Everyone enjoyed our annual picnic at North Park in
Jackson Township on August 12, including 10 members, four HODAR's and two
prospective members, Betty Gaye ("B.G.") Skakun (left) and Joanne
Kay announced the plans for two grave-marking ceremonies
for Revolutionary War Soldiers in September. The first will be for Leonard
Willaman on Saturday, September 12, at the North Canton Cemetery. More
information will be announced at our September 2 Chapter meeting. The second
will be for George Fetters on Saturday, September 26, in East Sparta. You will
find more information about this event in a flyer included with your new
The Jane Bain Chapter will host the Constitution Day
Luncheon on Saturday, September 19, at the Alliance Country Club. More
information is in the Regent's letter included with your new yearbook.
Betty Graybill presented the proposed budget. Because
this was not an official meeting, we just reviewed and discussed it, but didn't
take a vote. It will be presented at the September 2 Chapter
FLAG DAY LUNCHEON
Everyone agreed that our 2015 Flag Day luncheon at the Canton Woman's Club was
one of our best meetings. Joining us were several members of the Massillon
Kay presented our Flag Award to the Sears store at Belden Village,
represented by Assistant Manager Michelle Mayle, a member of our Chapter, and
Jonathan Taylor, who was wearing his Army uniform. Accepting the award, Michelle
said that Sears is making a point of hiring military veterans.
Installing our new member Jeanne Craver was our Associate Member Doris
Gorgas, who is State Membership Chairman and National Vice Chairman of
Membership for the East Central District. (From left, Chapter Registrar Debbie
Hinton, Kay, Jeanne and Doris.)
Kay recognized the recipients of our service awards, Joanne Malene (40
years), shown with Debbie and Kay; and Eleanor Kear (30 years).
Our featured speaker was Thomas Gorgas, Doris' husband, who gave a very
interesting presentation about flags in American history, assisted by Doris and
Kay, who displayed each flag as he described it and its place in our
1) Yearbooks will be printed in July. Please call Kay with any changes
before July 1.
2) Our Chapter will host the Naturalization Ceremony on July
10 at the Stark County Courthouse in Judge Frank Forchione's chambers.
Please call Eleanor Cartwright for details if you would like to help with
cookies, punch and handing out flags and pamphlets to the new citizens.
3) The Northeast District will hold a workshop in Chapter Development
and Revitalization on July 18 from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at
the Warrensville Heights Branch Library. Cost is $5.00 for materials. Call Kay
if you would like a reservation.
4) Our annual CAR/DAR picnic will be Wednesday, August
12, at Jackson Park, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Bring a covered
dish. Jackson Park is across the street from Jackson High School.
5) OSDAR Fun Fair Day is August 15. President General
Lynn Forney will attend. Reservation forms are on the Members' page of the
OSDAR Web site.
6) Our next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday, September
2, at 1:00 P.M. at the Faith United Methodist Church in North
7) We will participate in two grave-marking ceremonies this summer.
The one with a definite date is Saturday, September 26, at 1:00
P.M. in East Sparta in Pike Township. More details to come.
UPDATE: We have three National winners
among our Junior American
Madelyn Kirk, a fourth-grade student, won third place in her grade level
in the Short Story competition. In the Poem contest, Casey Yokley, a
fourth-grade student, took third place in her grade level, while Jaden Ek, a
fifth-grade student, won Honorable Mention. All three attend Lake Elementary
School in Hartville.
|JAC Cake - Photo by Joy Dingman
JR. AMERICAN CITIZENS &
2 MORE EVERYDAY AMERICAN
We welcomed a large number of guests at our May 6 meeting.
Citizens Committee Chair Karen Rowley presented the 2015 class of contest
winners, and Audrey Morrison presented two Everyday American Heroes who could
not attend our April meeting. Refreshments, arranged by Audrey, included a
beautifully decorated cake.
Our Junior American Citizens included not only Chapter level winners,
but some state and East Central Division winners as well. Karen hasn't received
the list of National level winners yet.
In the Stamp Design category in the seventh-grade contest, Meghan
Drexler, a student at Massillon Middle School, won first place at the Chapter
and state levels. Gloria Sarah Busson, a student at Massillon Middle School,
took second place. In the fourth-grade contest, Amanda Yokley, a student at Lake
Elementary School, took first place at the Chapter and state levels. Casey
Yokley, also a Lake Elementary School student, took second place.
In the Poster category in the seventh-grade contest, Jerimijah Medina of
Massillon Middle School was the first-place winner, while Jayla Cunningham, also
of Massillon Middle School, took second place.
In the Short Story category in the fifth-grade contest, Jacob Behrend of
Lake Elementary School won first place, and Nora Haddon, also of Lake Elementary
School, was the second-place winner. In the fourth-grade contest, Lake
Elementary student Madelyn Kirk took first place at the Chapter, state and East
Central Division levels.
In the Poem category, seventh-grade contest, Massillon Middle School
student Deja Benjamin won first place. In the fifth-grade contest, Jaden Ek of
Lake Elementary School was the first-place winner at the Chapter, state and East
Central Division levels. Another Lake Elementary student, Aaron Hess, took
second place. In the fourth-grade contest, Lake Elementary student Casey Yokley
took first place at the Chapter, state and East Central Division levels.
Regent Kay Upole presented each winner with a certificate, a monetary
gift and a small American flag.
Everyday American Heroes: Audrey introduced Jan Bremer, a physical
education teacher at Orchard Hill Intermediate School in North Canton, who was
recognized for Inspirational Leadership to Students, and Nathan Amos, a 2012
graduate of Hoover High School, who was honored for his Design of an Adaptive
Ramp. When Mrs. Bremer incorporated bowling into the physical education
classes, she noticed two students with special needs who were having difficulty
with the bowling balls. Researching equipment, she learned about adaptive ramps
that allow people who can't throw a bowling ball to participate in the sport.
She also learned that these devices are very expensive. At church one Sunday,
she encountered Nathan, who has a background in engineering and building
construction work. She told him about the problem and he agreed to help. He
built the adaptive ramp that same day, she took it to school the next day, and
both students were very happy when they were able to bowl.
1) Our next meeting will be our Flag Day Luncheon on Saturday, June 13
at the Canton Woman's Club. Punch bowl at 11:30 A.M. and lunch at noon. We
will install new members and present the Flag Day Award. The speaker will be
Thomas Gorgas, husband of our Associate member Doris Gorgas, with the topic of
American Flags. The cost is $17. Deadline for reservations is June 8. Please
send your reservation and check to Kay.
2) Our Chapter will host the Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, July
10, at 11:00 A.M. at the Stark County Courthouse in Judge Frank Forchione's
courtroom. We will provide cookies and punch, as well as flags and pamphlets
for the new citizens. Let Kay know if you would like to help.
3) To those who remember our former member Kay Campbell: her husband
Dale passed away on May 4 at the age of 85.
APRIL 2015 MEETING: EVERYDAY AMERICAN HEROES
(From left) Regent Kay Upole, Mark
Siebert, Shirlee Berry representing the Quilting Stars of Ohio, Melissa Seibert,
Elizabeth Belvin, Everyday American Heroes Committee Chair Audrey
(2nd photo) Twelve members of the Quilting
Stars of Ohio, shown here with Kay and Audrey, were present for the awards
At our Chapter meeting on April 1, we
recognized our 2015 class of Everyday American Heroes: Elizabeth Belvin, Kimberly
Belvin, the Quilting
Stars of Ohio, Mark Seibert and Melissa Seibert.
The daughter of our member Margaret
Frost, Elizabeth Belvin and her daughter Kimberly were at a local YMCA on
Memorial Day 2014 when a man who had been exercising nearby collapsed. They knew
that he could die unless they did something to help. Although she had never
administered CPR, Mrs. Belvin began chest compressions to the rhythm of the song
"Stayin’ Alive" while Kimberly ran for help. Soon a staff member arrived with an
emergency defibrillator, followed by a nurse and the local EMS squad. Thanks to
their efforts, the man is alive today. Accepting the DAR award, as well as the
one for her daughter, who could not be present because she is away at college,
Mrs. Belvin said they don’t consider themselves heroes. "Heroes wear camo," she
The Quilting Stars of Ohio members
honored 27 military veterans with handmade quilts and a luncheon in July 2014.
Each quilt was of a different design, but all shared the colors of the American
flag. The honorees included veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as well
as non-combat service and active-duty personnel. A quilt was also presented to
the Stark County Regional American Red Cross. Twelve members of the Quilting
Stars of Ohio attended our DAR ceremony.
