The regular meeting of the Benjamin Prescott Chapter of The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held at the McClug Mansion in Westfield recently.
The meeting was called to order by Regent Brenda Johnson and the opening ritual was conducted by Johnson and Deborah Cenni, vice regent. Lisa Sedlmayer read the DAR President's Message and Antoniette Sherman read the DAR National Defense Article. Myra Johnston, secretary, read the minutes from the previous meeting and Bonnie Larkin, treasurer, reported balances and financial activity. Dawn Ubaney reported one application is pending approval from Washington, D.C., and a second continues in the discovery stage.
Dawn Ubaney, registrar, purchased and presented to each member a green light bulb to be displayed at our homes to show support of veterans. The group participated in Wreaths Across America and placed wreaths at the Veteran's Cemetery at Bath for the holiday season.
The new chapter flag arrived and was displayed at the meeting.
The 126th Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., will be held June 28 to July 2. The District 8 spring meeting is May 8 at the Roycroft Inn. The Prescott Chapter will prepare a basket of items from Chautauqua County for display and to be given away at the District 8 meeting.
March is Women's History Month. The group had a surprise program note from John Paul Wolfe of the Chautauqua County Historical Society explaining the flags around the room the group meets in at the McClug Mansion. He has been working to preserve articles at the mansion and told chapter members the story behind one of these flags. Mrs. H. Wilcox from Cherry Creek handmade the massive 35-star flag around 1862. The flag hung between two large poles in Cherry Creek with a pendant for McKinley hanging below. Her father was an aide to George Washington and she walked to Cherry Creek in 1818 as an 8-year-old girl.
Dawn Ubaney, registrar, spoke on one of her Revolutionary War patriots, her fifth great-grandfather, Peter Pennock, whose family founded Strafford, Vt., and her family trip last summer to visit there and place memorials. The Pennock family started out as Loyalists. After having all their possessions confiscated by the British and then having the town of Royalton, Vt., attacked by the British with 300 Indians, scalping, burning buildings and taking captives including women and children, they answered the call, united in their beliefs as patriots. Ubaney displayed several books written about the Pennock family including "Loyalty in Transition" and "Brothers in Arms" used by educators in New England schools.
Discussions were held concerning what fundraisers and community projects we should engage in this year, and possible trips to Seneca Falls, the Barcelona Lighthouse, New Hampshire to the home of Benjamin Prescott, and the Stow Ferry.
Hostess Antoniette Sherman served homemade ice cream cupcakes and soft drinks.
The next chapter meeting is 1 p.m. April 6 at the McClug Mansion in Westfield.
Those who had an ancestor that fought for freedom in the Revolutionary War are welcome to join. For more information, call Dawn Ubaney at 679-1216.