The Benjamin Prescott Chapter of the National Society of the American Revolution met at the home of Lisa Sedlmayer, historian, on Nov.7
Regent Mercy Warren called the meeting to order and lead the opening ritual with Ann Wood.
The President General's message was read by Lisa Sedlmayer. It included a report of the National Board of Management's tour of Southeast schools supported by the DAR from the Friend of Schools Fund. Also, it reported the DAR Museum has a new exhibit, "Creating the Ideal Home, 1800-1939; Comfort and Convenience in America."
Ann Sherman, Vice Regent, read the article in the National Defender by the National Chairman regarding Veteran's Day. Everyone is urged to show appreciation every day to men and women who have served our country. Honor veterans by flying the flag, visiting veteran's hospitals and retirement homes and saying ''thank you" to veterans.
Carol Abell, secretary, read the minutes of the previous meeting and Phyllis Noble gave the treasurer's report. The treasurer requested that the day the dues are due to be highlighted in the chapter program booklet. There is a "Friendly Fund" for disabled members who are no longer able to pay dues.
A marker for a deceased member's grave was ordered and has arrived. It was admired by chapter members.
The minutes of the District 8 Fall meeting round table were available for perusal by those in attendance. It was noted that two chapters have disbanded due to a decline in membership.
A "thank you" was received from the NYS NSDAR for the Campbell's soup labels collected. The DAR is also saving can tabs for the Fredonia American Legion and tote bags for Veteran's Hospital. Donations of any of these items may be left at Pro Hardware in Westfield or left at Dawn Ubaney's (679-1218) home in Fredonia. Ubaney is the chapter registrar and is available to help prospective members establish eligibility.
A new program has been started by the NY State DAR to record volunteer hours completed by DAR members. They have to be submitted to local regents by Dec. 31.
Walt Sedlmayer gave a talk on the Battle of Gettysburg and read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
A motion to close the meeting was made by Lisa Sedlmayer and seconded by Antionette Sherman. The motion was carried. The next meeting will be at noon on Dec. 5 at Mercy Warren's home in Westfield. It will be a Christmas luncheon. Members are to bring a dish to pass and a patriotic gift to exchange.