Club news

June 15, 2008

Antietam DAR hosts breakfast

Antietam Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held a breakfast May 10 at the Hagerstown Elks Club to attract new members to the organization.

Prospective members Karen Greeley, Norma Heaton, Pat Gross, Colleen Stone, and Jane Stone joined in the activities.

Charlotte Horst, Antietam's chaplain, delivered a blessing and everyone partook of a breakfast prepared by the Elks' staff.

After the breakfast, the audience was invited to participate in the DAR ritual.

Erin Kittel, a Smithsburg High School musician and athlete, played "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Julie Carbaugh informed the group that until 1845 genealogy was a pastime with a small following, The founding that year of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the first genealogical society in the country, jump-started a hobby that provides generations of family historians a way to connect with their roots.

Doris Miller presented DAR's opinion that burning America's flag is a cowardly act. If a person disagrees with the government, write a letter, peacefully gather, hold up signs or, more importantly, vote, she said.


The audience viewed a DVD which described the many programs and projects of the organization, followed by descriptions of local projects. Peggy Judge described a project to help secure furniture and other necessities for veterans in Hagerstown. Peggy Arcidiacono discussed conservation efforts at Fort Frederick, including the planting of trees. Eileen Renwick described the chapter's annual Good Citizen Program, in which a senior from each county high school is honored based on school and community activities, grade point averages, recommendations and a written response to a patriotic topic.

Ruann George, a member of Antietam Chapter and vice regent of the Maryland DAR, told how she completed her research to become a charter member of Antietam. She provided advice to prospective members about sources such as the DAR Patriot Index and suggested other sources of genealogical information such as family Bibles, census reports, tombstones and various libraries.

Anyone interested in beginning research is invited to call Ruann George at 301-739-3930 or Mindy Marsden at 301-790-3132.

Manor Church Senior Citizens

The Manor Church Senior Citizens met May 7 at Manor Church of the Brethren, 18511 Manor Church Road.

President Ruth South greeted everyone and offered a prayer. Members and guests then enjoyed an hour of food and fellowship.

The highlight of the meeting was the May memorial service in memory of three members who passed away during the previous year - Ruth Renner, Mildred Easterday and Catherine Dorsey. Sara June Palmer arranged flowers and lit a candle in memory of Renner, and South read a memorial. Mildred Shank arranged flowers and lit a candle in Easterday's memory and Charlotte Dixon read a memorial. A candle was lit and flowers arranged in Dorsey's memory by Iolene Coss. Dixon read the memorial.

Naomi Thomas sang "Does Jesus Care?" accompanied by Palmer. The memorial service concluded with prayer by the Rev. William Stoner.

The meeting concluded with a prayer circle.

Sentence prayers were offered by members, with a closing prayer by Rev. Stoner.

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