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Daughters of the American Revolution

Meeting Notes by Joy Dingman

Photo by Joy Dingman
Photo by Joy Dingman
DeFrance Thomas
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  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.
   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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   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.


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.  


Photo by Joy Dingman


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.


Rev.Otis Essex and Regent Kay Upole
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NOVEMBER 6, 2013
   Our featured speaker was the Rev. Otis Essex, shown here with Kay, who told us about his service as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy.  Most of  you may remember he has spoken to us before about his military experience.  We all sang "Happy Birthday" to him, because his birthday is November 7.
   In other business, Carolyn Elsass asked if anyone knows the whereabouts of several members who haven't paid their dues, and she has not been able to reach them by telephone:  Juanita Coast, Myra Douglas, Ann Lowder, Mary Lou MackIntosh, Mary Elizabeth Peterson, and Dorothy Smith.  If anyone knows anything about them, please call Carolyn.  Her number is in our book.
   We voted to accept two prospective members, Sharon Peterson and Shawna Boland.
   Mildred Mann, our member for 33 years,  passed away on November 2.  Anna Christine Jenkins is feeling so much better that she attended our meeting.
   Joanne Malene has agreed to chair the Literacy committee.  She is collecting used books for veterans' hospitals.  If you have books you'd like to donate, please let her know.  Her telephone number and e-mail address are in our book.
   Many of us brought Christmas gifts for our donation to the Salvation Army to this meeting.  We will accept gifts at the December 4 meeting, too.
   Committee chairs:  it's time to prepare your reports for the Master Questionnaire.  The report period ends December 31.  If you need help with the MQ, please let Kay know.

  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.
   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.

Photo by Joy Dingman
Photo by Joy Dingman
Photo by Joy Dingman

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.


We recognized the 2013 class of Junior American Citizens contest winners at our May 1 meeting.  Lake Elementary School students Maddie Sladen, Mackenzie Bozman, Anthony Rechel, and Grace Kovach (Orchard Hill Middle School). Cara Brunner (Lake Middle School), Gabe Parker (Orchard Hill Middle School), Kacey Schonauer (St. Barbara School). Austin Yoder (Lake Elementary), Hanna Christine Willoughby (Massillon Middle), Anna Scheurman (St. Barbara), Joseph Tharp (St. Barbara), Alyssa Goodenow (Lake Elementary), Juanita Gray (Massillon Middle), St. Barbara students Madison Shishler, Justin Carroll, Kristina Scheurman, Leo Soehnlen, and Gordon Ramsey. Canton Chapter JAC Committee Chair Linda Petz and Regent Kay Upole. Not present: Maddie Pinney (Hoover High School), Janson Smith (Lake Elementary School).
JAC Committee Chair Linda Petz attracted 205 entries from Stark County schools in this year's contests. Of those, 19 were Chapter contest winners. From those, 12 went on to win at the state and East Central Division levels.   Seven of those were national winners, and one took first place in her category at the national level.  Linda has served on this committee for four years. A graduate of Bowling Green State University and the University of Akron, Linda taught middle school students for 26 years and coordinated curriculum in Stark County Schools for nine years.
1)  On Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 P.M., we will participate in the grave-marking ceremony for Revolutionary War Soldier Jacob Shearer at Mapleton Cemetery in East Canton.
2)  Our next meeting will be Saturday, June 15, for our Flag Day luncheon at LaPizzaria.  The Punch Bowl will begin at 11:30; lunch will be served at noon.  Cost is $20.00. If you did not sign up for the luncheon at the meeting today, please make your reservation with Audrey Morrison as soon as possible.  We need to have a count for the restaurant.  The guest speaker will be past State Regent Sharlene Shoaf.  We will present our Flag Award, special awards, and installing officers and new members.


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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.


   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.

Photo by Joy Dingman
Photo by Joy Dingman

   At our December 5th meeting, we welcomed three new members (from left) Linda Kehres, Abby Dray, and Kathy Lambach.  Regent Kay Upole, Registrar Debbie Hinton, and Chaplain Ruth Springer conducted the installation ceremony.
   After our luncheon of soup and Christmas cookies and the business meeting, we enjoyed a musical program by Dreama Powell (shown here with Kay) playing the Celtic harp.  Thanks to Margaret Frost for making the program arrangements!
   1)  Remember, we will not meet in January or February.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 6, for our Annual Business Meeting at 10:30 A.M., lunch, and continuing after lunch if necessary.  Cost for lunch is $12.00. 
   2)  The Akron library will hold another series of genealogy classes beginning in January.  Kay has all of the information.

