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LOCK HAVEN – In the spirit of patriotism and fashion, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution from the North Central District recently held their meeting and luncheon at the Ross Library, where one of the Lock Haven members was honored.
State Regent Beth Watkins presented the community service award to local resident JoAnn Bowes of the Colonel Hugh White and Colonel John Chatham Chapter of Lock Haven.
JoAnn was nominated by her fellow chapter members. She has been active in the community for many years. She served as president of the Clinton County Historical Society, the Planting Committee of Dogwood Circle, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. His mother was also a member of the DAR. JoAnn is an enthusiastic believer in serving and helping her community.
“I come from a family of people who volunteer in the community. My mother was at the DAR. I remember her marching in Memorial Day parades when I was a kid. My husband is from here. We retired here in 1998,” said Bowes.
“It was just a little bit in me that you give to your community. You do what you can to make things better and along the way you make friends. You help where you can and as much as you can. You’re never too old to start,” she concludes.
The event, chaired by North Central District Director Barb Schmouder, included state officers as well as members from Lock Haven, Jersey Shore, Bellefonte, Shikellamy and DuBois chapters, to name a few. some.
Schmouder greeted attendees with a program of DAR rituals, a poem titled “COLLECT” by Mary Stewart and presentations by state officers.
Watkins gave a presentation on all fundraisers and recipients over the past year. A portion of the funds went to the Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to help restore one of the large stained glass windows designed by Robert Morris.
The DAR also donated funds to various schools, the Next Act project which replaced the floodlights and Pennsylvania seal at Constitution Hall, and the Honor Flight of Pittsburgh.
They donated to fundraising for a second Fisher House in Pittsburgh. Since 2012, VA Pittsburgh Fisher House has offered a “home away from home” for the families of hospitalized veterans and active duty military personnel.
Finally, the funds raised were used to restore the portrait of Laura Haines Cook which hangs in Constitution Hall. Laura Haines Cook of the Pittsburgh Chapter served as the 12th General President from 1923 to 1926. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is led by the General President who is elected to the Society’s highest office by the Continental Congress of the DAR.
This is followed by the introduction of pending members, new members and those attending the meeting for the first time. The meeting was then preceded by a benediction by State Chaplain Christyn Olmstead, before lunch was served by Avenue Bed and Breakfast Catering.
Just after lunch, guest speaker Lou Bernard addressed members on the topic of “WASP” which stands for Women Airforce Service Pilots.
This was a pioneering effort to recruit female civilian pilots to fly military aircraft under the United States Air Force during World War II. This freed up male pilots for service and combat duties. They flew 60 million total miles in every type of military aircraft. Twenty-five thousand women applied and only 1,830 were accepted. Of these, 1,074 women successfully completed the training and joined. Women flew during the last two years of World War II.
“The WASPs delivered many planes that were for sale by Piper after the war. Whenever Piper sold a plane, the WASPs would take it where it was going, then usually take a bus back. Bernard said. “William Piper called them ‘his daughters,’ which is about as close as you could get to a man’s respect at the time.”
It turns out that a former Lock Haven resident has become the first female WWII-era test pilot. Her name was Alma Heflin. She attended the Dallas School of Aviation in Texas in 1937. She saved money from her job and decided to buy a Piper Aircraft airplane from Lock Haven. She then met William Piper who was so impressed with her personality and eagerness to fly that he offered her a job. She then worked as an apprentice at Piper Aircraft.
Unfortunately, the war ended before she completed her military training. She then earned a master’s degree in education after returning to civilian life. It wasn’t until 1977 that the WASPs were granted veteran status and in 2009, the Congressional Medal of Honor.
The Daughters of the American Revolution, one of the nation’s most inclusive genealogical societies, was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Washington DC. preserve American history and secure America’s future through better education for children. DAR has 190,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the country. Any woman 18 years of age or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity, who can demonstrate that she is worthy of a Patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.