MOUNT VERNON — Members of the Lucy Knox Thatcher Society Children of the American Revolution attended the 75th Ohio State Conference, March 26 and 27, at the Crowne Plaza in Cincinnati. Ohio State President Anne Schmid and Senior State President Gregg McCullough presided.
Schmid’s state project for 2010-11 was raising money to reconstruct a historic time ball at the Cincinnati Observatory Center, the “Birthplace of American Astronomy.” Before the Standard Time Act of 1918, observatories all over the United States were responsible for communicating the time to the cities around them. Every day at solar noon, when the sun was at its highest point in the sky (or its “Zenith”), observatories would drop a ball from a tall pole, just like the ball dropped each new year on Times Square. Everyone in the city, seeing the ball drop, could then synchronize their home clocks and watches to the official local time. The Ohio State Society presented a check for $2,500 to the observatory at the banquet.
Lucy Knox Thatcher Society CAR President Kaydee Lynn Smith of Mount Vernon gave the annual report of the society and as state chairperson of the Magazine Fund, gave that report as well. Samuel Smith, chairman of NSCAR Societies in Foreign Countries gave the report of that committee. Other members serving the state society are Jonathan Allaback, chairman of National Merit Award; and Jessica McCann, chairperson of CAR/DAR/SAR Relations. The Lucy Knox Thatcher Society was awarded three Certificates of Achievement for their accomplishments of the last year.