General Edward Hand Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution met Saturday, Dec. 1, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Ottawa. We were welcomed by Chapter Regent Nancy Machnicki. Thank you and appreciation of the table decorations were given to the Lunch Committee: Glenene Brown, June Butler, and Peggy Paddock by Nancy Machnicki. Special guests from University of Kansas, Air Force ROTC Cadets presented the Colors, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America. The group recited the Preamble, led by Susan Saunders, followed by singing of The National Anthem.

Chapter Chaplain, Peggy Paddock gave the prayer for the potluck Christmas Luncheon. Members present were Nancy Machnicki, Lorene Christin, Emily Kirkpatrick, Ruth Chapman, Peggy Paddock, June Butler, Terry Turner, Susan Davis, Jane Taul, Susan Saunders, Glenene Brown, Dee Ellen Kruzel, Betty Wittmeyer, Clarice Knight, Linda Fredericks, and Darlene Lister. Guests present were Zondra Waymire, Julie Bolen and ROTC Cadets: C/1 Lt. Col. Zachery Watkins, C/3C Ethan Belew, C/Maj Halle Haas, and C/3C Alex Cunningham. (Total present: 22) The Air Force Cadets demonstrated the folding of the American Flag and the retiring of the colors.

During the business session, Peggy Paddock led the DAR Ritual. Minutes of the November 2018 meeting were e-mailed or mailed to all members. On a motion by Susan Davis, second by Glenene Brown, the minutes were approved as received. The National Defense report and the treasurer’s report was given by Ruth Chapman. On a motion by Peggy Paddock, second by Clarice Knight, the treasurer’s report was approved.

It was announced Gayle Short has been appointed Treasurer until June 2019. We were reminded to turn in our volunteer hours before the end of the year. We now have 1,032 hours turned in. Chapter Registrar June Butler reported on the executive meeting of Nov. 14. The resignation of Karen McKenzie McAdoo was approved by National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Registrar to be in good standing. Dee Ellen Kruzel told the monetary gift was presented to Kate Duncan Smith in memory of John Kruzel. Dee Ellen talked about the Junior American Citizen Project at Eugene Field School and the judging of Posters and Stamps on Nov. 15.

Five DAR ladies assisted in the judging of the third, fourth, and fifth graders who participated in the After School Program. Dee Ellen is collecting empty ink cartridges. She is waiting on labels to know where to send them. A collection was taken up for the Veterans at Leavenworth.

June Butler, Nominating Committee Chairman turned in a slate of officers that will be voted on in January 2019. Nancy reported on the Nov. 10 Veterans Day Parade. We were loaned a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee from Ottawa Chrysler/Dodge Dealership, and Thomas O’Barto, Salesman, had the vehicle warmed up, which included heated seats and heated stirring wheel. Nancy Machnicki was the driver. Emily Kirkpatrick and June Butler, passengers, all wore red, white (gloves), and blue, waving to the crowds along the Parade route.

Linda Fredricks asked about “Wreaths Across America” project. We will be in contact with the American Legion. The next DAR Meeting will be 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12, 2019 at city hall. It will be a “work meeting” to complete the Chapter Master Report.

On a motion by Linda Fredericks, second by Jane Taul, the meeting was adjourned. The program, “Women’s Issues” was given by Jane Taul who is creating a support group, networking for resources. Several women have volunteered to assist with this project that’s still being formed. The program was closed with the singing of Christmas Carols led by Susan Saunders with Emily Kirkpatrick at the piano.

— Submitted by Emily Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary