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Meeting Notes by Joy Dingman

Junior American Citizens
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MAY 4, 2016:  JUNIOR AMERICAN CITIZENS

   We welcomed a large number of guests at our May 4 meeting.  Junior American Citizens Committee Chair Karen Rowley presented the 2016 class of contest winners.  Regent Kay Upole presented each winner with a certificate, a monetary gift and a small American flag.                           

   Our Junior American Citizens this year included not only Chapter level winners, but also two national winners, as well as East Central Division and state winners.

   Our national winners, both in the Poem category, were Casey Yokley, a fifth-grade student at Lake Elementary School, who took second place, and Mackenzie Bozman, a seventh-grade student at Lake Middle School, who took third place.

   Also in the Poem category, we had two more winners in the East Central Division contest: Jasmine Holb (fourth grade, Lake Elementary), who took first place and Adam Hess (third grade, Hartville Elementary) who took third place. Taking second place in the local contest were Amanda Yokley (fifth grade, Lake Elementary) and Shelby Miller (fourth grade, Lake Elementary). Sage Lammlein, a fourth-grade student at Lake Elementary) took third place.

   In the Poster category, Madelyn Kirk, a fifth-grade student at Lake Elementary, took second place in the state contest at her grade level. In the local contest, Pierre Betts, a seventh-grade student at Massillon Junior High School, and Brooke Yoder, a fourth-grade student at Lake Elementary, took first place at their grade levels. Carrington Wincek, a seventh-grade student at Massillon Junior High, took second place.

   In the Stamp Design category, Zachary Mundell, a seventh-grade student at Massillon Junior High, took second place at his grade level in the state contest, as did Kylie Bailey, a fifth-grade student at Lake Elementary. The other first-place winner was Wyatt Tatum, a fourth-grade student at Lake Elementary. Second place winners were Rian Hudy (seventh grade, Massillon Junior High), Brycen Green (fifth grade, Lake Elementary) and Will Haupt (fourth grade Lake Elementary). Taking third place were Kelsey Gurnicke (seventh grade, Massillon Junior High) and Abbey Constantine (fifth grade, Lake Elementary).
  
   In the Short Story category, Maddie Sladen, a seventh-grade student at Lake Middle School, won first place.

   Announcements:
   1)  Our next meeting will be our Flag Day Luncheon on Saturday, June 11, at LaPizzaria.  Punch bowl at 11:30, luncheon at noon.  Our speaker will be Michael Boyd of the Jackson Rotary.  We will install new officers and members, as well as presenting the Flag Day awards.  Husbands are welcome.  Cost is $20.00.  Please send your check to Kay.  Deadline for reservations is June 4.

  2)  Canton Chapter is on the schedule with the Stark County Bar Association to host the Naturalization Ceremony with Judge Frank Forchione on Friday, November 10, at 11:00 A.M. at the Stark County Courthouse.  We will provide cookies and punch, as well as flags and pamphlets for the new citizens.  Please let Kay know if you want to participate.

   3)  The Canton Chapter DAR/CAR picnic will be August 17 at the Jackson Park on Fulton Rd.  Husbands and family are welcome, as always.

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Everyday American Heroes
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APRIL 2016

EVERYDAY AMERICAN HEROES

 

Audrey Morrison presented our 2016 Everyday American Heroes at our April 6 meeting.  The photo nearby shows Kay and Audrey with three of the students and Joni Libertin, mother of Eagle Scout Theo Morrow; Boy Scout Troop 12 Scoutmaster Mark Staib and Brooks Miles, another leader of Troop 12 and father of Eagle Scout Will Miles.

 

The first award went to Logan Kuhn, seven years old, from Lexington Township. After Logan saw a television commercial that bothered him, a message about hungry kids, he noticed that there were children in his school who seemed to be thin and distracted, and he decided he needed to do something about it.  With help from his family, Logan has partnered with the Stark County Hunger Task Force to form Logan's Lunches, a fundraising group to support the organization's Backpacks for Kids program, which serves more than 2,000 children in five elementary schools in Stark County. Enough food is placed in the backpacks for the children to have two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks, to fill the gap between school lunch on Friday and breakfast on Monday, when it may be most difficult for them to find something to eat.  Logan is also the youngest member of the Founding Fathers Riding Club, a motorcycle club that supports military veterans and their families.. He has stood in flag lines to support fallen veterans, helped with cemetery clean-ups and raised money for post-traumatic stress disorder organizations. Logan's mother, Shannon Kuhn, is a Marine, and all of her brothers have also served. Logan participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the SAM Center in Massillon, which serves area military families. He has led the Pledge of Allegiance in a ceremony at the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park in Clinton.

 

The second award went to Kaden Stepp, a member of Cub Scout Pack 127.  While working on his Community badge, Kaden learned about homeless people in Stark County, which made him very sad.  He told his mother that they needed to help.  After doing some online research, they learned of the need for hygiene products.  Kaden looked around the house for extra change and came up with $22.  Then he started doing extra chores to earn more money for his project, which he calls "Blessing Bags."  With help from his mother and his three siblings, Kaden packs items in gallon-size bags, which they deliver to the Refuge of Hope homeless shelter in Canton on the second Saturday of every month during a free public dinner.  Kaden  hands out the bags himself and folks appreciate these items.  If you would like to help Kaden with his project, Audrey can give you the contact information.

