The meeting was called to order as members recited the DAR Ritual, the Pledge of Allegiance, the American’s Creed and the Preamble to the Constitution, led by Regent Elaine and Acting Chaplain Emily. Emily presented the spiritual moment describing “Women of the Bible” and closed with a prayer.
Barbara Netherland introduced Mrs. Jane Smith, who presented a program entitled “Human Trafficking.” Mrs. Smith described the current state of trafficking in the United States and listed projects across the country that provide food and shelter to people who have become entrapped. Literature was distributed along with phone lines available to report situations.
Regent Elaine showed a copy of the Atchison Globe newspaper featuring an article about a recent genealogy workshop including several pictures. She also distributed recent correspondence from Cara Polsley, a member attending Yale University. Cara plans to return and attend the June meeting.
Bettie Ore, National Defense Chairman, gave a report including a President John Adams biography, the new Women in Combat law, and a suggestion that female veterans should give programs at DAR meetings. She also mentioned the dog who lived across the street from JJ’s Restaurant, which recently was destroyed by an explosion. The dog escaped and was missing for more than two weeks but was recovered safely.
The March meeting minutes were read by the recording secretary and were approved. Regent Elaine requested a reminder of the delegates to the KSDAR Conference on April 26-28. The delegates are Elaine, Dee Ellen and Lorene; six alternate delegates also were chosen.
The Marais des Cygnes Chapter luncheon May 4 at the Paola Country Club will be attended by eight members of the chapter. They are Regent Elaine, Vice Regent Dee Ellen, Clarice Knight, Edith Rader, Barbara Dew, Betty Wittmeyer, Harma McKenzie and Bettie Ore.
Treasurer Barbara Dew presented her report; Barbara Netherland motioned, Vice Regent Dee Ellen seconded, and the report was approved. A motion was made by Recording Secretary Lorene that meeting minutes be emailed to all members; motion seconded by Betty Wittmeyer, and after a brief discussion, the motion carried.
Barbara Netherland, American History Chairman, has collected essays submitted by Franklin County high school seniors. They will be judged and the prizes awarded at the June meeting. Emily Kirkpatrick motioned and Edith Rader seconded that Mrs. Jane Smith be selected to judge the essays. The motion passed.
The chapter’s sympathy was expressed to members Patricia McFarland and Nancy Machnicki on the passing of their husband and father, Fred McFarland.
The appreciation was expressed to Barbara Dew for providing coffee and cookies. Vice Regent Dee Ellen announced there will be no meeting in May due to the Kansas State Conference. The next meeting will be June 8, where scholarships and awards will be presented.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m. Members met for lunch at Keim Bakery.
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