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
Report & Photo by
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
Photographs and Report by
(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.