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Picture Gallery 2022-2023

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Tiff presented, at the February 19th Meeting in honor of President's Day, a program of "Highlights of Selected United States Celebrations of the President's Inauguration."  

Paige, the Clough Valley Chaplain, led the DAR Memorial Service for our four Daughters who have passed away 2020-2021:

Margaret H, Sherry V, Juanita K, and Anne R.  So we could  meet in-person, the service was delayed until March 19th meeting, and also that we could invite family members of those having Memorial Tributes . 

Following Scripture and Prayer, Clough Valley Member tributes were given for each Daughter by Kathy N,  Tiffany N, Debby N, and Angela F.  The Family members attending also spoke of their Mother and/or Grandmother  and what DAR had meant to each of them. 

 

 

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The business meeting followed and was lead by Clough Valley Regent Wanda L.  The Program in honor of Women's History Month was presented by OSDAR Southwest District Director Darlene West. titled "Famous and Infamous Women of Ohio" The final program and presentation was by Debby N for the Clough Valley nomination of the NSDAR Women in American History Award  given in honor of Cincinnati born actress, singer, and Animal Welfare Champion Doris Day, nee Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff.  

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The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) is honored to recommend  appointment of Jenna O to the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Advisory Committee.      Members at March 19, 2022 Mtg.

OSDAR State Meeting March 25-27, 2022 State Regent Kathy Goban Dixon, Southwest District Director Darlene Hons West and State Regent Kathy with State Vice Regent Susan Leininger.

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Debby and Tiff sing in State Choir Memorial Service.  Angie F and Tiff N at a meeting.  Cindy A at luncheon and Awards

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Tiff N receives State 2nd place award for Cross Stitch.            The OSDAR Officers/Board 2022-2025

On March 29th the Nathaniel Sackett OSDAR group had a Vietnam Veteran Wreath Laying in Monroe Ohio.  Ten Vietnam Veterans received their pin, a salute, and a handshake of welcome home from the Vietnam Commemorative group, pictured are Vietnam Veterans attending the wreathe laying. Veteran in front of memorial pictured Ray N is the husband and father of Clough Valley members.  Debby N, Clough Valley Vice Regent in the Middle left of wreath represented Clough Valley at this event.

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 Members at the April 16 monthly Meeting - new location           Installation of New Members by: L-R  Angie F, Wanda L 

 Lucille F, long time member, reads her monthly report.              New member (Mid with Flowers) Melinda B & Karen S,

Following meeting opportunity to welcome new members.        Debby N, Paige C and Service Dog Chapter Member.

Ramsey Paxton Cemetery Grave Marking

 

On May 7, 2022, our Clough Valley Chapter had a Grave Marking for Patriots John Ramsey, Thomas Paxton and "Real Daughter" Isabella Paxton Ramsey at the Ramsey Paxton Cemetery in Loveland Ohio. The day's program was planned by our CV Chaplain Paige C. along with the event partner Rob Geiger, President of the Ramsey Paxton Cemetery Association.  The Cincinnati Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), American Legion Post #256 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5749  also participated in the parade  from White Pillars Historic Homestead to cemetery along with Ramsey Paxton family members from several states and local culminating at the cemetery. A formal Ribbon Cutting with Clough Valley Vice Regent Debby Niehaus, Rob Geiger, the 102 year old matriarch of the Ramsey Paxton family, the Loveland Mayor along with other dignitaries doing the cutting then, the beautiful wrought iron gates were opened. The patriotic groups represented had a display of organizational flags at the cemetery's front corner, and was joined by the SAR Betsy Ross Flag. A Color Guard composed of the American Legion and VFW Post marched in the 50 Star American Flag that was raised on the new Flagpole that had been gifted by these two groups to the Cemetery Association. 

 

The Pledge of Allegiance, singing of the Star Spangled Banner, and Invocation by Debby. The Reading of the Biographies by Clough Valley Members for Thomas Paxton by Tiffany N, John Ramsey by Stephanie P, and Isabella Paxton by Cindy A was followed by Responsive Readings and Dedication by Debby N and Paige C. The unveiling of the two markers for Thomas and Isabella by Tiffany and Stephanie completed the DAR Grave Marking and the SAR had their Grave Dedication ceremony for John Ramsey.