 

The third award was presented to Miah Wilson from Jackson High School for her participation in Project Retread, a program that collects used sports equipment and gives it to kids in poor communities.  A standout goalie for the Jackson Polar Bears, Miah has set up donation boxes at Jackson home games, as well as at the high school and the middle school.  In  her first year, she amassed 150 pairs of shoes; last year, 250.  This year, after adding boxes at four Jackson elementary schools, she collected almost 600 pairs.  She has also collected uniforms, soccer balls, soccer bags and shin guards.  Project Retread is run by the Hands-on Sports Foundation, founded by Otto Orf, a retired professional soccer goalie who spent 17 years with the Cleveland Force and the Cleveland Crunch.  He coached Miah in elementary school.  Miah will play softball at George Mason University next year.  Her two younger brothers will take over the program.

 

The fourth award went to Malayah West-Mullen, an eighth-grade student at Oakwood Middle School.  As part of a sewing project for her fashion class, Malayah was to upcycle an outfit using discarded items.  At a local thrift store with her father, Malayah saw an American flag in a bin under a pile of landscaping trash and other unsold items.  When her father retrieved the flag from the dirty bin, she noticed that the flag was wet and dirty, and it made her angry to think that anyone would throw it away.  Malayah wrote "A Letter to the Forgotten Soldier" which was published in the Repository, and she read it at the ceremony: 

 

Dear forgotten soldier,

     First and foremost, I thank you for your service to our country. Thank you for your selflessness. Thank you for truly being willing to give your life while protecting our country’s reputation — the land of the free and the home of the brave!

     I don’t even know what your name is, forgotten soldier. My name is Malayah and I am 14 years old. You and I have never met, spoken or laid eyes on each other, yet I have an innate feeling of closeness with you, as if we were embracing, while I write this letter to you.

     Forgotten soldier, I wonder so many things about your life. I have so many questions. Did you go to war as a scared 17- or 18-year-old boy? Did you watch your mother’s tears flow freely as she waved goodbye to you, fearing that she would never see her sweet son alive again?

     Were you constantly on your guard while at war? Were you able to have even one moment of peace to calm your mind? Did you lose friends? Did you fear for your life daily? Did you make it home safely or did your mother’s worst fear become reality?

     Or instead, forgotten soldier, did you kiss your wife and children goodbye and put on your toughest soldier face when you deployed? Did you promise your little ones that their Daddy would be home soon, not knowing if it was a promise you were going to be able to keep? Did you soak in every second of your wife’s beauty before walking away into the unknown, praying that it would not he the last time you saw the love of your life?

     In which war did you so bravely fight for our country? What branch of the military was lucky enough to have you by their side? Did you get to come home, Forgotten Soldier?

     I hope you returned safely to your family. Did you love your family with all of your heart, but still have trouble showing emotion once you returned? Did you tuck your children into bed each night, knowing they were safe and sound because you were right there to protect them?

     Did you feel safe when you closed your eyes to rest at night, or did you have to fight demons like post traumatic stress disorder and addiction? Did the war rage on in nightmares?

     Did you ever become “readjusted” to civilian life and its sights and sounds? Were you able to let your guard down and enjoy life once your feet returned and were firmly planted on American soil?

     Did you live for a long time? Were you happy? Did you love? Were you loved? I just feel like I need answers.

     I am crying as I write this. My tears are like tiny raindrops as they fall upon the sealed, triangular-shaped plastic bag that sits on my lap. This bag contains your folded, burial flag, forgotten soldier. I am still in disbelief over how this precious memento came into my possession.

     I found your flag while looking for materials to use for a school project in my fashion class. I had to upcycle an outfit using things that were discarded. I saw your flag near the back of the huge bin, one red-white-and-blue corner sticking out from under a pile of landscaping trash and all of the items that didn’t make the cut to be sold.

     My dad got in to get your flag out of that dirty recycling bin. When my dad handed me your flag it was wet and dirty and it made me mad that any person, store or company would throw such a thing away.

     Forgotten soldier, I want to apologize on behalf of the person who donated your folded flag to a thrift store. I can only speculate on the reasons that person had for donating it. Maybe they didn’t know it was in one of the boxes they dropped off.

     And I apologize 1,000 times for the lack of respect shown to your flag by the thrift store and what they decided to do with this sacred cloth.

     Yes, I apologize, dear forgotten soldier, that this thrift store took this flag, your flag, the flag that was draped over your casket to honor the memory of your sacrifice and service to our country, and threw it in the recycling bin behind the building as if it had no value, no meaning, and belonged the same category as broken radios and out-of-season clothing. And I apologize a million times on behalf of our country, your country, the country you fought for and gave your life for, in one way or another.

     I am only 14, but I believe that every soldier loses at least a tiny piece of themselves when they make the choice to put their minds and bodies through war — and you all do this willingly. “Thank you” just doesn’t seem sufficient to express my gratitude for such a tremendous act of courage, now does it?

     So that’s why I am writing you this letter. Don’t worry, forgotten soldier, I rescued your flag and will cherish it always unless I find your family. But I don’t have your name, only a faded printed name of a funeral home that was stamped on the aging plastic bag.

     I want you to know that you are no longer a forgotten soldier. You are my soldier, my hero, a symbol of all soldiers whose sacrifices too often go unnoticed. I don’t know who you were or what your story was. I am all right with that. Your story has now transformed into my story, a story that’s not only about finding your flag, but also discovering what the true meaning of selflessness really is. The moral to this story is that too many times too many people forget too many soldiers and that freedom truly is not free at all. I will remember you always, my soldier, and treat your flag, and more importantly all soldiers, with the respect intended. Rest easy, dear soldier.

 

The next three awards recognized Boy Scout Troop 12, supported by Faith United Methodist Church, where our ceremony was held.  At a recent church service conducted by the Scouts, Scoutmaster Mark Staib reported on events at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico during a camp-out in July 2015, when a flash flood swept away some of the Scouts in their sleeping bags away.  One of the boys was later found deceased, still in his sleeping bag.  Eagle Scout Theodore Morrow, a first-year Ranger, was able to free himself from his sleeping bag and to help three others from theirs, preventing them from being swept away in the flood. A second Philmont staff member, Eagle Scout Will Miles, who had been trained in search and rescue operations, was called in to aid in the search for the missing boy.  For 36 hours, Will walked through chest-high water and knee-deep mud.  This is an example of how Scouting prepares young men to face difficult situations and how being prepared makes a difference in their lives and the lives of many others.  Troop 12 is planning a High Adventure Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic, where they will build houses for some of the poorest people on the planet.  If you would like to donate old sheets, towels, shoes or hand-saws, there are containers in near the entrance of the church.

 

The final award was presented to the Perry High School ROTC Panther Battalion, who could not attend the meeting.  The battalion raised more than $7,000 to help a family who had lost their home and all of their belongings in a fire.  They then joined forces with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties to secure a $50,000 grant from the Fred F. Silk Charitable Foundation to help build a permanent three-bedroom home for the family on the same property.  ROTC member Jeremy Adjoran, a senior at Perry High School, took a leadership role in the project. He is one of about 75 cadets who volunteered for the "Operation Rebuild" project, learning not only about building a  house but also about making plans, fundraising and coordinating volunteers.  Jeremy plans to pursue a career in the military service.  Kay and Audrey will present him with the DAR ROTC Bronze Medal at an awards ceremony next month at Perry High School.

 

Also at our meeting, Kay announced the awards our Chapter won at State Conference:  (1) National Defense Committee for 100 percent National Defense Reporting; (2) DAR Scholarship Committee for our sponsorship of "Wings of Eagles" scholarship applicants; (3) DAR Scholarship Committee for our award of a local Chapter scholarship; (4) DAR Scholarship Committee for our financial support of the "Wings of Eagles" scholarships; (5) Americanism Committee for distributing U.S. flags and patriotic literature, as well as our participation in naturalization ceremonies, the Canton Memorial Day parade and the Constitution Day parade in Louisville; (6) OSDAR State Chairman of the President General's Project for our 100 percent participation in the President General's project.

 

Our Chapter sponsored two winners of "Wings of Eagles" scholarships:  Tyler Brezina (McKinley High School) and Spencer Mason (Lake High School).

 

We have four state winners in the OSDAR Junior American Citizens contest, all in the poetry category.  They will be honored at our May 4 meeting.

 

Our Flag Day luncheon will be Saturday, June 11, at LaPizzaria.  Social hour 11:30; lunch at noon.  Cost: $20.  Send checks to Kay to reserve. The program will be presented by Mike Boyd, president of the Jackson Rotary Club.  We will install our new officers and any new members.

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Meeting Decor

2016 MEMORIAL SERVICE & ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

   No members of Canton Chapter passed away during 2015.  At our March 2, 2016, meeting, Chaplain Ruth Springer conducted a service in memory of several relatives of members:  Robert Killian, husband of Dorothy Killian; Barbara Aukerman, aunt of Kay Upole and sister-in-law of Eleanor Cartwright; Mary Kathleen (Kay) Lane, mother of Judy Tritt; Gary Kutcher, son of Madonna Kutcher; Margaret (Marnie) Jones, mother of Judy McLaughlin; John Savage, husband of Elaine Savage; Cynthia Keck-McNulty, daughter of Missy Keck; Burlen (Bud) Henline, husband of Nora Henline and Bonnie Connell, mother of Mary Anne Huber.

   Following the service, we held our Annual Business Meeting, where we heard Kay read her report on "State of the Canton Chapter 2015" and the annual reports of our various committees submitted to National on the Master Questionnaire.  This was our opportunity to hear about everything we have accomplished during the past year.

   We elected Chapter officers for 2016-2019:  Regent:  Joanne Malene; Vice Regent:  Rebecca DeCoy; Second Vice Regent:  Kim Demor; Recording Secretary:  Joy Dingman; Corresponding Secretary:  Audrey Morrison; Treasurer:  Carolyn Elsass; Assistant Treasurer:  Betty Graybill; Chaplain:  Eleanor Cartwright; Registrar:  Debbie Hinton; Historian:  Kay Upole; Librarian:  Ruth Frock.  They will be installed at the Flag Day luncheon on June 11.

   We voted to contribute $100 per year for the next three years to the Guardian Trust Campaign, a National project to finance necessary upkeep and renovations to DAR Constitution Hall in Washington.

