|New Canton Chapter Officers
|Photo by Joy Dingman
|Audrey Morrison, Malayah West-Mullen, Kay Upole
|Photo by Joy Dingman
|Michelle Benson, Eleanor Cartwright, Kay Upole
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|Kay Upole, Michael Boyd, Gloria Zanin
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|Kay Upole & Joanne Malene
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|Kay Upole & Audrey Morrison, Past Regents
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2016 FLAG DAY LUNCHEON
Our 2016 Flag Day Luncheon
at LaPizzaria was another good one, with 34 members and guests present. We presented two Flag Awards, one to the Rotary
Club of Jackson Township for their Field of Honor/Field of Heroes project. Michael Boyd, the project chairman,
accepted the award on behalf of the club. As the featured speaker for the Flag Day luncheon, he described how the club places
1,000 American flags at the Jackson Township Safety Center on Memorial Day weekend. This year's event was the fifth
consecutive display. (Photo: Kay and Gloria with Mr. Boyd)
Our second award went to Malayah
West-Mullen, a student at Oakwood Middle School, who while looking for discarded items to upcycle
as part of a sewing project for her fashion class, saw an American flag in a bin under a pile of landscaping trash and other
unsold items at a local thrift store. When her father retrieved it, she saw that the dirty, wet flag was one that had
been presented at a military funeral, 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 Flag Day ceremony.
You can read it here on our Web site in the account of the April 2016 Everyday American Heroes awards. (Photo: Audrey and
Kay with Malayah)
Kay presented the Service Award certificates to the following members: (10
years) Eleanor Aukerman Cartwright and Jean Meeks Herdlicka. (20 years) Michelle Murphy Benson, Mary Henline Burris,
Larissa Anne Ross and Judith Lane Tritt. (25 years) Ruth Marker Condon and Joyce Follin Wulff. (30 years) JoAnn
Huston Brenner. (Photo: Michelle Benson and Eleanor Cartwright with Kay)
Our Chaplain, Ruth Springer, conducted
the installation ceremony for our newly-elected 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. (Photo, from left: Debbie, Eleanor, Kay, Kim, Audrey, Carolyn, Rebecca, Ruth and Joanne. Not
pictured: Joy, who was taking pictures, and Betty, who escaped.)
After the ceremony, Kay presented
Joanne with the gavel and the Chapter Regent pin. Audrey gave Kay a gift from the Chapter.
Joanne will attend Continental Congress June 15-19.
2) Our yearbooks will be printed in June.
Please contact Joanne ASAP with any changes, such as mailing addresses, phone numbers or e-mail addresses.
The Northeast District will host a Chapter Development and Revitalization Commission Workshop on July 16 at the
Brunswick Public Library. Reservation forms may be found on the OSDAR Members Web site in the June Newsletter.
OSDAR Fun Fair Day is July
30. Reservation forms may be found on the OSDAR Members Web site.
DAR/CAR picnic will be Wednesday, August 17, at the Jackson Park, across from Jackson High School.
We have the pavilion reserved from 11:00
A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Please bring a covered dish. The Chapter will provide drinks and table
6) Our next meeting will be Wednesday, September 7, at 1:00 P.M. at the Faith United Methodist
Church in North Canton.
7) Our Chapter will host the Naturalization Ceremony on November 10 at
the Stark County Courthouse. We will provide cookies and punch, and will give flags and pamphlets to all of the new
|Junior American Citizens
|Photo by Joy Dingman
MAY 4, 2016: JUNIOR AMERICAN
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
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
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
In the Short Story category, Maddie Sladen, a seventh-grade student at
Lake Middle School, won first place.
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
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.
|Everyday American Heroes
|Photo by Joy Dingman
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
|Photo by Joy Dingman
2016 MEMORIAL SERVICE & ANNUAL BUSINESS
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
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
Karen Rowley has done an outstanding job with the Junior American
Citizens. We have four state winners with the possibility of some national
Thanks to Audrey Morrison, who assisted students with applications for
the OSDAR Wings of Eagles Scholarship. We will have two winners at State
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.
|Photo by Joy Dingman
|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
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
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
If anyone has any candidates for Everyday American Heroes, please advise
|Photo by Joy Dingman
|Kay & Mary Anne Huber
|Photo by Joy Dingman
|Photo by Joy Dingman
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
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
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
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.
1) Our next meeting will be on February 3. No meeting in
2) Please advise Audrey if you can help with refreshments at the
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
4) Committee chairs should be beginning preparations for reports for the
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.
OCTOBER 7, 2015
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
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
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
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
|Photo by Joy Dingman
|Bonnie Willis and Kay Upole
(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
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
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.
Everyone enjoyed our annual picnic at North Park in
Jackson Township on August 12, including 10 members, four HODAR's and two
prospective members, Betty Gaye ("B.G.") Skakun (left) and Joanne
Kay announced the plans for two grave-marking ceremonies
for Revolutionary War Soldiers in September. The first will be for Leonard
Willaman on Saturday, September 12, at the North Canton Cemetery. More
information will be announced at our September 2 Chapter meeting. The second
will be for George Fetters on Saturday, September 26, in East Sparta. You will
find more information about this event in a flyer included with your new
The Jane Bain Chapter will host the Constitution Day
Luncheon on Saturday, September 19, at the Alliance Country Club. More
information is in the Regent's letter included with your new yearbook.
Betty Graybill presented the proposed budget. Because
this was not an official meeting, we just reviewed and discussed it, but didn't
take a vote. It will be presented at the September 2 Chapter
FLAG DAY LUNCHEON
Everyone agreed that our 2015 Flag Day luncheon at the Canton Woman's Club was
one of our best meetings. Joining us were several members of the Massillon
Kay presented our Flag Award to the Sears store at Belden Village,
represented by Assistant Manager Michelle Mayle, a member of our Chapter, and
Jonathan Taylor, who was wearing his Army uniform. Accepting the award, Michelle
said that Sears is making a point of hiring military veterans.
Installing our new member Jeanne Craver was our Associate Member Doris
Gorgas, who is State Membership Chairman and National Vice Chairman of
Membership for the East Central District. (From left, Chapter Registrar Debbie
Hinton, Kay, Jeanne and Doris.)
Kay recognized the recipients of our service awards, Joanne Malene (40
years), shown with Debbie and Kay; and Eleanor Kear (30 years).
Our featured speaker was Thomas Gorgas, Doris' husband, who gave a very
interesting presentation about flags in American history, assisted by Doris and
Kay, who displayed each flag as he described it and its place in our
1) Yearbooks will be printed in July. Please call Kay with any changes
before July 1.
2) Our Chapter will host the Naturalization Ceremony on July
10 at the Stark County Courthouse in Judge Frank Forchione's chambers.
Please call Eleanor Cartwright for details if you would like to help with
cookies, punch and handing out flags and pamphlets to the new citizens.
3) The Northeast District will hold a workshop in Chapter Development
and Revitalization on July 18 from 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at
the Warrensville Heights Branch Library. Cost is $5.00 for materials. Call Kay
if you would like a reservation.
4) Our annual CAR/DAR picnic will be Wednesday, August
12, at Jackson Park, from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Bring a covered
dish. Jackson Park is across the street from Jackson High School.
5) OSDAR Fun Fair Day is August 15. President General
Lynn Forney will attend. Reservation forms are on the Members' page of the
OSDAR Web site.
6) Our next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday, September
2, at 1:00 P.M. at the Faith United Methodist Church in North
7) We will participate in two grave-marking ceremonies this summer.
The one with a definite date is Saturday, September 26, at 1:00
P.M. in East Sparta in Pike Township. More details to come.
UPDATE: We have three National winners
among our Junior American
Madelyn Kirk, a fourth-grade student, won third place in her grade level
in the Short Story competition. In the Poem contest, Casey Yokley, a
fourth-grade student, took third place in her grade level, while Jaden Ek, a
fifth-grade student, won Honorable Mention. All three attend Lake Elementary
School in Hartville.
|JAC Cake - Photo by Joy Dingman
JR. AMERICAN CITIZENS &
2 MORE EVERYDAY AMERICAN
We welcomed a large number of guests at our May 6 meeting.
Citizens Committee Chair Karen Rowley presented the 2015 class of contest
winners, and Audrey Morrison presented two Everyday American Heroes who could
not attend our April meeting. Refreshments, arranged by Audrey, included a
beautifully decorated cake.
Our Junior American Citizens included not only Chapter level winners,
but some state and East Central Division winners as well. Karen hasn't received
the list of National level winners yet.
In the Stamp Design category in the seventh-grade contest, Meghan
Drexler, a student at Massillon Middle School, won first place at the Chapter
and state levels. Gloria Sarah Busson, a student at Massillon Middle School,
took second place. In the fourth-grade contest, Amanda Yokley, a student at Lake
Elementary School, took first place at the Chapter and state levels. Casey
Yokley, also a Lake Elementary School student, took second place.
In the Poster category in the seventh-grade contest, Jerimijah Medina of
Massillon Middle School was the first-place winner, while Jayla Cunningham, also
of Massillon Middle School, took second place.
In the Short Story category in the fifth-grade contest, Jacob Behrend of
Lake Elementary School won first place, and Nora Haddon, also of Lake Elementary
School, was the second-place winner. In the fourth-grade contest, Lake
Elementary student Madelyn Kirk took first place at the Chapter, state and East
Central Division levels.