Working with their homeowners
association, Mark and Melissa Seibert led a project to add a flag pole at the
main entrance to the Saint James Place allotment in Lake Township. After it was
installed, they planned and accomplished the dedication ceremony. In addition,
Mrs. Seibert received an award for her role as chief executive officer of the
S.A.M. Center, a new non-profit organization in Stark County that will assist
veterans and their families with food and other services.
and other services.
In other business at our meeting, Kay
announced the awards our Chapter won at State Conference last
week: 1) Constitution Week Committee
for Achievement Awards in Promoting Constitution Week; 2) DAR Scholarship
Committee for its sponsorship of "Wings of Eagles" Scholarship Applicant; 3) DAR
Scholarship Committee for its award of local Chapter scholarship;
Defense Committee as a JROTC Bronze Medal supporter; 5) Americanism Committee
for distributing U.S. flags and patriotic literature, and participation in three
naturalization ceremonies; 6) OSDAR State Chairman President General's Project
for 100% participation in the President General's Project; 7) OSDAR Junior
American Citizens Committee for participation in the JAC contest. Canton
Chapter had five State winners: Mady Kirk (short story), Casey Yoklev and Jaden
Ek (poetry), Amanda Yokley and Meghan Drexler (stamp design).
Our next meeting will be May 6 at 1:00
P.M. We will honor our JAC students.
Our Flag Day Luncheon will be Saturday,
June 13, at the Canton Woman's Club. Punch bowl at 11:30; lunch at noon.
Program by Thomas Gorgas, husband of our associate member Doris Gorgas, who is
also OSDAR Membership Chairman and National Vice Chairman, East Central
Division. We will present our Flag Award and install new members.
Naturalization Ceremony on May 1 at
10:30 A.M. at Canton Country Day School.
|Décor for March Luncheon - Audrey Morrison design
MEMORIAL SERVICE AND ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Our Chaplain, Ruth Springer,
conducted the annual memorial service in memory of Jean Edwards Naughtrip, Mabel
Louise Himelrick Pleasant, Betty Salzer Wright and Betty Gahagan
At the Annual Business meeting,
Kay read the reports of Chapter Chairmen of the Committees with National
Recognition from the Master Questionnaire. The Chapter has continued Level 1
status. There were five resignations, eight new members, four deaths and one
We elected our delegates to
Continental Congress: Sharon Snowden, Kathy Lambach, Glennis Braddom and Abbie
Vice Regent Jayne White will
move to Tennessee in May. She plans to resign her office and her committee
chairmanships, although she will remain a Chapter member. The Executive Board
will appoint a new Vice Regent for the remainder of her term. We need volunteers
to serve as National Defense Chair and to assist Betty Louden and Betty Graybill
with the DAR Service for Veterans Committee and Project
Please look for a flag display
to honor in June at our Flag Day Luncheon on June 13 at the Canton Woman's
Several members have been ill:
Eleanor Cartwright, Ruth Frock and Polly Murphy.
Kay wished Happy Birthday to the
following members with March birthdays: Laura Baloun, Mary Burris, Kim Demor,
Julia Elsass, Ruth Hubbard, new member Sandra Rhodes, Renee Tresz and Amy
Our next meeting will be April
1, when we will recognize Everyday American Heroes.
FEBRUARY 4, 2015 CHAPTER MEETING
Shown with Kay are our 2015 DAR Good Citizen, Amanda Rhea, and DAR Good
Citizens Committee Chair Ruth Frock, who presented Amanda with a certificate, a
monetary award and a desk flag. Amanda is a senior at Canton South High
School. The theme of this year's contest was "Our American Heritage and Our
Responsibility to Preserve It."
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the National Society, and the
107th of Canton Chapter, organized November 20, 1908.
O.S.C.A.R. State Conference will take place March 6 and 7 at the
McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton. Our member Anastasia Demor is state president,
and her mother Kim Demor, also our member, is the Senior Advisor. Kim is asking
us for volunteers to assist with the conference. If you'd like to help, please
call or e-mail Kim.
The 116th OSDAR State Conference will be March 26 - 29 in Columbus.
Deadline for room reservations is February 27 to get the DAR rate. Meal
reservations and payment deadline is March 10. For more information, please
call or e-mail Kay.
Canton Chapter will host a Naturalization Ceremony on October 9 at the
Stark County Courthouse.
Several of our members have been ill: Madonna Kutcher, Dawn Pegg,
Rebecca DeCoy and Betty Louden. Please let them know we are thinking of them.
The Executive Board is recommending a calling system to involve active
members to call and check on inactive members every month, in order to keep in
contact with them, let them know we are thinking of them, and keep current on
their overall well-being and their contact information. Board members are
participating in the system. If you would like to help, please call or e-mail
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 4, at 10:30 A.M. We will
begin with our annual memorial service, followed by our annual business
meeting. Lunch will follow at noon; it's our annual soup luncheon. If you'd
like to bring soup, please call or e-mail Audrey Morrison. If we haven't
finished the business meeting by lunch time, we will continue after
|Megan Jarvis Al Chebaina
|Photo by Joy Dingman
DECEMBER 2014 CHAPTER MEETING
(From left) Our new member Sharon Peterson, shown with
Debbie Hinton and
Kay Upole, was welcomed into Chapter membership at our meeting on December 6 at
the Canton Woman's Club.
Everyone enjoyed the entertainment, a lively program
of various dance
routines to jazz and popular Christmas music, performed by our Chapter Historian
and Commemorative Events Chair, Megan Jarvis Al Chebaina, who is a professional
teacher of dance. Megan has also served as a page at State Conference and
Continental Congress for several years.
We elected Kay, Joanne Malene, Rebecca Decoy, Kim Demor,
and Anastasia Demor as our delegates to State Conference. Debbie Hinton will be
an alternate delegate. We can have two more delegates, so if you are
interested, please contact Kay.
Members brought toys for the Salvation Army and children's
books to be
given to pre-school children in March.
Joy Dingman read a thank-you letter from Tiffany Ewing,
speaker at our September meeting.
1) We have no meeting in January. The February
4, 2015, meeting will
feature our DAR Good Citizens and American History Month.
2) If you would like to help with the Naturalization
December 12, please call Kay. There will be another ceremony on January
3) The Dazzling Daughters were to perform
at the Light Up Louisville
event on December 7.
Merry Christmas and Happy New
|Photo by Joy Dingman
|Betty Loudon & Regent, Kay Upole
|Photo by Joy Dingman
|Kay Upole and Judy Dorsey, National President, Blue Star Mothers of America
NOVEMBER 5, 2014 MEETING
By Joy Dingman
In recognition of Veterans Day this month, we recognized our own
veterans. Betty Louden (left) received a Certificate of Award for Heroic
Patriotic Service from our Regent, Kay Upole, who read a report from Betty about
her service in the United States Navy in World War II. Betty also told us about
her daughter's service in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Karen Rowley
accepted a Certificate of Award for Heroic Patriotic Service on behalf of her
sister, Annette Huvler, who is serving in the United States Army. Also
recognized was Andria Upole, Kay's daughter, who served in the Army. Vice
Regent Jayne White read a tribute to Sharon Lane, the only American servicewoman
killed as a direct result of enemy fire during the Vietnam War, at Chu Lai on
June 8, 1969. First Lt. Lane, an Army nurse, was the sister of our member Judy
Tritt. She graduated from Canton South High School in 1961 and is buried at
Sunset Hills in Canton. Kay read a message of recognition of the 50th
anniversary of the Vietnam War from the DAR National Chair of Commemorative
Our featured speaker, shown with Kay, was Judy Dorsey, National
President of Blue Star Mothers of America. She was introduced by Jayne, who
is also a Blue Star Mother. Judy presented our Chapter with a copy of their
Dee Thomas has suffered five falls in recent weeks.
Please send her a
card. Dee would like to sell her DAR pins, and she will offer them to Chapter
members first. Kay plans to bring the pins to the December meeting.
OCTOBER 1, 2014 MEETING
Major Leonard Boynton of the Salvation Army, shown here with Kay, was
our featured speaker, presenting a program about volunteer opportunities with
the Army and thanking us for our past contributions to their Christmas toy and
Literacy Chair Joanne Malene asked us to bring books for children up to
age 5 or 6 for a government-funded program for pre-school children. She would
like to donate our books in March, Right to Read Month. We voted on a motion by
Ruth Frock that if we don't collect 300 books by March, we take up a collection
to buy some.
A Chapter scrapbook compiled by Megan Jarvis Al Chebaina was on
display. Debbie Hinton asked members to submit stories about their
Revolutionary War ancestors for our Chapter book.
Our HODAR event will be October 18 at 5:00 P.M. at the Eastern Ohio
United Methodist Conference Center, 8800 Cleveland Ave. North in Lake Township.
Please bring a covered dish to share. Even if you don't have a HODAR, come and
bring a friend.
