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Kanawha Valley members to attend State conference

Apr. 14, 2013 @ 10:15 PM

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia State Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown April 19-21 for its 108th State Conference.  

Delegates elected to represent the Kanawha Valley Chapter are Carol Linger, Shirley Gilkeson, Jimelle Rumberg, April Gardner, Connie Bowling, Susan Graves, Donna Walker, Sue Harris, Patty Young, Carolyn Rabalais, Lois Taylor and Betty Kelly.

Special conference guests will be Ann Arnold Hunter, Historian General, NSDAR, who will be the opening night speaker. Other guests include Ree Curtis, State Regent of Mexico; Deborah Davis, State Regent of Pennsylvania; and Sharlene Shoaf, State Regent of Ohio.

The Kanawha Valley Chapter is the sponsor the State Winner of the DAR Good Citizen Contest Colleen Isaiah, a senior at Capital High School. She and her parents , Ravi and Loretta Isaiah,  will be the guests  of the WV State Society at the Conference luncheon Saturday where she will receive the special State Good Citizens pin and certificate and a check for $250. State winners compete for the title of division winner and are eligible for a cash award of $500. and will be in compitition for the National Award.   

The national winner will be invited to Washington, D.C., to attend DAR Continental Congress and will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship, an inscribed silver bowl and certificate.

 The chapter is also the sponsor of the WVDAR State Winner of the Outstanding Teacher of American History for 2013, Mr. James Andrew “Drew” Wendt, an American history teacher at Nitro High School. In the past several years, Wendt  has been honored by the Goethe-Institute, the James Madison Foundation, United Way, College Summit, Karen Payne Service Learning and Gilder-Lehrman History Teacher of the Year Award. Wendt will receive his State Outstanding Teacher of American History Award at  the WV State Society Conference luncheon in Morgantown on Saturday, April 20.

The State Conference, being the Annual Meeting of the West Virginia State Society, is called for the purpose of receiving reports of the State Officers, District Directors, Chapter Regents, State Chairmen and to vote on recommendations and resolutions, and to act on other business that may be brought before the Conference body. The theme of the 108th State Conference is “Treasures of the Mountains” and will highlight some interesting information about the 150 year history of West Virginia. The “Salute to Education” dinner preceding the Opening Night meeting will honor educators. New state officers will be elected on Saturday Kanawha Valley Chapter member Susan Graves is a candidate for the office of State Treasurer. The Conference will conclude on Sunday following a Memorial Service, Friendship Brunch and the installation of the newly elected State officers.