Dodge City Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had three members attend the 111th State Conference, which was held in Topeka.  State Regent Shirley Coupal conducted the meeting.  Honored guest was President General Linda Gist Calvin, president of the National Society of DAR.  Registration showed 201 DAR members and 18 guests.  Dodge City chapter members attending were Patty Owens of Dodge City, Paul Baumann of Hutchinson, and Jacqualine Dunham of Plains.  Baumann is the chapter’s newest member.


    Dodge City Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had three members attend the 111th State Conference, which was held in Topeka.  State Regent Shirley Coupal conducted the meeting.  Honored guest was President General Linda Gist Calvin, president of the National Society of DAR.  Registration showed 201 DAR members and 18 guests.  Dodge City chapter members attending were Patty Owens of Dodge City, Paul Baumann of Hutchinson, and Jacqualine Dunham of Plains.  Baumann is the chapter’s newest member.
    Ownes and Baumann served at the registration table and Dunham gave her Junior American Citizens Contest report.  The chapter was very active this year and received 14 certificates of recognition for their work.  This included an Adopt-A-Stone certificate for adopting the Santa Fe Trail marker in Wright Park.  The Ford County Historical Society adopted the marker near Fort Dodge.  Money is being raised to refurbish all the Santa Fe Trail markers.
     Dodge City Chapter had three youth recognized for contest entries.  American History Chairman Patty Owens escorted Brad Hutton, eighth grade essay winner, to the podium to receive his certificate for first place.  Mr. and Mrs. Hutton accompanied Brad at the Youth Luncheon.  Owens accepted the certificate for Jessica Steckline for her first-place entry in the seventh grade division.  A second-place certificate was issued to Megan Hood for her entry in the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest.
     Guest speakers for the conference were President General Linda Gist Calvin, Nancy Moser, and Kim Shankman, PhD.  Calvin showed slides and explained the refurbishing work being done on the DAR building in Washington, D.C.  Moser portrayed George Washington’s wife.  She autographed and sold copies of her latest book, “Washington’s Lady.”  Shankman’s address was on Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Atchison, Kan.
    At the Youth Luncheon, Dunham explained that Kansas had the second most Junior American Citizen Contest entries at the national judging with Kentucky having the most entries.  Students from Kansas had 20 first-place entries, 14 second-place entries, nine third-place entries and five honorable mention certificates.  Dunham distributed $700 to students from Kansas for their entries in the JAC Contest.  She announced the 2009-2010 theme: “America, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.”
    American History Chairman Patty Owens was given the 2009-2010 History Essay Contest information.  The topic is:  Describe how you felt on May 10, 1869, when the golden spike was driven at Promontory Summit, Utah, to celebrate the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad.  Pretend you are either a settler planning to use the train to travel to your new home in the West, an Irish or Chinese worker who helped build the line, or a Native American whose way of life was greatly affected by the railroad.  This contest is for fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.  The Christopher Columbus Essay Contest is for students in grades nine, 10, 11 and 12.  The topic is to discuss and analyze Christopher Columbus’ early influences and experiences and how those contributed to success and failures in his voyages of exploration.
     It was announced that the fall workshop will be Sept. 11 and 12 at Salina and the 112th State Conference will be April 15 to 18 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka.  The meeting was closed by singing “God Bless America” and was followed by the benediction given by State Chaplain Margaret Huffman