DAR presents Good Citizen Awards

GOOD CITIZENS — The Good Citizens Award was presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution Fort Stanwix Chapter. From left: Nancy Beeman, Good Citizen chairman; Nathan Keating, first place winner, Oriskany High School; Brandon Gullo, third place winner, Rome Free Academy; Barret Bieksza, second place winner, Westmoreland High School; and Cheryl Jacobs, regent. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford) .

The Good Citizen Award Program was held after the Jan. 19 meeting of the Fort Stanwix Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in Zion Episcopal Church.

Awards are given to participating high school students "who best exhibit the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their school and community."

The winners read their essays and received a DAR pin, certificate and a monetary gift.

They were:

First Place ­ Nathan Keating from Oriskany Central School

Second Place ­ Garrett Bieksza from Westmoreland Central School

Third Place ­ Brandon Gullo from Rome Free Academy

The meeting after a pot luck luncheon was led by Regent Cheryl Jacobs. Chaplain Pat Balcavage and Regent Jacobs led with the ritual. The Pledge of Allegiance to the US Flag was led by Alice Elphick, the American Creed by Jennifer Evans Fitzgibbon and the Preamble by Carol Stack. President General’s message was read by Joyce Butters, National Defense report was given by Diane Miller and Indian Minutes by Betty George. Secretary Peggy Lisewski and Treasurer Alice Elphick gave reports.

Discussion was held on the chapter hosting the Central New York Roundtable on April 11, 2012 at the Beeches. State Regent Denise VanBuren will be guest speaker.

Regent Jacobs thanked hostesses Carol Stack and Pat Balcavage.

The closing prayer was given by Chaplain Pat Balcavage.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of Fort Stanwix Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution may contact Regent Jacobs or any member of the chapter.