The Landmark Center was the location for the Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon meeting on October 10. Regent Louise Hansen led the 11 members and two guests in the DAR Ritual, Pledge of Allegiance, and the American’s Creed.
The first order of business was the swearing in ceremony conducted by Flo Bell for the new members, Carolyn Thompson Williams and Diane Prutsman Ross. The chapter also has two other new members who were unable to attend the meeting, Sherry J Bell and Shawn Bell Lester.
DAR members could bring a special quilt to the meeting to put on display then give a short history about their quilt. This was enjoyed by all the members and guests.
The president general’s message, read by Janice Axelson, mentions the 126th anniversary of DAR. Wanda Shough’s national defense report described one of the DAR daughter’s years with the American Red Cross serving as a social worker during the Vietnam War. She worked in U.S Navy and Army hospitals and in Okinawa. She worked with the wounded and others with illnesses like malaria. Catheryn Vaughn combined her Indian and flag minute to show a photo of a fully beaded ceremonial bandolier pouch created in the late 19th century by a Winnebago Native American.
Onie Vaughn’s conservation minute discussed the monarch butterfly. It is the most widely recognized of all American butterflies with its orange, black and white wings. It travels 3,000 miles in the fall to winter in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Mexico or Southern California. The monarch butterfly population has declined in recent years. How long after getting the flu shot does it take to build up a resistance to flu? Flo Bell’s health minutes states that it takes two weeks. She reminded everyone to get their flu shots. She also gave a recipe for a safe weed killer: 1 gallons vinegar, 2 cups salt, 1/4 tablespoon blue Dawn dishwashing detergent. Mix well. Spray weeds. She has tried it and it works.
For the history minute, Janice Axelson told us that October 19 will be the 235th anniversary of Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown. Regent Louise Hansen and member Wanda Shough attended the Fall Forum at Hotel Roanoke on September 18. They discussed some of the workshops they attended. Hansen also read an article she had written for the Daughters of American Revolution magazine. The meeting was adjourned with the benediction.
Betty Banks Corresponding Secretary