Ohio State Regent, Marcia Seifert
Hetuck Chapter DAR Activities
Hetuck Chapter is active in honoring and helping veterans and active servicemen. Each year we participate in the Memorial Day Parade where we hand out flags during the parade and at the cemetery gathering. During the ceremony our chapter lays a wreath in memory of those deceased men and women who have protected our country and our freedom. During the year, we collect many small personal items which are delivered to the VA hospitals in Ohio. Many of our ladies donate monetarily instead and the money is either used to buy gift items or donated for whatever the hospital needs for the patients. Recently, a check for $100.00 and a box of items was delivered to Chillicothe VA Hospital.
This past year one of our members (Nancy Rey) personally adopted a Navy Ship (USS Grasp) and our chapter participated by donating over $400.00 to this cause. While the "Grasp" was deployed for a six month period, Nancy sent over eighteen boxes of "goodies" and items needed by the men and women during this time. The "Grasp" is a Naval (salvage) ship with only 125 men and women aboard and it does not travel with a fleet of ships as others do. Since it is so small, it is in and out of foreign ports very often for food, mail and supplies. Nancy had 4 other small donations from DAR friends who knew about her quest and approximately $2,000.00 in items (plus the cost of postaage) were sent to the ship during the six month period. She always sent in quanties of (125) so each person would share in the items and six magazine subscriptions went directly to the ship's address each month. That ship is back now and Hetuck Chapter is currently sending boxes to relatives of chapter members who are serving in Iraq. So far, $400.00 has been dedicated to this project by Hetuck.
We also collect greeting cards and cancelled postage stamps and donate them to the veterans for their use in making greeting cards which they sell. One of our members was in the Armed Forces during World War II where she trained pilots on the instrument panel. We are very proud of her participation for our country.
NSDAR promotes an American History Essay Contest each year. During past years we have had several winners. This year we had 147 essays to judge from 3 different county schools. Participants are in grades 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12. This year we plan to gift our winners from each level with savings bonds along with the regular certificates and medals. One of our winners (school level) has (so far) won at the (Ohio) district level and we are awaiting news to see if they win at state level.
Our involvement in the Good Citizen contest this year found four entries from different schools. We're waiting for the judges results to determine our winner at chapter level.
Each year during Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23) we place displays in different areas of the community. This year we had a display at the Newark Public Library and another at the Park National Bank's downtown office. In the past we have also had displays at our local mall. One year we spent the summer preparing for and distributing 10,000 placemats depicting the Constitution, the Preamble, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the USA. These were distributed to several fast food restaurants for use on their trays and to all schools in Licking County.
Our Chapter is very oriented to giving flags where they are needed. Not only do we hand out small flags during parades but we also have given many complete stage flag sets to several new high schools during their open house. We have also donated sets to the re-opening of the Midland Theatre in downtown Newark, the Newark Public Library, and the Buckingham House. At the Buckingham House the flag set replaced a set that Hetuck Chapter had given them many years ago. Outdoor flags have also been given to nursing homes and schools. Small flags have been given to Scout Troops and school classes during patriotic holidays ie: Constitution Week, Veterans Day, etc.
Last year we sent four State of Ohio, four U.S.A. and 200 (4"x6") flags to Iraq for three squadrons of men and women serving our country at this time. We received an e-mail message from the Captain, thanking us for these flags and what they meant to his "guys" to have them hanging in their tents.
We also sent over 200 Christmas cards signed by all the ladies present at our October DAR meeting and 70 little flags to a squadron in Iraq and received a postcard on December 20, thanking our chapter for them. How great to hear from them and know they received our greetings and thanks for what they are doing for our country.
Donations have been given to the American Indians for use at Bacone College and Chemawa Schools for scholarships and library use. We save soup labels for their use also.
Soup labels are collected for DAR sponsored schools by Hetuck Chapter. We also collect used ink cartridges from our printers and donate them to KDS and Tamassee Schools. Some of our members have purchased needed books which were delivered directly to the school libraries. Along with these donations we provide financial support each year also. Just recently, we sent checks for $100.00 each, to American Indian Schools; Bacone College and Chemawa School. Also, $100.00 was sent to Hillside, Kate Duncan Smith (for the playground), and Hindman Appalacia Schools. Six jumbo bags of new and slightly used clothing and shoes were recently sent to Tamassee School from our ladies.
Several ladies in our chapter participate in Fall Forum and also State Conference. For the term 2004/07 our Chapter Regent was selected to serve as S. E. District Director for Ohio. She has also been chosen by the President General at National level to be a Vice Chairman of the East Central Division in the area of Community Service Awards.
We have contributed several books to NSDAR in Washington D.C. for the DAR Library during the years and a contribution was sent to refinish a chair in the Library. Our old scrapbooks, minute books, treasurer's books, application records, etc. were microfilmed and a copy was sent to NSDAR for their files.
Our literacy committee has worked very deligently in the past two years. The chairman has three members who tutor one day each week during the school year at local schools. Another member voluntarily tutors Mexican children the art of speaking and writing (English) in the Northridge area of the County. She has won State and District (Michigan, Indiana, W. Va., Ohio, and Kentcky) honors for the last two years and we are very proud of her endeavors in this field (literacy). The chapter members bring books to meetings where they are collected and distributed by the literacy chairman to several local facilities who have need of them. Several members read to patients at nursing homes and to grandchildren and neighborhood children to promote literacy.
NSDAR distributes a bi-monthly magazine (American Spirit) which is on sale at newstands and by subscription to the public and DAR members. Hetuck Chapter now donates two subscriptions to the Newark Public Library and the Genealogical Society Library and a member donates several subscriptions to libraries and other (waiting rooms) throughout the county.
Several scholarships are available through DAR on State and National Level. Schools are notified and we have had several recipients throughout the years, one to a medical student of which we were very proud.
A few of our members who have computers have completed projects at home by indexing books and transferring ancestor records.
Throughout the year we participate in several fund raisers to ensure that we can continue to donate to many DAR endeavors. We have a luncheon (prepared by 3 or 4 of our members) where we pass a basket and ask that the ladies "pay" for their lunch as they would at one of our regular luncheons which are prepared by one of the churches, restaurants, etc. where we meet during the year.
We have a yearly "silent" auction and not only have a lot of fun but collect dollars for our treasury. We have also had raffles, sold calendars, Innisbrook, and Current items.
All of our activities are centered around our Chapter's wish to serve God, Home, and Country and promote our three objectives: Historical, Educational, and Patriotic endeavors.