The regular meeting of the Chimney Hill DAR met at 1:30 p.m. May 8 at the Ada Arts and Heritage Building. The opening ritual was led by Chapter Regent Myrtie Clarke and Chaplain Linda Hebert. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Linda Hebert, and Vicki Fleming led the national anthem. The Oklahoma Flag Salute was led by Janet Barrett. Marian Paniagua led the Preamble to the Constitution, and Jean Kelley led the American’s Creed.
Regent Myrtie Clarke read a thank-you note from Martha Rhynes and also one from the family of Ann Maxwell.
The minutes of the previous meeting and the treasurer’s report were given online, with hard copies available at the meeting. A motion to accept the minutes and the report was made and seconded. The motion passed.
Program: ‘Antiques Road Show’
The May program consisted of several ladies from the Chimney Hill DAR Chapter bringing things from their past to share with the group. Joyce Gentry brought an article from a Lawton newspaper about her mother, Mrs. Franklin Allison. The article was titled “Plenty of Gold in Southwest Oklahoma.” The article had a picture of the blue and white butter carton in which her mother packaged her homemade butter. The name of the butter was “Golden Butter,” and the milk came from the family farm that her grandfather settled in the 1901 lottery. Joyce remembers that the churn that her mother used to churn the butter looked more like a huge beer barrel. It was connected by a pulley to a gasoline engine that churned the butter. Her butter was sold in two or three grocery stores around Lawton. The farm is still in her family to this day!
When she found the article, she decided to enter a Genealogical Society contest on periods of history. The contest was what inspired her to finally sit down and write her family history. She didn’t win the contest, but she did have a written history to pass on to her children and grandchildren.
Ruth Ann Taylor brought two baby pictures, one of her mother and and one of her father. Her father’s picture was made in 1905, in which he was wearing his long white baby dress. Her mother’s baby picture was made in 1907, wearing her long white baby dress. Ruth Ann brought the dress her mother was wearing in the picture.
Beth Buxton brought an etched glass with gold trim that was given to her grandparents on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1922. They were married in 1872 and were the parents of 16 children.
Beth also shared a cookbook published in 1899. It included tips on how to raise children and how to cook for the elderly. The advice of the book was to have active children go outside and play active games. There was also a recipe on how to cook stewed rabbit in milk for the elderly. She also shared a quote from the book, “Unselfish mothers make for selfish children,” meaning mothers who do everything for their children cause the children to expect it, and the children become selfish.
Thank you for everyone who shared their past with us. It was entertaining and gave us a glimpse of our past.
The president general’s message was read by Myrtie Clarke. President General Dillon encouraged everyone who could to attend or watch online the national DAR convention in June in Washington.
Carol Myer reported on Vietnam War veteran J, Malcom Taws. In March of last year, the Buck County Chapter of DAR in Pennsylvania held their National Defense Luncheon featuring guest speaker Taws. Taws served in the United States Army with the intelligence unit for the headquartersbattery of the 144 Field Artillery, but he was also an amateur photographer. His program highlighted the positive experiences and people that he encountered while stationed in Tay Ninh Province.
Taws had an interest in bringing back to the United States whatever cultural documentation he could find on film, sound, etc. He utilized any time available to visit the Vietnamese villages and captured the way of life in the rural areas of Tay Ninh. With the help of an interpreter, he was able to access areas that would not normally be available to him. He also recorded the local radio station, which provided a musical backdrop to his photographic display. Following his program, Mr. Taws was presented with a certificate of appreciation and the official Vietnam War Commemoration lapel pin.
Mary Pfeffer reported on the Lakota Creation Story. They tell the story of another world before this one. The people would not behave themselves, and so the Great Spirit was unhappy and set out to make a new world. He sang several songs to bring rain, which poured stronger with each song.
As he sang the fourth song, the earth split apart and water gushed up through many cracks, causing a flood. All of the people and nearly all the animals were drowned. Only Kangi, the crow, survived.
Kangi pleaded with the Great Spirit to make him a new place to rest, and so the Great Spirit created a new world. He selected four animals from his pipe bag, which contained all types of animals and birds. These four were known for their ability to remain under water a long time. He sent each of the four to retrieve a lump of mud from under the waters.
Loon, who dove deep, Otter with its strong webbed feet and Beaver with its tail to propel itself deep — all failed to reach the bottom. Finally, the Great Spirit sent Turtle, who appeared to have drowned because he stayed under water so long. Then, with a splash, Turtle broke the water’s surface, with mud filling its feet and claws and the crack between its shells.