Wreath Laying (due to wet ground) took place near the flag display at the outer fence of the cemetery with DAR wreaths: Clough Valley by Vicki P, Cincinnati Chapter by Laura B, Hopewell Chapter by Jan M, and Lexington KY Chapter with Amelia W.  Appreciations by Debby N for attending dignitaries OSDAR State Vice Regent Susan L and State Organizing Secretary Chris N, the Missouri DAR Mary Shelby Chapter Regent along with the 4 Chapter representatives mentioned above.  Acknowledgments and gifts of natural cherry wood plaques made from cherry wood harvested from trees at site that were given to local supporting organizations with who helped over the four years. Paige C was given a cherry wood plaque for her work over the years representing Clough Valley DAR chapter. Support in donations for the 2 DAR markers, the SAR Marker, 2 granite monuments, the gates, community giving of time and money, fund raising, tree removal, landscaping, and large donation by members of the Ramsey Paxton family many who were present from Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri for this event.

 

The SAR Color Guard gave the musket salute along with salute by the Legion Post and VFW members, followed by the Mourn and Taps. Guest entered the cemetery to see the new markers. Ramsey Paxton family members are all seen in family navy tee shirts with the association logo.  Thank you to Clough Valley members attending Paige, Tiffany, Stephanie, Cindy, Vicki, Barb and Debby along with the day's planning committee member, our CV Regent, Wanda L and the entire Clough Valley Chapter Membership who donations made this grave marking possible.     

 

 Rob Geiger, Pres Ramsey Paxton   The new Association Logo highlighted    Clough Valley Mems: Barb, Paige, Debby  Cemetery Association & Paige C      by the beautiful wrought iron gates.         Stephanie - rain stopped before program 

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   Preparing for Grave Marking Ceremony: Markers covered, SAR Color Guard ready, Clough Valley members set up

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  SAR Color Guard demonstration/talk, Parade of American Legion, VFW, and Ramsey Paxton Family from "White Pillars"   

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Ribbon Cutting by Rob, Debby, the 102 year old RP member, local guests.

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Above left: A NSDAR Certificate of  Appreciation was presented by Debby to Schildmeyer Family owners  Riverview Monument for "Excellence in Community Service" bClough Valley DAR for their work on the making the 2 markers for this grave marking.

 

Clough Valley Grave Marking Program by Paige C with  Debby, Cindy, Stephanie, and Vicki also participating in ceremony

Paige was supported in planning by Wanda L, the CV  Regent  and other members attending, Barb J and those who could not.

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Cherry Plaques-Wood  trees removed from the cemetery- Paige C received one for work. 

Rob Geiger did acknowledgment to those who had helped make this day possible giving cherry plaques to 11 groups including Paige c of CV. The SAR President and Color guard gave tribute to John Ramsey with a marker and

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OSDAR  Officers, Hopewell and Clough Valley Officers  with Kate

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Entry into the cemetery by family and guests at the end of the program are pictured included : OSDAR Organizing Sec. Chris N., OSDAR Vice Regent, Susan L, Hopewell DAR Vice Regent Donna, and Regent Jan, Clough Valley Vice Regent Debby, Treasurer Tiffany, and Historian elect Cindy, along with Matriarch of Ramsey Family Katherine Thompson. Bottom row group picture, finding out that Debby and Tiffany are distant Paxton relatives, they were asked to join in the family picture with their new distant Ramsey Paxton cousins May 7th .

Wreaths Across America Traveling Display May 14 at Harley Davidson Lot-Fairfield Ohio with  CV member Tiffany attended. Veterans were welcomed, Families learn about the yearly December wreaths placed in cemeteries across the country in large and small resting places.  Honoring Veterans, POWs, with respect and Live greenery wreaths.