In the Poem category, seventh-grade contest, Massillon Middle School
student Deja Benjamin won first place. In the fifth-grade contest, Jaden Ek of
Lake Elementary School was the first-place winner at the Chapter, state and East
Central Division levels. Another Lake Elementary student, Aaron Hess, took
second place. In the fourth-grade contest, Lake Elementary student Casey Yokley
took first place at the Chapter, state and East Central Division levels.
Regent Kay Upole presented each winner with a certificate, a monetary
gift and a small American flag.
Everyday American Heroes: Audrey introduced Jan Bremer, a physical
education teacher at Orchard Hill Intermediate School in North Canton, who was
recognized for Inspirational Leadership to Students, and Nathan Amos, a 2012
graduate of Hoover High School, who was honored for his Design of an Adaptive
Ramp. When Mrs. Bremer incorporated bowling into the physical education
classes, she noticed two students with special needs who were having difficulty
with the bowling balls. Researching equipment, she learned about adaptive ramps
that allow people who can't throw a bowling ball to participate in the sport.
She also learned that these devices are very expensive. At church one Sunday,
she encountered Nathan, who has a background in engineering and building
construction work. She told him about the problem and he agreed to help. He
built the adaptive ramp that same day, she took it to school the next day, and
both students were very happy when they were able to bowl.
1) Our next meeting will be our Flag Day Luncheon on Saturday, June 13
at the Canton Woman's Club. Punch bowl at 11:30 A.M. and lunch at noon. We
will install new members and present the Flag Day Award. The speaker will be
Thomas Gorgas, husband of our Associate member Doris Gorgas, with the topic of
American Flags. The cost is $17. Deadline for reservations is June 8. Please
send your reservation and check to Kay.
2) Our Chapter will host the Naturalization Ceremony on Friday, July
10, at 11:00 A.M. at the Stark County Courthouse in Judge Frank Forchione's
courtroom. We will provide cookies and punch, as well as flags and pamphlets
for the new citizens. Let Kay know if you would like to help.
3) To those who remember our former member Kay Campbell: her husband
Dale passed away on May 4 at the age of 85.
APRIL 2015 MEETING: EVERYDAY AMERICAN HEROES
(From left) Regent Kay Upole, Mark
Siebert, Shirlee Berry representing the Quilting Stars of Ohio, Melissa Seibert,
Elizabeth Belvin, Everyday American Heroes Committee Chair Audrey
(2nd photo) Twelve members of the Quilting
Stars of Ohio, shown here with Kay and Audrey, were present for the awards
At our Chapter meeting on April 1, we
recognized our 2015 class of Everyday American Heroes: Elizabeth Belvin, Kimberly
Belvin, the Quilting
Stars of Ohio, Mark Seibert and Melissa Seibert.
The daughter of our member Margaret
Frost, Elizabeth Belvin and her daughter Kimberly were at a local YMCA on
Memorial Day 2014 when a man who had been exercising nearby collapsed. They knew
that he could die unless they did something to help. Although she had never
administered CPR, Mrs. Belvin began chest compressions to the rhythm of the song
"Stayin’ Alive" while Kimberly ran for help. Soon a staff member arrived with an
emergency defibrillator, followed by a nurse and the local EMS squad. Thanks to
their efforts, the man is alive today. Accepting the DAR award, as well as the
one for her daughter, who could not be present because she is away at college,
Mrs. Belvin said they don’t consider themselves heroes. "Heroes wear camo," she
The Quilting Stars of Ohio members
honored 27 military veterans with handmade quilts and a luncheon in July 2014.
Each quilt was of a different design, but all shared the colors of the American
flag. The honorees included veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as well
as non-combat service and active-duty personnel. A quilt was also presented to
the Stark County Regional American Red Cross. Twelve members of the Quilting
Stars of Ohio attended our DAR ceremony.
Working with their homeowners
association, Mark and Melissa Seibert led a project to add a flag pole at the
main entrance to the Saint James Place allotment in Lake Township. After it was
installed, they planned and accomplished the dedication ceremony. In addition,
Mrs. Seibert received an award for her role as chief executive officer of the
S.A.M. Center, a new non-profit organization in Stark County that will assist
veterans and their families with food and other services.
and other services.
In other business at our meeting, Kay
announced the awards our Chapter won at State Conference last
week: 1) Constitution Week Committee
for Achievement Awards in Promoting Constitution Week; 2) DAR Scholarship
Committee for its sponsorship of "Wings of Eagles" Scholarship Applicant; 3) DAR
Scholarship Committee for its award of local Chapter scholarship;
Defense Committee as a JROTC Bronze Medal supporter; 5) Americanism Committee
for distributing U.S. flags and patriotic literature, and participation in three
naturalization ceremonies; 6) OSDAR State Chairman President General's Project
for 100% participation in the President General's Project; 7) OSDAR Junior
American Citizens Committee for participation in the JAC contest. Canton
Chapter had five State winners: Mady Kirk (short story), Casey Yoklev and Jaden
Ek (poetry), Amanda Yokley and Meghan Drexler (stamp design).
Our next meeting will be May 6 at 1:00
P.M. We will honor our JAC students.
Our Flag Day Luncheon will be Saturday,
June 13, at the Canton Woman's Club. Punch bowl at 11:30; lunch at noon.
Program by Thomas Gorgas, husband of our associate member Doris Gorgas, who is
also OSDAR Membership Chairman and National Vice Chairman, East Central
Division. We will present our Flag Award and install new members.
Naturalization Ceremony on May 1 at
10:30 A.M. at Canton Country Day School.
|Décor for March Luncheon - Audrey Morrison design
MEMORIAL SERVICE AND ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Our Chaplain, Ruth Springer,
conducted the annual memorial service in memory of Jean Edwards Naughtrip, Mabel
Louise Himelrick Pleasant, Betty Salzer Wright and Betty Gahagan
At the Annual Business meeting,
Kay read the reports of Chapter Chairmen of the Committees with National
Recognition from the Master Questionnaire. The Chapter has continued Level 1
status. There were five resignations, eight new members, four deaths and one
We elected our delegates to
Continental Congress: Sharon Snowden, Kathy Lambach, Glennis Braddom and Abbie
Vice Regent Jayne White will
move to Tennessee in May. She plans to resign her office and her committee
chairmanships, although she will remain a Chapter member. The Executive Board
will appoint a new Vice Regent for the remainder of her term. We need volunteers
to serve as National Defense Chair and to assist Betty Louden and Betty Graybill
with the DAR Service for Veterans Committee and Project
Please look for a flag display
to honor in June at our Flag Day Luncheon on June 13 at the Canton Woman's
Several members have been ill:
Eleanor Cartwright, Ruth Frock and Polly Murphy.
Kay wished Happy Birthday to the
following members with March birthdays: Laura Baloun, Mary Burris, Kim Demor,
Julia Elsass, Ruth Hubbard, new member Sandra Rhodes, Renee Tresz and Amy
Our next meeting will be April
1, when we will recognize Everyday American Heroes.
FEBRUARY 4, 2015 CHAPTER MEETING
Shown with Kay are our 2015 DAR Good Citizen, Amanda Rhea, and DAR Good
Citizens Committee Chair Ruth Frock, who presented Amanda with a certificate, a
monetary award and a desk flag. Amanda is a senior at Canton South High
School. The theme of this year's contest was "Our American Heritage and Our
Responsibility to Preserve It."
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the National Society, and the
107th of Canton Chapter, organized November 20, 1908.
O.S.C.A.R. State Conference will take place March 6 and 7 at the
McKinley Grand Hotel in Canton. Our member Anastasia Demor is state president,
and her mother Kim Demor, also our member, is the Senior Advisor. Kim is asking
us for volunteers to assist with the conference. If you'd like to help, please
call or e-mail Kim.
The 116th OSDAR State Conference will be March 26 - 29 in Columbus.
Deadline for room reservations is February 27 to get the DAR rate. Meal
reservations and payment deadline is March 10. For more information, please
call or e-mail Kay.
Canton Chapter will host a Naturalization Ceremony on October 9 at the
Stark County Courthouse.
Several of our members have been ill: Madonna Kutcher, Dawn Pegg,
Rebecca DeCoy and Betty Louden. Please let them know we are thinking of them.
The Executive Board is recommending a calling system to involve active
members to call and check on inactive members every month, in order to keep in
contact with them, let them know we are thinking of them, and keep current on
their overall well-being and their contact information. Board members are
participating in the system. If you would like to help, please call or e-mail
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 4, at 10:30 A.M. We will
begin with our annual memorial service, followed by our annual business
meeting. Lunch will follow at noon; it's our annual soup luncheon. If you'd
like to bring soup, please call or e-mail Audrey Morrison. If we haven't
finished the business meeting by lunch time, we will continue after
|Megan Jarvis Al Chebaina
|Photo by Joy Dingman
DECEMBER 2014 CHAPTER MEETING
(From left) Our new member Sharon Peterson, shown with
Debbie Hinton and
Kay Upole, was welcomed into Chapter membership at our meeting on December 6 at
the Canton Woman's Club.