Betty Louden has moved, and so have Elaine and John Savage. If you
would like their new addresses and telephone numbers, please call or e-mail Joy
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 5, at 1:00 P.M. There will
be a Board meeting at 11:00 A.M.
Dues are due! If you haven't paid yours, please send them to Carolyn
Elsass by October 10.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
Tiffany Topper Ewing from the Stark County Board of Elections, along
with Travis Secrest, presented an interesting program about the elections
process. We all know Tiffany as a participant in our Junior American Citizens
Contests from the late 1990's until she graduated from high school. Tiffany won
several first place awards at the national level for her poems.
Assistant Treasurer Betty Graybill presented the proposed budget for our
review. The Executive Board has reviewed the budget and recommended approval.
The Chapter will vote on the budget at the October meeting.
Kim Demor gave a report from her daughter Anastasia Demor, the current
O.S.C.A.R. president. The O.S.C.A.R. state project this year is raising funds
for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
1) Constitution Week Luncheon will be Saturday, September 20, at the
Canton Woman's Club. Deadline for reservations is September 13. Send your
reservation with $16.00 to Sharon Snowden.
2) We will participate in the Constitution Day parade in Louisville on
Sunday, September 21.
3) The Friends of Fort Laurens will hold their 19th Annual Moccasin Roast
on September 27. For more information, call Marcia Zawacky (330-492-5918
4) Next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday, October 1. Major Leonard
Boynton of the Salvation Army will be the speaker.
5) Our HODAR meeting this year will be October 18 with a pot-luck meal.
Details at the October 1 meeting.
6) We will host another Naturalization Ceremony in December at the Stark
County Courthouse. Call Kay if you would like to help.
ANNUAL PICNIC 2014
A good time was had by all at our annual picnic at Guilford Lake on
Saturday, August 23, thanks to the hospitality of Betty and Terry Graybill. Ten
members and five HODARs were present. Following a short board meeting and a
delicious pot-luck lunch, Terry took everyone for a ride around the lake on a
|Photo by Joy Dingman
FLAG DAY 2014
Top Photo (From left) Glennis Braddom presented
Ray Arnold, president of the board
of trustees of the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park in Clinton, who accepted our 2014
Flag Day Award from Regent Kay Upole on June 14 at our Flag Day luncheon at the
Canton Woman's Club.
DeFrance Thomas, the featured speaker, presented a program
"Little-known Women of th American Revolution."
Two new members were installed at the luncheon.
Bottom Photo: (From left) New member
Dee Issow, Kay, new member Tarah Litten, her mother Glennis Braddom, and
Registrar Debbie Hinton.
DAR Scholarship Committee Chair Audrey Morrison announced
of the 2014 Book Grant, Katrina Demor, who plans to study mechanical engineering
at The University of Akron.
Kay presented the 2014 service awards as follows: (30
Murphy, Dorothy Horgas, Margery Fletcher, Janet Weir Creighton. (25 years)
Clara Minor, Barbara Colaner. (20 years) Lori Wulff, Becca Rice, JoAnn Pool,
Deborah Lea, Carol Jones. (10 years) Margaret Frost.
DAR Service for Veterans Chair Betty Louden reported that
the Canton VA
Clinic and the VA medical center at Wade Park need new or gently used clothing
for both men and women, especially sweaters and sweatshirts of all sizes. Call
Betty if you have CLEAN clothing to donate.
1) Sharon Snowden and her granddaughter Megan Jarvis
Continental Congress, where Megan will page.
2) Canton Chapter is participating in a state-wide
by OSDAR with the Bob Evans Restaurants chain. Two Bob Evans Restaurants in
Canton are participating, the one on West Tusc and the one on Lesh Ave. off Rt.
62. On July 4 and 5, if you take a flyer to the restaurant, they will apply 15
percent of your bill to OSDAR Chapters. The link to the flyer is below. You may print it out.
3) Northeast District will have a Chapter Development
Revitalization Commission at the Beachwood Branch Library on July 12 from 9:00
A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Cost is $5.00 for materials. Call Kay if you are interested.
4) Canton Chapter will host the Naturalization Ceremony
August 8, in Judge Frank Forchione's courtroom at the Stark County Courthouse.
Call Kay or Eleanor Cartwright if you would like to help with the cookies and
punch or pass out flags and pamphlets to the new citizens. We have been asked
to host ceremonies on July 11, December 12 and January 9, but those dates are
not confirmed until Kay knows if we have enough help. Call her if you are
5) Our annual CAR/DAR/SAR picnic will be Wednesday,
August 23, at
Guilford Lake. Pontoon boat rides after lunch. The Chapter will provide the
drinks and the table settings. Bring a covered dish. Directions will be on
this Web site.
6) OSDAR Fun Day is August 16. Reservations forms
are on the OSDAR
Members' Web site.
7) Our Chapter will host the Constitution Day luncheon
September 20, at the Canton Woman's Club.
8) Yearbooks will be printed in July. Call Kay
with any changes to
addresses, telephone numbers, or e-mail addresses BEFORE July 10.
9) Next meeting: Wednesday, September 3, at 1:00
P.M. Faith United
Methodist Church. Tentative featured speaker Tiffany Topper Ewing, who has won
a number of awards sponsored by our Chapter.
For Bob Evans Flyer, click here.
APRIL 2 CHAPTER MEETING
Sharon Snowden (left), shown with Audrey Morrison, presented a very
interesting program, portraying Nancy Morris, wife of Gouverneur Morris, the
author of the Preamble to the Constitution, often called the "Penman of the
Our condolences to Kay Upole on the death of her uncle, Thomas Maddox.
Because his funeral was the same day as our Chapter meeting,
Applause! Audrey reported our Chapter's many awards at State Conference
last month, including Outstanding Support for Veterans, ROTC Bronze Medal
Presenter, Most Hours Spent Promoting Literacy in Adults, Promoting Constitution
Week, our Chapter's Book Grant program, and our sponsorship of the Wings of
Eagles Scholarship program. From the OSDAR Genealogy Preservation Committee, in
the Supporting Documentation Project, Kathy Lambach won an award for completing
1,629 images, and Glennis Braddom won one for completing 105 images. Madonna
Kutcher took second place in the Women's Issues Essay Contest in the Health
At the meeting, a questionnaire was circulated, asking members'
preferences about meeting days and times, and where they might like to assist
with committees. Please advise Kay if you would like to see the questionnaire.
We have been invited to attend the Naturalization Ceremony and reception
on Friday, May 2, at 10:30 A.M. at Canton Country Day School, 3000 Demington
Ave. NW. Note: the school's headmistress, Pamela Shaw, is a member of our
Our records have been moved from the McKinley Museum Presidential
Library and Museum to the National First Ladies Library. If anyone has any
records that should be stored there, please advise Kay.
Please advise Sharon Snowden of your hours of volunteer service for the
Celebrate America! program. Sharon reported that our members had a total of
3,317 hours during 2013.
Our next meeting will be May 2 at 1:00 P.M. We will recognize our
Junior American Citizens and our Everyday American Heroes.
MARCH 5, 2014
Our Chaplain, Ruth Springer, conducted our annual Memorial Service in
memory of our four members who have passed away during the past year: Dr. Alyce
Gligor, Jean Douglas, Shirley Snook, and Mildred Mann.
At our Annual Business Meeting, Regent Kay Upole read her annual "State of
the Chapter" report and presented the reports of the Chapter Committee
Chairs. She thanked the Committee Chairs for assisting her with the completion
of the Master Questionnaire, which was filed electronically and on time.
Kay read a letter from the Salvation Army, thanking the Chapter for our
gifts and donations in December.
Congratulations to Karen Rowley for her outstanding work with our Junior
American Citizens! We have nine state winners this year. If you would like to
be a chaperone at the student luncheon on March 29 at State Conference, please
notify Kay as soon as possible.
Congratulations to our associate member Doris Gorgas, who was honored as
Citizen of the Year in Bay Village.
Canton Chapter will provide refreshments for the Naturalization Ceremony on
August 8 at the Stark County Courthouse. Judge Frank Forchione will preside.
If you would like to help provide cookies and punch, please notify Kay.
DeFrance Thomas has moved to the Canton Christian Home.
We have removed our records from the McKinley Presidential Library and
Museum, and will soon move them to the National First Ladies Library Education
It's time to look for a flag display
for our award at our Flag Day luncheon in June.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday,
April 2, at 1:00 P.M. Sharon Snowden will present the program, portraying
Gouverneur Morris' wife, Nancy.
DECEMBER 4TH 2013
our Christmas party on December 4 at the Canton Woman's Club.