On Saturday May 21st Clough Valley members went to Springfield Ohio to see the Lagonda Chapter DAR Pennsylvania House. We held our meeting followed by a docent lead tour of the beautiful museum. Lunch was at Stella Bleu Bistro and pictures of group in front of the Madonna of the Trail Statue. Twelve Madonna of the Trail statues were placed across the United States in 1928 and 1929. The statues were a joint effort between the National Old Trails Association and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Their purpose was to commemorate the routes taken westward by early pioneers  

DAR Marker: July 4, 2003, 75th Anniversary Rededication

The 3 other sides of Madonna Statue Base: Left, Back, Right Side Carvings

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Clough Valley  NSDAR Meeting  on June 18, 2022 - Eastgate, Ohio

Cadet Captain Mary Hermann received the NSDAR medal for JROTC, a NSDAR Certificate  and a Clough Valley Scholarship at Chapter June 18. Debby N,  Clough Valley Regent presented to Mary. Mary shared her very moving graduation speech with our members and her family  attended

Vicky P provided a great program on Colonial Cakes, and the history of there being used. She also baked the  recipes found in our Daughters magazine. We got to sample 6 cakes and also Debby N made the Ginger Cakes (Cookies) using the Colonial Williamsburg Recipe.  Everyone enjoyed tasting and found their favorite one.

Kathy N., a Past Clough Valley Regent did the Installation of Officers on June 18.  Pictured L.. to R.  are Angie F. Registrar, Stephanie P. Recording Secretary, Cindy A Historian, Debby N. Regent, Tiffany N. Vice Regent,  Paige C. Chaplain,  Chase the Dog Honorary member, and Kathy N. who presented each member with a flower and Key with the word representing their offices. 

 

Other CV Officers are Tracy C. Treasurer, Anne P. Librarian, and Candi G. Corresponding Secretary    

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On July 4, 2022 Clough Valley Chapter Regent Debby N. joined the Cincinnati SAR Chapter Color Guard and Other Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky SAR representatives and Regent of the Lexington KY NSDAR Chapter in  a wreath laying and Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony at Spring Grove Cemetery for 5 new Patriots.  

The Clough Valley National Society of The Daughters of the American Revolution presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Clermont County Veterans Services for providing the Isabella Paxton Ramsey grave marker for the historic grave dedication that took place at the restored Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery in Loveland on Saturday, May 7. The restoration of the cemetery took over four years to complete and was accomplished with the help of many organizations, Clough Valley DAR, City of Loveland, and the Ramsey-Paxton family. 

Clough Valley Chapter NSDAR Chaplain, Paige Craig, accompanied by Chapter member Barbara J, presented the NSDAR Certificate to Frank Morrow, Executive Director of the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission. Frank commented, “the Commission is honored to have been a part of helping the DAR preserve the history of the Ramsey-Paxton family, the story of their participation in the Revolutionary War and the families’ contribution to the establishment of Loveland Ohio.” 

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In August our members were very generous going shopping for back to school supplies for two students that belong to a veteran lady in need with list given by Jenna to buy all supplies on list as paper, composition book, folders, scissors, glue sticks, colored pencils, colored markers, pencil boxes, crayons, and pencils given. We supported the OSDAR Project Patriot for active duty soldier's children by buying from a list with more schools supplies that were noted above along with laundry baskets, bath towels and hand towels, back packs, pencil pouches, scissors and supplies for the classroom such as wipes, kleenex, paper towels. For Mt. Washington Elementary, books for reading levels, and back packs, dry erase markers, oversized pencils, glue sticks and headphones/ear buds for studying quietly were given. We also gave a large amount of school supplies that had been purchased previous year during the pandemic and stored in anticipation of  in person school and having the need for them this year.

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Clough Valley members OSDAR Fall Fun Fair August 20. (Front Row)  Debby N, Clough Valley Chapter Regent, with Angela C,  Cindy A, and Tiffany N. (top L)    Susan Leininger, OSDAR State Regent (top R)  Tiffany N. OSDAR State Project for Digitization, Chair (lower R)    NSDAR Organizing Secretary and Past OSDAR State Regent Nancy Schirmm Wright with Jan M, the Hopewell Chapter Regent (lower R)

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Clough Valley members at Fall Fun Fair State meeting Angela C. and Cindy A.. Some samples of the Table Posters and  the  information/flyers about OSDAR and NSDAR Committees; Historic Preservation, DAR  Service to Veterans. Christian Waldschmidt Homestead's Curator DJ, and Public Relation Chair Debby N

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Cindy A (3rd from L) graduated from DAR New Member Course of the Leadership Academy at Fall Fun Fair 

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(Left  front row 1-2) Tiffany N and Debby N both completed and graduated from the DAR Committee Course of the Leadership Academy at Fall Fun Fair. They received their Certificates and Braided Cords.