Everyone enjoyed the entertainment, a lively program
of various dance
routines to jazz and popular Christmas music, performed by our Chapter Historian
and Commemorative Events Chair, Megan Jarvis Al Chebaina, who is a professional
teacher of dance. Megan has also served as a page at State Conference and
Continental Congress for several years.
We elected Kay, Joanne Malene, Rebecca Decoy, Kim Demor,
and Anastasia Demor as our delegates to State Conference. Debbie Hinton will be
an alternate delegate. We can have two more delegates, so if you are
interested, please contact Kay.
Members brought toys for the Salvation Army and children's
books to be
given to pre-school children in March.
Joy Dingman read a thank-you letter from Tiffany Ewing,
speaker at our September meeting.
1) We have no meeting in January. The February
4, 2015, meeting will
feature our DAR Good Citizens and American History Month.
2) If you would like to help with the Naturalization
December 12, please call Kay. There will be another ceremony on January
3) The Dazzling Daughters were to perform
at the Light Up Louisville
event on December 7.
Merry Christmas and Happy New
|Photo by Joy Dingman
|Betty Loudon & Regent, Kay Upole
|Photo by Joy Dingman
|Kay Upole and Judy Dorsey, National President, Blue Star Mothers of America
NOVEMBER 5, 2014 MEETING
By Joy Dingman
In recognition of Veterans Day this month, we recognized our own
veterans. Betty Louden (left) received a Certificate of Award for Heroic
Patriotic Service from our Regent, Kay Upole, who read a report from Betty about
her service in the United States Navy in World War II. Betty also told us about
her daughter's service in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Karen Rowley
accepted a Certificate of Award for Heroic Patriotic Service on behalf of her
sister, Annette Huvler, who is serving in the United States Army. Also
recognized was Andria Upole, Kay's daughter, who served in the Army. Vice
Regent Jayne White read a tribute to Sharon Lane, the only American servicewoman
killed as a direct result of enemy fire during the Vietnam War, at Chu Lai on
June 8, 1969. First Lt. Lane, an Army nurse, was the sister of our member Judy
Tritt. She graduated from Canton South High School in 1961 and is buried at
Sunset Hills in Canton. Kay read a message of recognition of the 50th
anniversary of the Vietnam War from the DAR National Chair of Commemorative
Our featured speaker, shown with Kay, was Judy Dorsey, National
President of Blue Star Mothers of America. She was introduced by Jayne, who
is also a Blue Star Mother. Judy presented our Chapter with a copy of their
Dee Thomas has suffered five falls in recent weeks.
Please send her a
card. Dee would like to sell her DAR pins, and she will offer them to Chapter
members first. Kay plans to bring the pins to the December meeting.
OCTOBER 1, 2014 MEETING
Major Leonard Boynton of the Salvation Army, shown here with Kay, was
our featured speaker, presenting a program about volunteer opportunities with
the Army and thanking us for our past contributions to their Christmas toy and
Literacy Chair Joanne Malene asked us to bring books for children up to
age 5 or 6 for a government-funded program for pre-school children. She would
like to donate our books in March, Right to Read Month. We voted on a motion by
Ruth Frock that if we don't collect 300 books by March, we take up a collection
to buy some.
A Chapter scrapbook compiled by Megan Jarvis Al Chebaina was on
display. Debbie Hinton asked members to submit stories about their
Revolutionary War ancestors for our Chapter book.
Our HODAR event will be October 18 at 5:00 P.M. at the Eastern Ohio
United Methodist Conference Center, 8800 Cleveland Ave. North in Lake Township.
Please bring a covered dish to share. Even if you don't have a HODAR, come and
bring a friend.
Betty Louden has moved, and so have Elaine and John Savage. If you
would like their new addresses and telephone numbers, please call or e-mail Joy
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 5, at 1:00 P.M. There will
be a Board meeting at 11:00 A.M.
Dues are due! If you haven't paid yours, please send them to Carolyn
Elsass by October 10.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
Tiffany Topper Ewing from the Stark County Board of Elections, along
with Travis Secrest, presented an interesting program about the elections
process. We all know Tiffany as a participant in our Junior American Citizens
Contests from the late 1990's until she graduated from high school. Tiffany won
several first place awards at the national level for her poems.
Assistant Treasurer Betty Graybill presented the proposed budget for our
review. The Executive Board has reviewed the budget and recommended approval.
The Chapter will vote on the budget at the October meeting.
Kim Demor gave a report from her daughter Anastasia Demor, the current
O.S.C.A.R. president. The O.S.C.A.R. state project this year is raising funds
for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
1) Constitution Week Luncheon will be Saturday, September 20, at the
Canton Woman's Club. Deadline for reservations is September 13. Send your
reservation with $16.00 to Sharon Snowden.
2) We will participate in the Constitution Day parade in Louisville on
Sunday, September 21.
3) The Friends of Fort Laurens will hold their 19th Annual Moccasin Roast
on September 27. For more information, call Marcia Zawacky (330-492-5918
4) Next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday, October 1. Major Leonard
Boynton of the Salvation Army will be the speaker.
5) Our HODAR meeting this year will be October 18 with a pot-luck meal.
Details at the October 1 meeting.
6) We will host another Naturalization Ceremony in December at the Stark
County Courthouse. Call Kay if you would like to help.
ANNUAL PICNIC 2014
A good time was had by all at our annual picnic at Guilford Lake on
Saturday, August 23, thanks to the hospitality of Betty and Terry Graybill. Ten
members and five HODARs were present. Following a short board meeting and a
delicious pot-luck lunch, Terry took everyone for a ride around the lake on a
|Photo by Joy Dingman
FLAG DAY 2014
Top Photo (From left) Glennis Braddom presented
Ray Arnold, president of the board
of trustees of the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park in Clinton, who accepted our 2014
Flag Day Award from Regent Kay Upole on June 14 at our Flag Day luncheon at the
Canton Woman's Club.
DeFrance Thomas, the featured speaker, presented a program
"Little-known Women of th American Revolution."
Two new members were installed at the luncheon.
Bottom Photo: (From left) New member
Dee Issow, Kay, new member Tarah Litten, her mother Glennis Braddom, and
Registrar Debbie Hinton.
DAR Scholarship Committee Chair Audrey Morrison announced
of the 2014 Book Grant, Katrina Demor, who plans to study mechanical engineering
at The University of Akron.
Kay presented the 2014 service awards as follows: (30
Murphy, Dorothy Horgas, Margery Fletcher, Janet Weir Creighton. (25 years)
Clara Minor, Barbara Colaner. (20 years) Lori Wulff, Becca Rice, JoAnn Pool,
Deborah Lea, Carol Jones. (10 years) Margaret Frost.
DAR Service for Veterans Chair Betty Louden reported that
the Canton VA
Clinic and the VA medical center at Wade Park need new or gently used clothing
for both men and women, especially sweaters and sweatshirts of all sizes. Call
Betty if you have CLEAN clothing to donate.
1) Sharon Snowden and her granddaughter Megan Jarvis
Continental Congress, where Megan will page.
2) Canton Chapter is participating in a state-wide
by OSDAR with the Bob Evans Restaurants chain. Two Bob Evans Restaurants in
Canton are participating, the one on West Tusc and the one on Lesh Ave. off Rt.
62. On July 4 and 5, if you take a flyer to the restaurant, they will apply 15
percent of your bill to OSDAR Chapters. The link to the flyer is below. You may print it out.
3) Northeast District will have a Chapter Development
Revitalization Commission at the Beachwood Branch Library on July 12 from 9:00
A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Cost is $5.00 for materials. Call Kay if you are interested.
4) Canton Chapter will host the Naturalization Ceremony
August 8, in Judge Frank Forchione's courtroom at the Stark County Courthouse.
Call Kay or Eleanor Cartwright if you would like to help with the cookies and
punch or pass out flags and pamphlets to the new citizens. We have been asked
to host ceremonies on July 11, December 12 and January 9, but those dates are
not confirmed until Kay knows if we have enough help. Call her if you are
5) Our annual CAR/DAR/SAR picnic will be Wednesday,
August 23, at
Guilford Lake. Pontoon boat rides after lunch. The Chapter will provide the
drinks and the table settings. Bring a covered dish. Directions will be on
this Web site.
6) OSDAR Fun Day is August 16. Reservations forms
are on the OSDAR
Members' Web site.
7) Our Chapter will host the Constitution Day luncheon
September 20, at the Canton Woman's Club.
8) Yearbooks will be printed in July. Call Kay
with any changes to
addresses, telephone numbers, or e-mail addresses BEFORE July 10.
9) Next meeting: Wednesday, September 3, at 1:00
P.M. Faith United
Methodist Church. Tentative featured speaker Tiffany Topper Ewing, who has won
a number of awards sponsored by our Chapter.
For Bob Evans Flyer, click here.
APRIL 2 CHAPTER MEETING
Sharon Snowden (left), shown with Audrey Morrison, presented a very
interesting program, portraying Nancy Morris, wife of Gouverneur Morris, the
author of the Preamble to the Constitution, often called the "Penman of the
Our condolences to Kay Upole on the death of her uncle, Thomas Maddox.
