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MADISON, MO – Representatives of DAR chapters in northeast Missouri gathered at the Madison Area Community Center in Madison, Mo. on Sept. 13 for the annual meeting of the Northeast District of the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. District Director Mitzie Pitford welcomed the group and introduced Cynthia Beall Suich, Missouri State Regent, other state officers and state committee chairmen.

Pike County Regent Marilyn Johnson, Secretary Beverly Cogar and Registrar Anne Keller attended the meeting. Keller is an Honorary State Regent and led singing of the National Anthem. Johnson served as pianist.

Workshops were held by the state officers, a silent auction of items donated by the chapters resulted in donations to the State Regent’s project and committee chairmen displayed posters of many state and national projects. MSSDAR Parliamentarian Linda Schert announced that she has been appointed as the National Parliamentarian  by President General Denise Doring VanBuren.

Regent Johnson reported on the local chapter’s activities and received National certificates for Honor Roll Level 1, Constitution Week Mayor’s Proclamation and  Constitution Week activities. Cogar was chapter chairman for Constitution Week.

The first meeting of the 2019-2020 chapter year was held on Sept. 4 at First Presbyterian Church of Louisiana with Johnson as hostess. Liz Wallace presented information of the chapter’s Community Classroom project. Reports were given by Secretary Cogar and Treasurer Sandy Orf. Cindy Blaylock’s Riverview Cemetery project will be updating the city’s burial information, checking for correct names, dates of birth and death and maiden names will be added if available. Several members will be working of this project.

Johnson presented a memorial for Patriot Day, Sept. 11. Cogar outlined the activities of Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23, for this year which include the mayor’s proclamation and Ringing of the Bells on Sept. 17.

Chapter members will travel to the Vandalia Historical Museum on Oct. 2 to view the Missouri Humanities traveling exhibit “Struggle for Statehood” which features Missouri’s road to becoming a state. There will be carpooling from the church at 5:30, a brief chapter meeting at the Museum, and Dutch treat dinner to follow.

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