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NSDAR Constitution Week Posters were delivered to 5 Libraries: Mt, Washington and Anderson  Branches in Hamilton County; and Clermont County Libraries in Miami Township, Union Township, and Loveland City  Branch Library. Additionally delivered to the  Civic/Govenment Centers in Anderson, Union, and Miami Townships and Community Bulletin Board in Anderson TWSP Panera and Bagel Shop Eastgate.

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Clough Valley Chapter Past Regent Wanda L. and member Judy B. seated at the Cincinnati Chapter SAR.  Constitution Day Luncheon at the Montgomery Inn, Cincinnati and to Right is SAR President George  Stewart presenting a SAR Certificate and Law Enforcement Medal to Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy.  Debby N presented a Clough Valley Constitution Day Certificate in "Recognition of Outstanding Work of Upholding and Promoting the Ideals of the Constitution of the United States" to Justice Kennedy. DAR Regent from Dayton presented to George S the DAR America 250 Flag for displaying with their flags.

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Pictured are many of the Southwest Ohio DAR Chapter members and Regents who attended the SAR Constitution Day Luncheon along with Justice Kennedny. Wanda, Debby, and Judy from Clough Valley.

The September Meeting was  held on September 17th Constitution Day with a program "James Madison, the Father of the Constitution." - His life and contributions to the Bill of Rights, his service in establishing our Government,  and elected to be our 4th US President. He was married to a "First Lady" of historical note herself Dolly Madison.  The Constitution Day Proclamation was received after being requested from the Clermont County Ohio Trustees.  A copy of the formal proclamation was displayed/presented to the Chapter..

Our September meeting was an opportunity for saluting members. We recognized our Chapter Past Regent for her 5 years as our leader with a rose, a certificate and gave her a gift of the National NSDAR Past Regent Pin. Additional  members are pictured  with CV Chapter  and individual Awards received from either NSDAR or OSDAR for service on a Committee, a chapter program or an event they were leaders on in 2021-2022. Many of these were awarded at the past State meetings. and rather than keep in a binder, they were presented by the Regent to those individuals who devoted the time and did outstanding work warranting the award.  We then celebrated and congratulated all our members who contribute to our Chapter and to the mission of DAR.

On October 2nd at Spring Grove Cemetery our Clough Valley Regent was invited to participate in the SAR Grave Marking for their Past Chapter and State President, as well as, the Past President General of the Sons of the American Revolution(SAR); Nolan Carson. The Nolan Carson Color Guard of the Cincinnati SAR Chapter bears his name in honor of his many contributions to SAR. Your CV Regent paid tribute and laid a wreath  seen being escorted  by guard.  Pictured to right attending is our Clough Valley Regent and Cincinnati DAR Regent.  

Five of our members shared at Christian Waldschmidt Homestead in the OSDAR 'Docent for A Day' program October 9, 2022 where we gave service hours on a Sunday afternoon escorting and sharing the history with visitors of the historic OSDAR Homestead, Civil War Museum and Welcome Center in Camp Dennison. Pictured is the back of the house where a beautiful herb and kitchen garden is maintained. 

Clough Valley Daughters continued Day of Service on October 15th at their meeting where members had gone shopping and collecting  and bringin to the meeting the items listed that had been distributed before the meeting of  needed items by the "Christian Help Center" located in Clermont County where many of our members live. Jim Sears, the Director, was our program speaker for this meeting. This Center provides services for over 800 persons in need food from their food Pantry, clothing, shelter, transportation to doctor appointments, guidance and support from babies to the aged .  They are connecting people with services for medicines, jobs, and to pay for shelter and or rent. Backpacks for Kids, Thanksgiving meals, and Christmas for families are major programs they run.  Members contributed items from the list, gave monetary and gift cards to be used to support program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members also at this meeting also on this Day of Service bought cards then signed and wrote messages in 75 cards. We had purchased NSDAR "Thank you for your Service" cards to be mailed with care packages to active duty military  members and are to be distributed by the Yellow Ribbon Center by Director Keith Maupin in pic . 

