The Dorothy Q Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met at 2 p.m. April 16 at the Elston Memorial Home, with Regent Rita Kirkpatrick presiding as she welcomed eight members, one prospective member and our special guest, Gayle Sosbe, Indiana Chapter 3 President, Blue Star Hoosier Mothers of America Inc.
Regent Rita Kirkpatrick opened the meeting by beginning with the call to order leading us to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the American Creed and the Preamble to the Constitution, followed by singing the National Anthem – the Stars and Stripes. Rachel Brown led us to sing our American Heritage song of the month, “My Country Tis of thee”.
The Message from the General Presidents, read by Gloria White; spring has bloomed all over the world, hoping your Chapter feels a sense of rebirth and excitement for the year ahead, with some sunshine; we can make 2022 the best yet for our National Society. The National Defender’s Report read by Regent Kirkpatrick, April 9 is National Prisoner of War Appreciation Day, honoring the brave men and women who endured brutal treatment at the hands of the captured. They were separated from their families but showed incredible stamina and faith during their captivity.
Michele Borden read the March meeting minutes which were approved as presented. Rachel Brown read the Treasurer’s Report which was tabled for verification.
Before the business meeting began, a special presentation given by Gayle Sosbe, calling herself “The War Horse” of Blue Star Mothers, having two sons who served in the military, inspired her to become a supporter. active member of the Blue Star Mothers organization. (The name comes from a custom during World War II where military families hung a banner (called a service flag) from a window in their home. The flag had a star for each family member in the military ). This organization is made up of mothers and fathers whose children are serving or have served in the military and they provide ongoing support to our sons and daughters serving this country overseas and on the side of the state. In addition to the Blue Star Mothers, we have Blue Star Dads and Associate Members who work together with an abiding desire never to abandon our troops, our veterans, or the families and friends of our active duty personnel. We dedicate our time to promoting patriotism and offering our efforts to help our country stay strong. Currently the chapter is working on sending Freedom Boxes to our troops. Blue Star Mothers is always accepting new members. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like to support this cause, contact Sosbe by email at [email protected]
Rachel Brown read her patriot story; Captain Aaron Van Cleave (1710-1780) born in Staten Island, New York, son of Dutch immigrants. Captain Van Cleave married Rachel Schenck in September 1734 in Princeton, New Jersey. His trade was to trade all along the coast and owned a trading ship with his brother Benjamin. In 1751 Aaron and his wife Rachel with seven sons and one daughter, emigrated from New Brunswick, New Jersey to the Forks of the Yadkin River, Rowan County, North Carolina where he spent the rest of his life.
Regent Kirkpatrick began with reports from standing committees; relay, the American Indians, created totem poles which are sculptures of monuments. Most totem poles display spirit beings, or a sacred object, or the symbol of a tribe, family, or individual. The traditions of certain Native American tribes hold the power and wisdom of each connected person. There are nine different animals that will accompany him throughout life, acting as guides. Beliefs explain that a totem animal is one that is with you for life, in the physical and spiritual worlds. Memorial Event: Michele Borden mentioned that on April 14, 1865 (157 years ago), President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot while attending a performance at Ford’s Theater in Washington. DAR Magazine: Regent Kirkpatrick said this magazine was well worth the subscription and service to America; add a reminder to complete your forms. Project Patriot: Over 1,333 coupons were submitted this month. Veterans Service: Terry Fyffe mentions that a professor in New York gave him information regarding Revolutionary War veteran John Hardee, who is buried here in Montgomery County, who served with George Washington in ValleyForge. Membership: Susan Fisher reported that this month she submitted her 10th application to join the NSDAR Dorothy Q Chapter and that Clair Kedvesh and Laura Moffat received their national numbers. The Flag: Regent Kirkpatrick says the American flag remains a living piece of history and a source of pride and unity for all Americans. During wars and in times of peace, the sight of the American flag warns enemies and assures friends that democracy is alive. The stars and stripes embody the very qualities that make our nation great: liberty, justice, liberty, love of country and national purpose. Women’s Issues: Regent Kirkpatrick reported that there is a strong sense of confidence surrounding the concept of bravery and that women are capable of doing anything that comes their way. Care and Concerns: Sharon Southern reported that two recovery cards were sent out.
Unfinished business: Terry Fyffe will receive a quote for cleaning the Elston Memorial Home. Banners: Michele Borden brought up the discussion on military tribute banners, and how we should consider pursuing this program for our chapter and how good it would be for the community. New Business: The list of officers presented by the Nominating Committee for the next two years is as follows: Regent-Michele Borden, First Vice-Regent-Susan Fisher and Second Vice-Regent-Gloria White, Chaplain-Sharon Southern, Secretary- Archivist-Alexandria Southern, Corresponding Secretary-Gay Eagleston, Treasurer-Rachel Brown, Clerk-Ericia Church and Historian-Terri Fyffe. Nominations for Dorothy Q Chapter Officers for 2022-24 have been accepted.
Gay Eagleston reads a thank you letter received from Justine Troutman, winner of the DAR Good Citizen award.
Regent Rita Kirkpatrick reads her patriot story about James Henthorn Jr. (1735-1818) Born in Baltimore, Maryland to James Henthorn and Mary Higginbotham. James Jr. married Elizabeth Rachel H. in 1770. James served in the Washington County, Pennsylvania militia during the Revolutionary War in the 5th Battalion under Captain George Myers. Afterwards, he moved his family to western Pennsylvania and settled on a farm in Fayette County near Uniontown, Pennsylvania. They were among the first white settlers in the area. Then, in 1798, he moved again to Monroe County, Ohio. He is considered Henthorn’s first settler and Justice of the Peace.
Regent Kirkpatrick presents his congratulations to Melody Davis on receiving her 10-year certificate and to Virginia McCauley on her 30-year membership in the NSDAR.
Regent Kirkpatrick reminds everyone that the 121st Indiana DAR State Conference will be held May 13-15 at the Indianapolis Marriott East. And the 131st Continental Congress in Washington, DC is scheduled for June 29-July 3, 2022. In conclusion, Regent Kirkpatrick thanks Susan Fisher for her hard work recruiting 10 new members. Project Patriot – Don’t forget to bring your news to share your ancestor who served in the Revolutionary War. Your Patriot story will then be submitted to State & Nationals to help others join the NSDAR.
After the meeting, everyone adjourned to the dining room to enjoy the lovely Easter/Spring tablescape, with homemade poppyseed cake, lemon pudding dessert, nuts and mints. Thanks to the hostesses, Rachel Brown, Michele Borden and Regent Rita Kirkpatrick.
Next month’s reunion will be at 2 p.m. on May 21, with speakers Terri Fyffe and Susan Fisher on “Who’s Dorothy Q?” The host committee for May is Ericia Church as chair, Judy Fifer, Brianna Young and Linda Busenbark. Chaplain Sharon Southern gave the blessing, the meeting was adjourned.