   After the meeting, we enjoyed a luncheon of delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and cookies, served on a table beautifully decorated for St. Patrick's Day.  Thanks to Audrey Morrison, Margaret Frost, Ruth Frock, Debbie Hinton and Eleanor Cartwright!

  Our participation in the Naturalization Ceremony with the Stark County Bar Association has changed to Thursday, November 10, at the Stark County Courthouse.  We will provide cookies and punch.  Let Kay know if you would like to help.

   Karen Rowley has done an outstanding job with the Junior American Citizens.  We have four state winners with the possibility of some national winners.

   Thanks to Audrey Morrison, who assisted students with applications for the OSDAR Wings of Eagles Scholarship.  We will have two winners at State Conference.

   Also at State Conference, the OSDAR American History Committee will honor Lt. Sharon Ann Lane as an outstanding woman in history.  One of eight American military nurses who died while serving in Vietnam, Sharon was the only American nurse killed as a direct result of hostile fire.  She died on June 8, 1969, from wounds suffered from a salvo of rockets fired by the Viet Cong on the hospital where she was working, one month before her 26th birthday.  She was the sister of our member Judy Tritt.  At State Conference, Kay will accept the award on behalf of Judy's family because Judy can't attend.

   Please send a get-well card to Betty Louden, who is recovering from surgery for a broken hip.

  Our next meeting will be on April 6 at 1:00 P.M.  We will honor Everyday American Heroes.  If you have any children's books to donate for the Literacy Project, please bring them to this meeting.

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Regent Kay Upole and Mr. Gerald A. Payn

FEBRUARY 2016 CHAPTER MEETING

Our featured speaker, shown here with Kay, was Mr. Gerald A. Payn, who portrayed President Abraham Lincoln.  Mr. Payn, a resident of Wooster, is a life member of the National Association of Lincoln Presenters.

We welcomed another visitor, Nicki Dickerhoff, a member of the Massillon Chapter.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 2, at 10:30 A.M. for our Annual Business Meeting.  We will also hold a short memorial service for any members' relatives who passed away during 2015.  No Chapter members died during the year.

At the Business Meeting, we will elect Chapter officers for 2016-2019.  The slate presented by the Nominating Committee in December includes Regent:  Joanne Malene; Vice Regent:  Rebecca DeCoy; Second Vice Regent:  Kim Demor; Recording Secretary:  Joy Dingman; Corresponding Secretary:  Audrey Morrison; Treasurer:  Carolyn Elsass; Assistant Treasurer:  Betty Graybill; Chaplain:  Eleanor Cartwright; Registrar:  Debbie Hinton; Historian:  Kay Upole; Librarian:  Ruth Frock.  Additional nominations will be accepted.

This meeting will include our annual soup luncheon.  If you would like to help with the soup, please advise Audrey Morrison.

The Chapter will assist the Stark County Bar Association with a Naturalization Ceremony on July 8 in Probate Court.

If you have been saving Christmas card fronts for veterans, please be advised that they are no longer taking them.  However, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, will take card fronts from all types of cards.  You may bring the card fronts to a Chapter meeting to be sent to the hospital.

If anyone has any candidates for Everyday American Heroes, please advise Audrey Morrison.

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Kay & Mary Anne Huber
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The "Grannies"
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Dee Thomas

 CHAPTER MEETING
DECEMBER 2, 2015

   Everyone enjoyed our December meeting at the Canton Christian Home.  Betty Louden arranged for a delicious luncheon, followed by entertainment arranged by Dee Thomas (pictured), a musical program by "The Grannies," (from left) Granny Jo, Granny Jamie, Granny Annette, Granny Annie (wearing fake mustache from final act), Granny Debbie and Granny Jean.  Kay thanked Elaine Savage's brother Ward Scott, who provided the decorations because Elaine was ill.

   We welcomed our new member, Mary Anne Huber, pictured here with Kay.

   The Nominating Committee presented the slate of Chapter officers for 2016 - 2019, to be voted on at the March Chapter meeting:  Regent:  Joanne Malene; Vice Regent:  Rebecca DeCoy; Second Vice Regent:  Kim Demor; Recording Secretary:  Joy Dingman; Corresponding Secretary:  Audrey Morrison; Treasurer:  Carolyn Elsass; Assistant Treasurer:  Betty Graybill; Chaplain:  Eleanor Cartwright; Registrar:  Debbie Hinton; Historian:  Kay Upole; Librarian:  Ruth Frock.

   We elected delegates to OSDAR State Conference (March 31 - April 3):  Kay, Joanne, Kim, Anastasia Demor, Rebecca, Ruth and alternate Debbie.

   Kay presented Joy with a Service Award for 40 years of membership.

   Kay thanked members who brought toys and donations for the Salvation Army.

   Sad news:  Elaine's husband John passed away on November 4; Missy Keck's daughter Dr. Cynthia Keck-McNulty passed away on November 11 and Nora Henline's husband Burlen (Bud) passed away on November 28. 

   Announcements:
   1)  Our next meeting will be on February 3.  No meeting in January.
   2)  Please advise Audrey if you can help with refreshments at the February meeting.


