General Edward Hand Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met Saturday Nov, 3, at Ottawa city hall.
The meeting was called to order by Chapter Regent Nancy Machnicki. The opening prayer was given by Chapter Chaplain Peggy Paddock. Nancy Machnicki led the flag salute and the DAR Ritual was led by Paddock. Susan Davis led the Preamble and the American’s Creed.
Members present were: Nancy Machnicki, Dee Ellen Kruzel, Jane Taul, Gayle Short, Peggy Paddock, Betty Wittmeyer, Clarice Knight, Susan Davis, June Butler, and Emily Kirkpatrick. On a motion by Paddock, second by Kruzel, the minutes were approved. In the absence of Chapter Vice Regent, Lorene Christin, Jane Taul read the President General’s message.
The National Defense Report was given by Gayle Short. She emphasized “Bells of Peace.” Bells across America will be ringing at 11 a.m. Sunday to honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. One hundred years ago, the Armistice was proclaimed.
In the absence of Chapter Treasurer Ruth Chapman, the report was given by Gayle Short and was approved. We were urged to continue our Service hours…keeping track of the event and hours. As of this month, we have 725 total hours. June Butler, Chapter Registrar, reported work on six supplements and application for new membership.
American Indian Report by Betty Wittmeyer. There are DAR Scholarships available for Native Americans through the DAR Scholarship link. Glenene Brown has been in contact with local schools and the DAR Good Citizen Awards. Two essays have been received.
Kruzel reported on the DAR School. Our collections will be given to Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Grant, Alabama. One of our members will attend the Board meeting next spring.
Historic Preservation Chairman Susan Davis reported on the Pioneer Cemetery, our Chapter Project. We will continue physical work in the spring, but for now, there is research and applications to be completed for placement of the cemetery on the State and Federal Historic Registry. Plans are to submit an application to the Douglas County Natural and Cultural Preservation Grant.
The Veterans Parade will be today. A car from Chrysler dealership, (Kallan LaForge, Manager) is available for us.
A nomination Committee was formed to elect new officers for the next three years. Butler, Brown, and Paddock will serve on that committee and fill the offices of Regent, Vice Regent, Treasurer and Recording Secretary.
Our Christmas/Dec. 1 meeting will be a Potluck meeting at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Our speaker will be Alexander Cunningham C/3. Our guests will be ROTC Honor Guard and Flag-Folding cadets.
Several members attended the Oct. 20 S-E District meeting in Garnett. District Chairman Kruzel led the meeting. Our Chapter Regent, Machnicki gave the program on her Mission work in Arizona. Special guest, Jim Gilpin, Iola, with SAR, Fort Scott KS. presented certificates and medals to Barbara McIntosh, who has enrolled 5 young men in the SAR Chapter.
Nancy Machnicki showed a video Women of Resilience: DAR Service in WWI. It featured Mrs. Guernsey, a former Kansas resident and past NSDAR Regent.
— Emily Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary