The Bowling Green Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church for their monthly meeting.
The meeting coincided with the birthday of the first President of the United States, George Washington and was the 102nd Anniversary of the Bowling Green DAR Chapter receiving its Charter.
Regent Jane Quade called the meeting to order using the glass gavel given to the chapter by Genevieve Clark.
The gavel is only used for February meetings, which are held on George Washington’s birthday.
All stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States. Quade led the recitation of the American’s Creed. Diane Fuerst gave the devotional on Friendship reading Proverbs 27:9 and Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.
Quade introduced special guests attending the meeting: Rita Miller, Doris Flood, Dustin Roan, Sheila Roan, David Wendel, Alan Hiles, Ralph Atkinson, Carter Groves, Michael Stephens, and Stephen Baldwin. Mr. Stephens and Mr. Baldwin are members of the St. Charles Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
The Good Citizenship Award was presented to Dustin Roan by his mother, Sheila Roan. Dustin Roan in the son of Sheila and Mike Roan. Quade gave Dustin a Certificate of Merit.
This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.
Dustin plans to attend Truman State University and achieve a Degree in Accounting.
Mr. Baldwin, Vice President of the Missouri SAR, and Mr. Stephens presented a program on the Sons of the American Revolution and how a chapter is trying to become established in the Pike and Lincoln area.
The Sons of the American Revolution support youth and history of the Revolutionary War by visiting local schools and give programs, honor firemen, military, police, etc.
The requirements to become a member are the same as the DAR as you must trace your family lineage to an American who participated in the Revolutionary War. Any son, spouse, etc. of a DAR member is encouraged to have them contact Mr. Stephens to get more information or to become a member Phone 636-662-2242 or gmail: firstname.lastname@example.org (alternate: email@example.com)
Regent Quade gave some facts about George Washington who was born in 1732 and died in 1799. He presided over the Congress which developed the Constitution which replaced the Articles of Confederation. He is the only president that was elected unanimously for two terms.
Christy Wendel presented the program entitled, “Patriotic Women.” Mrs. Wendel spoke on the status of women before coming to the colonies and their status to the Revolutionary War.
Many hardships were prevalent in the early years getting food, shelter, presence of Indians, weather conditions, and illnesses. Many women came from Europe as indentured servants serving seven years for their freedom.
As the colonies became more established the roles of women gradually changed. Women were allowed to be teachers and could be tailors. Laws were passed to educate girls to read the Bible but only that. Math and writing were not allowed to be taught.
During the conflict of the Revolutionary War, women took over more family chores that had been a male role such as running the farm or business. Some women became camp followers and washed clothes, cooked, help take care of the sick and wounded, etc.
Wendel described Deborah Samson who pretended to be a man and actually fought in battles. She went by the name of Robert Shirtliff and served three years.
Margaret Corbin saw her husband become wounded while manning a cannon. She took his place at the cannon and received a small pension for her efforts when she was older.
Ann Warner Bailey collected flannel for use for bandages and for making wadding for the bullets for the Continental Army.
Abigail Adams and Martha Washington were the wives of future presidents and their influence had an impact on the role of the woman during this time frame.
The Daughter’s Pledge to the Flag was recited by all and the meeting adjourned at 3 p.m.
A red, white, and blue cake was made by member Penny Dixon, and was enjoyed by all.
Hostesses for the meeting were: Marjorie Jamison, Marlene Kut, Charlene McCune, and Carol Marshall.
Hostesses for next month will be: Patty Tophinke, Kathy Branstetter, and Joyce Edwards.
Members attending were Mildred Betz, Marjorie Jamieson, Penny Dixon, Charlene McCune, Diane Fuerst, Jane Quade, Sue Hughes, Christy Wendel, and Pam Williams. Guests included Dustin Roan, Alan Hiles, Sheila Roan, Stephen Baldwin, Carter Groves, Michael Stephens, Doris Flood, Rita Miller, David Wendel, and Ralph Atkinson.