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   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.
   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.

BEN FRANKLIN (aka Dennis Harbert) & Kay Upole
Photo by Joy Dingman

   Our Chapter welcomed Benjamin Franklin (portrayed by Dennis Harbert and shown in the photo with Kay Upole)  and our HODAR's at our October 6 meeting at Shady Hollow Country Club. During the business meeting, we approved the budget for 2012 - 2013 and minor changes to our By-laws, as well as electing the Nominating Committee.
   1)  At our Constitution Day luncheon last month, Canton Chapter was presented with a National Award for Outstanding Chapter Achievement for our participation in Junior American Citizens contests. This award is due to the outstanding job our JAC Chairman, Linda Petz, has done for the past three years.  Thank you, Linda!
   2)  The National Society has presented our member Esther Christmas with a certificate for 50 years of membership.
   3)  Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7, at 1:00 P.M. at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton.  The Rev. Otis Essex will present the program about the World War II battleship USS 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.

Photo by Joy Dingman

   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.
   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.


   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.
   1)  A naturalization ceremony for nine new citizens will be held on Friday, August 10, at the Stark County Courthouse in Judy Taryn Heath's courtroom.  Call Eleanor Cartwright for details.
   2)  Canton Chapter will have a booth at the Constitution Week Festival in Louisville at Metzger Park on August 17, 18, and 19, from 5:00 to 11:00 P.M. on the Friday, noon to 10:00 P.M. on the Saturday, and noon to 5:00 P.M. on the Sunday.  Call Sharon Snowden if you would like to work at the booth.
   3)  Our September meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 5.  Kim Kenney from the McKinley Museum will present the program.
   4)  Debbie Hinton, Michelle Mayle, and Sharon Snowden will conduct a Genealogy Workshop at the Main Campus of the Stark County District Library on September 15 from 10:00 A.M. until noon.
   5)  Call Kay Upole for information on a series of genealogy workshops at the Akron Library.
   6)  The 2012 Constitution Luncheon will be hosted by the Minerva Great Trail Chapter on September 22 at Courtney's Banquet Center in Alliance.  We will participate in the Constitution Parade the following day. 
   7)  Our HODAR Luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 6.  Benjamin Franklin will be present.  More information will be announced at the September 5 meeting.
   8)  We plan to hold a meeting for Committee Chairs to learn how to complete the Master Questionnaire.  More information will be announced at the September meeting.

Janet Weir Creighton & Debbie Hinton

(Photo by Kay Upole)
   On Monday, June 18, Stark County Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton, a member of our Chapter, presided at a formal ceremony at the Stark County Courthouse in downtown Canton to observe the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812. The ceremony was one of 88 held simultaneously in every county in Ohio. Two Stark County Sheriff's deputies, both military veterans, raised a 15-star American Flag, one of 89 donated by the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission to every county and the State of Ohio through a donation by Buckeye Cable System of Toledo.
   The flag is identical to the one that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem later titled "The Star-Spangled Banner" while he was imprisoned at Fort McHenry and saw the flag still waving after the bombarding of American forces during the Battle of Baltimore in September 1814. 
  The featured speaker was Robert Toth, Executive Director of the Veterans Service Commission of Stark County. Former Stark County Auditor Brant Luther sang the National Anthem.  A number of local officials attended the ceremony.  Commissioner Creighton recognized our member Debbie Hinton, who attended as a representative of the Madison-McKinley Chapter of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812.  Also in attendance were our Chapter members Kay Upole and Joy Dingman, together with Joy's husband Morris, who was recognized by Commissioner Creighton with other military veterans in attendance.



(Photos by Joy Dingman) 
   Canton Chapter celebrated Flag Day with a luncheon at Shady Hollow Country Club on Saturday, June 16.  Regent Kay Upole presented the 2012 Flag Award to the Angelo Mercorelli family of North Canton. (From left) Audrey Morrison, Kay Upole, Angelo, Jeanne, and Dominic Mercorelli.
   (From left) Kay and Audrey presented the 2012 Book Grant to Lauren DeCoy, daughter of our member Rebecca DeCoy. A 2012 graduate of Jackson High School, Lauren plans to attend The Ohio State University.
   Janet  Swihart, shown here with Kay, presented a program of patriotic music, inviting all of us to 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.
   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.

Photo by Joy Dingman

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.


Photo by Joy Dingman

(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).


