ARIZONA STATE SOCIETY
JANUARY 8, 2017
Sally Reeve Smith – President and Mary Lou Tudor-Hayes – Vice President
Ocotillo Chapter continues to increase our membership. Our Chapter Registrar, Selena DuLac reported that our membership is 28 with two resignations, one death, two transfers and four applicants working on applications. Ten supplementals have been approved and one prospective member approved as an Applicant.
Our chapter Historian, Mary Ellen Chrispell gave a comprehensive report on the Fall Board of Management and the Historical Marking at Fort Verde. Both events were attended by President General Libby McAteer.
At each chapter meeting our Chapter Librarian Beverly Neadle presents a book that is both interesting and educational.
During Sally Smith’s Presidency we had many Community Service Projects. There was “Books for Kids”where chapter members collected children’s books, coloring books, crayons, colored pencils and other books. Ex-President Jennifer Lynn-Goettelmann reported that 20 books were delivered to the Colorado River Regional Crisis Shelter Administration Office on October 18, 2016. This project is now closed and Jennifer thanked everyone for their 5 year support during her presidential terms.
Another Community Service Project was “Birthday in a Bag”. Gift bags were filled with cake mix, frosting mix, candles, decorating frosting tubes, matching plates, napkins, cups, forks and party favors. These were given to the Food Banks to be given to families that had family member with a birthday.
The next Community Service Project was President Sally’s “Panty Project” which was started by Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Women Educators to develop projects that would enhance needs within the education community. School nurses were spending their own money to buy underwear to cope with “accidents” that occurred during the school day. The Project Chairman, Penny Burtless spoke to Ocotillo Chapter in November about this project and our members approved it and decided to donate funds at our Christmas Luncheon to this project.
Our meetings this year have included a “Social in the Park” which was held at IHOP due to the fact that Lake Havasu has very hot weather in October, so we moved inside instead of gathering outside at picnic tables in Rotary Park. Our November meeting we had speaker Penny Burtless inform us on President Sally Smith’s Panty Project. Mary Ellen Chrispell provided members with Little Caesar’s pizza and salads.
Our Christmas Luncheon was in December at the Refuge, a beautiful restaurant overlooking Lake Havasu. At that time we all donated monies for President Sally Smith’s Panty Project. Our January Annual Meeting will have Sara Messmer speaking on “Transitions of Hospice”. The March meeting will be on Recycling and at our May meeting ex-President Jennifer Lynn-Goettelmann will present “Hidden Messages in Nursery Rhymes”.
Our own Jennifer Lynn-Goettelmann was endorsed by our chapter members to serve as State Registrar on the Executive Board of Arizona State.
Our Chapter Treasurer Cheryl Trumbull reported that Ocotillo Chapter has donated to the National Fund, Pocahontas Gardens, and the Salvation Army in the name of deceased member Barbara Kimble.
This has been a year of service for Ocotillo Chapter with members participating in Flag Day at the Elks Lodge, Veteran’s Day Parade, and Great Seal Day. We had articles along with pictures in the 3 issues of the Review. The chapter set up 2 displays at the County Library to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Colonial Dames 17th Century and Colonial Heritage Month which included a Proclamation honoring National Colonial Heritage Month signed by our Mayor Mark S. Nexsen of Lake Havasu City.