Our entertainment was "Sound Investment," a women's barbershop quartet. One of
the singers, Linda Doerschuk (on the right in the photo).is Jayne White's
We elected our delegates to Ohio
State Conference: Kay Upole, Glennis
Braddom, Abbie Dray, Megan Jarvis Al Chebaina, Kathy Lambach, Sharon
Snowden, and alternate Ruth Frock.
Sharon introduced her guest and
prospective member Joan Henderson.
Jayne White asked us to remember
to pray for our soldiers, and reminded
members that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is still a prisoner in Afghanistan. There
are several online petitions for his release that can be signed.
No meeting in January.
Our next meeting will be February 5, when we
will recognize our DAR Good Citizens and observe American History Month.
|Rev.Otis Essex and Regent Kay Upole
|Photo by Joy Dingman
NOVEMBER 6, 2013
Our featured speaker was the
Rev. Otis Essex, shown here with Kay, who told us about his service as a
chaplain in the U.S. Navy. Most of you may remember he has spoken to us before
about his military experience. We all sang "Happy Birthday" to him, because his
birthday is November 7.
In other business, Carolyn
Elsass asked if anyone knows the whereabouts of several members who haven't paid
their dues, and she has not been able to reach them by telephone: Juanita
Coast, Myra Douglas, Ann Lowder, Mary Lou MackIntosh, Mary Elizabeth Peterson,
and Dorothy Smith. If anyone knows anything about them, please call Carolyn.
Her number is in our book.
We voted to accept two
prospective members, Sharon Peterson and Shawna Boland.
Mildred Mann, our member for
33 years, passed away on November 2. Anna Christine Jenkins is feeling so much
better that she attended our meeting.
Joanne Malene has agreed to
chair the Literacy committee. She is collecting used books for veterans'
hospitals. If you have books you'd like to donate, please let her know. Her
telephone number and e-mail address are in our book.
Many of us brought Christmas
gifts for our donation to the Salvation Army to this meeting. We will accept
gifts at the December 4 meeting, too.
Committee chairs: it's time
to prepare your reports for the Master Questionnaire. The report period ends
December 31. If you need help with the MQ, please let Kay know.
OCTOBER 2, 2013 MEETING
Everyone enjoyed the program by Kay's brother, Steve
Aukerman, who trains
therapy dogs. He brought Harley and Axel with him. They seemed to enjoy being
petted by so many new friends.
Major Leonard Boynton of the Salvation Army presented
their programs. Members may bring Christmas gifts for our donation to the
Salvation Army to our November meeting.
1) At Fall Fun Day, Canton Chapter received
awards for Level 1 Chapter
Achievement and a Good Citizens Award for sponsoring 13 schools last year.
2) Kay brought a box from Fall Fun Day to
collect spare change to
support the OSDAR Wings of Eagles Scholarship Fund.
3) Anna Christine Jenkins has been ill.
Please send her a card.
4) The next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday,
November 6, at 1:00 P.M.
at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton. The program will be presented
by the Rev. Otis Essex: "Becoming a Naval Chaplain." Board members note:
there will be a Board meeting at 11:00 the same day.
5) Dues are due. Deadline is October
6) Please advise Kay of any corrections to
the yearbook, such as
updated e-mail addresses, street addresses, or telephone numbers.
7) Does anyone know the whereabouts of Dorothy
Uber Smith? Her
yearbook was returned in the mail.
8) Chapter Committee Chairs: it's time
to begin completing the Master
Questionnaire. The MQ year concludes December 31. If you need help, please
9) Sharon Snowden is collecting information for the
new Celebrate America Committee. Please send Sharon your volunteer
hours for 2013 for DAR and other organizations, too. List the
hours for each service, the date, and the name of the
10) Past State Regent Marcia Seifert is leading a committee in the
Northeast District to compile an updated history of the Chapters. The last
update was 1978. She needs the information by June 1, 2014.
11) Our December meeting will be December
4 at the Canton Women's Club.
Cost of luncheon is $16. Entertainment will be the "Sound Investment"
Barbershop Quartet. Please make your reservation with Audrey
August 7th 2013
A good time was had by all at our annual picnic at Guilford Lake, thanks to the hospitality of
Betty and Terry Graybill. Following an abbreviated business meeting and a delicious pot-luck lunch, Terry took everyone
for rides around the lake on a pontoon boat.
MAY 1 CHAPTER MEETING
We recognized the 2013 class of Junior American Citizens contest winners at our May 1 meeting. Lake Elementary
School students Maddie Sladen, Mackenzie Bozman, Anthony Rechel, and Grace Kovach (Orchard Hill Middle School). Cara
Brunner (Lake Middle School), Gabe Parker (Orchard Hill Middle School), Kacey Schonauer (St. Barbara School). Austin
Yoder (Lake Elementary), Hanna Christine Willoughby (Massillon Middle), Anna Scheurman (St. Barbara), Joseph Tharp (St. Barbara),
Alyssa Goodenow (Lake Elementary), Juanita Gray (Massillon Middle), St. Barbara students Madison Shishler, Justin Carroll,
Kristina Scheurman, Leo Soehnlen, and Gordon Ramsey. Canton Chapter JAC Committee Chair Linda Petz and Regent Kay Upole. Not
present: Maddie Pinney (Hoover High School), Janson Smith (Lake Elementary School).
JAC Committee Chair Linda Petz attracted 205 entries from Stark County schools in this year's contests. Of
those, 19 were Chapter contest winners. From those, 12 went on to win at the state and East Central Division levels.
Seven of those were national winners, and one took first place in her category at the national level. Linda has served
on this committee for four years. A graduate of Bowling Green State University and the University of Akron, Linda taught middle
school students for 26 years and coordinated curriculum in Stark County Schools for nine years.
1) On Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 P.M., we will participate in the grave-marking ceremony for Revolutionary War Soldier
Jacob Shearer at Mapleton Cemetery in East Canton.
2) Our next meeting will be Saturday, June 15, for our Flag Day luncheon at LaPizzaria. The Punch Bowl will
begin at 11:30; lunch will be served at noon. Cost is $20.00. If you did not sign up for the luncheon at the
meeting today, please make your reservation with Audrey Morrison as soon as possible. We need to have a count
for the restaurant. The guest speaker will be past State Regent Sharlene Shoaf. We will present our Flag Award,
special awards, and installing officers and new members.
2013 EVERYDAY HEROES HONORED AT APRIL 3 CHAPTER MEETING
From left: Eagle Scout Neal Billig, Lake Township FISH Director
Kami Sommers, Lauren Bosworth of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark & Carroll Counties, Canton DAR Everyday Heroes
Chair Betty Graybill, Canton DAR Regent Kay Upole, FISH Food Coordinators Jan and Tom Dwenger, and American Legion Post 221
Commander Richard Thatcher.
At our April 3 Chapter meeting, Everyday American Heroes Chair
Betty Graybill presented our 2013 honorees: Eagle Scout Neal Billig, American Legion Post 221 of Massillon, Lake Township
FISH, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties, represented
at the ceremony by Lauren Bosworth, celebrated their 25th year in 2012. This local group is the largest affiliate in the state.
They have built more than 400 houses in the local area, and hope to build No. 425 in 2013. Their first house, completed in
1989, was built one room at a time, rather than building the whole house at one time because money, materials, and supplies
were scarce. The early volunteers stored things in their own garages and ran to the local hardware store for small purchases.
The lucky Habitat homeowners pay for their attractive homes with no-interest loans and sweat equity, working on their own
and others’ homes. Habitat homeowners have a foreclosure rate of only two percent. Most of their yards have flowers,
a garden, ans a flag pole. In 2005, Habitat ReStore opened to sell donated appliances, building materials, furniture, and
even books. The local affiliate tithes ten percent of all undesignated funds to Habitat International, and has given more
than $1.5 million dollars to help build houses internationally.
A member of Boy Scout Troop 38 of East Sparta, Eagle Scout Neal
Billig led a team of helpers to clear brush and overgrown plants in East Sparta Cemetery. DAR members conducting research
in old country cemeteries appreciate his work. Neil also replaced the flag and flagpole at the community building, and planted
grass there. The son of Michael and Cathleen Billig of Canton, Neil has earned 32 merit badges and has received National Youth
Leadership training. He is a student at Perry High School.
Under the leadership of Post Commander Richard Thatcher, members
of the American Legion Post 221 taught students at Emerson Elementary School in Massillon how to fold the American flag properly
after taking it down at the end of the school day. The Post has been teaching flag etiquette at local schools for many years.
At their 93rd anniversary celebration the Post donated more than $2,000 to the Marine Sgt. Daniel Patron Memorial
Scholarship Program, honoring the Marine who was killed while defusing a bomb in Iraq. They named Sgt. Patron an honorary
member of Post 221. Local Gold Star families were recognized at the event.
