DAR meets in Westfield

The Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met for the June meeting at the McClurg Mansion in Westfield with 10 members present.

Regent Mercy Warren and Ann Wood conducted the opening ritual, after which the President General’s message was read. It stressed the importance of celebrating Flag Day and the importance of this symbol of freedom.

The National Defense message concerned the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. All chapters are encouraged to participate in some kind of remembrance this year. The chapter will help the VFW auxiliary in the celebration, which is still in the planning stage. Also, in June was the anniversary of D Day. The group discussed the sacrifices made that day.

Secretary, Carol Abell read the minutes of the previous meeting, and Treasurer Phyllis Noble gave her report; both were accepted as read.

All current officers have agreed to continue to serve the coming year.

A quantity of imitation fur was donated to the Chapter. Roxanne Wood asked if the VA activity director would be interested in the material for projects such as making Teddy bears. Walt Sedlmayer will ask as he visits there regularly. Another suggestion was made by Monica Lee Wells that the Family Support Centers might be interested in it.

Regent Warren distributed information on the types of donations deployed troops appreciate. Wells, who previously served overseas in the Air Force spoke of the items most appreciated which include “thank you notes,” homemade cookies and other homemade items. The Chapter forwards donations to Blue Star Mothers if a name of a specific service person is not available.

Historian Dawn Ubaney reported that she is actively working with two prospective members. She was also hostess this month. She will gladly assist any woman who is interested in joining the DAR. Call 679-1218.

The Chapter plans to complete the rice bag project at the next meeting, which will be the annual picnic at Mercy Warren’s home in Westfield at noon on July 10. Members are to bring a dish to pass.