Photo by Joy Dingman

(From left) Marge Starcher, Canton DAR Regent Kathryn Upole, Pamela Valentine (Service Area Director, Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio), Canton DAR Everyday American Heroes Committee Chair Betty Graybill, Corey Monsewicz and Kim Dietrick of Grace United Church of Christ in Uniontown. Not pictured: Rodney Bonsky, Post Commander, Greentown VFW Post 9904.


May 2nd 2012


   Our May meeting was a gala affair with many guests present for the awards ceremony recognizing the winners of the 2012 Junior American Citizens contests and our 2012 Everyday American Heroes. 

   JAC Committee Chair Linda Petz attracted 187 entries from Stark County schools in this year's contests. Of those, 19 were Chapter contest winners. From those, 14 went on to win at the state and East Central Division levels.  Six of those were national winners. Regent Kay Upole presented Linda with our Chapter's Award for Outstanding Service for her work with the contests. At the 113th OSDAR State Conference last month, Linda was presented with the Thatcher Award by State JAC Chair Charlene Tarr for her outstanding service. Linda has served on this committee for three years. A graduate of Bowling Green State University and the University of Akron, Linda taught middle school students for 26 years and coordinated curriculum in Stark County Schools for nine years.

   Everyday American Heroes Chair Betty Graybill presented the 2012 honorees:  Marge Starcher of East Canton, who makes handmade baby quilts for military families and lap robes for cancer patients at Aultman Hospital; the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year; the Youth Group of the Grace United Church of Christ in Uniontown, who called attention to the issue of homelessness with the Homelessness Awareness Lockout on a cold night in February and collected a carful of food donations and $160 for the Haven of Rest Ministries; and the Greentown VFW Post 9904, who contributed $17,000 to local charities last year, sent packages to soldiers overseas, raised money for cancer research, donated to college scholarships, helped send a family to Disneyland, and gave food cards to six needy families.


   Our Chapter received three awards at State Conference last month:  from the OSDAR Membership Committee for High Standards of Excellence in maintaining our prospective member database; from the OSDAR State Librarian for our donation to the NSDAR Library; and from the Constitution Week Committee for our outstanding state participation.

   Our next meeting will be our Flag Day Luncheon on Saturday, June 16, at the Shady Hollow Country Club.  Cost is $13.00.  Punch bowl at 11:30; luncheon at noon.

   The Zoar Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, June 23.  For lunch and the tour, the cost is $30.  For the tour only, $15.


Jessica Brown & Julia Haines
Jo Swanson & Regent, Kay Upole

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   At our April 4 meeting, we recognized our six 2012 DAR Good Citizens in an awards ceremony conducted by Good Citizens Chair Ruth Frock. (From left) Jessica Brown (St. Thomas Aquinas High School) was our Chapter winner, shown here with Julia Haines (East Canton High School).  Our other Good Citizens were Maggie Eckroad (Canton South), Danielle Baker (Louisville), Joey Cottrell (McKinley), and Salman Safir (Hoover).   
Following the awards ceremony, Jo Swanson (shown here with our Regent, Kay Upole) presented a delightful program about "Pets in the White House."


   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.




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.

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

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.

Photo by Joy Dingman

 (From left) New member Joan Gillespie was installed in a ceremony conducted by Regent Kay Upole, Chaplain Ruth Springer and Registrar Debbie Hinton at our December 7 meeting.

Christopher Kenney & Regent, Kay Upole

November 2 Chapter Meeting:
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.
            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.


Jo Swanson & Regent Kay Upole

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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.


            1)   The deadline to pay dues is October 10.


            2)  The grave-marking for Revolutionary War soldier Philip Farber on October 1, sponsored by Canton and Great Trail Chapters, was well attended with 58 people present, including State Representative Mark Okey, State Regent Sharlene Shoaf, State Organizing Secretary Nancy Wright, State Chaplain Jan Augenstein, Northeast District Director Rose McIntyre, and many members of the Farber family.  Also participating were the Sandy Valley American Legion, the Brigade of the American Revolution Northwest Department Re-enactors from Fort Laurens, and SAR members.  Debbie Hinton worked for seven years to accomplish this event.


            3)  Great Trail Chapter will sponsor their Chocolate Revolution on Saturday, October 15, in Minerva.


            4)  Ruth Frock has information about a bus trip to Williamsburg for the Christmas festival on December 2 – 5.


            5)  Our member Dorothy Lamb passed away on September 8 at the age of 103.  She had lived a very busy and fulfilling life.


            6)  The next Chapter meeting will be November 2, with a program on “Moving The Presidents” presented by Christopher Kenney. 