Because his funeral was the same day as our Chapter meeting,
Applause! Audrey reported our Chapter's many awards at State Conference
last month, including Outstanding Support for Veterans, ROTC Bronze Medal
Presenter, Most Hours Spent Promoting Literacy in Adults, Promoting Constitution
Week, our Chapter's Book Grant program, and our sponsorship of the Wings of
Eagles Scholarship program. From the OSDAR Genealogy Preservation Committee, in
the Supporting Documentation Project, Kathy Lambach won an award for completing
1,629 images, and Glennis Braddom won one for completing 105 images. Madonna
Kutcher took second place in the Women's Issues Essay Contest in the Health
At the meeting, a questionnaire was circulated, asking members'
preferences about meeting days and times, and where they might like to assist
with committees. Please advise Kay if you would like to see the questionnaire.
We have been invited to attend the Naturalization Ceremony and reception
on Friday, May 2, at 10:30 A.M. at Canton Country Day School, 3000 Demington
Ave. NW. Note: the school's headmistress, Pamela Shaw, is a member of our
Our records have been moved from the McKinley Museum Presidential
Library and Museum to the National First Ladies Library. If anyone has any
records that should be stored there, please advise Kay.
Please advise Sharon Snowden of your hours of volunteer service for the
Celebrate America! program. Sharon reported that our members had a total of
3,317 hours during 2013.
Our next meeting will be May 2 at 1:00 P.M. We will recognize our
Junior American Citizens and our Everyday American Heroes.
MARCH 5, 2014
Our Chaplain, Ruth Springer, conducted our annual Memorial Service in
memory of our four members who have passed away during the past year: Dr. Alyce
Gligor, Jean Douglas, Shirley Snook, and Mildred Mann.
At our Annual Business Meeting, Regent Kay Upole read her annual "State of
the Chapter" report and presented the reports of the Chapter Committee
Chairs. She thanked the Committee Chairs for assisting her with the completion
of the Master Questionnaire, which was filed electronically and on time.
Kay read a letter from the Salvation Army, thanking the Chapter for our
gifts and donations in December.
Congratulations to Karen Rowley for her outstanding work with our Junior
American Citizens! We have nine state winners this year. If you would like to
be a chaperone at the student luncheon on March 29 at State Conference, please
notify Kay as soon as possible.
Congratulations to our associate member Doris Gorgas, who was honored as
Citizen of the Year in Bay Village.
Canton Chapter will provide refreshments for the Naturalization Ceremony on
August 8 at the Stark County Courthouse. Judge Frank Forchione will preside.
If you would like to help provide cookies and punch, please notify Kay.
DeFrance Thomas has moved to the Canton Christian Home.
We have removed our records from the McKinley Presidential Library and
Museum, and will soon move them to the National First Ladies Library Education
It's time to look for a flag display
for our award at our Flag Day luncheon in June.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday,
April 2, at 1:00 P.M. Sharon Snowden will present the program, portraying
Gouverneur Morris' wife, Nancy.
DECEMBER 4TH 2013
our Christmas party on December 4 at the Canton Woman's Club.
Our entertainment was "Sound Investment," a women's barbershop quartet. One of
the singers, Linda Doerschuk (on the right in the photo).is Jayne White's
We elected our delegates to Ohio
State Conference: Kay Upole, Glennis
Braddom, Abbie Dray, Megan Jarvis Al Chebaina, Kathy Lambach, Sharon
Snowden, and alternate Ruth Frock.
Sharon introduced her guest and
prospective member Joan Henderson.
Jayne White asked us to remember
to pray for our soldiers, and reminded
members that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is still a prisoner in Afghanistan. There
are several online petitions for his release that can be signed.
No meeting in January.
Our next meeting will be February 5, when we
will recognize our DAR Good Citizens and observe American History Month.
|Rev.Otis Essex and Regent Kay Upole
|Photo by Joy Dingman
NOVEMBER 6, 2013
Our featured speaker was the
Rev. Otis Essex, shown here with Kay, who told us about his service as a
chaplain in the U.S. Navy. Most of you may remember he has spoken to us before
about his military experience. We all sang "Happy Birthday" to him, because his
birthday is November 7.
In other business, Carolyn
Elsass asked if anyone knows the whereabouts of several members who haven't paid
their dues, and she has not been able to reach them by telephone: Juanita
Coast, Myra Douglas, Ann Lowder, Mary Lou MackIntosh, Mary Elizabeth Peterson,
and Dorothy Smith. If anyone knows anything about them, please call Carolyn.
Her number is in our book.
We voted to accept two
prospective members, Sharon Peterson and Shawna Boland.
Mildred Mann, our member for
33 years, passed away on November 2. Anna Christine Jenkins is feeling so much
better that she attended our meeting.
Joanne Malene has agreed to
chair the Literacy committee. She is collecting used books for veterans'
hospitals. If you have books you'd like to donate, please let her know. Her
telephone number and e-mail address are in our book.
Many of us brought Christmas
gifts for our donation to the Salvation Army to this meeting. We will accept
gifts at the December 4 meeting, too.
Committee chairs: it's time
to prepare your reports for the Master Questionnaire. The report period ends
December 31. If you need help with the MQ, please let Kay know.
OCTOBER 2, 2013 MEETING
Everyone enjoyed the program by Kay's brother, Steve
Aukerman, who trains
therapy dogs. He brought Harley and Axel with him. They seemed to enjoy being
petted by so many new friends.
Major Leonard Boynton of the Salvation Army presented
their programs. Members may bring Christmas gifts for our donation to the
Salvation Army to our November meeting.
1) At Fall Fun Day, Canton Chapter received
awards for Level 1 Chapter
Achievement and a Good Citizens Award for sponsoring 13 schools last year.
2) Kay brought a box from Fall Fun Day to
collect spare change to
support the OSDAR Wings of Eagles Scholarship Fund.
3) Anna Christine Jenkins has been ill.
Please send her a card.
4) The next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday,
November 6, at 1:00 P.M.
at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton. The program will be presented
by the Rev. Otis Essex: "Becoming a Naval Chaplain." Board members note:
there will be a Board meeting at 11:00 the same day.
5) Dues are due. Deadline is October
6) Please advise Kay of any corrections to
the yearbook, such as
updated e-mail addresses, street addresses, or telephone numbers.
7) Does anyone know the whereabouts of Dorothy
Uber Smith? Her
yearbook was returned in the mail.
8) Chapter Committee Chairs: it's time
to begin completing the Master
Questionnaire. The MQ year concludes December 31. If you need help, please
9) Sharon Snowden is collecting information for the
new Celebrate America Committee. Please send Sharon your volunteer
hours for 2013 for DAR and other organizations, too. List the
hours for each service, the date, and the name of the
10) Past State Regent Marcia Seifert is leading a committee in the
Northeast District to compile an updated history of the Chapters. The last
update was 1978. She needs the information by June 1, 2014.
11) Our December meeting will be December
4 at the Canton Women's Club.
Cost of luncheon is $16. Entertainment will be the "Sound Investment"
Barbershop Quartet. Please make your reservation with Audrey
August 7th 2013
A good time was had by all at our annual picnic at Guilford Lake, thanks to the hospitality of
Betty and Terry Graybill. Following an abbreviated business meeting and a delicious pot-luck lunch, Terry took everyone
for rides around the lake on a pontoon boat.
MAY 1 CHAPTER MEETING
We recognized the 2013 class of Junior American Citizens contest winners at our May 1 meeting. Lake Elementary
School students Maddie Sladen, Mackenzie Bozman, Anthony Rechel, and Grace Kovach (Orchard Hill Middle School). Cara
Brunner (Lake Middle School), Gabe Parker (Orchard Hill Middle School), Kacey Schonauer (St. Barbara School). Austin
Yoder (Lake Elementary), Hanna Christine Willoughby (Massillon Middle), Anna Scheurman (St. Barbara), Joseph Tharp (St. Barbara),
Alyssa Goodenow (Lake Elementary), Juanita Gray (Massillon Middle), St. Barbara students Madison Shishler, Justin Carroll,
Kristina Scheurman, Leo Soehnlen, and Gordon Ramsey. Canton Chapter JAC Committee Chair Linda Petz and Regent Kay Upole. Not
present: Maddie Pinney (Hoover High School), Janson Smith (Lake Elementary School).
JAC Committee Chair Linda Petz attracted 205 entries from Stark County schools in this year's contests. Of
those, 19 were Chapter contest winners. From those, 12 went on to win at the state and East Central Division levels.
Seven of those were national winners, and one took first place in her category at the national level. Linda has served
on this committee for four years. A graduate of Bowling Green State University and the University of Akron, Linda taught middle
school students for 26 years and coordinated curriculum in Stark County Schools for nine years.
1) On Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 P.M., we will participate in the grave-marking ceremony for Revolutionary War Soldier
Jacob Shearer at Mapleton Cemetery in East Canton.
2) Our next meeting will be Saturday, June 15, for our Flag Day luncheon at LaPizzaria. The Punch Bowl will
begin at 11:30; lunch will be served at noon. Cost is $20.00. If you did not sign up for the luncheon at the
meeting today, please make your reservation with Audrey Morrison as soon as possible. We need to have a count
for the restaurant. The guest speaker will be past State Regent Sharlene Shoaf. We will present our Flag Award,
special awards, and installing officers and new members.
