The April meeting of the Francis Vigo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was called to order by Linda Heath, regent, on April 26. The opening ritual was performed and Heath read the president general’s message. Heath welcomed guests and prospective members. Lindsay Owens, recording secretary, read the minutes from March. Cathy Dever read correspondence to the chapter. Rita Hagerty, treasurer, gave the treasurer’s report. JoAnn Shappard gave the first vice regent report on the Queen Anne Cottage and Janice Johnstone gave the second vice regent report on the chapter house. Debra Byrnes, registrar, gave the registrar’s report. Music was provided by Valerie Sweeney.

The oath of membership was administered to new member Kat Walker. Her application was approved for a new patriot, Samuel Wells of Maryland.

Reports of standing committees given: American indian minute by Jennifer Kerr, conservation minute by Dever, DAR magazine by Lori Marchino, national defense by Linda Eslinger, DAR schools by Cindy Frederick, Owens reported on the welcome home to veterans event in Washington for Billie Keeler, women’s issues by Elena Keene, and flag of the United States by Marilyn Doades.

Dever announced a special Arbor Day event. The planting of seven winterberry shrubs, donated by the Simpson family, were planted in the front of the chapter house on April 29, Arbor Day.

Dever, conservation chair, introduced the guest speaker, Michelle Smith, executive director of the Knox County Recycling District. Smith spoke on plans for the new facility, what can currently be recycled, and locations of the current drop off locations in Knox County. In Vincennes all acceptable curbside recycling items must be in the Vincennes city recycling totes. Items not in the tote will not be picked up. Extra totes can be purchased at the clerk/treasurers office. Knox County Solid Waste Management District does provide a household hazardous waste collection site at 1600 Bayou St. Check their Web site for updated recycling information and safe disposal of hazardous waste at or contact them at

A special tribute led by Marchino, chaplain, and Byrnes was held to remember Virginia Stangle. Stangle joined the chapter on Feb. 1, 1958. Her patriot was Thomas Little. Her supplemental patriots were William Scott, Alexander Reed, Margaret Eskridge Kenner, and Francis Seaton. She was an asset to our chapter and will greatly missed.

Marchino gave the benediction and the meeting was adjourned.

Refreshments and decorations in the dining room were provided by Rita Greene, chair, Eslinger, Dorothy Fish, Joan Chambon, Shappard and Lindy Heath.

The next DAR meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on May 24. The program will be presented by Frederick on the DAR schools.

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