Singing, the Great Spirit shaped the mud in his hands and spread it on the water. He shook two long eagle feathers over the mud until earth spread wide, overcoming the waters. Feeling sadness for the dry land, the Great Spirit cried tears that became oceans, streams and lakes. He named the new land “Turtle Continent.”
The Great Spirit then took many animals and birds from his great pipe bag and spread them across the earth. From red, white, yellow and black clay, he made men and women. He gave them his sacred pipe and told them to live by it, warning them about the fate of the people who came before them and promising that all would be well if all living things learned to live in harmony.
Beth Buxton reported on Endangered Species Day, which is May the 18th. We live in a world where the 2,270 endangered or threatened species of wildlife and plants are subject to extinction due to environmental changes, overhunting by predators, poaching and the changing or destruction of habitats by natural disasters of humans. In 1973, the Endangered Species Act was signed. This act provided a program for conservation of these plants, animals and habitats.
Ruth Ann Taylor reported that nine members of the Veterans Committee visited the Sulphur Center on May 1. Two of the veterans had May birthdays. A birthday cake was served to our nine men and one woman veteran. Everyone had a good time. The June visit will be June 5, and the July visit will be the 3rd.
Ruth Ann reminded everyone to bring in the tabs that we are collecting for the Ronald McDonald House. She will be taking them to the state workshop in Norman on Aug. 23-25. Let’s see if we can beat last year’s record of 122 pounds of tabs.
She reported that Marie Spears was recognized at the state conference in April as the oldest DAR member in the state of Oklahoma. A letter was placed into each chapter regent folder honoring Marie.
Vice Regent Mary Scalf reported that the next year’s meetings will be held at the Ada Arts and Heritage Building. The December meeting will be moved from the 8th to the 15th because of a conflict.
Elaine Bearden gave an update on the Chimney Hill DAR American History award winners. Kate McCourtney, who is a sixth-grade student at Willard School, won second place at the state level. Also Mary Beth Johnson, a student at Ada Junior High, won second place at the state contest. Both girls were presented certificates at the state DAR conference in April. Our chapter is extremely proud of these girls and all the chapter winners. We want to thank everyone who took time to participate in this year’s American History award contest.
Regent Myrtie Clarke announced that at this year’s state conference in Norman, our DAR chapter won awards for Oklahoma heritage, outstanding program, service to veterans, American history essay participation and Good cCtizens awards. The Chimney Hill Chapter was fifth in the state in service to America hours. That is really good because we were up against much bigger chapters in Oklahoma City and in Tulsa. We are looking forward to having more hours this next year. Go, ladies! Be sure to get all your hours turned in and recorded. We need every member to participate.
Regent Myrtie Clarke recognized Janice Hogue and Ann Maxwell with their five-year membership certificates. Judy Hisaw received her 10-year membership certificate. Janis Harris and Joyce Gentry were awarded 25-year membership certificates, and Mart Jane Mayhue was awarded her 35-year certificate.
The installation of officers was presided over by Ruth Ann Taylor, Kiamichi Country District director. She gave the charge to the new officers. Officers for the 2018-2019 Chimney Hill Chapter of DAR: Regent Mary Scalf, Vice Regent Mary Ann Frame, Chaplain Linda Hebert, Secretary Tommie Beddow, Treasurer Suzanne Mc Farlane, Registrar Nancy Haney, Historian Mary Pfeffer and Librarian Kathy Howry. Myrtie Clark took off the chapter regent pin and pinned it onto Mary Scalf, the new Chimney Hill Chapter regent. Then Mary Scalf pinned a past regent pin onto Myrtie Clarke as outgoing chapter regent. Myrtie Clark was recognized at the state conference in April as a finalist for state chapter regent.
Visitors present for the meeting were Kelsey Jopson, Sandra Thompson and Karen Walters.
Members present were Elaine Bearden, Janet Barrett, Tommie Beddow, Beth Buxton, Myrtie Clark, Vicki Fleming, Rita Floyd, MaryAnn Frame, Joyce Gentry, Nancy Haney, Linda Herbert, Kathy Howry, Jean Kelley, Sandra Mantooth, Suzanne McFarlane, Mary Jean Mayhue, Marian Paniagua, Mary Pfeffer, Mary Scalf, Judy Smith, Ruth Ann Taylor and Binnie Wilson. Hostesses for this month’s meeting were Vicki Fleming, Mary Ann Frame, Jessie Glover, Kathy Howry, Judy Smith and Nancy Haney.
The door prize was awarded to Mary Ann Frame.
Meeting was closed with prayer, and Regent Mary Scalf adjourned the meeting.