Hendrick Hudson Chapter, NSDAR  

October 2020 Newsletter

A Letter from your 2nd Vice Regent:

Finally - your October newsletter! I've sat down every single night for a week trying to write this. Somehow I've always ended up crocheting or working on something for work or straight up falling asleep. But tonight is the night - I am writing this thing! 
Alright, so some business things: we met our goal of $6,000 for The Pomeroy Foundation matching grant. That means that we will be reciving $3,000 toward our roof and upper masonry repairs. Thank you so much for everyone who donated! 
I know a lot of those donations came in by folks paying extra when they submitted their dues - which reminds me...  I have not paid mine yet (Sorry Donna!). Don't be like me and wait till they're already past due. Pay your dues today! 
Other orders of business - by now you should have gotten your yearbooks in the mail. A big thank you to Gretchen for coordinating and producing that project. Make sure to check your information in the yearbook to make sure it's accurate. And if it's not, let Gretchen Maresco know. 
Finally, take a look at the letter featured below. It's from long-time member Dot Avery about her 45 years as a member of the Hendrick Hudson chapter. I encourage everyone to read it - she is quite the interesting lady!
Now the very last thing I want to say is a huge congratulations to fellow junior member Julie Johnson (formerly Maresco) on her wedding!
Alright, now that's enough of my rambling. 

Stay well,
-Katie West, 2nd Vice Regent

Member Spotlight:

To the Members of my beloved Hendrick Hudson Chapter,

As a member of over 43 years, I enjoyed every minute of it.  As a very young lady, I wrote a poem questioning a beautiful house in our city of Hudson NY. Many years later, I found out all I needed to know about this building, being one that I would spend more time in than in our own home!!! I ended up learning so much there, studying papers written by Frances Chester White Hartley, who, as its owner, presented this house as a place she spent part of her life, granting it to us.

I enjoyed every minute I spent behind those doors, in the beginning learning what it was all about, and never missing a meeting. And I did the best when called upon by Regent Esther French, and did my utmost to learn. 

Before I knew it, I was an officer, grading papers for those wishing to become members, and when I was needed, helping those who needed help as to where difficult matters were needed. But remember too, it was a difficult time, and dates and places were hard to find.

When something went wrong, husbands were there to fix it, and Ralph put himself to work for us. Before I knew it, I was the top officer, and we made adjustments where needed. My sister-in-law Babs joined us with my help, and more changes were made. We helped to plan programs, and made plans for needed repairs with Ralph, Hank, and Jerry Fenoff. I cannot begin to write all that we accomplished, changing, moving and adding needed things. All we accomplished was all about fun!!! And I was the head honcho again. We had a part in a parade. I placed my white gloved hand on the Bible, the Bible that George Washington used when he took the oath as President, as it was brought up from New York for our use.

I’ll stop here with all we did do. But Gee! It was all in fun. Everyone helped everyone else when needed. But age was catching up with each and all, me included, which broke my heart!

This tells very little about 43 years as a member, but all in fun. I just want you to know I loved every minute of it. 

All my love, and best wishes,


[The above is a letter that former regent Dorothy Avery wrote recently. At her request, it was read at the September chapter meeting, and we share it here for those who couldn’t join us at that meeting. It speaks so well about the chapter and the reasons why members join and remain over the years.

Dot was registrar (grading papers) and collections manager.  She was regent twice 1987-89 and 2001-04. She also chaired a civil war reenactment, and provided the DAR planning for the joint SAR-DAR Flag Day float, "George Washington's Oath of Office."]


News & Notes: 

Votes for Women: Celebrating New York's Suffrage Centennial 2017 & 2020
Check out this cool presentation on women's suffrage in New York State! This is a program that runs every year. But, because of the pandemic, it's all online this year! Which honestly I prefer anyway. Click on the flyer above for more information - but do it quick if you're interested! The event is in 5 days! 
NYS Museum Online Exhibits
Did you know the New York State Museum has online exhibits? I had no idea! The state museum is one of my all-time favorite places. The online exhibits obviously aren't are great as the in-person ones, but it's still fun to poke around and see some of our favorite things while we're stuck at home! Click the photo above to see the online exhibits. 
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