Barbara Netherland, chair of the DAR Good Citizens Committee, introduced Ottawa High School junior Weston Roth who was awarded a certificate for Outstanding Work in American History. Weston was accompanied by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Roth. Barbara next introduced three high school seniors who were awarded DAR Good Citizen certificates. They were Shelbi Marie Allen, West Franklin High School, and Courtney Evans and Shawn Reeve, students at Ottawa High School. Each young woman was accompanied by family members, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen, Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Reeve, and each read her own essay on the topic “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” Shelbi Marie was awarded the 2013 Good Citizen Scholarship.
Barbara Dew, chair of the Kansas State DAR Community Service Award Committee, presented the Community Service Award to Susan Geiss, after reading two letters of commendation. The letters were authored by Ryan Cobbs, principal of Ottawa High School, and Deborah Barker, director of Franklin County Historical Society. A “Woman in American History” award was presented to Deborah Barker. This award takes into consideration women who have made a contribution or a difference in their communities and honors women who have been intellectual, educational, social, religious, political, scientific or cultural innovators. This honor will be listed on the National Society DAR (NSDAR) website.
Elaine Oakleaf announced Candie Campbell will be nominated next year as the Outstanding History Teacher of the State of Kansas. Candie is a history teacher at Ottawa High School. Elaine displayed more than 40 certificates that were awarded to the chapter at the KS State DAR Conference in April. Members Bettie Ore and Margaret Porter each were awarded third place in the KSDAR Literacy Promotion Contest. Bettie has traveled to Lawrence weekly for more than 18 years to read newspapers from Northeast Kansas in the Auto Reader Center. She received a monetary award. Elaine was awarded an Outstanding Achievement award for Constitution Week, Barbara Dew received an Outstanding Participation award for Women’s Issues, Cara Polsley was the chapter’s Outstanding Junior member, and Lorene Christin was elected the Kansas State Historian. The chapter was awarded first place for work on the American Indian Committee, Commemorative Events Committee, National Defense Committee and Volunteer Genealogists Committee.
Cara Polsley, a member who is a graduate student at Yale University, gave an interesting talk on her experience of the past year in New Haven, Conn. Along with her experiences there, she displayed a number of beautiful photographs.
Chaplain Harma McKenzie gave a Flag Day presentation, including the history of the American flag. She spoke of the countries where the flag has been taken during wars and noted when the pledge was adopted. She also described the history of the national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” Harma’s father was a Danish immigrant and her family has visited Denmark where the 4th of July is celebrated because the United States freed Denmark from Germany during World War II.
At 10:45 a.m., guests left the meeting and at 10:55, the chapter held a brief business meeting. Clarice Knight read the President General’s message. Bettie Ore gave her National Defense remarks including the retirement of LtCol Jennifer Minus, National Defense Chairman. LtCol Minus was the keynote speaker at one of the KSDAR State Conference sessions. Bettie told about a homeless Vietnam veteran who died in Birmingham, Ala., and was going to be buried in a Potters Field until a DAR member arranged for his burial in a National Cemetery. Her final comment concerned the painting by Edwin Blashfield which was commissioned in 1918 by a DAR chapter in Kansas City, Mo., and went missing when the public library moved. It has recently been found in Dallas, offered for sale for $650,000. The Kansas City Public Library is attempting to claim it as their own.
The April 2013 minutes were emailed to all chapter members; there were no objections. Dee Ellen Kruzel moved that the minutes be approved, Clarice Knight seconded the motion and the motion passed. Barbara Dew presented her treasurer’s report; Clarice moved the report be approved, Harma seconded the motion and the motion passed.
Other members attending were Edith Rader and Betty Wittmeyer. Dottie Bowline, member of Betty Washington DAR Chapter, Lawrence, was a welcomed guest.
Thanks was given to hostesses Clarice Knight, Nancy Machnicki and Dee Ellen Kruzel for the refreshments, and the meeting was adjourned at 11:10 a.m. Several members enjoyed lunch at Luigi’s.
— Submitted by Lorene Christin, recording secretary