Ocoee DAR program was ‘Hats off for Breast and Cervical Health’

Posted 6/11/17

The Ocoee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its June meeting recently at the Elks Lodge.

Vice Regent Leigh Ann Boyd presided and led in the ritual. Maureen Jaggers led in the …

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Ocoee DAR program was ‘Hats off for Breast and Cervical Health’

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The Ocoee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its June meeting recently at the Elks Lodge.

Vice Regent Leigh Ann Boyd presided and led in the ritual. Maureen Jaggers led in the singing of the National Anthem, and Jane Lucchesi gave the prayer.

In announcements, members were reminded to observe Flag Day on June 14 and Independence Day on July 4.

Boyd also announced the names of members having birthdays in June, July and August and wished them all a happy birthday.

She read President General Ann T. Dillon’s message to the Daughters which included the following: “I am eager to welcome members to our National Headquarters this month for the 126th Continental Congress. I hope the week will be educational and will energize you about the work of the National Society and give you ideas to take back to your community.

“DAR is a proud partner with the World War One Centennial Commission and we have been reflecting on this centennial in many different ways. This year’s Congress will give special recognition to the WWI Centennial, and the Americana Collection will have a special exhibit about the work of DAR members throughout the war.

“American Spirit has now joined Facebook! American Spirit joins the growing family of DAR Facebook pages including the National Headquarters page, the DAR museum page and the DAR library. Another way to find out what’s happening is to subscribe to the American Spirit magazine and Daughters newsletter.”

Boyd introduced guest speakers Angela Posey and Debbie Keith of the CHI Memorial Hospital’s Mary Ellen Locher Breast Center. They presented the program, “Hats Off for Breast and Cervical Health.” Hats with specific health messages were modeled by the speakers and Cchapter members.

The “Mary Ellen Locher Hat” noted she was a Pennsylvania State University graduate, a health reporter, and a News Channel 9 news anchor. She founded scholarships for children of cancer victims and began a hat and wig charity, known nationally and internationally. With an innovative spirit, she fought the disease, while bringing attention to the need for early diagnosis and treatment.

Among the other creative hats were “Busy Ducky” a lady with no time for a mammogram, “Optimistic Opal” who believed she would not become a patient, “Pinchy Pearl” an overly cost-conscious person, “Flat Fern,” “Dense Debbie,” “Fearful Frances,” and “Painful Pauline,” each with a misguided excuse for not getting screened.

Posey and Keith reported educational and diagnostic benefits, including support groups and the Mobile Health Coach Outreach Program, are available.

American Indian Chairman Joy Harden read a letter from 1838, recording the occurrence of diseases among Indians on the Trail of Tears. Their acceptance of smallpox vaccinations, as well as the government’s employment of 1,400 physicians, were reported to have saved lives.

DAR Schools Chairman Mildred Maupin accepted donations for Tamassee School, noting recent guest speaker Jason Eller, chief development officer of DAR School Inc. had achieved much through attendance at the school.

DAR magazine chairman Joanne Swafford presented areport on an article in American Spirit magazine, “Chocolate in the Colonial Era.” Cocoa was a popular import during the Colonial era and affordable to most colonists in the 18th century.

It was usually consumed as hot chocolate, and chocolate houses similar to coffee houses of today, were popular places for people to gather. In addition to a coffeepot and a teapot, chocolate pots were essential items in Colonial kitchens.

During the business session of the meeting, Boyd read the minutes of the May meeting, and Carolyn Hendrix gave the treasurer’s report. Registrar Janice Dugan handed out voting ballots for prospective associate member Shirley Jaffe, who was accepted.

After a drawing for door prizes, Boyd, who was also a hostess, thanked hostesses Linda Boyd and Maggie Evans, and adjourned the meeting.

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