The February 12 meeting of Rushville Chapter of D.A.R. was held at the home of Libby Smith with nine members in attendance. Chapter Regent Patty Caudill called the meeting to order and conducted the opening ritual. She read the President General’s Message and the National Defense Report.
Smith introduced Marcus Malson to the chapter. Malson, a RCHS senior, was selected as the 2019-2020 D.A.R. Good Citizen by a committee of RCHS teachers. Marcus is the son of Jessica Cartrell and plans to attend Franklin College next year. His activities include football, wrestling, pep band, concert band, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He recently represented RCHS in his weight class at the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals.
Marcus read his required written essay to the chapter. His topic, written without notes or sources, was how he would energize young people to function as energized citizens of the future.
Smith then presented the D.A.R. Good Citizen certificate and a pin to Malson. He will also receive a $750 stipend for college expenses.
Following the business meeting, Pat Carrigan gave a wonderful presentation based on the nonfiction book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. The story revolves around the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition and a serial killer lurking in the background. Pat chose to emphasize the fair itself and talked about such highlights as the gigantic Ferris wheel that could hold over 3,000 fair goers at one time.
There were more than 200 structures built along with lavish gardens for the Fair. Chicago was illuminated by over 200,000 incandescent light bulbs for the Exposition, giving it a white glow. The Devil was Dr.H.H.Holmes who was finally caught in Indianapolis in 1895. He confessed to 27 murders.
Smith and her co-hostess Ann Reddick served refreshments that were fitting for a cold winter’s day. The next meeting will be March 11 at Marty Connerly’s. Please bring non-perishable items for the local Blessing Boxes in Rushville.