In recognition of the seven military veterans who reside at Vintage Park, Elaine and Emily presented a military ornament and certificate to each veteran. Another veteran, John Machnicki, Nancy’s husband, was recognized and welcomed as a guest. David Paddock, volunteer photographer of military grave sites and member of the Franklin County Historical Society, was introduced as a guest and thanked for documenting military graves in Franklin County. The chapter used his documentation to decorate those graves in Highland Cemetery with red, white and blue floral tributes following the meeting. John Nichols, member of Franklin County Historical Society and Civil War re-enactor, presented a fascinating program concerning his Union uniform, his equipment and weapons. He described several Civil War battles and the methods used to present re-enactments. After this presentation, all present were treated to cookies and coffee.
The business meeting began with the introduction of Lynn Firestone, Garnett, as a prospective member. Registrar Clarice Knight presented the president general’s monthly message. Regent Elaine distributed magnets to members as reminders of women’s issues. Last meeting’s emailed minutes were approved with one correction. Regent Elaine requested a listing of members and their children who were active military or veterans. Volunteers to participate in the Armistice/Veterans Day parade Nov. 9 were requested. Treasurer Barbara Dew presented the treasurer’s October report; Nancy moved to approve, Clarice seconded and the report was approved.
Native American Heritage report was given by vice regent Dee Ellen Kruzel, who described a Haskell University basketball game where her granddaughter, Sarah Tah, was a dancer. Dee Ellen suggested the chapter should attend a basketball game between Haskell and Bacone College, another DAR-supported school. Patricia McFarland gave a conservation report, including four tips, such as unplugging unused appliances, using energy-saving light bulbs, reducing hot water usage with short showers and low bath levels and turning off tap water while brushing one’s teeth.
Emily Kirkpatrick commemorated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by presenting a puzzle with clues that resulted in Yellowstone Park as the answer. Regent Elaine mentioned an Outstanding American History Teacher Contest entry. Clarice noted that anyone due to renew the American Spirit magazine should contact her. Chapter librarian Nancy asked if she could choose another book to donate to the state society. Regent Elaine reported four chapter members attended the Southeast District meeting Oct. 26 and after three members shopped at Russell Stover Candy Store. On their way back, they visited with Junior Member Cara Polsley and gave her chocolates. They reported that Cara is in good spirits although still confined to a wheelchair.
In new business, delegates and alternates for the Kansas State DAR Conference were selected. Delegates are Elaine Oakleaf, Dee Ellen Kruzel and Clarice Knight. Alternates are Patricia McFarland, Barbara Dew, Phyllis Krebs, Betty Wittmeyer, Emily Kirkpatrick and Barbara Netherland. New junior pages are the three granddaughters of Dee Ellen.
Barbara Dew moved and Dee Ellen seconded that Barbara and Deborah Barker, director, Franklin County Historical Society, may apply for a special project grant. The motion was approved. Barbara also mentioned that Etta Eubanks intends to join the chapter as an associate member and prospective member Linda Reed is still researching her membership. Nancy and Dee Ellen announced that each had presented a supplemental to NSDAR for approval. It was announced that 65-year member, Marcella Barnes Davis, recently passed away.
The club’s next meeting will be 12:15 p.m. Dec. 14 at Sunflower Plaza. Member will celebrate Christmas and enjoy a catered lunch. The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m.
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