Picture Gallery 2020-2021
Pat Parrot, docent for the Cincinnati Museum Center spoke at our February 15, 2020 meeting on topic of: "Cincinnati and the Presidents". The program was educational and we learned many interesting facts about the US Presidents who had connections to the Greater Cincinnati area. Members are seen in picture to the right at our February business meeting.
Screen shot of Zoom Mtg attendees for May 16th our 1st electronic meeting for Clough Valley Ladies.
Tiffany and Debby placed flags on veterans graves for Memorial Day at the Hillsboro Cemetery with the Waw-wil-a-way DAR Chapter members. One thousand flags were placed on May 15th to honor fallen Veterans from all wars including several Revolutionary War Patriots buried there.
Debby dressed as Suffragette presented the June program "Ohio Connections to Women's Suffrage and 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment." Powerpoint presented over Zoom Meeting format
Members joined in the "Zoom Business Meeting" and enjoyed the Suffrage Program in June. All enjoyed the face to face interaction and participation .
Tiffany represented Clough Valley at the Wreath Laying/Patriotic Grave Marking Ceremony on July 4, 2020 at the Sycamore Township Memorial Cemetery. This event had representatives of the Cincinnati SAR, Highlands SAR, Hopewell DAR, and Fort Hamilton CAR. Six Revolutionary Patriots are buried in this location.
Our September 19th meeting
program was presented by our teacher member Anna O'Neil for Constitution Week. We played Constitution Bingo with all members having different bingo cards testing our knowledge of the contents of Constitution and many of the historic dates associated with it.
Clough Valley Members returned in September after our summer break of July and August. They joined the meeting on 'Zoom' virtual platform and had the program presented. We were joined by Southwest District Director Darlene West.
Tiffany (front row in navy) joined the Wa-wil-a-way DAR Chapter on October 3rd visiting the Madonna of the Trails and Pennsylvania House DAR Museum in Springfield Ohio
October 17, 2020 Clough Valley 'Day of Service/Community Outreach'
This year our Chapter participated in the NSDAR October 'Day of Service" project and we chose to support our two Community Service Winner Organizations and collected $ donations, as well as, items off their wish/needs list for the community they serve. Above NEST pics are of Evangeline DeVol, a student being tutored, one of the vans used, and Debby and Tiffany with some of the food donations given by members. Tiffany presented Evangeline (seen on the computer screen) with the NSDAR Community Service Award Certificate and the beautiful DAR pin that accompanies it at our zoom meeting. We will deliver in person soon along with a check from our chapter.
NEST (Nutrition, Educations, Safety, Transformation) Executive Director is Evangeline DeVol who presented on how her 269 volunteers help underserved students with tutoring, homework assist, provide healthy snacks and share personal safety information. Her organization serves children in the Eastern Hamilton and Clermont County through a 5 customized vans equipped to go to the students in need. Our chapter ladies shopped for some of the requested healthy snack and of course lots of peanut butter and jelly.
COWM (Christian Outreach Wellness Ministry)he Christian Outreach and Wellness Ministries extends benevolent, educational, and redemptive ministries by reaching low-income residents in the East End of Cincinnati. Our regular outreach to the community includes a number of programs, including a food pantry, diabetic food pantry, wellness outreach, and social services. We also offer seasonal programs, which include a back-to-school shoe program, Thanksgiving baskets, and a Christmas toy giveaway. Our part-time Executive Director is the only paid employee, and we rely on dozens of volunteers to provide the services our clients need. Started over 30 years ago get support of donations from local churches, food and clothing drives, and individuals donations.
Jennifer Cowgill, COWM Executive Director was awarded the DAR Community Service Award though unable to attend due to the organization having a meeting with volunteers today. We had Teresa Hudson the COWM volunteer and Secretary/Treasurer, do a talk at our zoom meeting. Our CHapter donated $ as well as numerous food and the many types of personal care items that were on the COWM Wish/need list. Pictures show Debby and Tiffany with some of the many personal care items/food that donated by chapter members and will be delivered.
Jennifer Cowgill Exec Dir.
Picture of annual toy giveaway where parent can shop for childrens' toy. THe counselors have cubicles to use speaking to clients privately.
We had many members along with Barb, a new member and a prospective member Nikell attend by zoom to our 'Day of Service' Program and monthly Clough Valley Meeting. Our Ways and Means had 4 items and our funds from this now go to the "Daughter Helping Daughters" fund established in September for our chapter. We support members and prospects with financial needs to pay dues or assist in with funds for an application. We miss those members who could not join us today and hope you can Zoom at our November Mtg.