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HONORING VETERANS
November 4, 2015

Photo:  (From left)  Regent Kay Upole, Melissa Seibert of the SAM Center in Massillon, U.S. Navy veteran Samuel Malene, U.S. Army veteran Morris Dingman, Judith Tritt (sister of the late Army nurse Sharon Lane), U.S. Air Force veteran Frederick Elsass, Vice Regent Joanne Malene and U.S. Army veteran David Upole.l

In observance of Veterans Day and the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, our Chapter  honored five local Vietnam-era veterans, one posthumously, for their valor, service and sacrifice at our meeting on November 4.

Vice Regent Joanne Malene presented certificates of recognition to the veterans: Morris M. Dingman (U.S. Army Specialist 4th class), Frederick L. Elsass (U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt.), Samuel A. Malene (U.S. Navy Captain), and David A. Upole (U.S. Army Private), as well as to Chapter member Judith Tritt for her late sister,  Lt. Sharon Lane of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Not present but also recognized was our member Dorothy Killian's brother Roger Counts, a U.S. Air Force veteran who flew 101 missions in 180 days in Vietnam.

Joanne read the following biographies of each veteran:

Morris M. Dingman is a United States Army veteran (Specialist 4th Class) who served from 1963 to 1969 while stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  Born in Michigan, he graduated from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and the University of Michigan.  During his career with The B.F.Goodrich Company, he designed and implemented the technical manufacturing procedures for the NASA Space Shuttle tires.  A nationally recognized expert in the field of tire engineering, he has owned and operated his own consulting firm since 1987.  In addition to membership in various organizations, Morris has served the Village of Hartville as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Board of Trustees of Public Affairs.  He enjoys his collection of classic cars, participating in parades and shows all over Northeast Ohio.  Morris is married to Chapter member Joy Dingman, and they have one surviving child and one grandchild. 

Senior Master Sgt. Frederick L. Elsass, a graduate of Marlboro (now Marlington) High School, enlisted in the United States Air Force in January 1962 and was sent to USAF Aircraft Maintenance Technical Training School in Wichita Falls, Texas.  Master Sgt, Elsass served two years in Vietnam, in 1966 and 1967.  During his 27-year military career, he received two Meritorious Service Medals, four Air Force Commendation Medals and nine Air Force Good Conduct Medals.  He retired in March 1989.  Fred is also a nationally ranked drag racer--he has appeared in the final rounds of five national drag races, winning two of them.  He has also set 23 national racing class records.  He and his wife Jill moved back to Ohio in 2001.  They have one son, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Fred is the stepson of Chapter member Carolyn Elsass.

Lt. Sharon Ann Lane, a 1961 graduate of Canton South High School, graduated from Aultman Hospital School of Nursing in April 1964.  She joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserve in April 1968 and reported to Fort Sam Houston, Texas.  After training, she served at the Army's Fitzsimons General Hospital in denver until April 1969, when she reported to Travis Air Force Base, California, with orders to Vietnam.  She arrived at the 312th Evacuation Hospital at Chu Lai on April 29.  Almost six weeks later, on June 8, 1969, a salvo of rockets fired by the Viet Cong hit the hospital.  Lt. Lane died instantly of fragmentation wounds to the chest.  She was one month shy of her 26th birthday.  One of eight American military nurses who died while serving in Vietnam, Sharon Lane was the only American nurse killed as a direct result of hostile fire.  She was the sister of Chapter member Judith Tritt.

Captain Samuel A. Malene, a U.S. Navy veteran, was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania.  He graduated in 1967 from the University of Dayton with a degree in electrical engineering, and in 1969 he enlisted in the Navy Flight Program in Pensacola, Florida.  He earned his pilot's wings in September 1970, spent two years assigned to the Pentagon, and then received orders for VP-5, an anti-submarine patrol squadron based in Jacksonville, Florida.  After resigning from active duty in 1976, he and his family moved to Ohio, and he joined the Naval Reserve.  While employed at.Goodyear Aerospace, he earned an MBA from the University of Akron, and continued serving with the Naval Reserve until he retired from the Navy in 1994.  Sam continued working on flight simulators for Goodyear Aerospace, which eventually became Lockheed Martin.  In 2006, he retired from Lockheed.  He and his wife, Chapter member Joanne Malene, have three married daughters and five grandchildren.  Sam volunteers for the American Red Cross, is active in his church, and enjoys golf and travel.

Private David A. Upole, a U.S. Army veteran, was drafted on his birthday, May 4, 1968, out of Pittsburgh.  Induction week was spent at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and then he was sent to Fort Gordon, Georgia, for basic training.  He underwent advanced infantry training at Fort Ord, California.  David was stationed in Baumholder, Germany, and then served as a telephone operator at Hahn Air Base near Frankfurt, Germany, where he also worked as a guard for the down-range missile containment.  He received an honorable discharge in April 1970.  David retired in 2008 from the Norfolk Southern Railroad after 33 years as a car inspector/repairman.  He and his wife, Chapter Regent Kay Upole, have three children and five grandchildren.

Our featured speaker, Melissa Seibert of the Serving Area Military Veterans and Widows (SAM) Center in Massillon, presented each veteran with a gift in thanks for their service.

The National Society has partnered with the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, established by Congress in 2008 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War for their service on behalf of the United States, and to thank and  honor the families of these veterans. More information about the Committee is available at www.vietnamwar50th.com.

Announcements:
1)  Our next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday, December 2, at the Canton Christian Home.  Guests are welcome.  Reservations are necessary.  Our hostesses will be Betty Louden, DeFrance Thomas and Elaine Savage.  Punch bowl:  11:30.  Luncheon:  noon.