Chaplain Victor Toney, Chief Chaplain VA, Cincinnati &  Clough Valley DAR Member

 

Clough Valley DAR donated five super giant print Bibles to the VA in Cincinnati. The larger print bibles are always needed for the Veterans and were greatly appreciated. Chaplain Toney met with, Clough Valley DAR Historian at the wonderful Chapel located at the Cincinnati, VA.  The beautiful stained-glass windows enrich the chapel. It is an honor to support those that served our country.

Clough Valley was invited to  participate in the West Clermont High School Veterans Day program November 10th. We had on arrival greetings by two student ambassadors  including a welcome sign, followed by a patriotic program put on by students from the show choir, band, dance team, and cheerleaders  including, music, dance, and readings about Veterans Day and salute to all branches of the service.  After the program the invited guests speakers present were Veterans and Leaders of Service organizations who  went to speak to students in designated classrooms. We spoke about the DAR purpose and mission and contributions to education, historic preservation and  patriotism.  Our member speaker address the class on  how our chapter assist Veterans, along with Active duty military and  cited past work with  2 women veterans in need, supplies for the VA/for veterans children, the Yellow Ribbon Support Center, Wreaths Across America, and  Georgetown Veterans Home.

Our Regent attended the Veterans Day Program with the SAR featuring the speaker Jack Lechner  (Pictured) the former Superintendant of Arlington National Cemetery. The November CV Chapter program was on the Commemorative Event of the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone, America's first National Park, in pictures and history program by Vice Regent.  CV Members seen signing cards as they had in Oct and will continue signing at meetings through December for inclusion by the Yellow Ribbon Support Center in their Care Packages going to Military overseas.

Veterans Day week the Clermont Vietnam Veterans #69 meant in Union Township and the Regent went and presented the group with a 24 book Time Life Seriesset of all war Years of Vietnam with history photographs, and stories of the men in this war.  Theses will be used in a library for the group members to look at and read. We also donated two military new DVDs movies that will be given to the Veterans at meeting,.

The Christian Waldschmidt Homestead Museum sign post needed replaced so one of our members Cynthia who is a descendant, took on this project and got the sign repaired and erected in time for the Homestead Open House December 3-4.  Pictured above and below is some of the homespun, natural materials and decoration used  to decorate for Christmas of the past being the early 1800s when the Waldschmidt family would have celebrated. This is the room of the house decorated by Clough Valley members , pictured below and not pictured Stacy K and husband.  Final picture is on December 3rd evening of CWH took part in the  Camp Dennison Luminaria night.

The December 10th Meeting had Regent Debby presenting Rob Geiger, the Director of the Ramsey Paxton Cemetery (RPC) Association receiving Clough Valley's  NSDAR Community Service Award (Rob pictured center with certificate).  Rob updated on RPC and receiving a historic designation form Loveland recently. Regent Debby (pic in red) did a program on the Fort Ancient Mound Building Indians of the Little Miami River area in Newtown and Anderson township along with information on site at Turpin Farm.  Philip Turpin was awarded land grant for service in Revolutionary War and this is where the farm and excavation taking place with Ohio State university overseeing this the 4th known excavation of this Turpin Farm. Pictures show one of the remaining Newtown mounds protected as an historic site. Excavation on the farm with some of many relics recovered.  Pictures taken by Regent and archives of Cincinnati Channel 19 story 2021.  Excavation at the site will resume summer 2023 and is open to public, June thru Sept.

 

