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James Wood Chapter DAR holds meeting

Next meeting set for Saturday

From left, Regent Jane Richards and Dr. Emily Chow speaking on periodontal disease and heart issues. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The James Wood Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met at the Parkersburg Country Club on Feb. 7.

Members attending were Regent Jane Richards, Chaplin Betty Boot, Julia Hoffman, Susan Nutter, Elaine Cook, Ruth Callihan, Sandra Cowen, Karlyn Lowers, Anita Scott, Dina Braniff, Louise Wince and Katie Brown. Visitors included a prospective member, Pebble Freeland, Cynthia Buskirk, Dr. Emily Chow and Beverly LaRocque from the Caladesi Chapter in Florida.

Richards and Boot led daughters in the DAR Ritual.

After approval of the minutes and treasurer’s reports, Scott gave a report on the Stewart Scholarship Fund. Joshua Lynn attending West Virginia University, Ben Vierheller attending Dayton University, Elle Mommessin attending Baylor University, Brendan Jefferson attending Marshall University and Meghan Jefferson attending West Liberty University were awarded scholarships for spring semester 2021.

The President General’s Report was given by Kesterson. Denise Doring VanBuren asked daughters be patient as they deal with the pandemic and security issues in Washington, D.C., and the reopening of the national headquarters. A decision will be made by April 1 if the Continental Congress will be in person or virtual.

The National Defense Report was prepared by Jefferson and shared by Richards. In honor of President’s Day, interesting trivia was shared about presidents.

The Regents Report was given by Richards. Since the last chapter meeting was November, five members attended the Veteran’s Day Rally at the City Park and laid a wreath at the memorial. The chapter bought and delivered 15 bags of non-perishable food items for the PHS Care Closet to distribute to students. The chapter purchased and delivered supplies to the Veterans’ Hospital in Clarksburg. James Wood Chapter participated in Wreaths Across America purchasing 13 wreaths, two for Arlington National Cemetery and 11 being placed in local cemeteries. Six members and one spouse attended the annual SAR/DAR Luncheon in December.

The chapter was saddened by the death of Blanche Grueser. A memorial tribute from the funeral home was shared. As she held a long standing dedication to the work of the DAR American Indians Committee the Chapter will make a donation to the American Indian Fund in her memory.

The Chapter Questionnaire was submitted and the chapter received Level I. The chapter added a new junior member, Lucy Herridge, granddaughter of Sharon Herridge.

Nutter introduced Chow, a dentist in Dr. Talbott Tebay’s practice. She presented a Power Point, “The Association of Periodontal Disease and Heart Issues.” Good oral hygiene is key to good general health. Different health issues can be recognized by regular dental appointments examining gum tissue. Each Daughter received a gift bag provided by Tebay’s office containing dental supplies.

The Patriot Minute was given by Hoffman, who provided information on her patriot, Pvt. Sampson Piersol (Pearsol) from Pennsylvania. He was an Indian spy who joined the military at age 16 to avenge his father’s death who was killed by an Indian.

Under new business it was reported the virtual DAR State Conference will be held March 12-14. Kesterson, Richards, Brown, Hoffman, Callihan, Boot and Cook were elected as chapter voting delegates.

Betty Williams has been a member of DAR for 75 years and as recognition she will be presented a glass iceberg etched with her name and DAR Insignia. Her loyal membership and dedication is a tremendous accomplishment.

The PHS Care Closet is working with the Student Council seeking donations of new bath towels for the Salvation Army. Proceeds from the gift bag raffle were $74 and the funds purchased 15 bath towels for the Salvation Army.

Each chapter was asked to make two Bed Buddies for the VA Hospital in Barboursville. These are made to fit a twin-size bed with pockets on each end for the patients to keep items such as glasses, remote, phone, books, etc. Hoffman shared two she made. Richards suggested making some for local nursing homes. Braniff and Boot will make them.

The Conservation Minute was prepared by Barbara Smith and read by Ruth Callihan. The mission of the Conservation Committee is to educate people on the most pressing environmental issues, focusing on plastics.

The American Indian Minute was prepared by Stephanie Phelps and shared by Lowers. The focus of the committee is to preserve Native American languages as some are becoming obsolete.

The Good Citizen Report provided by Herridge and given by Richards. Six schools participated and the winner is from Parkersburg South High School. He will share his winning essay at the March meeting.

The gift bag was won by Wince.

The next meeting will be 11 a.m. March 6 at the Parkersburg Country Club. Sharon Kesselring from the American Red Cross will be the speaker.

Anyone interested in DAR membership are encouraged to contact James Wood Chapter Registrar, Susan Nutter, at susannutter@rocketmail.com.

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