Prescott DAR Chapter Welcomes New Member

Megan Austin, center, is the newest member of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has added a new member, Megan Austin.

She was officially inducted into the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and received her welcome packet and Yellow Rose.

After a brief celebration the group proceeded with its scheduled business meeting with 12 members present.

The report of our Denise Doring VanBuren, president general,, was read by Barbara Pietro declaring that ‘We Can Do It.! The National Defender was read by Myra Johnston with a short history and a tribute to first responders.

A motion to approve the secretary’s report as emailed to member was entered by Carol Abell and seconded by Bonnie Larkin, carried.

The treasurer’s report was presented by Bonnie Larkin. Motion to approved by Myra Johnston with second by Phyllis Noble, carried.

Barbara Pietro, registrar, said the chapter has one more member that is not inducted yet and several that have shown interest.

The New York State Conference was held at the end of September. The Benjamin Prescott Chapter was very well represented and won two ‘Level 1’ Award and eight total awards.

Brenda Johnson, Regent, was honored as second runner up for ‘Regent of the Year’ among 135 chapters competing. Barbara Pietro was honored for five consecutive years donating as a sustaining member to the DAR schools.

The Benjamin Prescott press book presented by Secretary Linda Kuzara and Myra Johnston received very high honors as well with 191 of a possible 200 points.

Also, the Benjamin Prescott Chapter had many pictures displayed at conference through different media channels.

The chapter had four members attend the 120th celebration of the Jamestown Chapter of the NSDAR and 12 members joined new District Vlll Chairwoman Joan Sinclair at a tour of Graycliff with lunch at Pasqual’s restaurant in Derby.

Veteran’s Day is coming up and to celebrate chapter members will join the nation in a moment of silence at 11 minutes after 11 on the 11th of November at the Fredonia American Legion. After which we will place a white rose on the marker of the unknown soldier we placed there earlier this year.

The Christmas Party is being planned at Webb’s in Mayville on Dec. 4 at noon. Instead of gifts members will each bring a donation for the Heroes of Western New York association.

A program on Ellen Harden Walworth, a founding member of the NSDAR and first editor of the DAR Magazine was presented by Brenda Johnson, Regent. It was very interesting how she was an educated woman in the early 1800s, had eight children and suffered domestic violence at the hand of her husband. She managed to obtain a ‘Limited Divorce,’ which was extremely difficult given the era and her husband continued to threaten her. Sadly, her eldest son fatally shot her husband in New York City and was sent to prison. She enrolled in New York University obtaining a law degree and successfully appealed her son’s conviction. She went on to be one of the four founders of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Johnson then passed out ribbons of pink and purple to recognize the fight against breast cancer and domestic violence.

Those who had an ancestor who fought in the American Revolution and are interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, call Barbara Pietro, Registrar, at 366-4600. Those whose mother or grandmother are a member can ask about the new program called ‘Inherit Your Grandmother’s Patriots.’

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