Wreaths Across America-Spring Grove Cemetery Cincinnati on December 17, 2022

Clough Valley members and some husbands unloaded the boxes of wreaths. Clough Valley was  joined by groups including the Cincinnati Chapter SAR, Civil War Society, Cincinnati and Mariemont DAR Chapters,  Wounded Warriors, Model A Car Club, Vietnam and other Veterans groups, Scout Groups, Fidelity Investment Group, Patriotic Society members along with friends and families of all ages from the Southern Ohio areas, came together.  There were approximately 200 who braved the 30 degree temperatures and join at noon for our program led by Wreath Across America Spring Grove coordinator Jenna. (in Red Jacket in center picture). After the laying of the 8 special Military Wreaths saluting all branches of the military and POW-MIA, with the SAR color guard at attention, the history of  Section 21 where we will lay the wreaths was told about the Civil War Veterans buried here and their tie to Camp Dennison and the Waldschmidt property highlighted. The story of the meaning of the wreath and components was shared. Prayer and a Color Guard musket salute along with Taps by a bugler concluded the service after all wreaths were laid by the markers and everyone was able to say the veteran name and or often a prayer as they laid their wreath. We had close to 700 wreaths too lay and the pictures show the wreaths with the red bow prominent in the picture below.  We thank all members and friends who participated in this special day.

Veteran Members laid special wreaths with flags of the US and one for their branch of the US military and one for the POW-MIA soldiers of the service. Each individual marched forward during the program paying respect with a salute or bowing their head and dedicated a wreath to their service brothers. Below are ladies present from multiple DAR chapters in and around Cincinnati present for a group picture.  Thank you for you help.

Four of our members lead by our Coordinator  of WAA met on January 7th and  joined one member of Mariemont DAR , the Cincinnati SAR and the  Civil War Society in picking up all 675 wreaths and taking them to Indian Hill to be recycled into mulch.

Clough Valley Vice Regent  presented the NSDAR Woman of the Arts Award to Sue Hillis at the Evendale Arts Center  on January 28th. The small ceremony included words from Sue, and small presentation of nominations and recommendations from designer Cecilia Turner of Heart in Hand and local cross stitch shop owner Barbara Hils of Keepsakes. Pictured left to right are Clough Valley Vice Regent ,  Award Recipient Sue Hillis, Barbara Hils and Cecilia Turner.

Our February 18 2023 Meeting had a Member presenting Martha Washington in First Person

A lively view of this First Lady and her life, was given as our Chapter President's Day program

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On February 18th our Vice Regent (pictured far right)accepted an invitation and attended the Cincinnati Chapter NSDAR  Meeting held in conjunction with the Cincinnati Chapter SAR for a President's Day presentation also by a lady in person of Martha Washington at Cincinnati Women's Club Bldg.  in Clifton. 

March 18, 2023 Meeting Program "Famous Women of Cincinnati" by Cincinnati Museum Center Speaker

The Docent discussed and pictured many  famous women, and their contributions to the Cincinnati history.

We had the Chapter reading of our Defense minute by our Chair and membes welcomed new members.

 The OSDAR State Conference was held at Columbus March 24-26. There were State Board and Committee Reports, Chapter Awards, Education Sessions, Networking, Committee Information booths, Interesting Keynote Speakers, Salute to Veterans, To Student Scholarship winner, Christian Waldschmidt Homestead, and time to meet and greet old and new DAR friends.  We had five members attend from Clough Valley.

 

Our Clough Valley Regent was elected and installed  Trustee for the Christian Waldschmidt

Homestead Museum for a three year term.   

 

Pictured on right is the swearing in by Chris OSDAR Vice Regent.

March 29th marked the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War with many tributes and pinning on this Veterans Day. One of our members joined the nation in thanking Vietnam Veterans for their service. Clough Valley is a member of the Vietnam Commemorative and participates at pinning of Veterans.

 

A Veteran pinning  event was held March 29th at the Veterans Memorial Park in Monroe hosted by the Nathaniel Sackett DAR Chapter attended by local Veterans and members of OSDAR Chapters, SAR, VFW, American Legion . The Southwest OSDAR Director Judy H in red, along with Regent of Nathaniel Sackett Chapter behind the podium, is pictured below. They along with military members who would conduct a pinning ceremony laid a wreath prior to the ceremony. Our Clough Valley Regent attended this program.

March 29th had a large event of 2,000 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati marking the 50th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War sponsored by several large medical groups including main host the Urology Center of Cincinnati, hospitals, veterans groups and Cincinnati corporations.  Veterans and their family guest were welcomed with a program that had music of 60s, a funny Bob Hope impersonator, music salute to all service branches, veterans speaking from all walks of life who spent time in Vietnam, local celebrities who served shared both recorded and in person greetings. The keynote speaker was a veteran Pittsburg Steeler Football player who also was a four time Superbowl Team member.  After entertainment program, a representative  of all branches of service of the Vietnam era along with one wife representing the spouse of deceased Vietnam Veterans lined up across the stage and received a Vietnam Commemorative pin. This was followed by all Veterans in the audience lining up moving to one of the pinning stations around the center, The received their own Commemorative pin along with a Welcome Home, Thank you for Your Service, a Salute, and a greatly appreciated handshake.  one hundred Volunteers to assist in the pinning were members of DAR and other patriotic organizations and one was our Vice Regent with the Volunteer badge pictured. The gentleman in the blue shirt,  a Vietnam Veteran seen in pictures being pinned is the husband of our Regent who was also  present. A video ran on screens with All names of Veterans present along with pictures of those deceased Vietnam veterans  recognized and their spouse there to receive the Spouse pin in their honor.

 Our April Meeting had new member installation of above Mother / Daughter  Martha and Anna welcomed by Regent Debby and Chaplain. Paige. Three of  our Transfer members, Susan, Shirley, and Virginia, in attendance were recognized. Debby also shared awards received at State Conference and the OSDAR Award Certificates were given to Committee Chairs who were responsible for getting the Awards. For Ramsey Paxton Cemetery Grave Marking see  pictured is Paige one of our Chairs.

"Scrapbook of our Patriots" annual program had  Cindy present her Van Cleve Patriot with story of action in War and where family lived Post Revolution in Cincinnati area. Suzette presented her ancestors who lived in Kentucky and she meant at a family reunion  held yearly at Fort Boonesborough near their post war homes. 

IClough Valley Chapter Meeting April 2023

On May 7th one of two patriots buried in Ohio who participated December 16 1773 in the Boston Tea Party, Nathaniel Willis, was  honored with a wreath laying and a Service provided by the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Representatives at the cemetery in Bainbridge, Ohio. The Official Bronze Tea Party Marker was placed during this  commemorative service hosted by the Nathaniel Massie Chapter NSDAR and also on the program were State OSDAR Regent Susan, and Nathaniel's living relatives who spoke his life story. Group Picture in row one all DAR Regents and members present. Debby is in the  front row, second from right. Other pic in row 1 and 2 of this event.

On May 8th at Spring Grove Cemetery, the Cincinnati SAR emcee Mike Gunn hosted the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Representatives in coming to honor the second Tea Party Participant buried in Ohio, Joshua Wyeth,  with wreath laying and grave marking with the official Bronze Tea Party Participant marker. Wreaths were laid by OSDAR State Vice Regent Chris, and Chapter Regents: Clough Valley-Debby, Cincinnati-Monica, Mariemont-Mary Jo, and Hopewell-Donna. The story of the life of Joshua Wyeth was shared and his living descendants spoke about their family. The service ended with the SAR Musket Salute, The Mourn. Taps and closing.  Members of the family and Boston representatives then shared more time. Pictures at Spring grove above are in rows 3-5. The large group picture has members of SAR, DAR, Wyeth Family Niece and the members of the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum Society.

On May 6th Tiffany represented Clough Valley at a Grave Marking for three Patriots: William Finch, Samuel Kitchell and Jonathan Warning at the Old Armstrong Chapel Cemetery in Indian Hill hosted by the Ohio  State Society Sons of the American Revolution. Tiffany next to wreaths and three new SAR grave markers uncovered. Bronze marker of Soldiers here.

This year's recipient of the Clough Valley's  NSDAR Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corp (JROTC) Medal , Certificate, and Scholarship is Kate Elizabeth Herrmann, Cadet Major. She is an outstanding senior in both academic  and JROTC at the Milford Live Oaks Vocational School. Live Oaks had closed award program so the JROTC Wolfpack Leader Instructor Heath Phillip presented Kate's award at  Live Oaks Senior Recognition Assembly.