2)  Please remember to bring your Christmas gifts or donations for the Salvation Army to the December meeting.

3)  Please advise Audrey Morrison if you have candidates for Everyday American Heroes.

4)  Committee chairs should be beginning preparations for reports for the Master Questionnaire.

5)  Kim Demor is the Celebrate America! chair.  Please notify Kim if you have any volunteer hours.

6)  We are accepting donations at every meeting to support the OSDAR Wings of Eagles Scholarship Fund.

7)  Please bring books for pre-school children or donations for the Literacy Committee to Chapter meetings through March.

8)  No Chapter meeting in January.  Our February meeting will feature Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Gerald Payne. 

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OCTOBER 7, 2015
CHAPTER MEETING

   Our featured speaker at our October 7 meeting was our member Rebecca DeCoy (right) pictured with Kay.  Her program was about DAR pins and ribbons.  Audrey Morrison brought a beautiful cake to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the DAR.

   In the business part of the meeting, the Chapter approved the budget for 2015 - 2016.  We also approved the changes to the Bylaws and Standing Rules.

   Nominated to the Nominating Committee to present a slate of officers for 2016 - 2019 were Rebecca, Debbie Hinton, Kim Demor and Ruth Frock.

   Following discussion of the Rowland Cemetery in Canton, the site of the grave of a Revolutionary War soldier, we voted to contribute $250 toward the maintenance of the cemetery for one year, with review next year.  The money will come from the amount allocated for grave-marking ceremonies.  The cemetery, thought to be the oldest in Canton, is owned by a board of trustees, but the endowment provides very little money for upkeep.  The Chapter marked the soldier's grave many years ago. 

   Betty Graybill has a new address and telephone number.  If you want to get in touch with her, please check with Kay or Joy Dingman.

   The National DAR Day of Service will be Sunday, October 11.  All members are encouraged to participate in some form of service.  If you participate, be sure to add your service to the Celebrate America! tally on the NSDAR Web site and please advise Kay for her report to OSDAR.

   Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 4, at 1:00 P.M. at Faith United Methodist Church.  Melissa Seibert from Serving Area Military will present the program. We will honor veterans of the Vietnam War Era, in observance of the 50th anniversary of that war.  If you plan to bring any veterans, please get in touch with Joanne Malene with their information, including name, military branch of service, rank, where they were based or stationed, and a short biography.

   The following committee chair positions are open: American Heritage, Celebrate America!, Commemorative Events, Constitution Week, Flag of the United States, Junior Membership, and Preservation of Records.  We are also looking for someone to be the Historian.  If you are interested, please call Kay.

   Our December 2 meeting will be at the Canton Christian Home.  Cost will be $10.  Hostesses will be Betty Louden, Elaine Savage and DeFrance Thomas.

   If you haven't paid your dues, please send them to Carolyn Elsass as soon as possible.  We want to be 100 percent paid with National again this year. 

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SEPTEMBER 2015
Chapter Meeting

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(From left) Wooster Hospital dietitian Bonnie Willis, shown with Kay, presented an interesting program about food and nutrition at our September meeting.
 
   Kay announced that Canton Chapter received two awards at OSDAR Fall Fun Day:  Level 1 Chapter Achievement for 2014 and an award from the Celebrate America! Committee for service to the community.  Also, Kathy Lambach received an award for her outstanding efforts in genealogy preservation.  Glennis Braddom's husband Ronald, a Vietnam veteran, was among the Vietnam Veterans honored for his service during the Vietnam War.
 
   At the Chapter meeting, Kay presented the results of the 2014 Questionnaire. Of the 146 questionnaires mailed, 21 were returned.  On the meeting day question, 11 favored keeping Wednesday; all other options received one vote each.  On the meeting time question, 16 favored afternoon, seven morning and three evening.  For refreshments, 20 voted for light refreshments, four meeting only and three luncheon.  Of the respondents, one was in the 36-50 age group, nine in the 51-70, 8 in the 71-89 and four over 90.  Work Status:  retired 15, work full-time one and work part-time eight.  Four respondents stated they would like someone to pick them up to attend meetings.  One reported being unable to attend because she is 94 and handicapped.
 
   As most of us know, Vice Regent Jayne White moved to Tennessee.  She has transferred to a Chapter there.  The Executive Board appointed Joanne Malene to complete the term of office.  Joanne will continue to serve as our Literacy Chair.  In May, she presented the 175 books that our members donated to a pre-school in Canton.  She is collecting children's books again this year at every meeting.
 
   Carolyn Elsass presented the proposed budget for 2015-2016.  The Chapter will vote on the budget at the October 7 meeting.
 
   Margaret Frost presented the proposed changes to the Chapter Bylaws and Standing Rules.  These changes are  posted on the Chapter Web site, where they will remain Until October 6.  The Chapter will vote on them at the October 7 meeting.

   A grave-marking ceremony for Leonard Willaman will be held on Saturday, September 12, at 11:00 A.M. at the North Canton Cemetery.  A ceremony for George Fetters will be held on Saturday, September 26, at 1:00 P.M. in East Sparta.  Information about this event is included with your new yearbook.