2013 EVERYDAY HEROES HONORED AT APRIL 3 CHAPTER MEETING
From left: Eagle Scout Neal Billig, Lake Township FISH Director
Kami Sommers, Lauren Bosworth of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark & Carroll Counties, Canton DAR Everyday Heroes
Chair Betty Graybill, Canton DAR Regent Kay Upole, FISH Food Coordinators Jan and Tom Dwenger, and American Legion Post 221
Commander Richard Thatcher.
At our April 3 Chapter meeting, Everyday American Heroes Chair
Betty Graybill presented our 2013 honorees: Eagle Scout Neal Billig, American Legion Post 221 of Massillon, Lake Township
FISH, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties, represented
at the ceremony by Lauren Bosworth, celebrated their 25th year in 2012. This local group is the largest affiliate in the state.
They have built more than 400 houses in the local area, and hope to build No. 425 in 2013. Their first house, completed in
1989, was built one room at a time, rather than building the whole house at one time because money, materials, and supplies
were scarce. The early volunteers stored things in their own garages and ran to the local hardware store for small purchases.
The lucky Habitat homeowners pay for their attractive homes with no-interest loans and sweat equity, working on their own
and others’ homes. Habitat homeowners have a foreclosure rate of only two percent. Most of their yards have flowers,
a garden, ans a flag pole. In 2005, Habitat ReStore opened to sell donated appliances, building materials, furniture, and
even books. The local affiliate tithes ten percent of all undesignated funds to Habitat International, and has given more
than $1.5 million dollars to help build houses internationally.
A member of Boy Scout Troop 38 of East Sparta, Eagle Scout Neal
Billig led a team of helpers to clear brush and overgrown plants in East Sparta Cemetery. DAR members conducting research
in old country cemeteries appreciate his work. Neil also replaced the flag and flagpole at the community building, and planted
grass there. The son of Michael and Cathleen Billig of Canton, Neil has earned 32 merit badges and has received National Youth
Leadership training. He is a student at Perry High School.
Under the leadership of Post Commander Richard Thatcher, members
of the American Legion Post 221 taught students at Emerson Elementary School in Massillon how to fold the American flag properly
after taking it down at the end of the school day. The Post has been teaching flag etiquette at local schools for many years.
At their 93rd anniversary celebration the Post donated more than $2,000 to the Marine Sgt. Daniel Patron Memorial
Scholarship Program, honoring the Marine who was killed while defusing a bomb in Iraq. They named Sgt. Patron an honorary
member of Post 221. Local Gold Star families were recognized at the event.
Lake Township FISH (Faithfully I Serve Him) is an emergency food
cupboard program that helps people in need. Their food storage and distribution facility is located on West Maple Street in
Hartville in the former Hartville Hardware Store, now owned by GentleBrook, which donated the space in their facility. Because
of the large increase in demand for food assistance, FISH outgrew their former location at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church.
They have formed a partnership with Akron Canton Food Bank which will allow them to buy groceries at a reduced cost. They
also receive contributions from food drives, churches, businesses and individuals. FISH is always looking for volunteers and
food donations. GentleBrook, formerly known as Hartville Homes, is a private non-profit organization that has been offering
residential living and day habilitation programs for developmentally disabled adults for almost 40 years. Director Kami Sommers
and Food Coordinators Jan and Tom Dwenger represented the organization at the ceremony
Now in its fifth year, the Canton Chapter DAR Everyday American
Heroes program recognizes local citizens who do their best to give back to help others and the community. Betty Graybill is
the committee chair.
With 170,000 members in 3,000 chapters worldwide, the DAR is
one of the world's largest and most active service organizations, supporting historic, educational and patriotic objectives
in many varied programs. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org.
1. Our member Dr. Alyce Mapp Gligor passed away on March 5. There
were no services.
2. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 1, at 1:00 P.M. We
will honor our 2013 Junior American Citizens.
3. Our Flag Day luncheon will be at La Pizzaria on Dressler Rd.
Cost is $20 (includes gratuity). Make your reservations with Audrey Morrison. Please continue to look for an outstanding
flag display to receive our award.
4. The Jonathan Dayton Chapter in Dayton, Ohio, will conduct a grave-marking
ceremony for 30 Revolutionary War soldiers on May 18. If you are interested, please get in touch with Kay Upole.
5. The Mahoning Chapter will celebrate their 120th anniversary on April
22. If you are interested, please get in touch with Kay.
6. Our Chapter will mark the grave of Revolutionary War soldier Jacob
Shearer on Sunday, June 9, at 2:00 P.M. at the Mapleton Cemetery in East Canton, in cooperation with the Osnaburg Historical
Society. More details will be announced at the May 1 meeting.
7. Kay has advised us that National raised dues. It's likely that
OSDAR will do the same. As recommended by our Executive Board, our members voted at the Chapter meeting to increase
our dues to $50.00.
8. As recommended by the Board, our members voted to increase our contribution
to the six DAR Schools from $10 to $25 for each school.
MARCH 5 CHAPTER MEETING
Our Chaplain, Ruth Springer,
conducted our annual Memorial Service in memory of the seven members who have passed away during the past year: Lucille
Tetzel, Vivian Geltz, Ruth Huston, Marilyn Himes, Margaret Lindenberger, Merle Kimmel, and Louise Baldwin.
At our Annual Business Meeting following the memorial service, Regent
Kay Upole read her annual report to National, and the reports of the Chapter Chairs.
Congratulations to Linda Petz for her outstanding work with our Junior
American Citizens! We have eight state winners this year. Audrey Morrison reported that we have two Wings of Eagles
Scholarship winners. If you would like to be a chaperone at the student luncheon on April 13 at State Conference, please notify
If you plan to attend State Conference April 12 - 14, be sure to make
your room reservations by March 12. Your meal reservations must be mailed in time to be received by March 28.
Gloria Zanin read a thank-you letter from the Salvation Army for our
gifts and donations in December.
Betty Graybill invited us to the next meeting of the Madison McKinley
Chapter USD 1812 on Tuesday, April 16, at noon, at the Perkins Restaurant. on Belpar NW in Belden Village.
They will have a memorial service for deceased chapter members, including Vivian Geltz, who was a member of our
It's time to look for a flag display for our award in June.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 3, at 1:00 P.M. We
will recognize our Everyday American Heroes.
DECEMBER 5th CHAPTER MEETING
At our December 5th meeting, we welcomed three new members (from left) Linda
Kehres, Abby Dray, and Kathy Lambach. Regent Kay Upole, Registrar Debbie Hinton, and Chaplain Ruth Springer conducted
the installation ceremony.
After our luncheon of soup and Christmas cookies and the business meeting, we enjoyed
a musical program by Dreama Powell (shown here with Kay) playing the Celtic harp. Thanks to Margaret Frost for making
the program arrangements!
1) Remember, we will not meet in January or February. Our next meeting will
be Wednesday, March 6, for our Annual Business Meeting at 10:30 A.M., lunch, and continuing after lunch if necessary.
Cost for lunch is $12.00.
2) The Akron library will hold another series of genealogy classes beginning in
January. Kay has all of the information.
NOVEMBER 7 MEETING
Shown here with Regent Kay Upole, the Rev. Otis Essex, who was celebrating his 86th birthday, entertained
us with memories of his service on the destroyer USS Murphy during World War II, while he was in the United States Marine
Corps, and his later service as a United States Navy Chaplain during the Vietnam War. He had a total of 33 years of
military service. This was our second meeting with the Rev. Essex, who was the featured speaker at our 2009 Flag Day
Our member Betty Louden told us about her service in the Navy during World War II.
1) Our next meeting is December 5 at noon, with our soup luncheon and Christmas cookies. Please
let Audrey know if you want to bring soup or cookies. The program will be Dreama Powell playing the Celtic Harp.
Guests are welcome!
2) Please remember to bring your unwrapped gifts for the Salvation Army Toys for Tots program.
Gifts should be suitable for children from infancy through age 12, and should have a value of $25.00.
3) A Board meeting will be held on December 5 at 10:30 A.M.
4) The Akron Library will have a series of genealogy classes in January. Please see Kay if you
|BEN FRANKLIN (aka Dennis Harbert) & Kay Upole
|Photo by Joy Dingman
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN VISITS OCTOBER MEETING WITH HODARS
Our Chapter welcomed Benjamin Franklin (portrayed by Dennis Harbert and shown in the photo
with Kay Upole) and our HODAR's at our October 6 meeting at Shady Hollow Country Club. During the business meeting,
we approved the budget for 2012 - 2013 and minor changes to our By-laws, as well as electing the Nominating Committee.
1) At our Constitution Day luncheon last month, Canton Chapter was presented with a National
Award for Outstanding Chapter Achievement for our participation in Junior American Citizens contests. This award is due to
the outstanding job our JAC Chairman, Linda Petz, has done for the past three years. Thank you, Linda!
2) The National Society has presented our member Esther Christmas with a certificate for
50 years of membership.
3) Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7, at 1:00 P.M. at Faith United
Methodist Church in North Canton. The Rev. Otis Essex will present the program about the World War II battleship USS
4) The Finance Committee will meet on November 7 at 11:00 A.M. at the church.
5) Our Chapter will participate in the Salvation Army's Toys for Tots program again this
year. Members may bring unwrapped gifts for children in the 10 - 12 year age group to the December meeting.
SEPTEMBER 5 CHAPTER MEETING
In celebration of Constitution Week, we enjoyed a cake decorated to commemorate the 225th anniversary
of the signing of the Constitution. Constitution Week Chair Sharon Snowden reported on Constitution Week activities. Members
enjoyed a Constitution Trivia Game coordinated by Sharon.
