Members of the Return Jonathan Meigs Chapter of the NSDAR traveled to Dublin, Ohio, to attend the Ohio Society DAR Fall Fun Fair. The fair is a full day of learning about projects and committees, renewing friendships, and making new friends. A total of 389 Daughters attended representing 89 of Ohio’s 99 Chapters at the August 25 meeting.
There were 48 different state officer and committee displays that day. Each display and accompanying Daughter(s) provided information in the areas of history, education, patriotism and current goals of the DAR society. Attendees left with a bag of information and many ideas for their local chapters. Being the nation’s oldest women’s service organization, members find many areas of interest that need support. Our chapter members volunteered over 3000 hours in 2017.
Local DAR member and registrar Opal Grueser heads the state 90+ committee, sending birthday cards to DAR members who are 90 years old or above. She was responsible for setting up an informational display at the fall fair this year.
During this year’s fall fair, 150 tired flags were collected for proper retirement. The local Meigs chapter donated three.
For the 119th DAR State Conference held in Dublin in March 2018, quilt squares were made for table centerpieces. These squares were then transformed into four Quilts of Valor. The quilts were draped around four veterans in a moving ceremony held at the Fall Fun Fair. The veterans had served in WW II or Vietnam. Prior to this ceremony, attendees were entertained by the Urbana chapter’s WW I Singers.
The Ohio Society DAR will meet again in March 2019, and all Daughters are invited to attend the 120th Conference in Dublin. Local women who are interested in learning about this women’s service organization are invited to attend the next open meeting on Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Pomeroy Library.
Information prepared by Opal Grueser.