James Harlan Chapter of DAR meets in July

The James Harlan Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met Saturday morning, July 28, at the Public Library in Washington with 21 attending. Chaplain JoAnn Stout arranged for lunch at the Pizza Ranch after the morning?s meeting.

Regent Gayle Olson conducted opening rituals, followed by several announcements and reports by committee chairmen.

To fulfill Cindi Carter?s (ISDAR State Regent) Project, a monument will be dedicated on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter. The monument will ?perpetuate the memory of (Revolutionary War) soldiers and patriots buried in Iowa.? The Iowa Veterans Cemetery is the first federally funded construction of a state-owned and operated veterans cemetery in the State of Iowa. The cemetery was dedicated in 2008.

Constitution Day is Monday, Sept. 17, and commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept.17, 1787. Constitution Week is Sept. 17-23. Treasurer Kayleigh Septer will arrange to have a display in the Mt. Pleasant Public Library.

The SE District day meeting will be held in Burlington on Oct. 10, with details and registration forthcoming.

Registrar Carol Klopfenstein introduced guest Charlene Seggerman as a prospective member and announced that Bonnie Thomas? application was accepted, and Bonnie is officially a new member.

James Harlan Chapter Member Susan Clark presented the morning?s program by leading the group on a tour of Washington Library?s fabulous genealogy room. The collection began in 1983 and holds hundreds of family histories, courthouse records, history books and microfilm for research. Susan is the genealogy librarian at the facility.

Other DAR members in attendance: ISDAR State Registrar Sylvia Blaesing, Vice-Regent, Dianna Klaus; Recording Secretary, Becky Wright; Historian, Martha Allen, Pat White, Judy Rawson, Sylvia Ridinger, Trish Woepking, Carol Messer, Waunita Gibbons, Helen See, Linda Dorn, Janet Mills, Lena Schrader and Wilma Lewis.

The next meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Crew Public Library in Salem.

Members of DAR descend from a patriot who fought in the American Revolution. The objectives of DAR are historical preservation and the promotion of education and patriotic endeavors. For information on joining DAR, contact Carol Klopfenstein at 319-257-6987.