   The Constitution Week Luncheon will be on Saturday, September 19, at the Alliance Country Club. Jane Bain Chapter is the Hostess Chapter.  Reservations should be made by September 9.

   Our Chapter will participate in the Constitution Parade in Louisville on September 20.  If you would like to ride in one of the two convertibles, please contact Joy Dingman.

   The Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter has invited us to their 75th anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 3, in Bay Village.  Call Kay for more information.

   Our next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday, October 7, at 1:00 P.M.  Rebecca DeCoy will present the program about pins and ribbons.  We will observe the 125th anniversary of the founding of DAR.
 
   The National DAR Day of Service will be Sunday, October 11.  All members are encouraged to participate in some form of service.  If you participate, be sure to add your service to the Celebrate America! tally on the NSDAR Web site.
 
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2015 PICNIC
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Joy Dingman

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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 Brewster.

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 yearbook.

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 meeting.

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FLAG DAY LUNCHEON
by
Joy Dingman

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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 Chapter.
    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 history.
   Announcements:
   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 Canton.
   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.
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UPDATE:  We have three National winners among our Junior American Citizens!

   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.

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MAY 2015
MEETING NOTES
by
Joy Dingman

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JR. AMERICAN CITIZENS &
2 MORE EVERYDAY AMERICAN HEROES HONORED

We welcomed a large number of guests at our May 6 meeting.  Junior American 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.

   Announcements:
   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.


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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 Morrison.

(2nd photo)  Twelve members of the Quilting Stars of Ohio, shown here with Kay and Audrey, were present for the awards ceremony.

   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 said.
    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.
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   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; 4) National 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.

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MARCH 4 MEMORIAL SERVICE AND ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

By Joy Dingman

            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 Zingler.

            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 transfer out.

            We elected our delegates to Continental Congress: Sharon Snowden, Kathy Lambach, Glennis Braddom and Abbie Dray.

            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 Patriot.

            Please look for a flag display to honor in June at our Flag Day Luncheon on June 13 at the Canton Woman's Club.

            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 Williams.

            Our next meeting will be April 1, when we will recognize Everyday American Heroes.

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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 Kay.

   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 lunch.

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DECEMBER 2014 CHAPTER MEETING
by
JOY DINGMAN

   (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, Sharon Snowden 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, the featured speaker at our September meeting.

   Announcements:

   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 Ceremony on December 12, please call Kay.  There will be another ceremony on January 9.
   3)  The Dazzling Daughters were to perform at the Light Up Louisville event on December 7.

   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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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 Events. 

   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 current yearbook.

   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.

   Our next Chapter meeting will be Saturday, December 6, at the Canton Woman's Club. Punch bowl 11:30, luncheon at noon.  Our member Megan Jarvis Al Chebaina will present a tap dance.  Cost is $17.00.  Make your reservations with Kay.  Deadline for reservations is November 30.  Guests are welcome.

   Bring your books for pre-school children to the December meeting.

   Canton Chapter will host the Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, December 12, at the Stark County Courthouse.  If you would like to help, please let Kay know.

   A group of our members known as The Dazzling Daughters will participate in the Light Up Louisville festival on Sunday, December 7.

   The Hannah Luther Bosworth Chapter will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a luncheon on December 7 in Strongsville.  Cost is $23.  Deadline for reservations is November 19.  If you would like to attend, Kay has the address.
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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 gift collections.
   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 or Kay.
   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.
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SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
MEETING
 
   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. 
 
Announcements:
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.

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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 pontoon boat. 

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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 about "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 the recipient 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 years) Polly 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.
 
   Announcements:
   1)  Sharon Snowden and her granddaughter Megan Jarvis will attend Continental Congress, where Megan will page.
 
   2)  Canton Chapter is participating in a state-wide fundraiser sponsored 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 and 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 on Friday, 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 interested.
 
   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 on Saturday, 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.

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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 Constitution."

   Our condolences to Kay Upole on the death of her uncle, Thomas Maddox.  Because his funeral was the same day as our Chapter meeting, Audrey presided.

   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 category.

   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 Chapter. 

   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.

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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 Center.
 
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.  

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DECEMBER 4TH 2013

Everyone enjoyed 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 sister.
 
   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.

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Rev.Otis Essex and Regent Kay Upole
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NOVEMBER 6, 2013
CHAPTER MEETING
 
   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.
 
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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 information about their programs.  Members may bring Christmas gifts for our donation to the Salvation Army to our November meeting.
 
   Announcements:
   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 10.
   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 advise Kay.
       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 organization.
 
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 Morrison.
 
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ANNUAL PICNIC
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.
 
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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.
 
Announcements:
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.
 
 
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2013 EVERYDAY HEROES HONORED AT APRIL 3 CHAPTER MEETING

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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.

Meeting Announcements:

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.

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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 Kay.
 
   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 Chapter, too.

 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.
 
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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!
 
   Announcements:
   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.
 
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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 luncheon.
   Our member Betty Louden told us about her service in the Navy during World War II.
   Announcements:
   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 are interested.
 
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BEN FRANKLIN (aka Dennis Harbert) & Kay Upole
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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.
 
   Announcements:
 
   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 Murray.
 
   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.
 
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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 Page. 
   Megan, our Commemorative Events Chair, presented facts about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
   Everyone enjoyed the program about "Little Chicago, Canton in the Roaring Twenties" presented by Kimberley Kenney of the McKinley Museum.
   Announcements:
   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 Questionnaire.
   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.