Lake Township FISH (Faithfully I Serve Him) is an emergency food
cupboard program that helps people in need. Their food storage and distribution facility is located on West Maple Street in
Hartville in the former Hartville Hardware Store, now owned by GentleBrook, which donated the space in their facility. Because
of the large increase in demand for food assistance, FISH outgrew their former location at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church.
They have formed a partnership with Akron Canton Food Bank which will allow them to buy groceries at a reduced cost. They
also receive contributions from food drives, churches, businesses and individuals. FISH is always looking for volunteers and
food donations. GentleBrook, formerly known as Hartville Homes, is a private non-profit organization that has been offering
residential living and day habilitation programs for developmentally disabled adults for almost 40 years. Director Kami Sommers
and Food Coordinators Jan and Tom Dwenger represented the organization at the ceremony
Now in its fifth year, the Canton Chapter DAR Everyday American
Heroes program recognizes local citizens who do their best to give back to help others and the community. Betty Graybill is
the committee chair.
With 170,000 members in 3,000 chapters worldwide, the DAR is
one of the world's largest and most active service organizations, supporting historic, educational and patriotic objectives
in many varied programs. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org.
1. Our member Dr. Alyce Mapp Gligor passed away on March 5. There
were no services.
2. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 1, at 1:00 P.M. We
will honor our 2013 Junior American Citizens.
3. Our Flag Day luncheon will be at La Pizzaria on Dressler Rd.
Cost is $20 (includes gratuity). Make your reservations with Audrey Morrison. Please continue to look for an outstanding
flag display to receive our award.
4. The Jonathan Dayton Chapter in Dayton, Ohio, will conduct a grave-marking
ceremony for 30 Revolutionary War soldiers on May 18. If you are interested, please get in touch with Kay Upole.
5. The Mahoning Chapter will celebrate their 120th anniversary on April
22. If you are interested, please get in touch with Kay.
6. Our Chapter will mark the grave of Revolutionary War soldier Jacob
Shearer on Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 P.M. at the Mapleton Cemetery in East Canton, in cooperation with the Osnaburg Historical
Society. More details will be announced at the May 1 meeting.
7. Kay has advised us that National raised dues. It's likely that
OSDAR will do the same. As recommended by our Executive Board, our members voted at the Chapter meeting to increase
our dues to $50.00.
8. As recommended by the Board, our members voted to increase our contribution
to the six DAR Schools from $10 to $25 for each school.
MARCH 5 CHAPTER MEETING
Our Chaplain, Ruth Springer,
conducted our annual Memorial Service in memory of the seven members who have passed away during the past year: Lucille
Tetzel, Vivian Geltz, Ruth Huston, Marilyn Himes, Margaret Lindenberger, Merle Kimmel, and Louise Baldwin.
At our Annual Business Meeting following the memorial service, Regent
Kay Upole read her annual report to National, and the reports of the Chapter Chairs.
Congratulations to Linda Petz for her outstanding work with our Junior
American Citizens! We have eight state winners this year. Audrey Morrison reported that we have two Wings of Eagles
Scholarship winners. If you would like to be a chaperone at the student luncheon on April 13 at State Conference, please notify
If you plan to attend State Conference April 12 - 14, be sure to make
your room reservations by March 12. Your meal reservations must be mailed in time to be received by March 28.
Gloria Zanin read a thank-you letter from the Salvation Army for our
gifts and donations in December.
Betty Graybill invited us to the next meeting of the Madison McKinley
Chapter USD 1812 on Tuesday, April 16, at noon, at the Perkins Restaurant. on Belpar NW in Belden Village.
They will have a memorial service for deceased chapter members, including Vivian Geltz, who was a member of our
It's time to look for a flag display for our award in June.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 3, at 1:00 P.M. We
will recognize our Everyday American Heroes.
DECEMBER 5th CHAPTER MEETING
At our December 5th meeting, we welcomed three new members (from left) Linda
Kehres, Abby Dray, and Kathy Lambach. Regent Kay Upole, Registrar Debbie Hinton, and Chaplain Ruth Springer conducted
the installation ceremony.
After our luncheon of soup and Christmas cookies and the business meeting, we enjoyed
a musical program by Dreama Powell (shown here with Kay) playing the Celtic harp. Thanks to Margaret Frost for making
the program arrangements!
1) Remember, we will not meet in January or February. Our next meeting will
be Wednesday, March 6, for our Annual Business Meeting at 10:30 A.M., lunch, and continuing after lunch if necessary.
Cost for lunch is $12.00.
2) The Akron library will hold another series of genealogy classes beginning in
January. Kay has all of the information.
NOVEMBER 7 MEETING
Shown here with Regent Kay Upole, the Rev. Otis Essex, who was celebrating his 86th birthday, entertained
us with memories of his service on the destroyer USS Murphy during World War II, while he was in the United States Marine
Corps, and his later service as a United States Navy Chaplain during the Vietnam War. He had a total of 33 years of
military service. This was our second meeting with the Rev. Essex, who was the featured speaker at our 2009 Flag Day
Our member Betty Louden told us about her service in the Navy during World War II.
1) Our next meeting is December 5 at noon, with our soup luncheon and Christmas cookies. Please
let Audrey know if you want to bring soup or cookies. The program will be Dreama Powell playing the Celtic Harp.
Guests are welcome!
2) Please remember to bring your unwrapped gifts for the Salvation Army Toys for Tots program.
Gifts should be suitable for children from infancy through age 12, and should have a value of $25.00.
3) A Board meeting will be held on December 5 at 10:30 A.M.
4) The Akron Library will have a series of genealogy classes in January. Please see Kay if you
|BEN FRANKLIN (aka Dennis Harbert) & Kay Upole
|Photo by Joy Dingman
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN VISITS OCTOBER MEETING WITH HODARS
Our Chapter welcomed Benjamin Franklin (portrayed by Dennis Harbert and shown in the photo
with Kay Upole) and our HODAR's at our October 6 meeting at Shady Hollow Country Club. During the business meeting,
we approved the budget for 2012 - 2013 and minor changes to our By-laws, as well as electing the Nominating Committee.
1) At our Constitution Day luncheon last month, Canton Chapter was presented with a National
Award for Outstanding Chapter Achievement for our participation in Junior American Citizens contests. This award is due to
the outstanding job our JAC Chairman, Linda Petz, has done for the past three years. Thank you, Linda!
2) The National Society has presented our member Esther Christmas with a certificate for
50 years of membership.
3) Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7, at 1:00 P.M. at Faith United
Methodist Church in North Canton. The Rev. Otis Essex will present the program about the World War II battleship USS
4) The Finance Committee will meet on November 7 at 11:00 A.M. at the church.
5) Our Chapter will participate in the Salvation Army's Toys for Tots program again this
year. Members may bring unwrapped gifts for children in the 10 - 12 year age group to the December meeting.
SEPTEMBER 5 CHAPTER MEETING
In celebration of Constitution Week, we enjoyed a cake decorated to commemorate the 225th anniversary
of the signing of the Constitution. Constitution Week Chair Sharon Snowden reported on Constitution Week activities. Members
enjoyed a Constitution Trivia Game coordinated by Sharon.
By secret ballot, the Chapter unanimously accepted six prospective members.
Assistant Treasurer Betty Graybill presented the proposed budget for 2012-13. We will vote
on the budget at the October meeting.
Sharon reported on Continental Congress, where our Junior Member Megan Jarvis was a Flag
Megan, our Commemorative Events Chair, presented facts about the terrorist attacks of September
Everyone enjoyed the program about "Little Chicago, Canton in the Roaring Twenties" presented
by Kimberley Kenney of the McKinley Museum.
1) At Fall Fun Day in Columbus, our Chapter received the Chapter Achievement Level
1 Award and a Good Citizens Award for sponsoring over 10 schools.
2) On September 15, from 10:00 A.M. to noon, Debbie Hinton, Michelle Mayle, and Sharon
Snowden will be at the Stark County Main Library to assist any and all with genealogy research at the Genealogy Workshop.
3) The Constitution Week Luncheon will be September 22 at Courtney's Banquet Center in
Alliance. The deadline for reservations was September 1.
4) Also on September 22, the Friends of Fort Laurens will have their 17th Annual Moccasin
Roast at Fort Laurens from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Cost is $30. Deadline for reservations is September 18.
5) We will participate in the Constitution Parade in Louisville on Sunday, September 23.
6) On Wednesday, October 3, at 12:30 P.M., we will have a Board meeting at the 25th St.
North Branch Library. After the meeting, we will have a workshop for all Committee Chairs on the computerized Master
7) Our next meeting will be Saturday, October 6, at the Shady Hollow Country Club.
