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Miriam Benedict Chapter of the NSDAR

The Miriam Benedict Chapter of the NSDAR met on May 3 at Brentwood Assisted Living.

Regent, Luanne Hayter Long called the meeting to order and welcomed 13 members, four guests and our speaker, Mary Hedge from the La Porte County Public Library.

The opening ritual was conducted with the recitation of the Pledge, Creed, Preamble and National Anthem. A lovely luncheon was served by Brentwood Assisted Living for our spring gathering. Regent Long, gave our President General Ann Turner Dillion’s report for the month. By the end of spring she will have visited 17 state conferences, with Indiana being one of them in May. The 127th Continental Congress will be held in Washington, D.C. Many outstanding authors and speaker are making preparations for an outstanding conference June 20 to June 24.

Speaker Mary Hedge, librarian at the La Porte Public Library, spoke on the topic: “Facts and Unusual Feats of the Children of our U.S. presidents,” starting off with Washington who had no biological children but two step children through his marriage to Martha Custis.

The program ended with current President Donald Trump’s combination of five children via three marriages. The talk highlighted along the way how customs and society have developed and changed. She highlighted the highs and lows of raising children as the Chief Executive and how they have felt the glare of the American people and world’s attention.

Second Vice Regent Shirley Mounce reported on our “Women’s Issues.” She featured Harriet Beecher Stowe who was regarded as an activist, author and philanthropist. Born in 1811 in Connecticut, she achieved national fame for her anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1851. In addition “Tips for Cyber Safety,” “Brain-healthy habits” and “Understanding Bullying” were also discussed.

Dr. Barbara Baker, shared the National Defense report. She featured the recent pursuit of establishing a World War I Memorial for the British steamer, SS Tuscania.

In 2014, Wisconsin history teacher, Steve Argo took upon himself to research a little-known World War I disaster at sea. On Feb. 5, 1918 a German submarine torpedoed the British steamer, Tuscania off the coast of Ireland. The ship carried 2,100 American troops and hundreds more British crew members. 200 American soldiers and at least 19 from Wisconsin died on that dark and frigid winter night. This was the single deadliest U-boat attack on U.S. forces in World War I.

Other reports were given by Regent Long in her Indian Moment, highlighting again the World War II Code Talkers and Albert Billing. A Conservation Moment handout from Teri Showalter showed how to make a vertical garden with a 2 liter pop bottle. She also shared May’s Commemorative Events to remember, National Day of Prayer, Homestead Act, Arm Forces Day, Mothers Day and Memorial Day. Librarian Sheila Pressel reported she visited the main branch of the La Porte Public Library and reported that the vast majority of the Indiana State DAR historical novel titles are available to be checked out.

Shirley Mounce announced that our next meeting will be held June 7 at the La Porte County Public Library at 1 p.m. The program will feature “A Voice from the Past” with letters from Civil War soldiers.

For those with a patriot in their lineage and wish to join DAR, contact our local