Clough Valley May 20th Meeting had Gary Nichols from Harmony Hill Museum, the historic home property of Patriot Major General Wiliam Lytle in Williamsburg.  Gary shared pictures and actual equipment  of the time for first surveyors of the Virginia Military District and demonstrated  equipment they used to lay out parcels  in Anderson Township and Clermont County. William was a surveyor, frontiersman, first landed millionaire of the West, founder of Williamsburg and Clermont County along with founding and being the first President of University of Cincinnati, 

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May 6th theClough Valley group went to the Tri-State Warbird Museum in Clermont County which is an aviation museum dedicated to remembering those who fought for our freedom and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  They saw  memorabilia and 11 restored WW II airplanes in two hangars . Members pictured are Cindy and her  granddaughter, Tiffany, Kathy, Suzette and her husband joined two WWII veterans seated in wheelchairs who shared stories of there time and air mission during the war.

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Debby and Tiffany joined the Waw-Wil-A Way Chapter May 13th in a visit to the 'Madonna of the Trail' in Springfield, Ohio and visit to National Road marker. After lunch they went to the George Rogers Clark Park site of the American Revolutionary War Battle of Picawey. The Shawnee driven out of their villages moved to the Great Miami River where they settled in today Piqua, Ohio and named their village Peckuwe (later anglicized to "Piqua"). The battle, the largest of the War west of the Allegheny Mountains, was one of only a handful of military engagements in Ohio Country during the American Revolutionary War.  The George Rogers Clark Memorial and Tecumseh State Park, was later built on the site of the battle. To commemorate, a monument to George Rogers Clark, an 18 ft. marble statue on the front, and also carved on back of statue has Tecumseh  included since this was the birthplace of Tecumseh. There is a reconstructed Indin village. The Lagonda DAR placed a marker in memory of those soldiers who lost their lives in war.

The state OSDAR sponsored "All About Aprons Tea and Treats' that was held at the Christian Waldschmidt Homestead on May 21st with a Storybook Time "If you give an Aunt and Apron," an apron fashion show, with everyone receiving a "take to make apron kit demonstration. Of course there was tea along with treats served as in the storybook being banana bread, cake and cookies. Everyone enjoyed the sweet treats.

 

Clough Valley members seen wearing their aprons in the left picture are Debby, Tiffany, Angela and Susan. The middle pic is of an OSDAR member who was in her mid nineties sharing the history of her antique holiday apron.

 

The right picture is of OSDAR Officer and Committee Chairs:  Comm. Chair Debby, State Regent Susan, Southwest Director Judy and Comm. Chair Tiffany who enjoyed this and day fun times at the Homestead.  

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June 1st was a visit to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati( SOCC) Motherhouse in Delhi to present our Clough Valley NSDAR "Woman in American History" Certificate and Medal for Sister Anthony O'Connell" to the SOCC archivist Sister Judith Metz at Mt St Joseph campus.  Sister Judith Metz is pictured receiving Sister Anthony's posthumous recognition awards from Clough Valley Regent Debby Niehaus. Twenty Sisters came to the ceremony held adjacent to the Motherhouse in their new garden including one spry nun who is 101 years old and shared she would planned to celebrate 102 very soon.

 

Chapter members Jenna Osborne and Tiffany Niehaus also assisted in the presentation by sharing the history and purpose of DAR and some community projects we do including our Wreaths Across America (WAA). We visited the grave site of Sister O'Connell and noted the American Army Marker with her and the other six sisters who served during the Civil War at Camp Dennison. Jenna shared about the WAA being for Veterans and we plan to get permission to place wreaths at this cemetery in December to commemorate the army nurses or other service members who are buried there.

 

We ended the day at the Ohio River docks for pictures of the visiting full size replica of the historic ship the "Pinta" one of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus coming to America. 

Clough Valley meeting on June 17th opened with a DAR Memorial Service for Beverly Jean Simmons by Chaplain Paige and readings by Tiffany (pic right),  Cindy, and Regent Debby. Beverly's   husband and 7 friends and family attended the Memorial Service prior to the regular meeting..

Members and prospective members attended the June 17th meeting with the program presented by Janet Riegel State Chair of OSDAR Members Courses and she gave overview of three courses members can take for free. There are opportunities to learn about the history of DAR, ways and meaning of DAR involvement, benefits of preparing and becoming an Officer or Committee Chair, heading up projects to get involved with member Chapter and/or State Committees.  Janet had a positive message and shared how the courses teach her about leadership, committees, membership, and how studying with a friend has added benefits also.  

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