Pictured Left: Evangeline DeVol standing next to one of the community classroom vans of NEST receiving her DAR Community Service Award and presented her pin, $ donation and food donation from Debby N.,Vice Regent after the Clough Valley October Day of Service virtual meeting .presentation. Pictured Right: Jennifer Cowgill from COWM receiving her DAR Community Service Award and presented her pin, $ donation and personal care items donation from Tiffany N. Treasurer after the Clough Valley October Day of Service virtual meeting .
On November 21st, we had the annual well received program of " Scrapbook of Our Patriots" presentations by members. Presenting their patriot stories this year was Judy K. on Pvt. Seth Kellogg-MA, Anna O. on Sgt. John Emmons-NJ and Stephanie and Vicki P. on Pvt. Levin Savage-NC. Presentations to members took place at the monthly Clough Valley Chapter "Zoom" Meeting.
Vickie and Stephanie enjoyed visiting Madonna of Trail in Springfield, OH.
Tiffany N., pictured above, presented at our meeting held on Zoom December 5th. She shared the story of " George Washington Crossing the Deleware " and how he and troops did this during a night time blizzard on Christmas Eve 1776.
Debby N presented a brief tribute to Clough Valley 60th Anniversary. The Chapter Celebration will be held at CW Homestead June 5, 2021.
The Clough Valley Gavel made from wood from Fort Washington and the Turpin Family Home Presented to Regent E. Westerman.
Pictured above are eight of the the Clough Valley Regents attending the 25th Anniversary celebration. Picture to the right are the Ohio State Regents and Clough Valley Regent Anne Martz at the 50th Anniversary celebration. Pictured below is the screen shot taken of members attending the December 5th "Zoom"Meeting where we paid tribute to the 60 Anniversary of Clough Valley. A formal 60th Anniversary will be June 5, 2021.
What began in 1992 with a trailer load of wreaths, decorated by volunteers and laid at the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery has now become a national organization with over 1100 participating locations - all focused on the mission to Remember - Honor - and Teach. Clough Valley laid wreaths at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, and also at Pres. William Henry Harrison monument and John Cleves Symmes gravesite before going to Maple Grove Cemetery in Cleves, Ohio - December 19th.
Judy B, the Clough Valley Parliamentarian, posted the ceremonial wreath honoring the Coast Guard. All military branches were honored during the service. Bugle Call and Colors posted by the Nolan Carson Color Guard of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Remarks and welcoming to the event was by Kerry L of the SAR. Wanda L, Clough Valley Regent, coordinated the program and was organizer of attendees who did the the wreath laying for soldiers buried in the Civil War section of Spring Grove Cemetery.
The first stop of three in Western Hamilton County was a wreath laying at the tomb of 9th United States President William Henry Harrison in North Bend, OH. OSDAR Southwest District Director Darlene W. led a program attended by Clough Valley Vice Regent Debby N., her husband Ray N. and Treasurer Tiffany N. Wreaths were laid at the staircase to the tomb with members of the Governor Othniel Looker DAR Chapter.
We walked up the hill from the President Harrison tomb to Congress Green Cemetery, final resting place for John Cleves Symmes, who was instrumental in the Miami Purchase of 330,000 acres of land between the Great Miami and Little Miami Rivers, home of several of our chapter members.
Our final stop was at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cleves. The two DAR chapters along with local boy scout troops and community volunteers laid 900 wreaths on Veterans graves of fallen soldiers from the Revolutionary War and all other wars Americans have fought in up to current days. A wreath laying ceremony honoring all branches of the military took place at the main flag pole. Pictured below are Vice Regent Debby N. and her husband Ray laying Wreaths at Maple Grove along with a view of the wreaths on the graves.
The February 20th "Zoom" meeting had a program on a very special "Woman of History" who grew up in Cincinnati and is most identified as United States First Lady Helen Herron "Nellie" Taft. This program had been scheduled for March for Women's History month but had a date change . Tiffany presented the life of Nellie from childhood to marriage to William Howard Taft. As his wife she was part of the life as wife of an Ambassador to the Phillipines, US President and Supreme Court Justice. She is best remembered for her support of Woman's Rights, and planting the Washington DC beautiful pink "Japanese Cherry Blossom" trees around the tidal basins that are enjoyed by visitors to the Capitol.
Pictured to Left is Helen Herron "Nellie" Taft in her official United States First Lady portrait. Tiffany our member speaker ,is in middle pic with some of our members who attended our zoom meeting in screenshor at the February 20th event..