By secret ballot, the Chapter unanimously accepted six prospective members.
Assistant Treasurer Betty Graybill presented the proposed budget for 2012-13. We will vote
on the budget at the October meeting.
Sharon reported on Continental Congress, where our Junior Member Megan Jarvis was a Flag
Megan, our Commemorative Events Chair, presented facts about the terrorist attacks of September
Everyone enjoyed the program about "Little Chicago, Canton in the Roaring Twenties" presented
by Kimberley Kenney of the McKinley Museum.
1) At Fall Fun Day in Columbus, our Chapter received the Chapter Achievement Level
1 Award and a Good Citizens Award for sponsoring over 10 schools.
2) On September 15, from 10:00 A.M. to noon, Debbie Hinton, Michelle Mayle, and Sharon
Snowden will be at the Stark County Main Library to assist any and all with genealogy research at the Genealogy Workshop.
3) The Constitution Week Luncheon will be September 22 at Courtney's Banquet Center in
Alliance. The deadline for reservations was September 1.
4) Also on September 22, the Friends of Fort Laurens will have their 17th Annual Moccasin
Roast at Fort Laurens from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Cost is $30. Deadline for reservations is September 18.
5) We will participate in the Constitution Parade in Louisville on Sunday, September 23.
6) On Wednesday, October 3, at 12:30 P.M., we will have a Board meeting at the 25th St.
North Branch Library. After the meeting, we will have a workshop for all Committee Chairs on the computerized Master
7) Our next meeting will be Saturday, October 6, at the Shady Hollow Country Club.
Punch bowl at 11:30, luncheon at noon. This is our HODAR luncheon, but you do not have to bring a HODAR to participate.
The program will be Benjamin Franklin, portrayed by Dennis Harbert. Cost is $14.00. Send your reservations
to Carolyn Elsass by September 30.
ANNUAL PICNIC WITH SAR AND C.A.R.
Chapter members gathered at Price Park in North Canton on August 1 for our annual picnic with members of
Sons of the American and the Children of the American Revolution, followed by a concert in the park by the Canton Concert
Anastasia Demor, president of the Colonel George Stewart Society C.A.R., reported on the Society's activities.
1) A naturalization ceremony for nine new citizens will be held on Friday, August 10, at the Stark
County Courthouse in Judy Taryn Heath's courtroom. Call Eleanor Cartwright for details.
2) Canton Chapter will have a booth at the Constitution Week Festival in Louisville at Metzger Park
on August 17, 18, and 19, from 5:00 to 11:00 P.M. on the Friday, noon to 10:00 P.M. on the Saturday, and noon to 5:00 P.M.
on the Sunday. Call Sharon Snowden if you would like to work at the booth.
3) Our September meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 5. Kim Kenney from the McKinley
Museum will present the program.
4) Debbie Hinton, Michelle Mayle, and Sharon Snowden will conduct a Genealogy Workshop at the Main
Campus of the Stark County District Library on September 15 from 10:00 A.M. until noon.
5) Call Kay Upole for information on a series of genealogy workshops at the Akron Library.
6) The 2012 Constitution Luncheon will be hosted by the Minerva Great Trail Chapter on September 22
at Courtney's Banquet Center in Alliance. We will participate in the Constitution Parade the following day.
7) Our HODAR Luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 6. Benjamin Franklin will be present.
More information will be announced at the September 5 meeting.
8) We plan to hold a meeting for Committee Chairs to learn how to complete the Master Questionnaire.
More information will be announced at the September meeting.
|Janet Weir Creighton & Debbie Hinton
BICENTENNIAL OF THE WAR OF 1812
(Photo by Kay Upole)
On Monday, June 18, Stark County Commissioner Janet Weir Creighton, a member of our Chapter, presided at
a formal ceremony at the Stark County Courthouse in downtown Canton to observe the 200th anniversary of the declaration of
the War of 1812. The ceremony was one of 88 held simultaneously in every county in Ohio. Two Stark County Sheriff's deputies,
both military veterans, raised a 15-star American Flag, one of 89 donated by the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
to every county and the State of Ohio through a donation by Buckeye Cable System of Toledo.
The flag is identical to the one that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem later titled "The
Star-Spangled Banner" while he was imprisoned at Fort McHenry and saw the flag still waving after the bombarding
of American forces during the Battle of Baltimore in September 1814.
The featured speaker was Robert Toth, Executive Director of the Veterans Service Commission of Stark County.
Former Stark County Auditor Brant Luther sang the National Anthem. A number of local officials attended the ceremony.
Commissioner Creighton recognized our member Debbie Hinton, who attended as a representative of the Madison-McKinley
Chapter of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812. Also in attendance were our Chapter members Kay Upole
and Joy Dingman, together with Joy's husband Morris, who was recognized by Commissioner Creighton with other military veterans
(Photos by Joy Dingman)
Canton Chapter celebrated Flag Day with a luncheon at Shady Hollow Country Club on Saturday, June 16.
Regent Kay Upole presented the 2012 Flag Award to the Angelo Mercorelli family of North Canton. (From left) Audrey Morrison,
Kay Upole, Angelo, Jeanne, and Dominic Mercorelli.
(From left) Kay and Audrey presented the 2012 Book Grant to Lauren DeCoy, daughter of our member Rebecca
DeCoy. A 2012 graduate of Jackson High School, Lauren plans to attend The Ohio State University.
Janet Swihart, shown here with Kay, presented a program of patriotic music, inviting all of us to
Kay announced the 2012 service awards to 40-year member Esther Christman and to 25-year members Barbara
Broome, Marion Humphrey, Margaret Lindenberger, Peggy Sluss, Amy Williams, Betty Wright, and Elizabeth Zingler.
1. Continental Congress will begin June 27. Sharon Snowden and her granddaughter, Megan
Jarvis, are our delegates. Megan will serve as a page.
2. The OSDAR Chapter Development and Revitalization
Commission will hold a workshop at the Stark County District Library on July 21. Kay has details.
3. Our annual C.A.R./DAR/SAR picnic will be held on Wednesday, August 1, at Price Park in North Canton.
Because this will be our first chapter meeting of the 2012-2013 Chapter year, we will meet at 4:30 for a short business meeting,
followed by a covered dish picnic supper. A Concert in the Park will begin at 7:00 P.Ml
4. OSDAR Fun Fair Day is August 18. This is a one-day event to provide Chapters with information
for the coming year. Reservations may be made through the OSDAR Web site.
Our Regent, Kay Upole (left), presented Junior American Citizens Committee Chair
Linda Petz with an Award for Outstanding Service from our Chapter for her work with the JAC contests.
(Front, from left) Matt Paquelet (St. Barbara’s); Kailey Hester (Clearmount Elementary; Lake Elementary students
Cara Bunner, Christina Slabinski, and Allyson Gregerson; Chad Fichter (St. Barbara’s). (Second row, from left) Tom Menches
(St. Barbara’s), Naudia Spicer (Massillon Middle), Lindsay Lowry (Clearmount), Allison Troyer (Lake Middle), Joseph
Tharp (St. Barbara’s). (Back row, from left) Canton DAR Regent Kathryn Upole, Jackson High School students Bethany Smith
and Allison Antram, Lyndsey Gregerson (Lake High), Antonia Rae McClain (Massillon Middle), Canton DAR JAC Chair Linda Petz.
Not pictured: Jenna Baker (Lake Elementary), Ellie Smith (St. Barbara’s), Maddie Petruccio (Lake Middle), Maggie Craig
(From left) Marge Starcher, Canton DAR Regent Kathryn Upole, Pamela Valentine (Service Area Director, Girl Scouts of Northeast
Ohio), Canton DAR Everyday American Heroes Committee Chair Betty Graybill, Corey Monsewicz and Kim Dietrick of Grace United
Church of Christ in Uniontown. Not pictured: Rodney Bonsky, Post Commander, Greentown VFW Post 9904.
May 2nd 2012
Our May meeting was a gala affair with many guests present for the awards ceremony recognizing the winners
of the 2012 Junior American Citizens contests and our 2012 Everyday American Heroes.
JAC Committee Chair Linda Petz attracted 187 entries from Stark County schools in this year's contests. Of
those, 19 were Chapter contest winners. From those, 14 went on to win at the state and East Central Division levels.
Six of those were national winners. Regent Kay Upole presented Linda with our Chapter's Award for Outstanding Service for
her work with the contests. At the 113th OSDAR State Conference last month, Linda was presented with the Thatcher
Award by State JAC Chair Charlene Tarr for her outstanding service. Linda has served on this committee for three years. A
graduate of Bowling Green State University and the University of Akron, Linda taught middle school students for 26 years and
coordinated curriculum in Stark County Schools for nine years.
Everyday American Heroes Chair Betty Graybill presented the 2012 honorees: Marge Starcher
of East Canton, who makes handmade baby quilts for military families and lap robes for cancer patients at Aultman Hospital;
the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year; the Youth
Group of the Grace United Church of Christ in Uniontown, who called attention to the issue of homelessness with the
Homelessness Awareness Lockout on a cold night in February and collected a carful of food donations and $160 for the Haven
of Rest Ministries; and the Greentown VFW Post 9904, who contributed $17,000 to local charities last
year, sent packages to soldiers overseas, raised money for cancer research, donated to college scholarships, helped send a
family to Disneyland, and gave food cards to six needy families.
