The Jamestown Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual spring patriotic luncheon and program recently in Jamestown. The group of members and guests were welcomed by Linda Cass, chapter regent, and the invocation was given by Chaplain Cecilia Bingham. John Sipos, Cassadaga village historian, gave a historical presentation on "a patriotic minute" talking about the first United States President George Washington, and showing some old parade souvenirs. Following the historical report, a fine luncheon was served to all.
Cass introduced Jessica Goodell and talked about her military accomplishments which began 10 years ago. Cass presented a certificate of appreciation to Goodell from the DAR for "Dedication and Distinguished Service." Goodell talked of some of her experiences working with the military.
Sharon Terwilliger, chapter registrar, introduced the speaker of the day, Susan Rowley, president of Blue Star Mothers of America Inc., New York Chapter 4. Rowley first explained that the Blue Star Mothers group are mothers of children now serving or have served in the military. This is a nonprofit service organization supporting each other and their children while promoting patriotism.
Esther Bailey and Susan Rowley are pictured with a display of some of their accomplishments and information on the Blue Star Mothers.
The Blue Star Mothers was first organized in 1942 and officially chartered by Congress in June 1960. Rowley explained the flags which hang in the windows of the homes proclaim pride in the fact that their children are serving to protect our freedom.
The flag with the blue star represents a service member in active duty, and a gold star is displayed when a service member was killed in action or died in the service. Rowley went on to talk about the many boxes of items sent by this chapter during the Christmas season to those in the service. Any woman interested in becoming a member of the DAR, who is over the age of 18, and can prove lineage to a patriot who fought or gave aid to the American Revolution, may call 664-4144 for further information.