Registrar Clarice Knight read the President General’s message and showed photos of the Kansas dignitaries who were pictured in the current newsletter. National Defense Committee Chairman Bettie Ore spoke of preparedness for disaster, terrorism, cyber security, environmental protection and the significance of the Honor Flights provided to veterans. It was noted that Bettie received the Kansas DAR award for the most minutes shared in Kansas last year, and she announced that the Paola Museum was playing host to a special activity Sept. 28.
Correspondence included a letter from prospective member Leitha Farwell to member Emily Kirkpatrick, stating that she was still researching her eligibility; a letter from Chaplain Cynthia “Cara” Polsley read by Regent Elaine described the family’s improvements and gratitude for all the help they have received; Captain Jesse Leavenworth Chapter Regent Janelle DeFrees, regarding the cookbook being compiled by her chapter, advised that the deadline for recipes is Nov. 30.
Regent Elaine pointed out the importance of volunteer hours, which includes all the time a member spends helping other people or organizations. A form to record all volunteer hours was distributed to the members.
Members planning to attend the Junction City State September Meeting Sept. 20-21 were Elaine Oakleaf, Lorene Christin, Barbara Dew, Nancy Machnicki, Dee Ellen Kruzel and prospective junior member Sarah Tah. Sarah will be helping Sandra Wurth, National Indian Affairs chairman, with the school supply project for Haskell University. Several members plan to tour Custer’s Home on their way to the meeting.
Treasurer Barbara Dew’s report was submitted, including a vote to raise the club’s annual dues. Clarice moved, Betty Wittmeyer seconded and the motion carried. Vice regent Dee Ellen Kruzel moved that the June 2013 minutes, which were emailed to all chapter members, be approved as written.
Betty Wittmeyer gave her American Indian minute report. Regent Elaine mentioned the special events attended by members in August including the Watkins Museum speakers of Quantrill’s Raid and the documentary “Girls Rising” viewed at Liberty Hall, Lawrence. It also was noted that several members visited the Indian Cemetery. Some repair is needed to the pillars at the gate entrance. Reinstatement in membership to the chapter by Flo White has been requested.
Sept. 17-23 was designated as the time to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution. Members were to meet at the city commission meeting room at City Hall to accept the proclamation of the constitution Sept. 18. Emily plans to accept the proclamation. After this acceptance, members planned to meet at the Old Depot Museum to view the movie “A More Perfect Union.”
A program describing the June 26-30 DAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., was given by vice regent Dee Ellen Kruzel. The Congress was attended by Dee Ellen and Lorene Christin. Barbara Dew showed a movie from the Mahaffie Series called “The Bricklayer.” The chapter’s October meeting will be at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop.
Other members attending were Mary Lynn Gollier, Pat McFarland and Edith Rader. Guests were Etta Eubanks and her daughter, Donna Beardsley. The meeting was adjourned and the members who traveled to the Indian Market at Haskell University, Lawrence, after lunch were Elaine Oakleaf, Emily Kirkpatrick, Betty Wittmeyer, Barbara Dew, Mary Lynn Gollier and Dee Ellen Kruzel.
— Submitted by
Dee Ellen Kruzel, vice regent,
and Lorene Christin,