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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 Band.
 
   Anastasia Demor, president of the Colonel George Stewart Society C.A.R., reported on the Society's activities.
 
   Announcements:
   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.
 
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BICENTENNIAL OF THE WAR OF 1812
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   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 in attendance.

 


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FLAG DAY
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   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 sing along.
   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.
   Annoncements:
   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.
 

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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.

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(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 (Pfeiffer Intermediate).

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(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.

 CHAPTER MEETING

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.

   Announcements:

   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.

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Jessica Brown & Julia Haines
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Jo Swanson & Regent, Kay Upole
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APRIL 2012 MEETING
Article and Photos by
JOY DINGMAN
 
   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).   
Following the awards ceremony, Jo Swanson (shown here with our Regent, Kay Upole) presented a delightful program about "Pets in the White House."

   Announcements:

   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.

 

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MARCH 2012 CHAPTER MEETING
by
Joy Dingman
 
   Canton Chapter held the annual Memorial Service in memory of Dorothy Swallen Lamb, Patsy Woolslayer Clark, and Evelyn Brigham Wise. 
   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.
 
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DECEMBER MEETING
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.

Photo by Joy Dingman
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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.
 
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Photo by Joy Dingman
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 (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.
 
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Christopher Kenney & Regent, Kay Upole

November 2 Chapter Meeting:
Notes & Photo by
Joy Dingman

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.
 
Announcements:
 
            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.
 
            2)  Past 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.

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Jo Swanson & Regent Kay Upole

OCTOBER 5 CHAPTER MEETING
Report & Photo by
Joy Dingman
 
   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.
 

    Announcements:

            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. 

 

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June 11th Chapter Meeting
&
Flag Day Luncheon
 
Photographs and Report by
Joy Dingman

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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.

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(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.

   Announcements:

   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.


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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 American Heroes.

   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 High School..

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Photo by Joy Dingman

(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.

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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.

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Photo by Joy Dingman

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 Our Troops."

   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.

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Regent Kay Upole & Linda Alexander
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DeFrance Thomas, Debbie Hinton, Elaine Savage

APRIL 2011 CHAPTER MEETING
By
Joy Dingman
 
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 Upole.
 
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.
 
Announcements:
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! 
 
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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 Congress.
 
   Announcements:
   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 winners.
   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.
 
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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.
 
Announcements: 
* 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.
 
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DECEMBER 2010

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 Regent Kay Upole greeted our featured speaker, Professor Louisa Kaufman of Walsh University, who presented a program on Christmas at Williamsburg.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
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.

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NOVEMBER 2010

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Photo by Joy Dingman

 
Pictured with Canton Chapter Regent Kay Upole is the featured speaker for our November 3 Chapter meeting, Dr. Donald Bartlette, who spoke about his success over the great difficulties of his childhood as a physically-handicapped American Indian child in a racially prejudiced place and time, with the assistance of a kind and generous white woman who acted as his mentor.
 
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Mini-Minutes of November 3 Meeting
by Joy Dingman
 
* Registrar Debbie Hinton presented seven prospective members for approval: Christina Bailey, Jennifer Brahler, Julie Anna Elsass, Stephanie Houck, Debbie Pfendler, Heidi Reddick, and Lynda Schaffner.  All were unanimously approved by secret ballot vote.
 
* Members present voted unanimously to approve the revisions to the Chapter By-laws presented at the October meeting.  These revisions, made in order to bring the by-laws into compliance with national DAR by-laws, are posted on the Chapter Web site.  The revisions included the addition of the office of Assistant Treasurer, to which Betty Graybill was appointed.
 
* Members present voted unanimously to accept the operating budget for 2010-2011 presented at the October meeting.
 
* Members present voted unanimously to proceed with the placement of a plaque at Fort Laurens, at a cost of $500 for the work to be done by the Lang Monument Company of Canton.  These funds are available in the Grave-Marking Expense line item of the budget.
 
* Our member Mildred Beck will celebrate 80 years of DAR membership on December 10.  Kay is working with her daughter to plan a visit by some of our members and a gift of flowers.  Details will be ready at the next Chapter meeting on December 1.
 
* Barb Griffith will conduct a genealogy workshop on Saturday, November 13, at 10:30 A.M. at the Akron Woman's City Club.  No cost for the workshop; brunch is $15.00.  If interested, please contact Kay.
 
* A memorial service for four Revolutionary War soldiers will be held on Sunday, November 14, at 1:00 P.M. at the Old Lutheran Church (now New Life Episcopal Church), 13118 Church Ave. NW, Uniontown (off State Rt. 619, one block west of Cleveland Ave.) by the All Veterans Memorial Committee of the Uniontown Lions Club.  Our Chapter has previously marked these soldiers' graves, which have been covered by the parking lot.
 
* The next National Webinar will take place on Tuesday, November 16, at 2:00 P.M.  The subject is money matters, chapter budgets, dues, and financial statements.
 
* Next Chapter meeting is Wednesday, December 1, at 12:00 noon, with luncheon.  Cost is $8.50.  Make your reservation with Carolyn Elsass.  The program will be "Christmas in Williamsburg" by Professor Louisa Kaufman of Walsh University.


 

Canton Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution