DAR holds annual ceremony


John M “Jack” Cowell, a World War II veteran holds up a certificate of appreciation for his military service

Jared Mansfield Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual Flag Day Luncheon at the Gorman Nature Center.

Regent Gail Adams welcomed members and guests. She led the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance and the American’s Creed and gave the invocation. Routine business was postponed until the next meeting.

John M “Jack” Cowell, a World War II veteran, was an honored guest. He shared his stories of his service at Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, and Okinawa. Cowell served in the United States Navy as a member of the Signal Corps from 1944 to 1946. Past Regent Joanie Wyatt, who is also Commander of the Joint Veterans Council, presented Jack with a certificate of appreciation for his service.

Wyatt also gave a tribute to the late Laura Williams Dunlop, a member of Old Northwest-Aaron Olmsted Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). A veteran herself, Dunlop had served in the Women’s Army Corps in Korea as a member of the US Army Signal Corps 8060 AU. In civilian life she was a tireless volunteer and advocate for the cause of veterans’ services. She was twice named a Volunteer of the Year and was a founder and a chair on the Summit County Stand Down for Homeless/Displaced Veterans board.

Another honored guest was Ohio DAR State Vice Regent Nancy Schirm Wright, member of Elizabeth Sherman Reese Chapter of Lancaster. Nancy brought greetings and spoke of activities at the Christian Waldschmidt Homestead (CWH) at Milford, Ohio. CWH is a property of the Ohio Society DAR and is open as a museum and learning center.

Wright also presided at the installation ceremony for the new slate of officers for Jared Mansfield Chapter for the 2015-2017 term. Officers are: Regent, Gail McMeeken Adams; Vice Regent, Sunda Anderson Peters; Chaplain, Patricia Burson Jennings; Recording Secretary, Joyce Campbell Vanatter; Corresponding Secretary, Marianne Heinfeld Bove; Treasurer, Stephanie Helle Gwin; Registrar, Laverne Ingram Piatt, Historian, Donna Worner O’Brien; Librarian, Joyce Page Long.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was formed in October 1890. Membership is open to any woman 18 or older who can provide direct lineal descent from a soldier or patriot who served the American cause during the American Revolution. For more information on membership, contact the regent at 419.347.1726 or the registrar at 419.683.3667.