The Dodge City Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution were represented at the 115th State Conference in Topeka by Regent Patty Owens, Dodge City; Junior American Citizens Chairman Jacqualine Dunham, Plains; Secretary Nancy Sherer, Dodge City; Treasurer Diane McElwain, Mullinville; and conference pages Aubrey and Alivia Owens, Dodge City.
The Dodge City Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution were represented at the 115th State Conference in Topeka by Regent Patty Owens, Dodge City; Junior American Citizens Chairman Jacqualine Dunham, Plains; Secretary Nancy Sherer, Dodge City; Treasurer Diane McElwain, Mullinville; and conference pages Aubrey and Alivia Owens, Dodge City. There were 268 members and guests registered. The conference theme was “Celebrate Freedom.”
State Regent Mary Frisch opened the meeting, and introduced officers and guests. Special guests were: Julia Miller Rogers and Martha Victoria Hilton, Washington D. C.; New Mexico Regent Zadeea Graham Harris; Virginia State Regent Patricia Musick Hatfield; and National Leadership Committee Chairman Carole Farmer of Missouri.
Rachel Hoilman, Associate Executive Director of Crossnore School in Banner Elk, North Carolina presented information on the school which DAR supports. Kansas DAR presented Kassyne Lee, a senior at Crossnore School, with a scholarship to attend college. They surprised her with many gifts for her college dorm room. A display table showed many things that were made at the school and information
about the school was given out.
Officers and committee chairman gave reports. This included the DAR Library report given by State Librarian Patty Owens. She announced that Kansas received a certificate for the most books donated to the National DAR Library in Washington, D.C.
Junior American Citizen National Vice Chairman Jacqualine Dunham of South-Central Divisional reported that Kansas has 80 contest entries that have advanced to the National level of competition. She surprised Karen Scheaffer, Paleg Gorton Chapter, with a National Certificate for being the outstanding JAC Contest State Chairman. The Thatcher pin was presented to her.
Regent Patty Owens received many certificates for the work done by the Dodge City Chapter. Her report was submitted for the yearly Annual Report and Proceedings publication which will come out in the fall.
The Bacone College of Muskogee, Oklahoma, is supported by DAR. They had a display and gave out information about the college. Dodge City Chapter gave them four boxes of books for their library.
New Officers were elected and installed. They are: Regent Brenda Dooley, Vice-regent Kathryn West, Chaplain Jean Mowen, Recording Secretary Bonnie Hitchock, Corresponding Secretary Karen Meredith, Organizing Secretary Ellen Estes, Treasurer Dee Marshall, Registrar Mary Hoyt, Historian Lorene Christin,
Librarian Lynda Fort, and Reporter Jamie Barton.
The special speaker at the Saturday’s banquet was LTC Jennifer Voigtschild Minus, National Chairman of the National Defense Committee. She told about her military work and showed slides that she took while serving in Iraq. Jenn has held many offices in the Quassaick DAR Chapter in Newburg, New York.
The invitation for the 116th Annual State DAR Conference to be held in the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, on May 2, 3, 4, 2014 was given. Members were reminded that the fall DAR Workshop will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Junction City on September 20 and 21, 2013.
State Regent Mary Bannister Frisch thanked all the members for their “Commitment to NSADR through service to God, Home, and Country.” The Daughters Pledge was recited followed by the benediction given by State Chaplain Kristi Kocher.