DAR District Meeting Set For Saturday

WESTFIELD — The regular meeting of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter of The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held recently at the McClug Museum in Westfield.

The meeting was called to order and the opening ritual performed by Regent Brenda Johnson and Vice-Regent Deborah Cenni. Lisa Sedlmayer read the DAR President’s Message and the DAR National Defense Article was read by Deborah Cenni. Secretary Myra Johnston read the minutes from the previous meeting. Treasurer Bonnie Larkin was absent Dawn Ubaney, registrar, brought a membership application with her to be signed and sent to Washington, D.C.

Brenda Johnson, Regent Benjamin Prescott Chapter NSDAR, with Lisa Sedlmayer, chaplain Benjamin Prescott Chapter NSDAR, performed the official ceremony to induct Emily Mongillo and her mother Katherine Thies into the chapter.

Phyllis Noble presented a program about the NSDAR’s building in Washington, D.C. Her grandson attended a wedding there and sent pictures of the wedding, showing the architecture and grounds.

Brenda Johnson shared the story of Polly Cooper, an American Indian who saved many lives at Valley Forge by bringing corn to the soldiers and teaching them how to cook it.

Jilina Harris presented a bulletin from the Hanover historian telling about the Revolutionary War in Chautauqua County.

A report from members who attended the New York State Conference in Tarrytown was presented with the many by-law changes. The group received three awards: 100 percent Participation in the President General’s Project, Chapter Achievement and a School Award from Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina.

The next District Eight meeting is on Saturday at the Buffalo Country Club with a theme of World War I. The chapter is participating in a Veteran’s Day service on Nov. 11 at Fredonia Place with the Fredonia American Legion Post 59. Plans are ongoing for the chapter Christmas party.

The chapter’s next meeting is at 1 p.m. Nov. 2 at the McClug Museum in Westfield. Those who had an ancestor fight for freedom in the Revolutionary War are eligible to join. For more information, call Dawn Ubaney at 679-1218.