Punch bowl at 11:30, luncheon at noon. This is our HODAR luncheon, but you do not have to bring a HODAR to participate.
The program will be Benjamin Franklin, portrayed by Dennis Harbert. Cost is $14.00. Send your reservations
to Carolyn Elsass by September 30.
ANNUAL PICNIC WITH SAR AND C.A.R.
Chapter members gathered at Price Park in North Canton on August 1 for our annual picnic with members of
Sons of the American and the Children of the American Revolution, followed by a concert in the park by the Canton Concert
Anastasia Demor, president of the Colonel George Stewart Society C.A.R., reported on the Society's activities.
1) A naturalization ceremony for nine new citizens will be held on Friday, August 10, at the Stark
County Courthouse in Judy Taryn Heath's courtroom. Call Eleanor Cartwright for details.
2) Canton Chapter will have a booth at the Constitution Week Festival in Louisville at Metzger Park
on August 17, 18, and 19, from 5:00 to 11:00 P.M. on the Friday, noon to 10:00 P.M. on the Saturday, and noon to 5:00 P.M.
on the Sunday. Call Sharon Snowden if you would like to work at the booth.
3) Our September meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 5. Kim Kenney from the McKinley
Museum will present the program.
4) Debbie Hinton, Michelle Mayle, and Sharon Snowden will conduct a Genealogy Workshop at the Main
Campus of the Stark County District Library on September 15 from 10:00 A.M. until noon.
5) Call Kay Upole for information on a series of genealogy workshops at the Akron Library.
6) The 2012 Constitution Luncheon will be hosted by the Minerva Great Trail Chapter on September 22
at Courtney's Banquet Center in Alliance. We will participate in the Constitution Parade the following day.
7) Our HODAR Luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 6. Benjamin Franklin will be present.
More information will be announced at the September 5 meeting.
8) We plan to hold a meeting for Committee Chairs to learn how to complete the Master Questionnaire.
More information will be announced at the September meeting.
|Janet Weir Creighton & Debbie Hinton
BICENTENNIAL OF THE WAR OF 1812
(Photo by Kay Upole)
On Monday, June 18, Stark County Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton, a member of our Chapter, presided at
a formal ceremony at the Stark County Courthouse in downtown Canton to observe the 200th anniversary of the declaration of
the War of 1812. The ceremony was one of 88 held simultaneously in every county in Ohio. Two Stark County Sheriff's deputies,
both military veterans, raised a 15-star American Flag, one of 89 donated by the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
to every county and the State of Ohio through a donation by Buckeye Cable System of Toledo.
The flag is identical to the one that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem later titled "The
Star-Spangled Banner" while he was imprisoned at Fort McHenry and saw the flag still waving after the bombarding
of American forces during the Battle of Baltimore in September 1814.
The featured speaker was Robert Toth, Executive Director of the Veterans Service Commission of Stark County.
Former Stark County Auditor Brant Luther sang the National Anthem. A number of local officials attended the ceremony.
Commissioner Creighton recognized our member Debbie Hinton, who attended as a representative of the Madison-McKinley
Chapter of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812. Also in attendance were our Chapter members Kay Upole
and Joy Dingman, together with Joy's husband Morris, who was recognized by Commissioner Creighton with other military veterans
(Photos by Joy Dingman)
Canton Chapter celebrated Flag Day with a luncheon at Shady Hollow Country Club on Saturday, June 16.
Regent Kay Upole presented the 2012 Flag Award to the Angelo Mercorelli family of North Canton. (From left) Audrey Morrison,
Kay Upole, Angelo, Jeanne, and Dominic Mercorelli.
(From left) Kay and Audrey presented the 2012 Book Grant to Lauren DeCoy, daughter of our member Rebecca
DeCoy. A 2012 graduate of Jackson High School, Lauren plans to attend The Ohio State University.
Janet Swihart, shown here with Kay, presented a program of patriotic music, inviting all of us to
Kay announced the 2012 service awards to 40-year member Esther Christman and to 25-year members Barbara
Broome, Marion Humphrey, Margaret Lindenberger, Peggy Sluss, Amy Williams, Betty Wright, and Elizabeth Zingler.
1. Continental Congress will begin June 27. Sharon Snowden and her granddaughter, Megan
Jarvis, are our delegates. Megan will serve as a page.
2. The OSDAR Chapter Development and Revitalization
Commission will hold a workshop at the Stark County District Library on July 21. Kay has details.
3. Our annual C.A.R./DAR/SAR picnic will be held on Wednesday, August 1, at Price Park in North Canton.
Because this will be our first chapter meeting of the 2012-2013 Chapter year, we will meet at 4:30 for a short business meeting,
followed by a covered dish picnic supper. A Concert in the Park will begin at 7:00 P.Ml
4. OSDAR Fun Fair Day is August 18. This is a one-day event to provide Chapters with information
for the coming year. Reservations may be made through the OSDAR Web site.
Our Regent, Kay Upole (left), presented Junior American Citizens Committee Chair
Linda Petz with an Award for Outstanding Service from our Chapter for her work with the JAC contests.
(Front, from left) Matt Paquelet (St. Barbara’s); Kailey Hester (Clearmount Elementary; Lake Elementary students
Cara Bunner, Christina Slabinski, and Allyson Gregerson; Chad Fichter (St. Barbara’s). (Second row, from left) Tom Menches
(St. Barbara’s), Naudia Spicer (Massillon Middle), Lindsay Lowry (Clearmount), Allison Troyer (Lake Middle), Joseph
Tharp (St. Barbara’s). (Back row, from left) Canton DAR Regent Kathryn Upole, Jackson High School students Bethany Smith
and Allison Antram, Lyndsey Gregerson (Lake High), Antonia Rae McClain (Massillon Middle), Canton DAR JAC Chair Linda Petz.
Not pictured: Jenna Baker (Lake Elementary), Ellie Smith (St. Barbara’s), Maddie Petruccio (Lake Middle), Maggie Craig
(From left) Marge Starcher, Canton DAR Regent Kathryn Upole, Pamela Valentine (Service Area Director, Girl Scouts of Northeast
Ohio), Canton DAR Everyday American Heroes Committee Chair Betty Graybill, Corey Monsewicz and Kim Dietrick of Grace United
Church of Christ in Uniontown. Not pictured: Rodney Bonsky, Post Commander, Greentown VFW Post 9904.
May 2nd 2012
Our May meeting was a gala affair with many guests present for the awards ceremony recognizing the winners
of the 2012 Junior American Citizens contests and our 2012 Everyday American Heroes.
JAC Committee Chair Linda Petz attracted 187 entries from Stark County schools in this year's contests. Of
those, 19 were Chapter contest winners. From those, 14 went on to win at the state and East Central Division levels.
Six of those were national winners. Regent Kay Upole presented Linda with our Chapter's Award for Outstanding Service for
her work with the contests. At the 113th OSDAR State Conference last month, Linda was presented with the Thatcher
Award by State JAC Chair Charlene Tarr for her outstanding service. Linda has served on this committee for three years. A
graduate of Bowling Green State University and the University of Akron, Linda taught middle school students for 26 years and
coordinated curriculum in Stark County Schools for nine years.
Everyday American Heroes Chair Betty Graybill presented the 2012 honorees: Marge Starcher
of East Canton, who makes handmade baby quilts for military families and lap robes for cancer patients at Aultman Hospital;
the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year; the Youth
Group of the Grace United Church of Christ in Uniontown, who called attention to the issue of homelessness with the
Homelessness Awareness Lockout on a cold night in February and collected a carful of food donations and $160 for the Haven
of Rest Ministries; and the Greentown VFW Post 9904, who contributed $17,000 to local charities last
year, sent packages to soldiers overseas, raised money for cancer research, donated to college scholarships, helped send a
family to Disneyland, and gave food cards to six needy families.
Our Chapter received three awards at State Conference last month: from the OSDAR Membership Committee
for High Standards of Excellence in maintaining our prospective member database; from the OSDAR State Librarian for our donation
to the NSDAR Library; and from the Constitution Week Committee for our outstanding state participation.
Our next meeting will be our Flag Day Luncheon on Saturday, June 16, at the Shady Hollow Country Club.
Cost is $13.00. Punch bowl at 11:30; luncheon at noon.
The Zoar Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, June 23. For lunch and the tour, the cost is $30.
