AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY LAWRENCE UNIT 28
Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Lawrence Unit 28 in Lawrenceville, Illinois, attended the 99th state convention of the American Legion Auxiliary in Springfield, Illinois.
Beverly Sheley, president of Lawrence Unit 28; Rose Hart, chaplain; and Cheryl Bean, secretary, were all in attendance.
Greetings were brought by James Langfelder, mayor of Springfield, Ill.; Michael Carder, Illinois department commander; Roy Weber, senior vice commander; Eugene Gort, SAL detachment commander; Marty Conaster, department adjutant and past national commander; and Kathy Dungan, auxiliary national president from the department of Mississippi.
Three hundred twenty girls, including Raelee Organ and Killeen Reidy, both of Lawrenceville, attended the American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girl State in Charleston, Illinois.
Twenty five past president nursing scholarships were given with four awarded in the fifth division. Three Americanism scholarships were awarded in the fifth division to students from Fairfield, Mount Carmel and Carmi, Illinois. The Mildred R. Knowles Scholarship was awarded to a fifth division student and students from the fifth division received the Ada Muckelston Scholarship.
The 23rd district had 13 delegates and an alternate attending convention and were awarded front row seats, center stage for being number one in the state. Arlene Holtgrave, 23rd district president, won the traveling necklace for membership.
Lawrence Unit 28 was recognized on the department floor for volunteer hours. Those recognized by name were Hart, Bean, Monna Porter, Joanne Fritch, Norma Bean, Leona Thacker and Sheley.
FRANCIS VIGO CHAPTER DAR
The Southwest Southern District Meeting of the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution was hosted by the Francis Vigo Chapter on Aug. 6 at Community Methodist Church. DAR members are women who come from diverse backgrounds and hold a variety of interests. Their common bond is their lineal descent from patriots of the American Revolution. NSDAR, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, currently has 85 active chapters and three districts in Indiana.
Cynthia Frederick, southern district director and Francis Vigo member, presided at the meeting. Haley Lancaster, Francis Vigo Chapter regent, and her committee welcomed Charlotte Blair, state regent, and her state board of management.
Lancaster hosted a dinner at the Chapter House on Aug. 5 with a private tour of Grouseland for the state board of management. Linda Heath, second vice regent, was over the event planning. Her committee chairs were: Rita Greene, first vice regent, breakfast; Deb Byrnes, registration; Becky Nowaskie, decorations; Lori Marchino, favor bags; Kathy Todd, greeters; Rita Haggerty, vendor sales; Denise Dayson-Bristal, gift baskets; and Elena Keene, photographs. Peggy Salitros, parliamentarian and Montana honorary state regent, assisted with all committees and event planning.
Lunch was catered by R’z located in Fort Branch. Music was provided by Joan Chambon. The ladies were assisted by their HODAR’s: Bob Greene with breakfast and David Frederick, TJ Lancaster, Tom Nowaskie and Chuck Heath with lunch and clean-up afterwards.
During the meeting 108 area DAR members learned about new state and national initiatives. State officers led workshops, state chairman provided educational info, and members socialized and re-energized their “DAR batteries.” Items were collected for veterans to be given out at the Stand Down in Evansville on Sep. 26.
Following the meeting, Blair and Carol Weatherholt, state chaplain, dedicated the tree purchased by the INDAR to honor Indiana’s Pathway of Patriot tree. The pathway will be along the Schuylkill River Trail, a scenic multi-use trail in Southeastern Pennsylvania that connects Bartram’s Garden, the nation’s oldest botanical garden in Philadelphia, with Valley Forge National Historical Park. Indiana’s tree will be planted in honor of George Rogers Clark, and a “sister tree” — a winter king hawthorn was planted in Vincennes on Francis Vigo DAR property, Grouseland.