Sue Bradford shared history of sampler care, preservation and reproductions of the Historic Cincinnati sampler made by the Christian Waldschmidt family member Mary Turpin.
March 2021 Program
April 17, 2021 Zoom program was "Historic Preservation of Dwellings and Household Items" Diane C. shared information on preservation historic buildings and show samples of historic household items collected and preservation techniques used to keep these items for future generations.
We had a Zoom program on May 15, 2021 was presented by our Regent Wanda on the history of the 12 "Madonna of the Trails" statues that cross the United States along the National Old Trails Road from Baltimore, Maryland to Uplands, California including our Ohio statue located in Springfield, Ohio. We had orginally planned a trip to see the Ohio statue this month but due to Ohio restrictions in place, chose to have a program and try foran in person visit next year.
The celebration started with posting of colors by the Nolan Carson Color Guard- Cincinnati SAR . The Call to Order by the Chapter Regent Wanda L was followed with members who lead the Invocation by Kathy N, The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag led by Midge D, and the American's Creed by Tiffany N.
Welcome given by Regent Wanda to Clough Valley Chapter members and guests in attendance . The introduction of the OSDAR State Officers, other chapter Regents, and special guests were introduced by the Chapter Regent Wanda. She shared letters and emails with greetings and congratulations from Regents and guests throughout the state who were unable to attend the celebration.
A brief history of the Chapter's 60 years of service, recognitions and accomplishments 1960-2020 was presented by Debby N, the 60th Anniversary Coordinator and Vice Regent of the Clough Valley Chapter. Highlights included how the Chapter's name was selected honoring Revolutionary War Patriot Richard Clough Anderson. Other choice of names considered were Captain Abram Covalt and Reverend Francis McCormack who settled in the Virginia Military District war land grants in and around Anderson Township where many of the original 19 Founding DAR members lived.
The story was shared of the historic Clough Valley gavel made of combined wood from the Ohio Logan Elm, Cincinnati Fort Washington, and the Turpin Homestead in Anderson Township. The gavel was made to honor Edith Pope Westerman, the organizing Regent of Clough Valley Chapter. This gavel was on display along with the hand made storage box made from the gavel's three special woods.
Chapter members who served and were honored in the NSDAR and OSDAR were acknowledged. Special recognition was given to our chapter's 3 past OSDAR Outstanding Junior members Carolyn M, Joyce D and Connie C who was present and shared stories of the chapter's history spanning over 50 years that she has been a member. Other special attendees noted were our 4 Clough Valley members who are direct descendants of Christian Waldschmidt; mother/daughter Kathy N, and Lucille F, along with Midge D, and Cynthia A who shared Waldschmidt family history in our history display.
We were honored by our special guest speaker the OSDAR State Regent Kathy Dixon who shared a great program on the value of saving written memories, lest we forget. She shared news of OSDAR activities and of the upcoming 130th NSDAR Virtual Congress that will take place at the end of June.
Final remarks were given by Debby N as a walk down memory lane to experiences by our members back in 1960: top song, sports, Theater, President, TV shows, price of items such as cars, gasoline, how we communicated with dial up phone, transistor radios, and nightly news sitting near a tiny B and W or a new color TV. Tv shows ranged from the Real McCoys to Gunsmoke, Wagon Train and Andy Griffith. Movies ranged from Exodus to Psycho. Innovations were of Xerox, aluminum cans, baby seats and artificial turf. We learned slang of "Outta Sight" and "Hang Loose" while "Twisting" music of Chubby Checker and slow dancing to number one Elvis "Are you Lonesome Tonight" or "Its now or Never."
Members and Guests were invited to enjoy looking at our chapter's history in the scrapbooks, pictures, stories and chapter artifacts of the gavel, proclamations and Clough Valley NSDAR Charter with the 19 Charter Members signatures along with their names. Waldschmidt descendants shared their pictures.
Guests enjoyed the celebration food and refreshments along with the beautifully decorated DAR Cakers of the Homestead with member docents were open to attendees. Pictures follow from the EVENT.
On June 5th, Clough Valley Chapter celebrated our 60th Anniversary of Service 1960-2020 at the historic House and Welcome Center of the OSDAR Christian Waldschmidt Homestead in Camp Dennison, Ohio.
Pictured: Debby Niehaus, Clough Valley Chapter Vice Regent and 60th Anniversary Coordinator; Guest Speaker, Kathleen Dixon OSDAR State Regent; and Wanda Langdon, Clough Valley Chapter Regent