Ladies of the Lake
The Ladies of the Lake Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution began their 2018 meeting year with a rousing rendition of “It’s a Grand Old Flag” played and sung by 15 members of the local Ukulele Band. This “fun” musical group entertained the DAR members with songs ranging from “This Little Light of Mine,” to “Waltzing Matilda” and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at the organization’s May 8 meeting in the Spirit Lake Library.
After the musical entertainment, dessert was served by hostesses Diana Sanders, Colette Travis, and Marcia Hill. Regent Mary Thunhorst opened the business meeting and distributed the 2018 program books. Brief committee reports followed.
Thunhorst then reported on the Iowa State DAR State Conference she attended in Ames on April 26-28. The National DAR President General Ann Turner Dillon was at the conference. The Ladies of the Lake Chapter was honored to receive a special award for “100 percent Participation in the President General’s Project: Moving Forward in Service to America.” Thunhorst was able to meet the NSDAR president general when presented with this award for the local chapter.
At the conference state awards given to the Ladies of the Lake Chapter included “Outstanding Work in Historic Preservation,” “Presentation of a History Award to a Student,” Exemplary Service to the Newsletter Committee,” and the highest state “Gold Award for Outstanding Chapter Work”
Future business to be addressed by the chapter includes election of officers and an amendment to the local by-laws. On May 22, the group will travel to the home of member Carol McDowell near Sheldon. The day will include a marker ceremony for Colleen Lemkuil and the opportunity to tour the Baker School.
Members are also encouraged to donate to a garage sale on May 25 and 26 at the home of Colleen Lemkuil, 20698 Nautical Drive, Spirit Lake. Proceeds from this sale will benefit the Ladies of the Lake Baker School Project.
Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International was held in the Activity Room of the St. Luke Lutheran Home on April 21 due to a snowstorm on our regular meeting date of April 14. We enjoyed spending time with special guest Ina Faye Underwood, a long-time member who is now a resident at St. Luke. Kiana Svoboda, the recipient of our 2018 grant-in-aid to a high school senior planning a career in education, was unable to attend our meeting so Bev Rinehart, chair of the Educational Excellence Committee will present this award to Kiana at the Okoboji High School Awards Ceremony later this spring.
The initiation ceremony was held for new member Sheryl Larson. Our other new member, Mary Thunhorst was unable to attend the rescheduled meeting, so a time will be scheduled for her initiation ceremony.
We followed our tradition of annually celebrating 5, 10, 15, etc. year anniversaries in each of our lives — birthdays, graduations, marriages, births of children, beginning teaching, etc. Bev Rinehart celebrated her fifth anniversary and Sharon Krile celebrated her 30th anniversary of initiation into Chi Chapter. We then were treated to cupcakes to complete our celebration.
The following officers were installed for the 2018-20 biennium: President Beverly Rinehart, Vice President Dorothy DeGroot, recording secretary Esta Fraley, corresponding secretary Sharon Krile and treasurer Gerry Runkle. The parliamentarian will be appointed.
On Saturday, April 28, several members traveled to Le Mars for the Area 12 meeting with Upsilon (Iowa) State President Karen Dole.