Daughters of the American Revolution
The Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at the McClurg Museum in Westfield.
Lisa Sedlmayer read the President General’s report and Mercy Warren gave a report on Admiral Chester Nimitz, who became commander of the Pacific Fleet in December 1941. Admiral Nimitz was able to see a silver lining in the midst of all the destruction in Pearl Harbor. He pointed out that because the attack occurred on a Sunday, nine out of 10 men were off the ships which were bombed, ships in dry dock were unscathed and a fuel facility for the fleet which was 5 miles away was not attacked.
After the treasurer’s report given by Phyllis Noble and secretary’s report by Roxanne Wood, a motion was made and accepted to approve the following as officers for the coming year. Mercy Warren, regent; Antoniette Sherman, vice regent; Carol Abell, recording and corresponding secretary; Phyllis Noble, treasurer; Kari Wendel, chaplain; Dawn Ubaney, registrar; and Lisa Sedlmayer, historian. The new officers will be installed at the July 11th meeting, which will be a picnic at Warren’s home in Westfield. Members will bring a dish to pass.
The Chautauqua Circle of the DAR will be having a tea at the Women’s Club on July 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. Walt and Lisa Sedlmayer will be present to assist interested parties with linear research.
Walt Sedlmayer was guest speaker this month. He spoke about the plight of homeless veterans, who comprise 1/4 to 1/5 of homeless people. Federal investments do not meet current needs, as only 25 percent of these veterans are adequately served. The Chautauqua Co. Veterans Service Agency can help area resident veterans. Walt also will refer local veterans who are in need to appropriate agencies.
The Chapter is continuing to collect tote bags for veterans discharged from the VA hospital in Buffalo. Donations may be left at Pro Hardware in Westfield or contact the Sedlmayers at 679-7936.
Chapter members will tour Pioneer Cemetery in Fredonia in August as part of the efforts to replace missing headstones of Revolutionary War Veterans.
Registrar Dawn Ubaney was hostess this month. For information on establishing eligibility to join the DAR, she can be reached at 679-1218.