history of our General Edward Hand Chapter. The general was born in Ireland and grew up wishing to be a soldier, but his parents insisted he go to college and study to become a doctor. He became a surgeon’s mate in an Irish Regiment that arrived in Philadelphia in 1767. He became uncomfortable with British actions, resigned from the Irish army and started a medical practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When the battles of Lexington and Concord occurred, Hand decided to fight for the liberty of the colonies. He had met George Washington earlier, and after Washington became Commander of the Continental Army, Hand was made a colonel in command of the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment. He was promoted several times as he tended the sick during many battles and at many locations. The Cornwallis surrender at Yorktown was the deciding battle and when Hand left the Continental Army, he was a brevet major general. He returned to Lancaster, where he was asked to be elected to the Continental Congress, but he declined, preferring to have a medical practice. He had married before the war and he and his wife, Kitty Ewing Hand, had eight children and built a lovely brick home south of Lancaster. He had a successful medical practice until Sept. 2, 1802, when, at age 57, he suffered a stroke and died.
The General Edward Hand Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution was organized Nov. 24, 1899, the 4th Kansas chapter. Two charter members were Alexina Davis and Jane Gilley, Ottawa residents who were great-granddaughters of General Hand. The third charter member, Marie Davis Thomson, was the great-great-granddaughter of General Hand. The general is said to be in the painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” now hanging in Ottawa Library. (Sources: ED by Mary Virginia Shelley and Washington’s Adjutant by Sean M. Heuvel).
Regent Oakleaf announced that our June 14 meeting will present awards and scholarships and member Phyllis Krebs, who along with her husband trains service dogs, plans to bring a puppy to our June meeting. Lion’s Club members will be invited.
The DAR meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m. and several members enjoyed lunch at Luigi’s.
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