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James Harlan chapter of DAR met in April

Apr 30, 2018

The James Harlan chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met Saturday, April 21, at the Mt. Pleasant veterans hall with 21 members and the guest speaker in attendance.

Hostesses Waunita Gibbons, Lena Schrader and Kayleigh Septer provided refreshments.

Regent Barbara Welander conducted a brief meeting, after opening rituals. It was announced that five members, Regent Barb Welander, Vice-Regent Gayle Olson, Registrar Carol Klopfenstein, Carol Messer and Sylvia Blaesing, would attend the ISDAR State Conference in Ames, April 26-28.

Local organic farmer Morgan Hoenig Brau presented the morning’s program, “Bees & Other Pollinators”. She explained there are more than 250 varieties of native bees in the Midwest, and since 2014-2015, there has been a 61 percent loss in the honey bee population.

Brau also shared there has been an 80 percent decline in Monarch butterflies, which require milkweeds as larval host plants.

Other DAR members in attendance: Pat White, Laura Beattie, Susan Clark, Judy Rawson, Sylvia Ridinger, Chaplain JoAnn Stout, Janet Mills, Pat Brown, Mary Savage, Vice-Regent Gayle Olson, Margaret Carlson, Trish Woepking, Dianna Klaus, Carol Messer, Registrar Carol Klopfenstein, Maria Whetsler, Becky Wright and Wilma Lewis.

The next gathering will be Thursday, May 24 at Mt. Pleasant’s Forest Home Cemetery. The monument of patriot Charles Shepherd will be rededicated. Shepherd is the only known Revolutionary Patriot buried in Henry County.

The next meeting will be Saturday, June 23, at Mt. Pleasant’s veterans hall. Joann McCabe, local citizenship tutor, will give a program on the naturalization process.

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 at 319-257-6987.

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