Our Chapter received three awards at State Conference last month: from the OSDAR Membership Committee
for High Standards of Excellence in maintaining our prospective member database; from the OSDAR State Librarian for our donation
to the NSDAR Library; and from the Constitution Week Committee for our outstanding state participation.
Our next meeting will be our Flag Day Luncheon on Saturday, June 16, at the Shady Hollow Country Club.
Cost is $13.00. Punch bowl at 11:30; luncheon at noon.
The Zoar Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, June 23. For lunch and the tour, the cost is $30.
For the tour only, $15.
|Jessica Brown & Julia Haines
|Jo Swanson & Regent, Kay Upole
APRIL 2012 MEETING
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At our April 4 meeting, we recognized our six 2012
DAR Good Citizens in an awards ceremony conducted by Good Citizens Chair Ruth Frock. (From left) Jessica Brown (St. Thomas
Aquinas High School) was our Chapter winner, shown here with Julia Haines (East Canton High School). Our other Good
Citizens were Maggie Eckroad (Canton South), Danielle Baker (Louisville), Joey Cottrell (McKinley), and Salman Safir (Hoover).
the awards ceremony, Jo Swanson (shown here with our Regent, Kay Upole) presented a delightful program about "Pets in the
1) At Ohio State Conference, we will host 11 students at the Junior American Citizens luncheon, and our JAC Chairman,
Linda Petz, will be recognized for her outstanding efforts.
2) Book grant applications are due by April 30.
3) Our Chapter will participate in the Canton Memorial Day Parade on May 28. If you would like to ride in the
parade, please notify Joy Dingman
4) We need nominations for Flag Award recipients to be submitted by our May meeting so we can vote on a winner.
Our Flag Day luncheon will be at Shady Hollow County Club on June 16. Punch bowl at 11:30, luncheon at noon. We
will install all of our new members.
5) Our next Chapter meeting is May 2. We will recognize our Junior American Citizens and our Everyday American
Heroes. A Board meeting will be held at 11:00 before the Chapter meeting.
2012 CHAPTER MEETING
Canton Chapter held the annual Memorial Service in memory of Dorothy Swallen Lamb, Patsy Woolslayer Clark, and Evelyn Brigham
Congratulations to Junior American Citizens Chairman Linda Petz on her outstanding work with the 2011 Junior American Citizens.
From 187 entries, we had 13 state winners. Volunteers are needed to attend the Students Luncheon at State Conference
to serve as chaperones.
If you are planning to attend the 113th OSDAR State Conference, April 13-15, you should make your room
reservations by March 16. You should mail your meal reservations in time to be received by March 29.
Our next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday, April 4. We will honor our 2012 DAR Good Citizens.
by Joy Dingman
Following a report on the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, several members shared
their memories and family connections to Pearl Harbor.
Three soldiers who are relatives of Chapter members will soon leave for service in Afghanistan.
Committee Chairs are reminded to complete their questionnaires. The forms are available online.
Important: our next meeting will be March 7. There will be no meetings in January or February.
Kimberley Kenney (left), Curator of the McKinley Museum, with Regent Kay Upole. Kim presented our program on "The Story
of Chocolate" complete with samples from Anastasiades Exclusive Chocolates of North Canton.
(From left) New member Joan Gillespie was installed in a ceremony conducted by Regent Kay Upole, Chaplain
Ruth Springer and Registrar Debbie Hinton at our December 7 meeting.
|Christopher Kenney & Regent, Kay Upole
November 2 Chapter Meeting:
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Our Regent, Kay Upole, welcomed our speaker, Christopher Kenney from the McKinley Museum, who presented a program
about “Moving the President,” a review of various methods of transportation used by the Presidents.
1) Please bring
unwrapped toys, value $15 to $25, for children from infancy through age 12 to our December meeting, to be delivered to the
Salvation Army for Christmas.
Regent Patsy Clark passed away on October 26. Services were held on October 29.
3) The next Chapter meeting will be December 7, at noon for soup and cookies. The program on chocolate will be
presented by Kimberly Kenney, Curator of the McKinley Museum. If you would like to bring your favorite soup or cookies,
please notify Audrey Morrison.
|Jo Swanson & Regent Kay Upole
OCTOBER 5 CHAPTER MEETING
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Jo Swanson (left), shown in this photo with Regent Kay Upole presented a very interesting program about
Ghost Stories from the White House.
During the business meeting, we decided that members who would like to donate toys for Christmas to the
Salvation Army should bring unwrapped gifts with a minimum value of $15 to the December 7 meeting.
1) The deadline to pay dues is October 10.
2) The grave-marking for Revolutionary War soldier Philip Farber on October 1, sponsored by Canton
and Great Trail Chapters, was well attended with 58 people present, including State Representative Mark Okey, State Regent
Sharlene Shoaf, State Organizing Secretary Nancy Wright, State Chaplain Jan Augenstein, Northeast District Director Rose McIntyre,
and many members of the Farber family. Also participating were the Sandy Valley American Legion, the Brigade
of the American Revolution Northwest Department Re-enactors from Fort Laurens, and SAR members. Debbie
Hinton worked for seven years to accomplish this event.
3) Great Trail Chapter will sponsor their Chocolate Revolution on Saturday, October 15, in Minerva.
4) Ruth Frock has information about a bus trip to Williamsburg for the Christmas festival on December
2 – 5.
5) Our member Dorothy Lamb passed away on September 8 at the age of 103. She
had lived a very busy and fulfilling life.
6) The next Chapter meeting will be November 2, with a program on “Moving The Presidents”
presented by Christopher Kenney.
June 11th Chapter Meeting
Flag Day Luncheon
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(From left) Vice Regent Jayne White, featured speaker Lt. Col. Hugo Doerschuk (U.S. Army retired), and Regent Kathryn Upole
at the Canton Chapter Flag Day luncheon on June 11.
(From left) New members welcomed to Canton Chapter at the Flag Day luncheon were (from left) Barbara Kramer, Julie Elsass,
Stephanie Houck, Carolyn Lewis, and Debbie Pfendler.
Flag Day Luncheon
Canton Chapter celebrated Flag Day with a luncheon on June 11 at Shady Hollow Country Club. Membership Chairman Debbie
Hinton introduced five new members: Julie Elsass, Stephanie Houck, Barbara Kramer, Carolyn Lewis, and Debbie Pfendler. She
introduced six members who have transferred to Canton Chapter: Sharon Snowden, Megan Jarvis, Mariah Jarvis, Patricia Jarvis,
Deanna Connolly, and Lara Givler.
The 2011 Flag Award winner is the Lowell D. Oberly Post #667, East Canton American Legion.
Regent Kay Upole announced that two members have received 25-year certificates: Janet Kaboth and JoAnn Brenner.
Vice Regent Jayne White introduced the featured speaker, Lt. Col. Hugo Doerschuk (U.S. Army retired), who
entertained us with stories about his service in Desert Storm and Kuwait. Lt. Col. Doerschuk is Jayne’s brother-in-law.
John, Barb, and Julie Elsass sang "Battle Hymn of the Republic." John is Carolyn Elsass’s son; Julie
is her granddaughter.
1) Annual DAR/SAR/CAR annual picnic will be August 28 at Wingfoot Lake State Park in Suffield (Portage County).
Invite friends and family, and bring a covered dish. This is a regular meeting.
2) We will hold a Chapter meeting on September 7. The August and September meetings replace the January and
February meetings that we voted to delete because of inclement weather in recent years.
MAY 4th Chapter Meeting
Photographs and Report
by Joy Dingman
JR. AMERICAN CITIZENS AND EVERYDAY AMERICAN HEROES HONORED AT MAY MEETING
Our May 4 Chapter meeting featured our annual recognition of Junior American Citizens and Everyday
More than 200 students entered the Junior American Citizens contests sponsored by our Chapter
this year with the theme "Preserving America’s Past." Six, including two teams, were national winners. Committee Chair
Linda Petz commented, "All are indeed winners because they gave thought to America’s past."
Taking first place at the national level in the Stamp Design category was Autumn Browning, a
fourth-grade student at Clearmount Elementary School.
A team of three students from St. Barbara’s School in Massillon took first place at the
national level in the Banner category. The trio are fifth-grade students Sarah Thompson, Kaylan Liossis, and Taylor Brand.
Stefani Dunphy, a home-schooled student in the 11th grade, placed second at the national
level in the Photo Essay category.
Brynne Skoropys, a seventh-grade student at Lake Middle School, took third place in the Stamp
Design category of the national contest.
A team of three pre-kindergarten pupils from Lake Township, Caleb Sommers, Adalyn Sommers, and
Alina Smith, won third place at the national level in the Banner category.
Bryan Wuske, a seventh-grade student at Massillon Middle School, took Honorable Mention in the
Stamp Design category of the national contest.
First place winners in the Short Story category of the local contest were Jackson High School
junior Allison Antram, Perry High School senior Molly Craig, and Lake Elementary School fifth-grade students Allyson Gregerson
and Taylor Planey.
