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Lesley Gonigam presents program to DAR

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 2:30 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Princeton-Illinois chapter NSDAR met Dec. 6 at the BCR Community Room with a program on independent living given by Lesley Gonigam, chapter member and personal assistant coordinator at the Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living. Gonigam explained the services afforded the public through the agency. Some are phones with enhanced sound for use by hard-of-hearing clients, phones with readable screens for the deaf, personal care help in one’s home for the disabled and help in returning home after a nursing home stay. IVCIL with headquarters in LaSalle covers Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam and Stark counties, assisting people with disabilities.

During the business meeting, certificates were awarded by the Flag of the U.S.A. chairman, Juanita Tarrence, to members who patriotically erected new flagpoles, lit their flags so that they could be flown all day, flew their flags daily, etc.

The chapter has re-marked the graves of two daughters of Revolutionary War soldiers, Sarah Snell Bryant and Zilpha L. Jackson Prutsman.

Conservation chairman Diana Williamson clarified the tenuous position of maintaining the earth’s resources. The earth’s natural resources are quickly disappearing, and Williamson encouraged awareness and conservation in our daily lives.

The chapter was thanked for its participation in the Museum of Science and Industry’s display of a variety of decorated trees in its “Christmas Around the World” celebration.

Donations were collected for the girls in the Illinois Cottage at Tammassee DAR School in Tammassee, S.C., and for Honor Flight.

The next meeting will be Jan. 3 at the Prouty Building. The program will be on the legacy of leadership.

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