The meeting opened with a spiritual moment by Chaplain Harma McKenzie, followed by the DAR ritual, the American’s Creed and Pledge of Allegiance led by Regent Elaine Oakleaf. The national anthem was sung, accompanied by Emily Kirkpatrick. Other DAR members present were Dee Ellen Kruzel, Barbara Dew, Betty Wittmeyer and Lorene Christin.
Betty, chair of Indian tribes history, gave a report on the Chinook tribe. Regent Elaine explained the collection containers — Nickels for Chimowa Indians, Dimes for Seimes (National DAR Library) and Veterans for Veterans.
Vice Regent Dee Ellen introduced the special guests from Lone Elm Chapter Children of the American Revolution (CAR), Olathe. There were co-sponsors Brian and Annette Hulsey, their daughter, Sarah, and son, Jacob and co-sponsors Tom and Janis Miller, with their sons, Josh and Sam.
CAR meets four times each year and has seven members ages 4 to 20. Officers are Sarah, president; Sam, vice-president; Jacob, registrar; and Josh, chaplain. One of the chapter’s prized possessions is a pen used at the Potsdam Conference (1945), presented to them by President Harry Truman’s nephew.
The four members of CAR were presented with Christmas gifts. Emily told the history of the game of Bingo, Dee Ellen summarized the War of 1812, which is currently experiencing its 200th anniversary, and the entire group played Bingo based on the events of the War of 1812. Red and green M&Ms were used to mark the Bingo cards. Everyone won at least one game with prizes being $1 McDonald’s coupons or chocolate candy bars. Regent Elaine presented CAR President Sarah with a certificate citing the donation of $139 to Crossnore School by the CAR chapter to cover the annual medical care of a dog. Each cabin at the school keeps a dog.
DAR business meeting opened by Recording Secretary Lorene citing publication of last month’s minutes, Emily motioned they be approved, Barbara seconded, and the motion carried. For correspondence, the club received a letter from NSDAR Library, which stated the club’s donated book was received.
Treasurer Barbara reported; Lorene motioned, Emily seconded, and treasurer’s report was approved. Barbara presented the proposed 2013 budget, Betty motioned, Harma seconded, and the budget was approved. The Nickels, Dimes and Veterans collection containers were given to Treasurer Barbara, who will report the amounts received and forward to the national committees at the January meeting.
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