For the tour only, $15.
|Jessica Brown & Julia Haines
|Jo Swanson & Regent, Kay Upole
APRIL 2012 MEETING
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At our April 4 meeting, we recognized our six 2012
DAR Good Citizens in an awards ceremony conducted by Good Citizens Chair Ruth Frock. (From left) Jessica Brown (St. Thomas
Aquinas High School) was our Chapter winner, shown here with Julia Haines (East Canton High School). Our other Good
Citizens were Maggie Eckroad (Canton South), Danielle Baker (Louisville), Joey Cottrell (McKinley), and Salman Safir (Hoover).
the awards ceremony, Jo Swanson (shown here with our Regent, Kay Upole) presented a delightful program about "Pets in the
1) At Ohio State Conference, we will host 11 students at the Junior American Citizens luncheon, and our JAC Chairman,
Linda Petz, will be recognized for her outstanding efforts.
2) Book grant applications are due by April 30.
3) Our Chapter will participate in the Canton Memorial Day Parade on May 28. If you would like to ride in the
parade, please notify Joy Dingman
4) We need nominations for Flag Award recipients to be submitted by our May meeting so we can vote on a winner.
Our Flag Day luncheon will be at Shady Hollow County Club on June 16. Punch bowl at 11:30, luncheon at noon. We
will install all of our new members.
5) Our next Chapter meeting is May 2. We will recognize our Junior American Citizens and our Everyday American
Heroes. A Board meeting will be held at 11:00 before the Chapter meeting.
2012 CHAPTER MEETING
Canton Chapter held the annual Memorial Service in memory of Dorothy Swallen Lamb, Patsy Woolslayer Clark, and Evelyn Brigham
Congratulations to Junior American Citizens Chairman Linda Petz on her outstanding work with the 2011 Junior American Citizens.
From 187 entries, we had 13 state winners. Volunteers are needed to attend the Students Luncheon at State Conference
to serve as chaperones.
If you are planning to attend the 113th OSDAR State Conference, April 13-15, you should make your room
reservations by March 16. You should mail your meal reservations in time to be received by March 29.
Our next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday, April 4. We will honor our 2012 DAR Good Citizens.
by Joy Dingman
Following a report on the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, several members shared
their memories and family connections to Pearl Harbor.
Three soldiers who are relatives of Chapter members will soon leave for service in Afghanistan.
Committee Chairs are reminded to complete their questionnaires. The forms are available online.
Important: our next meeting will be March 7. There will be no meetings in January or February.
Kimberley Kenney (left), Curator of the McKinley Museum, with Regent Kay Upole. Kim presented our program on "The Story
of Chocolate" complete with samples from Anastasiades Exclusive Chocolates of North Canton.
(From left) New member Joan Gillespie was installed in a ceremony conducted by Regent Kay Upole, Chaplain
Ruth Springer and Registrar Debbie Hinton at our December 7 meeting.
|Christopher Kenney & Regent, Kay Upole
November 2 Chapter Meeting:
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Our Regent, Kay Upole, welcomed our speaker, Christopher Kenney from the McKinley Museum, who presented a program
about “Moving the President,” a review of various methods of transportation used by the Presidents.
1) Please bring
unwrapped toys, value $15 to $25, for children from infancy through age 12 to our December meeting, to be delivered to the
Salvation Army for Christmas.
Regent Patsy Clark passed away on October 26. Services were held on October 29.
3) The next Chapter meeting will be December 7, at noon for soup and cookies. The program on chocolate will be
presented by Kimberly Kenney, Curator of the McKinley Museum. If you would like to bring your favorite soup or cookies,
please notify Audrey Morrison.
|Jo Swanson & Regent Kay Upole
OCTOBER 5 CHAPTER MEETING
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Jo Swanson (left), shown in this photo with Regent Kay Upole presented a very interesting program about
Ghost Stories from the White House.
During the business meeting, we decided that members who would like to donate toys for Christmas to the
Salvation Army should bring unwrapped gifts with a minimum value of $15 to the December 7 meeting.
1) The deadline to pay dues is October 10.
2) The grave-marking for Revolutionary War soldier Philip Farber on October 1, sponsored by Canton
and Great Trail Chapters, was well attended with 58 people present, including State Representative Mark Okey, State Regent
Sharlene Shoaf, State Organizing Secretary Nancy Wright, State Chaplain Jan Augenstein, Northeast District Director Rose McIntyre,
and many members of the Farber family. Also participating were the Sandy Valley American Legion, the Brigade
of the American Revolution Northwest Department Re-enactors from Fort Laurens, and SAR members. Debbie
Hinton worked for seven years to accomplish this event.
3) Great Trail Chapter will sponsor their Chocolate Revolution on Saturday, October 15, in Minerva.
4) Ruth Frock has information about a bus trip to Williamsburg for the Christmas festival on December
2 – 5.
5) Our member Dorothy Lamb passed away on September 8 at the age of 103. She
had lived a very busy and fulfilling life.
6) The next Chapter meeting will be November 2, with a program on “Moving The Presidents”
presented by Christopher Kenney.
June 11th Chapter Meeting
Flag Day Luncheon
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(From left) Vice Regent Jayne White, featured speaker Lt. Col. Hugo Doerschuk (U.S. Army retired), and Regent Kathryn Upole
at the Canton Chapter Flag Day luncheon on June 11.
(From left) New members welcomed to Canton Chapter at the Flag Day luncheon were (from left) Barbara Kramer, Julie Elsass,
Stephanie Houck, Carolyn Lewis, and Debbie Pfendler.
Flag Day Luncheon
Canton Chapter celebrated Flag Day with a luncheon on June 11 at Shady Hollow Country Club. Membership Chairman Debbie
Hinton introduced five new members: Julie Elsass, Stephanie Houck, Barbara Kramer, Carolyn Lewis, and Debbie Pfendler. She
introduced six members who have transferred to Canton Chapter: Sharon Snowden, Megan Jarvis, Mariah Jarvis, Patricia Jarvis,
Deanna Connolly, and Lara Givler.
The 2011 Flag Award winner is the Lowell D. Oberly Post #667, East Canton American Legion.
Regent Kay Upole announced that two members have received 25-year certificates: Janet Kaboth and JoAnn Brenner.
Vice Regent Jayne White introduced the featured speaker, Lt. Col. Hugo Doerschuk (U.S. Army retired), who
entertained us with stories about his service in Desert Storm and Kuwait. Lt. Col. Doerschuk is Jayne’s brother-in-law.
John, Barb, and Julie Elsass sang "Battle Hymn of the Republic." John is Carolyn Elsass’s son; Julie
is her granddaughter.
1) Annual DAR/SAR/CAR annual picnic will be August 28 at Wingfoot Lake State Park in Suffield (Portage County).
Invite friends and family, and bring a covered dish. This is a regular meeting.
2) We will hold a Chapter meeting on September 7. The August and September meetings replace the January and
February meetings that we voted to delete because of inclement weather in recent years.
MAY 4th Chapter Meeting
Photographs and Report
by Joy Dingman
JR. AMERICAN CITIZENS AND EVERYDAY AMERICAN HEROES HONORED AT MAY MEETING
Our May 4 Chapter meeting featured our annual recognition of Junior American Citizens and Everyday
More than 200 students entered the Junior American Citizens contests sponsored by our Chapter
this year with the theme "Preserving America’s Past." Six, including two teams, were national winners. Committee Chair
Linda Petz commented, "All are indeed winners because they gave thought to America’s past."
Taking first place at the national level in the Stamp Design category was Autumn Browning, a
fourth-grade student at Clearmount Elementary School.
A team of three students from St. Barbara’s School in Massillon took first place at the
national level in the Banner category. The trio are fifth-grade students Sarah Thompson, Kaylan Liossis, and Taylor Brand.
Stefani Dunphy, a home-schooled student in the 11th grade, placed second at the national
level in the Photo Essay category.
Brynne Skoropys, a seventh-grade student at Lake Middle School, took third place in the Stamp
Design category of the national contest.
A team of three pre-kindergarten pupils from Lake Township, Caleb Sommers, Adalyn Sommers, and
Alina Smith, won third place at the national level in the Banner category.
Bryan Wuske, a seventh-grade student at Massillon Middle School, took Honorable Mention in the
Stamp Design category of the national contest.
First place winners in the Short Story category of the local contest were Jackson High School
junior Allison Antram, Perry High School senior Molly Craig, and Lake Elementary School fifth-grade students Allyson Gregerson
and Taylor Planey.
Taking first place in the Poetry category of the local contest were Maddie Petruccio and Nolan
Mason from Lake Elementary School; and Maggie Craig from T.C. Knapp Elementary School. All are in the fifth grade.
Local first place winners of the Poster category were Emma Stine from Massillon Middle School,
Nathan McCoy from Clearmount Elementary School, and Lake Elementary fifth-graders Tate Testa and Megan Anderson.
In addition to the national winner, taking first place in the Stamp Design category of the local
contest were Lake Elementary School fifth-grade students Kyle Wright and Samantha Wise.
