Scout David Williams chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), met on Oct. 2 at 1:00 p.m. in Montpelier at the 1908 historic home of Rita and David Baratier. Six members were present, and Marge Michael and Rita Baratier were hostesses. Vice Regent Gerry Landon led the meeting. Two pending members, Carole Jeanne Pape of Archbold and Sharon S. Wells of Bryan, were to be confirmed on Oct. 5.
State Parliamentarian Rosanne Fisher gave a report on plans for the 125th anniversary of the National Society DAR. At the 124th Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., an announcement was made regarding a community service project, the Guardian Trust Fund. This project is for the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the national headquarters, with a plan to raise $25 million nationally. Ohio’s goal is to raise $300,000, which will be reached if each DAR member from the state donates $50.00.
Mrs. Fisher also gave a fascinating program on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II. Because the B-29, a four-engine plane, was prone to engine fires, men were afraid to fly it. Two women, Dorothea “Di Di” Moorman and Dora Dougherty, who only had experience flying two-engine planes, were trained as demo pilots and given no knowledge of the plane’s dangers. After only three days of training, they were able to convince the men that the plane was safe and reliable. The WASP finally received recognition as veterans of WWII in 1977. In 1979, they were officially issued honorable discharges. In 2010, they received the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded to persons who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture.
The chapter will next meet on Friday, Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m., for lunch at the Union Street Grill in Bryan.