The Oneonta Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its May chapter meeting at noon Saturday at the Oneonta Masonic Temple at 322 Main St. A catered luncheon will be held to honor the 2009 American History essay winners, and the 2009 DAR Good Citizens from Franklin Central School, Laurens Central School and Oneonta High School.
Gwyneth Hyland is the Good Citizen winner for Oneonta High School. Hyland was born and raised in Oneonta. Her hobbies include reading, writing, taking nature walks and learning about and playing music. Hyland has also participated in musicals and plays with the school drama club. She plans to study environmental science at the State University College at Plattsburgh, in part because of work she has done with the Oneonta High School Environmental Club. She plans to pursue a career that combines environmentalism with writing.
Elizabeth Weeden is the Good Citizen winner for Franklin Central School. Weeden is the daughter of Claude Weeden of Sidney and Michelle Weeden of Sidney Center. She is a leader of school activities, including serving as vice president of her class and co-editor of Liberrani. She is also a member of National Honor Society and student council. She received the Wells College Leadership Award, in addition to many local academic pins and awards. Weeden plans to enroll in a six-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree program at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall.
Paul Jenkins is the Good Citizen winner for Laurens Central School. Jenkins is the son of Peggy and Paul Jenkins. He is active in a variety of community service organizations, including Boy Scouts and Key Club. Jenkins recently completed his Eagle Scout project, building two dugouts for the school's baseball fields. He plans to attend the College of Saint Rose to study music education.
Mark Parmerter, the 2008 winner of the Oneonta Chapter LouElla Gridley Scholarship, will also be recognized. Parmerter will discuss the project he worked on with his fourth-grade library students at the Center Street School.
Saturday's meeting is the chapter's annual meeting and officer and committee chairman reports are due. Hostesses for the luncheon are Bonnie Lado, Janet Bresee, Cecilia Russell and Madolyn Palmer.
DAR is a volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American History, and promoting better education for children. Any woman who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership.
For more information about the program or about DAR, call the Oneonta Chapter Regent at 263-5537.