All of the Lake Elementary School students are in Karen Rowley’s class. She is a member
of our Chapter, and co-chair of our American History Committee with Kim Germano, who is Allison Antram's teacher at Jackson
(Front row, from left) Autumn Browning (Clearmount Elementary), Samantha Wise (Lake Elementary), Allyson Gregerson
(Lake Elementary), Taylor Planey (Lake Elementary), Megan Anderson (Lake Elementary), Nolan Mason (Lake Elementary).
(Second row, from left) Kyle Wright (Lake Elementary), Taylor Brand (St. Barbara’s, Massillon), Kaylan Liossis (St.
Barbara’s, Massillon), Sarah Thompson (St. Barbara’s, Massillon), Tate Testa (Lake Elementary). (Back row, from
left) Emma Stine (Massillon Middle), Allison Antram (Jackson High), Molly Craig (Perry High), Maggie
Craig (T.C.Knapp Elementary), Bryan Wuske (Massillon Middle).
National results of the Junior American Citizens written expression contests.
Taking first place at the national level of the Poem category was Maggie Craig, a fifth-grade student
at T.C. Knapp Elementary School.
The national first-place winner in the Short Story category was Jackson High School junior Allison Antram.
Taking second place at the national level of the Poem category was Nolan Mason, a fifth-grade student
at Lake Elementary School.
Adalyn Sommers (age 3) and her brother Caleb Sommers (age 5) took third place at the national level for their
banner. Not pictured Alina Smith (age 6), who helped create the banner. Upon receiving his prize, Caleb declared , "I love
the United States of America!" and then recited the Pledge of Allegiance, winning a special round of applause.
Recognized as Everyday American Heroes for their patriotic service at the meeting were (front, from left)
Chloe Snodgrass, Olivia Johnson, Aden Guiley; (back row, from left) Sue Oryszak, Ty Lee, Lucy Miller, Barbara Schneider.
Chloe Snodgrass is a member of the Orchard Hill Elementary School Student Council, who spearheaded
a drive to collect AA and AAA batteries to send to members of our armed forces overseas in a project called "Let’s Energize
Olivia Johnson is a member of Girl Scout Troop 544, based at Northwood Elementary School. Under
the direction of their leader, Ty Lee, the troop decorated a 6-1/2 foot Christmas tree with ornaments made from recycled Christmas
cards they collected. Their tree won the Youth Award in the Akron Childrens Hospital Festival of Trees.
Aden Guiley is a student in Sue Oryszak’s second grade class at Orchard Hill Elementary
School. Working with the Foundation for Community Betterment, the class held a book drive that collected 2,200 books for the
Margaret Shipley Child Health Clinic in Canton.
Lucy Miller is a volunteer with the Shelbi Martin’s Benevolent Fund, which operates an
ice-cream truck non-profit business that goes to schools, churches, and other events where they sell ice cream. All proceeds
are used to benefit families dealing with childhood cancer, including toys for the Akron Childrens Hospital oncology toy room,
Christmas gifts for children with cancer in the hospital, and transportation for children going for treatment. The project
was established in memory of five-year-old Shelbi Martin, who died in 2008.
Barbara Schneider is the coordinator of SW Area Families Evolve (S.A.F.E.) that sponsors neighborhood
activities to help families in the area near Aultman Hospital. More than 200 bags of school supplies are distributed to students
in the area in the fall. The organization operates on a grant from the Stark County Foundation, providing free pancake breakfasts
at Christmas and Easter and other activities.
Also recognized at the ceremony were four Girl Scout troops from St. Paul’s School in North
Canton, who made apple pies that were served at the Samaritan’s Table at St. John’s Catholic Church in Canton.
The Canton Chapter DAR Everyday American Heroes program, now in its third year, recognizes local
citizens who do their best to give back to help others and give back to the community. Betty Graybill is the committee chair.
|Regent Kay Upole & Linda Alexander
|DeFrance Thomas, Debbie Hinton, Elaine Savage
APRIL 2011 CHAPTER MEETING
At our April meeting, many of us participated in our Spring Hat Contest. Winners, determined by
secret ballot, were (from left) DeFrance Thomas, third; Debbie Hinton, first; and Elaine Savage, second.
Everyone enjoyed our program on the "History of Tiffany's" by Linda Alexander, shown here with Regent Kay
Carolyn Elsass reported that Jean Douglas donated an antique family quilt to the DAR Museum. It is on display
at the Museum in the current exhibition, and will be featured in a book on selections from the DAR quilt collection .that
will be published this summer. The book will include a photograph of the quilt that shows it restored to the original colors,
thanks to modern technology.
During the business meeting, the Chapter accepted a recommendation by the Executive Board to change our January
and February meetings to August and September. We will hold our annual Memorial Service at our March meeting, and will
present our DAR Good Citizens awards at the April meeting.
1) Kay is looking for volunteers to be mentors to our new members. The President General has made
it a priority to have seasoned members encourage new Chapter members.
2) Kay will present the DAR Bronze Medal to Cadet Cpl. Shyla Harper at the annual Army Junior ROTC awards
ceremony at Timken High School on April 14.
3) The OSDAR Chapter Development and Revitilization Commission will conduct a workshop at the Stark
County District Library on June 18. Cost is $7; participants will bring their own sack lunch. Please advise Kay
if you are interested.
4) We are seeking nominations for our Flag Awards to be presented at our Flag Day luncheon on June 11.
Please advise Debbie Hinton if you have a candidate.
5) Our next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday, May 4. We will present the DAR Good Citizens awards, our
Everyday American Heroes awards, and recognize the Junior American Citizens winners. We had 19 state winners this
year, and seven of those went on to the national contests!
MARCH CHAPTER MEETING
by Joy Dingman
At our March 2 meeting, we elected Kay Upole, Audrey Morrison, and Ruth Frock to be delegates to Continental
1) Meal reservations for State Conference must be mailed and received by March 17.
2) The next and last Webinar is scheduled for March 15 on lineage research in the 21st century.
3) We commend Linda Petz for her outstanding efforts with the Junior American Citzens. We have
19 state winners. Volunteers are needed to go to the Students' Luncheon at State Conference to chaperone the student
4) Margaret Frost reported on the Web site that Dorothy Lamb was featured on the Today Show on February
24 by Willard Scott in recognition of her 103rd birthday on February 21.
5) Our next Chapter meeting will be April 6. Remember to wear your decorated spring hat to be
judged. A prize will be awarded for the most creative design. Our speaker will be Linda Alexander with a program
on the history of Tiffany's.
JANUARY 5 CHAPTER MEETING
By Joy Dingman
At our January 5 meeting, Canton Chapter elected delegates to State Conference:
Kay Upole, Rebecca Decoy, Debra Hinton, Audrey Morrison,
Jayne White, Eleanor Cartwright, Ruth Frock, and alternate Judy Tritt.
Chaplain Ruth Springer conducted our annual Memorial Service
in memory of Gloria Boyd Ewing and Gloria Cooper Wheeler.
* Madonna Kutcher has been ill; members may like to send
her a card.
* The next Webinar will be held January 11 at 2:00 P.M.
on the topic Reporting Your Chapter's Accomplishments.
* A change from our yearbook: the Presidents Day
Luncheon will be hosted by the SAR at the 38th St. Baptist Church on February 12 at noon. Program will be presented
by the Friends of Fort Laurens. Cost is $8.50. Reservation deadline is February 2.
* Next Canton Chapter meeting: Wednesday, February
2. Program: Good Citizens and American History Awards.
Regent Kay Upole greeted our featured speaker, Professor Louisa
Kaufman of Walsh University, who presented a program on Christmas at Williamsburg.
1. Betty Graybill requests that anyone interested in donating
cookies for the Veterans' Christmas party on December 9 at the VA Clinic in Canton should deliver them by December 8.
2. Chemawa Indian School and Berry College will no longer
accept UPC labels from the Campbell's Labels for Education program. They prefer monetary donations. Bacone College
will continue to accept the labels and monetary donations.
3. The Moses Cleveland Chapter will host a luncheon and musical
program on December 8. Anyone who is interested in going, please get in touch with Kay Upole.
4. Wreaths Across America will lay wreaths at Arlington National
Cemetery on December 11. Several military cemeteries in Ohio will participate. The cemetery closest to Canton
is in Canfield. Anyone who is interested in participating, please get in touch with Kay Upole.
5. The next Webinar series is December 14. The topic
is Reporting Your Chapter's Accomplishments: the Master Questionnaire, with featured speaker Susan Metzger, National Vice
Chairman, Volunteer Informational Specialists Committee. The Webinar is directed to Chapter Regents and Vice Regents.
6. Our next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday January 5, 2011,
with our annual soup and holiday leftover cookie luncheon at noon, followed by our Memorial Service. We will take nominations
for our delegation to State Conference.