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DAR meeting minutes

PRINCETON — The Princeton-Illinois Chapter NSDAR held its meeting Jan. 3 at the Prouty Building and featured a DVD program of Illinois State Regents’ projects from 1975-2013. Funded by Illinois members, area projects have been a flag and flagpole at Starved Rock, a liberty bench at the home former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant in Galena, a marker at the Round barn new Kewanee and assistance with St. Peter’s Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sheffield.

Recent project completed by Regents are: building a classroom at a DAR School, restoring a glass ceiling panel in the library at the DAR Headquarters and erecting a women veterans tribute displaying statues of Molly Pitcher and a modern woman veterans. This understating to honor women veterans, the only one in Illinois, is located in Mt. Vernon.

Restorations include a series of Lincoln Circuit Trail markers and the large Lincoln Trail Memorial marker located at the eastern end of Illinois Route 33. The Illinois DAR was also involved in one of the Madonna of the Trail series located in Vandalia and in purchasing 24 acres of land to help create Fort Massac State Park. The Illinois DAR erected a statue of George Rogers Clark there and dedicated a marker to Chief Shabbona in nearby Shawnee National Forest.

The Projects, selected every two years by the Illinois State Regents, align with the National DAR objectives of historical, educational and patriotic activities.

During the business meeting, DAR Schools chairman Lois Peterson announced Boxtops and Labels for Education had been sent to various schools sponsored by the NSDAR and a Christmas gift card had been sent to the girls housed in the Illinois Cottage at the DAR School in Tamassee, S.C.

Elections were held for delegated and alternates to the Illinois State Conference in Bloomington from April 25 to April 27. Diana Williamson was elected to complete the term of office for librarian. The previously elected librarian relocated out of state and is no longer able to complete the duties.

Debra Wendt informed the members of famous women buried in Arlington National Cemetery and the women military veterans holding commissions such as commander, lieutenant, rear admiral, captain and major.

The next meeting will be Feb. 1 at the Bureau County Republican Community Room. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. and gavel time is 10 a.m. The program will be on bright beginnings with information shared about DAR-sponsored schools. Members will sign Easter cards for the Veterans’ Home in LaSalle.

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