James Harlan Chapter of DAR installs new officers
James Harlan Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met Saturday morning, April 19, to tour the Harlan-Lincoln House in Mt. Pleasant.
Twenty members participated in the tour, led by Docent Joyce Miller. Afterwards, the group gathered at the Fellowship Cup.
Outgoing Regent Sylvia Blaesing led the opening rituals. After a short business meeting, Cathy Coleman was sworn in as a new member by Pat White, acting as Chaplain White then conducted the Installation of Officers ceremony for the following:
Regent, Barb Welander; vice-regent, Gayle Olson; treasurer, Pam Schinstock; registrar, Carol Klopfenstein; librarian, Kayleigh Septer; and historian, Martha Allen.
JoAnn Stout, chaplain; and Cathy Helman, recording secretary; were both unable to attend.
Margaret Carlson, Maria Whetsler, Torey Olson and Gayle Olson were hostesses. Others attending included: Dianna Klaus, Jane Neil, Wilma Whitham, Mary Savage, Waunita Gibbons, outgoing secretary Pat Brown, Sylvia Ridinger, Helen See, Linda Dorn, Carol Messer, Janet Mills and Martha Hayes.
Several members will attend the ISDAR State Convention in Ames, Iowa, April 26, where seventh grader, Carson Miller, will be honored for her state winning essay, “A Fictional Account of Sybil Ludington’s Nighttime Ride”.
Miller’s essay has recently won at the division level. The National American History Essay winner will be announced in the next few weeks.
The next gathering will be at 5:15 p.m., Thursday, May 22, at the Charles Shepherd Memorial in Forest Home Cemetery. Shepherd is the only known Revolutionary Patriot to be buried in Henry County.
All members of DAR descend from a patriot who fought in the American Revolution. The objectives of DAR are historical preservation and the promotion of education and patriotic endeavors. For information on joining DAR, contact Carol Klopfenstein, 319-257-6987.