Jared Mansfield Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at the Ohio Genealogical Society in Bellville on May 6.
Regent Gail Adams welcomed members and guests, called the meeting or order and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and the American’s Creed. Chaplain Pat Jennings gave the invocation.
Secretary Joyce Vanatter read minutes from the last chapter meeting. Treasurer Stephanie Gwin gave the treasurer’s report. Registrar Laverne Piatt reported a membership of 110. There are two applications pending and 10 supplemental applications pending.
Service for Veterans’ Chair Joanie Wyatt reminded the chapter of the Day of Appreciation for veterans to be held May 14 at Lahm Airport. She also reviewed the plans for the chapter’s participation in the Memorial Day parade on May 30 and extended an invitation to all members to meet at Mansfield Cemetery on May 28 at 10 a.m. for a short memorial service and to place flowers on the graves of Revolutionary War veterans. On May 29, at 1 p.m. there will be a memorial service at Mansfield Memorial Park in Ontario.
Junior Membership Chair Stephanie Gwin spoke about her plans for Junior Journeys for the summer. She also showed the chapter website in development. The chapter received the website preview favorably and authorized Stephanie to ask for a formal review by National who will approve the website or suggest changes.
Registrar Laverne Piatt informed the chapter of a request for the marking of a grave of a Revolutionary War soldier buried in Richland Co. Chapter member Dee Lorentz was presented a certificate for ten years of service to DAR. Chaplain Pat Jennings read the proclamation from Rep Romanchuk commemorating Joanie Wyatt for her outstanding service for veterans. Vice Regent Sunda Peters brought a brief message about the continuing review of chapter bylaws and passed out a survey of interest to help the chapter plan its direction for the future.
Before Chaplain Pat Jennings gave the benediction Regent Gail made announcements and thanked the Hostess Committee: Maxine Sautter, Cindy Medwid, Joyce Vanatter, Marilyn Bradley, Camilla Perrill, Teresa Boice, Nancy Johnston and Lori Turner, Chair.
Prior to the business meeting Zack Frye spoke about “Politics and the Union Soldier in the Civil War.” Recent scholarship has revealed that the Union soldier often had strong views about the issues of the day and about the cause he found himself called upon to defend. Analysis of surviving letters written by soldiers and examination of existing voting records of the times show that individual soldiers held a range of opinions about the war, and reasons for the war, and that in some cases those opinions strengthened or in other cases changed completely over time. Mr Frye is a PhD candidate at OSU.