Members present included Regent Elaine Oakleaf, Vice Regent Dee Ellen Kruzel, Treasurer Barbara Dew, Recording Secretary Lorene Christin, Historian Emily Kirkpatrick, Librarian Nancy Machnicki, Lynn Firestone, Clarice Knight, Phyllis Krebs, Barbara Netherland, Bettie Ore, Cara Polsley, Betty Wittmeyer and Kristie Wyman.
The meeting was called to order at 9:40 a.m. by Oakleaf; a spiritual moment was presented by Kirkpatrick who then led the Pledge of Allegiance; and Oakleaf led the American’s Creed and the United States Constitution Preamble. An enthusiastic welcome was given to Cara Polsley. Bookmarks honoring Flag Day were distributed.
Kruzel and Netherland presented Alexis Yelland, West Franklin High School, with a KSDAR Good Citizen Certificate. Alexis was accompanied by her father, Michael, and two brothers, Alex and Zach. Bryan Taylor was awarded a NSDAR Certificate as Top Student, American history, Ottawa High School. Bryan was accompanied by his father, step-mother, mother and two sets of grandparents. Victoria Caplinger, Effingham school district, was awarded the General Edward Hand Chapter first place certificate for a sixth grade essay on American history, along with a book on the courage of women and girls during the American Revolution. Accompanying Victoria were her mother, Courtney, and sister, Rebecca.
Phyllis Krebs and husband, Phil, are very involved in training LeaderDogs for the Blind. They brought Chanel to the meeting and her name indicates that Chanel is the fifth puppy they have trained since they began. LeaderDogs, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, is sponsored by the World Outreach Lions Club and two Kansas City Lions Club officers, Alcy Malkmus and Robert Espinosa, were guests at the meeting. Phyllis Krebs explained how and why the training is accomplished and showed pictures of the puppies she and Phil Krebs have trained during the past few years. She answered many questions from the audience.
Additional guests were David Polsley, Nancy Machnicki’s husband, John, and their three grandchildren, John Kruzel, and Jane Taul, a prospective DAR member. A break for refreshments followed the program and a brief business meeting was held after the break.
The business meeting was called to order at 11:15 a.m.; Defense Chair Ore will present her report at the next meeting; the April 14 minutes were approved; April 2014 and May 2014 treasurer reports were approved. Member Flo White transferred to a Texas chapter; NSDAR National Bylaws and National Information Packet (NIP) were presented to incoming Regent Kruzel; Stan Shisler’s award will be presented at September meeting.
New officers who will take office at the September meeting were installed: Dee Ellen Kruzel, regent; Nancy Machnicki, vice regent; Barbara Dew, treasurer; and Harma McKenzie, chaplain.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
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