August 14, 2012
Greetings to one and all. It has been a whirl wind of a summer. The heat has been welcome to some and others are anxiously awaiting cooler fall temperatures, me for one.
As I begin the final year of my term as your Regent, I want to thank everyone who has had a part in making this a successful
experience for me. We have had some declines in our membership due to deaths
and resignations, but our registrar, Debbie Hinton, has been working diligently to keep those membership numbers climbing. I would like to extend a hearty welcome to our new members. If you have questions
or want to participate with a particular committee, please let me know so we can make that happen.
Our first meeting for the 2012-2013 year began with our 5th Annual DAR/CAR/SAR picnic at the Price Park in
North Canton. Following a short meeting for DAR business we heard from the CAR
President, Anastasia Demor, on the progress of the George Stewart Chapter and the upcoming events they are planning. We then all enjoyed a delicious picnic dinner and remained in the park for a concert
performed by the Canton Concert Band. This was a great opportunity to spend
the evening getting acquainted with old and new friends and connecting with members of the CAR and SAR organizations.
Our Constitution Week Chairman, Sharon Snowden, reserved a booth for the Canton Chapter at the Annual Constitution Week
Kickoff Festival at Metzger Park in Louisville, Ohio the weekend of August 17, 18 and 19.
Sharon did a great job for Constitution Week last year. We received an
award for outstanding participation of Constitution Week last year at the State Convention
We will meet on September 5 with our featured speaker Kimberly Kenney, curator of the McKinley Museum, sharing a program
about “Little Chicago”. Our chapter will be hosting a genealogy workshop
at the main campus of the Stark County District Library on Saturday, September 15 from 10 am to 12 noon. If you are having some difficulty with your research, come and have Debbie Hinton, Sharon Snowden or Michelle
Mayle give you some assistance.
Also, plan to attend the All County Constitution Day Luncheon hosted by the Minerva Great Trail Chapter on Saturday,
September 22 at the Courtney’s Banquet Center in Alliance, Ohio. The cost
is $16.00 and reservations should be sent to Marcey Monter at 1250 Baird Ave. SE Paris, Ohio 44669-9790. Her phone
number is 330-862-2672 for questions. The menu entrée choices are chicken breast
OR meatless pasta with red sauce all served with tossed salad, green beans, buttered
parsley potatoes, dessert, rolls and beverage. Joy and Morris Dingman will again provide the rides for the Constitution Day
Parade in Louisville, Ohio on Sunday afternoon, September 23.
Our program committee, chaired by our Vice Regent Jayne White, has put together some very interesting programs for the
upcoming year. Please refer to the enclosed Supplemental Yearbook to keep meeting
dates and programs in mind. Plan to attend as many meetings with us as you can. We do have fun and great fellowship with friends.
Don’t forget we will not be meeting in January and February in anticipation of inclement weather.
Carolyn Elsass has included a notice for annual chapter dues. Please remit
your dues as soon as possible so we can gain 100% membership for Chapter Achievement.
Many do not realize that the NSDAR is one of only a few non-profits still in existence that were chartered and incorporated
by an Act of Congress. This incorporation by Congress requires that NSDAR report
annually to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution concerning our proceedings and that the Smithsonian provides any
portions of the Proceedings that may seem of national interest and importance to Congress. Therefore, it is necessary for
the Master Questionnaire and the Chapter Achievement forms to be completed timely and accurately.
In conclusion, I would like to thank everyone for making this past year so successful.
All of the committee chairmen have done an excellent job. We have had
record breaking participation with JAC, outstanding community American Heroes, given a $500.00 book grant to a senior high
school student and sponsored several other non-profit organizations. Our investments
are producing good returns and we have received a couple of gifts from member estates. It takes teamwork to make an organization
run smoothly and we have great teamwork. Thank you all for making this year so
Kathryn Aukerman Upole Canton