DAR Middletown PS

Regent Denise Akers, left, donates a copy of the chapter’s new booklet to the Teresa Dennis of the Middletown Public Library. The chapter donated copies of the important information to each library in Henry County.

SPICELAND — Major Hugh Dinwiddie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met at Spiceland Friends Church on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Fourteen members and guest, Sandy VanHoy, attended. Barbara Lacy was hostess. The meeting was opened with rituals.

Regent Denise Akers announced that the chapter received several awards at Fall Forum along with special recognition for the number of submitted service hours.

Dianne Taylor read the treasury report.

As the ladies came to the meeting they brought items for military women overseas and homeless Hoosier veterans. Two boxes were filled for the military women overseas and two boxes for homeless Indianapolis veterans.

Report on Chemawa Indian School

A communication from American Indians DAR chair was shared by Judy Martin. The Chemawa Indian School in Oregon has reported their students are e-learning as some fires are under control but several are still burning. This has enabled the school to provide housing for First Responders.

Sherry Rigney shared an article on personal cyber security from National Defender. Katie Lewman shared Health Moments comparing the coronavirus pandemic to the 1918 pandemic. Katie has shared articles online. Everyone is encouraged to read them.

Barbara Lacy shared much about the U.S. Constitutions, rights and responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen.

Other interesting facts were: LBJ signed the Uniform Holiday Bill on 28 June 1968. This bill ensured 3-day weekends for federal employees for Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day.

There was much confusion around the change for Veterans Day. Gerald Ford signed a law, Sept. 20, 1965 to return Veteran’s Day to Nov. 11 with these goals in mind: preserve the historical significance of the date, to focus on the purpose of Veteran’s Day, to celebrate & honor American veterans for their patriotism, love of country & willingness to serve & sacrifice for the common good.

100th year of chapter

The chapter has compiled a booklet for the chapter’s 100th anniversary, 1920-2020, that highlights the Revolutionary War Patriots with a Henry County connection. Brief biographies, mention of descendants & other information are compiled.

Many helped on this project. Regent Denise Akers took on the task of entering gathered information into a computer to facilitate it becoming a booklet. Sherry Rigney edited the booklet.

Patriot booklets donated locally

A motion was made by Sherry Rigney and seconded by Linda Ashwell to place the Revolutionary War Patriot booklet in Henry County libraries and historical societies.

Following the meeting, several ladies journeyed to Glen Cove to lay a wreath on the first chapter Regent’s grave and take a photo.

A video was put together by Brenda Cotton on Glen Cove Cemetery in Henry County and the chapter’s connection. This is available online and also on Facebook on the Glen Cove fb page.

Gratitude to Barbara Lacy for hosting and for the delicious snacks served.

Next meeting is noon Dec. 5 at The Burch Tree in Knightstown on the square. Peg Queener and Linda Ashwell are hosting and need a count of members and guests by Dec. 3.

Following the meeting will be a trip to view Brenda Cotton’s Christmas trees at her home. There are more than 20 unique trees displayed.

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