The Dorothy Q Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, met at 2 p.m. April 24 in the Elston Memorial House, with Regent Rita Kirkpatrick presiding, as she welcomed 12 members and two special guests, Indiana State Regent Charlotte Blair and Journal Review reporter, Nick Hedrick.
The business meeting was conducted before special program honoring veterans of Revolutionary War in dedication of a bronze wall plaque.
Kirkpatrick opened the meeting beginning the call to order leading us in reciting, The Pledge of Allegiance, American’s Creed and Preamble to the Constitution, followed by singing the National Anthem. Rachel Brown led us in singing our American Heritage song of the month, “This Land is Your Land.”
Gloria White read the Presidents General’s Message regarding the 130th Continental Congress being virtual and we can connect with the meetings! The National Defender Report was read by Kirkpatrick on “Military Child” what effects and unique challenges these children endure with their parent or parents who are serving in our military, which are deployed or transfer to another location and how these children become adaptable.
Kirkpatrick turned the meeting over to State Regent Charlotte Blair for a special program honoring veterans of the Revolutionary War in dedicating the Bronze Wall Plaque. Blair stated as the United States looks toward the 250th anniversary of its founding in 2026, this new marker is paying tribute to those that fought for this nations’ independence.
She said that, “We want to honor them and we want to tell their stories,” before unveiling the plaque (located on the front porch of the Chapter House) as members looked on. Blair also said, “It’s an honor to be here as we faced the pandemic this past year but we found ways to move on.”
Kirpatrick thanked Blair for her words and presented her with a monetary cash donation from the chapter along with an ornament of the Elston Home, as a token of the chapter’s appreciation for her being part of this special event today.
Patriot Stories — Kirkpatrick shared of one of her Revolutionary War patriots; Private John French, enlisted service - Serving under; Col. William Preston Militia of Montgomery County, Virginia. Pvt French was given an order to guard the wagon train, but soon after, heard shots fired, the battle had begun, he then ran to aid in the battle — when the battle was over, Pvt French was going to be court-martialed for leaving his post. A superior officer declined that order and was grateful for his assistance.
Terri Fyffe shares the story of her patriot, Private Thomas Mason; he enlisted, July 16, 1778, serving under Captain John Rhodes company of Delaware Blues Line. He was engaged in many battles and was captured twice. Pvt Mason served some four years until 1782.
Susan McKee Fisher relates her patriot’s story; Private Andrew McKee born in Northern Ireland, immigrated with his parents to America enlisting in March 1776 Cumberland County Pennsylvania under Captain Adams and Captain Ziegler Company, Colonel Stewarts regiment, serving until June 1780.
Michele Borden read the minutes from the March meeting. They were approved as read. Rachel Brown read the treasurer’s report, stating she has two bills to pay, Fyffe for silver set covers and Fisher for the acid free paper and flags for the Revolutionary War patriots graves. Linda Busenbark made a motion to pay the bills and Brown seconded the motion, motion carried.
Kirkpatrick relays, time for Committee Reports:
Busenbark on Native American Indians — Pottery was made throughout North America by tribes from coast to coast. Many Native American cultures had clay sources close to their home. Clay could be dug out as a packed dry mud or a soft stone with many techniques of forming clay into many sizes and shapes for the use of carrying liquid (water) or cooking. Handcrafted pottery was highly unique and prized. Clay Pottery was developed into more of an artist stamp for tribes with popular designs and is a tool used by archeologist identifying cultures. Busenbark shares her unique piece of a clay pottery piece.
DAR Magazine — Brown advised American Spirit Magazine, in the Jan./Feb. issue, has a great article on Black History Month, this magazine makes a great gift. Brown also relays, she is leaving on the “Sharing Table, a Sign-up sheet” for three books that she is recommending to read.
Membership — Barb Taylor relays that we have one new member application being sent in to national, and four pending new members and two supplementals.
Flag — Kirkpatrick tells a story of the American Flag being carried by the colonists into battles. A symbol of liberty and justice, the stars and stripes embodies the qualities of liberty.
Women’s Issues — Teenagers and online spaces, women need to be aware and observe the usage of technology, from the implications of potential harm to our children and grand-children.
Best wishes to DAR member Ericia Caldwell and her marriage to Brian Church on April 24.
Unfinished Business — Kirkpatrick stated that a Past Regent pin for Fisher has been ordered.
Rita congratulates and presents Rachel Brown with a “Certificate for Years of Service” Awarded for her 30 years of dedication to NSDAR!
Thank You Note was received and was read from Good Citizens Award Winner participant, Keegan Abney.
Honoring of Unknown Soldier Tomb, (1/2-scale replica), will be at Hendricks County Fair Grounds on May 18-19 and will be open to the public.
Kirkpatrick thanks all who came to clean the house this month, and adds, don’t forget the to read the DAR Blog and remember Service to America Hours.
Kirkpatrick again thanks Blair for coming today and appreciated her inspiring words.
State Conference May 14-16 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, great way to make new friends and meet new DAR sisters.
In closing Kirkpatrick adds, please remember to bring your patriot’s story, and she requested that we make a copy to give to her because we will be keeping these stories for our library and also sending copies to the state, as they will be binding all the counties together and sending into national for future Revolutionary War Veteran as resource for someone wanting to join DAR. Also, bring in your manufacturer coupons as it helps out our military.
Next chapter meeting is at 2 p.m. May 8 at the Elston Memorial Home, we will hold a memorial service for Pat Broshears and Lela Lofland. Kirkpatrick adjourns the meeting to refreshments served the dining room set in a spring-time theme with an assortment of pre-packaged cookies and pastries. Thank you to our hostesses: Sharon Southern, Brown, Fyffe and Busenbark.