Taking first place in the Poetry category of the local contest were Maddie Petruccio and Nolan
Mason from Lake Elementary School; and Maggie Craig from T.C. Knapp Elementary School. All are in the fifth grade.
Local first place winners of the Poster category were Emma Stine from Massillon Middle School,
Nathan McCoy from Clearmount Elementary School, and Lake Elementary fifth-graders Tate Testa and Megan Anderson.
In addition to the national winner, taking first place in the Stamp Design category of the local
contest were Lake Elementary School fifth-grade students Kyle Wright and Samantha Wise.
All of the Lake Elementary School students are in Karen Rowley’s class. She is a member
of our Chapter, and co-chair of our American History Committee with Kim Germano, who is Allison Antram's teacher at Jackson
(Front row, from left) Autumn Browning (Clearmount Elementary), Samantha Wise (Lake Elementary), Allyson Gregerson
(Lake Elementary), Taylor Planey (Lake Elementary), Megan Anderson (Lake Elementary), Nolan Mason (Lake Elementary).
(Second row, from left) Kyle Wright (Lake Elementary), Taylor Brand (St. Barbara’s, Massillon), Kaylan Liossis (St.
Barbara’s, Massillon), Sarah Thompson (St. Barbara’s, Massillon), Tate Testa (Lake Elementary). (Back row, from
left) Emma Stine (Massillon Middle), Allison Antram (Jackson High), Molly Craig (Perry High), Maggie
Craig (T.C.Knapp Elementary), Bryan Wuske (Massillon Middle).
National results of the Junior American Citizens written expression contests.
Taking first place at the national level of the Poem category was Maggie Craig, a fifth-grade student
at T.C. Knapp Elementary School.
The national first-place winner in the Short Story category was Jackson High School junior Allison Antram.
Taking second place at the national level of the Poem category was Nolan Mason, a fifth-grade student
at Lake Elementary School.
Adalyn Sommers (age 3) and her brother Caleb Sommers (age 5) took third place at the national level for their
banner. Not pictured Alina Smith (age 6), who helped create the banner. Upon receiving his prize, Caleb declared , "I love
the United States of America!" and then recited the Pledge of Allegiance, winning a special round of applause.
Recognized as Everyday American Heroes for their patriotic service at the meeting were (front, from left)
Chloe Snodgrass, Olivia Johnson, Aden Guiley; (back row, from left) Sue Oryszak, Ty Lee, Lucy Miller, Barbara Schneider.
Chloe Snodgrass is a member of the Orchard Hill Elementary School Student Council, who spearheaded
a drive to collect AA and AAA batteries to send to members of our armed forces overseas in a project called "Let’s Energize
Olivia Johnson is a member of Girl Scout Troop 544, based at Northwood Elementary School. Under
the direction of their leader, Ty Lee, the troop decorated a 6-1/2 foot Christmas tree with ornaments made from recycled Christmas
cards they collected. Their tree won the Youth Award in the Akron Childrens Hospital Festival of Trees.
Aden Guiley is a student in Sue Oryszak’s second grade class at Orchard Hill Elementary
School. Working with the Foundation for Community Betterment, the class held a book drive that collected 2,200 books for the
Margaret Shipley Child Health Clinic in Canton.
Lucy Miller is a volunteer with the Shelbi Martin’s Benevolent Fund, which operates an
ice-cream truck non-profit business that goes to schools, churches, and other events where they sell ice cream. All proceeds
are used to benefit families dealing with childhood cancer, including toys for the Akron Childrens Hospital oncology toy room,
Christmas gifts for children with cancer in the hospital, and transportation for children going for treatment. The project
was established in memory of five-year-old Shelbi Martin, who died in 2008.
Barbara Schneider is the coordinator of SW Area Families Evolve (S.A.F.E.) that sponsors neighborhood
activities to help families in the area near Aultman Hospital. More than 200 bags of school supplies are distributed to students
in the area in the fall. The organization operates on a grant from the Stark County Foundation, providing free pancake breakfasts
at Christmas and Easter and other activities.
Also recognized at the ceremony were four Girl Scout troops from St. Paul’s School in North
Canton, who made apple pies that were served at the Samaritan’s Table at St. John’s Catholic Church in Canton.
The Canton Chapter DAR Everyday American Heroes program, now in its third year, recognizes local
citizens who do their best to give back to help others and give back to the community. Betty Graybill is the committee chair.
|Regent Kay Upole & Linda Alexander
|DeFrance Thomas, Debbie Hinton, Elaine Savage
APRIL 2011 CHAPTER MEETING
At our April meeting, many of us participated in our Spring Hat Contest. Winners, determined by
secret ballot, were (from left) DeFrance Thomas, third; Debbie Hinton, first; and Elaine Savage, second.
Everyone enjoyed our program on the "History of Tiffany's" by Linda Alexander, shown here with Regent Kay
Carolyn Elsass reported that Jean Douglas donated an antique family quilt to the DAR Museum. It is on display
at the Museum in the current exhibition, and will be featured in a book on selections from the DAR quilt collection .that
will be published this summer. The book will include a photograph of the quilt that shows it restored to the original colors,
thanks to modern technology.
During the business meeting, the Chapter accepted a recommendation by the Executive Board to change our January
and February meetings to August and September. We will hold our annual Memorial Service at our March meeting, and will
present our DAR Good Citizens awards at the April meeting.
1) Kay is looking for volunteers to be mentors to our new members. The President General has made
it a priority to have seasoned members encourage new Chapter members.
2) Kay will present the DAR Bronze Medal to Cadet Cpl. Shyla Harper at the annual Army Junior ROTC awards
ceremony at Timken High School on April 14.
3) The OSDAR Chapter Development and Revitilization Commission will conduct a workshop at the Stark
County District Library on June 18. Cost is $7; participants will bring their own sack lunch. Please advise Kay
if you are interested.
4) We are seeking nominations for our Flag Awards to be presented at our Flag Day luncheon on June 11.
Please advise Debbie Hinton if you have a candidate.
5) Our next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday, May 4. We will present the DAR Good Citizens awards, our
Everyday American Heroes awards, and recognize the Junior American Citizens winners. We had 19 state winners this
year, and seven of those went on to the national contests!
MARCH CHAPTER MEETING
by Joy Dingman
At our March 2 meeting, we elected Kay Upole, Audrey Morrison, and Ruth Frock to be delegates to Continental
1) Meal reservations for State Conference must be mailed and received by March 17.
2) The next and last Webinar is scheduled for March 15 on lineage research in the 21st century.
3) We commend Linda Petz for her outstanding efforts with the Junior American Citzens. We have
19 state winners. Volunteers are needed to go to the Students' Luncheon at State Conference to chaperone the student
4) Margaret Frost reported on the Web site that Dorothy Lamb was featured on the Today Show on February
24 by Willard Scott in recognition of her 103rd birthday on February 21.
5) Our next Chapter meeting will be April 6. Remember to wear your decorated spring hat to be
judged. A prize will be awarded for the most creative design. Our speaker will be Linda Alexander with a program
on the history of Tiffany's.
JANUARY 5 CHAPTER MEETING
By Joy Dingman
At our January 5 meeting, Canton Chapter elected delegates to State Conference:
Kay Upole, Rebecca Decoy, Debra Hinton, Audrey Morrison,
Jayne White, Eleanor Cartwright, Ruth Frock, and alternate Judy Tritt.
Chaplain Ruth Springer conducted our annual Memorial Service
in memory of Gloria Boyd Ewing and Gloria Cooper Wheeler.
* Madonna Kutcher has been ill; members may like to send
her a card.
* The next Webinar will be held January 11 at 2:00 P.M.
on the topic Reporting Your Chapter's Accomplishments.
* A change from our yearbook: the Presidents Day
Luncheon will be hosted by the SAR at the 38th St. Baptist Church on February 12 at noon. Program will be presented
by the Friends of Fort Laurens. Cost is $8.50. Reservation deadline is February 2.
* Next Canton Chapter meeting: Wednesday, February
2. Program: Good Citizens and American History Awards.
Regent Kay Upole greeted our featured speaker, Professor Louisa
Kaufman of Walsh University, who presented a program on Christmas at Williamsburg.
1. Betty Graybill requests that anyone interested in donating
cookies for the Veterans' Christmas party on December 9 at the VA Clinic in Canton should deliver them by December 8.
2. Chemawa Indian School and Berry College will no longer
accept UPC labels from the Campbell's Labels for Education program. They prefer monetary donations. Bacone College
will continue to accept the labels and monetary donations.
3. The Moses Cleveland Chapter will host a luncheon and musical
program on December 8. Anyone who is interested in going, please get in touch with Kay Upole.
4. Wreaths Across America will lay wreaths at Arlington National
Cemetery on December 11. Several military cemeteries in Ohio will participate. The cemetery closest to Canton
is in Canfield. Anyone who is interested in participating, please get in touch with Kay Upole.
5. The next Webinar series is December 14. The topic
is Reporting Your Chapter's Accomplishments: the Master Questionnaire, with featured speaker Susan Metzger, National Vice
Chairman, Volunteer Informational Specialists Committee. The Webinar is directed to Chapter Regents and Vice Regents.
6. Our next Chapter meeting will be Wednesday January 5, 2011,
with our annual soup and holiday leftover cookie luncheon at noon, followed by our Memorial Service. We will take nominations
for our delegation to State Conference.