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Chief Senachwine DAR chapter hold first meeting

HENRY — The first regular meeting of the Chief Senachwine Chapter NSDAR was held May 5 at the Meeting Place in Henry.

Chapter Regent Nancy Gillfillan played a wooden Native American flute as a call to meeting. She then gaveled the meeting to order and shared information on the District Mini-Tour, May 31, at DeKalb.

A report on state conference, attended by Gillfillan and Sharon Bittner April 25-29 in Bloomington, announced that the two attendees were recognized as members of the most recently-founded Illinois and national DAR chapter. NSDAR President General Ann Turner Dillon joined Illinois members in welcoming the representatives of the new chapter.

Members were asked to select dates for hostessing 2018-19 chapter meetings. A program planning meeting will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Meeting Place. All members are invited.

Corresponding secretary Carrie Schwiderski read several belated notes of congratulations, and registrar Bittner announced NSDAR approval of charter members Tina Dace and Candace Dace-Randle.

Reports of committee chairmen followed: American Indians, Lura Hamilton; commemorative events, Wendy Welch; Constitution Week, Shelia Schrowang; DAR School, Bittner; DAR magazine, Sharon Murphy; Illinois Bicentennial, Judy Schwiderski; and state regent’s project and chapter fundraiser, Gillfillan.

Votes were held on participating in a Community Service Award program and an Historic Preservation Award program. Plans are proceeding for a recognition ceremony at the grave of Chief Senachwine, north of Putnam.

The meeting concluded with a presentation by Sharon Bittner on protocol and DAR Information called, “It’s NOT Your Gramma’s Hat and White Gloves Group Anymore.”

The next meeting will be Friday, Sept. 7, with spouses and friends invited to a program on Chief Senachwine. The location and time will be announced.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is one of the world’s largest service organizations with goals to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. For more information on DAR in the Henry area, call 815-303-1034.

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