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


(From left) Vice Regent Jayne White, featured speaker Lt. Col. Hugo Doerschuk (U.S. Army retired), and Regent Kathryn Upole at the Canton Chapter Flag Day luncheon on June 11.






(From left) New members welcomed to Canton Chapter at the Flag Day luncheon were (from left) Barbara Kramer, Julie Elsass, Stephanie Houck, Carolyn Lewis, and Debbie Pfendler.

Flag Day Luncheon

Canton Chapter celebrated Flag Day with a luncheon on June 11 at Shady Hollow Country Club. Membership Chairman Debbie Hinton introduced five new members: Julie Elsass, Stephanie Houck, Barbara Kramer, Carolyn Lewis, and Debbie Pfendler. She introduced six members who have transferred to Canton Chapter: Sharon Snowden, Megan Jarvis, Mariah Jarvis, Patricia Jarvis, Deanna Connolly, and Lara Givler.

   The 2011 Flag Award winner is the Lowell D. Oberly Post #667, East Canton American Legion.

   Regent Kay Upole announced that two members have received 25-year certificates: Janet Kaboth and JoAnn Brenner.

   Vice Regent Jayne White introduced the featured speaker, Lt. Col. Hugo Doerschuk (U.S. Army retired), who entertained us with stories about his service in Desert Storm and Kuwait. Lt. Col. Doerschuk is Jayne’s brother-in-law.

   John, Barb, and Julie Elsass sang "Battle Hymn of the Republic." John is Carolyn Elsass’s son; Julie is her granddaughter.


   1) Annual DAR/SAR/CAR annual picnic will be August 28 at Wingfoot Lake State Park in Suffield (Portage County). Invite friends and family, and bring a covered dish. This is a regular meeting.

   2) We will hold a Chapter meeting on September 7. The August and September meetings replace the January and February meetings that we voted to delete because of inclement weather in recent years.


MAY 4th Chapter Meeting
Photographs and Report
by Joy Dingman


   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..

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.


Photo by Joy Dingman

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.

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.


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

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.
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! 

by Joy Dingman
   At our March 2 meeting, we elected Kay Upole, Audrey Morrison, and Ruth Frock to be delegates to Continental Congress.
   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.

By Joy Dingman
At our January 5 meeting, Canton Chapter elected delegates to State Conference:  Kay Upole, Rebecca Decoy, Debra Hinton, Audrey Morrison, Jayne White, Eleanor Cartwright, Ruth Frock, and alternate Judy Tritt. 
Chaplain Ruth Springer conducted our annual Memorial Service in memory of Gloria Boyd Ewing and Gloria Cooper Wheeler.
* Madonna Kutcher has been ill; members may like to send her a card.
* The next Webinar will be held January 11 at 2:00 P.M. on the topic Reporting Your Chapter's Accomplishments.
* A change from our yearbook:  the Presidents Day Luncheon will be hosted by the SAR at the 38th St. Baptist Church on February 12 at noon.  Program will be presented by the Friends of Fort Laurens.  Cost is $8.50.  Reservation deadline is February 2.
* Next Canton Chapter meeting:  Wednesday, February 2.  Program:  Good Citizens and American History Awards.


Photo by Joy Dingman

 Regent Kay Upole greeted our featured speaker, Professor Louisa Kaufman of Walsh University, who presented a program on Christmas at Williamsburg.
1.  Betty Graybill requests that anyone interested in donating cookies for the Veterans' Christmas party on December 9 at the VA Clinic in Canton should deliver them by December 8.
2.  Chemawa Indian School and Berry College will no longer accept UPC labels from the Campbell's Labels for Education program.  They prefer monetary donations.  Bacone College will continue to accept the labels and monetary donations.
3.  The Moses Cleveland Chapter will host a luncheon and musical program on December 8.  Anyone who is interested in going, please get in touch with Kay Upole.
4.  Wreaths Across America will lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery on December 11.  Several military cemeteries in Ohio will participate.  The cemetery closest to Canton is in Canfield.  Anyone who is interested in participating, please get in touch with Kay Upole.
5.  The next Webinar series is December 14.  The topic is Reporting Your Chapter's Accomplishments: the Master Questionnaire, with featured speaker Susan Metzger, National Vice Chairman, Volunteer Informational Specialists Committee.  The Webinar is directed to Chapter Regents and Vice Regents.
6.  Our next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday January 5, 2011, with our annual soup and holiday leftover cookie luncheon at noon, followed by our Memorial Service.  We will take nominations for our delegation to State Conference.




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.
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