Local DAR chapter keeps busy schedule

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MENDOTA – The Fort du Rocher Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Nov. 11 at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home. Regent Donna Jungnickel conducted the meeting. New member Laura Lonnie Schaefer was introduced. Two more memberships are pending. Members were reminded to record their volunteer hours on the dar.org website. Jungnickel presented two U.S. D.A.R. certificates to the chapter for pins sold in support of the DAR Schools and the blue ribbon for 50 Members or Less.

Joni Bratney said she would get the toffee soon. Pick-up will be at the First Presbyterian Church, Mendota. Members are asked to buy/sell at least five boxes. In honor of Veterans’ Day, at 11:11 members stood for one minute of silence for all who gave their all in service to our country.

Committee reports followed in which many interesting female vets were described: Patriot Anna Smith Strong, a member of the Culper Spy ring who used her laundry to send messages; Bea Arthur was a truck driver in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve during WWII; Gen. Ann Dunwoody was the first female four-star general; Gracy Hopper Murray ‘Amazing Grace’ developed the COBOL computer program; Irene Kellen was an Air Force Colonel and first woman to head a space shuttle; Harriet Tubman was part of an espionage team during the Civil War; Elsie Ott, a flight nurse, pioneered air evacuation practices and was the first female to earn the US Air medal; Sarah Edman dressed as a man, ‘Franklin Thompson,’ fought in Civil War was found out when in hospital and finally during the Civil War; Mary Edwards was the first female Army surgeon. Most interesting was Sgt. Reckless, the first commissioned four-legged officer. This horse was trained to on her own, carry supplies under fire back and forth from supply to trenches during the Korean War.

Members divided materials for construction of 3,000 poppies for the Veterans’ home. Some also took cards to write notes to Honor Flight veterans’ thanking them for their service. They will receive these when they return home from their flight.

Members were reminded to collect calendars, which will be given to the Logan Correction Center. Note: no wirebound calendars can be used. Bring them to the December meeting. Also, bring Christmas cards for the LaSalle Veterans’ Home. Members will write notes of appreciation and good wishes during the meeting.

The December meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the First Presbyterian Church, Mendota. The annual Christmas potluck will be held after the meeting.