DAR Benjamin Prescott Chapter holds meeting and inducts two new members

Submitted Photo: From left: Brenda Johnson, Regent Benjamin Prescott Chapter NSDAR, Lisa Sedlmayer, Chaplain Benjamin Prescott Chapter NSDAR, Emily Mongillo and her mother, Katherine Thies, new members of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter NSDAR.

Submitted Photo: From left: Brenda Johnson, Regent Benjamin Prescott Chapter NSDAR, Lisa Sedlmayer, Chaplain Benjamin Prescott Chapter NSDAR, Emily Mongillo and her mother, Katherine Thies, new members of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter NSDAR.

WESTFIELD – The regular meeting of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter of The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held at the McClurg Museum in Westfield on Oct. 5.

The meeting was called to order and the opening ritual performed by Regent Brenda Johnson and Vice-Regent Deborah Cenni. Lisa Sedlmayer read the DAR President’s message and the DAR National Defense Article was read by Cenni. Secretary Myra Johnston read the minutes from the previous meeting. Treasurer Bonnie Larkin was absent

Dawn Ubaney, registrar, brought a membership application with her to be signed and sent to Washington, D.C.

Brenda Johnson, Regent Benjamin Prescott Chapter NSDAR, with Sedlmayer, Chaplain Benjamin Prescott Chapter NSDAR, performed the official ceremony to induct Emily Mongillo and her mother Katherine Thies into this chapter. Members are honored to have Emily and Katherine join in the mission of historic preservation, education and patriotic service. Mongillo and Thies are now official members of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Welcome Emily Mongillo and Katherine Thies!

Phyllis Noble presented a program about the NSDAR’s building in Washington, D.C. Her grandson attended a wedding there and sent pictures of the wedding, showing the beautiful architecture and grounds.

Johnson shared the story of Polly Cooper, a Native American who saved many lives at Valley Forge by bringing corn to the soldiers and teaching them how to cook it.

Jilina Harris presented a bulletin from the Hanover historian describing the Revolutionary War in Chautauqua County.

A report from the members that attended the New York State Conference in Tarrytown, New York on Sept. 21-24, 2017, was presented with the many by-law changes. The Chapter received three awards; 100 percent participation in the President General’s Project, Chapter Achievement and a School Award from Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina.

The next District 8 meeting is on Oct. 21 at the Buffalo Country Club with a theme of WWI.

The Chapter is participating in a Veteran’s Day Service on Nov. 11 at Fredonia Place with the Fredonia American Legion Post 59.

Plans are ongoing for the Christmas Party. Remember the DAR Day of Service is Oct. 12.

October 2017 marks 127 years since the founding of the NSDAR.

Members are asked to submit their volunteer hours.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:20 p.m.

Hostesses Ubaney and Johnston served doughnuts and cider.

The next meeting is Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at the McClurg Museum in Westfield. Anyone who had an ancestor that fought for freedom in the Revolutionary War and would like to join is asked to call Dawn Ubaney at 679-1218 for more information.

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