The Fifty-seventh State Conference of the Ohio Society Colonial Dames XVII Century was held at the Holiday Inn in Worthington, Ohio, on Feb. 24-25, 2017.

Attending this meeting from the Ezekial Richardson Chapter were President Sharon Snowden, Treasurer Libby Erwin, Registrar Roberta Dodd, Parliamentarian Dianne Hall Allison and Rose McIntyre.

After the Processional State President Hendershot called the meeting to order. The Rituals were given by various chapter members, and Hendershot welcomed everyone to this conference. The presentations of the Conference Standing Rules and Conference Program were next on the agenda.

State Chaplain Doris Gorgas held a memorial service for five members who passed away in 2016-2017. A eulogy was given for each Dame by a member of her chapter.

Reports not only were given by the state president but also by state officers, state chairmen and chapter presidents.

After the luncheon the speakers were Diane Kelly Runyon and Kim Shoemaker Starr. The program was about the book, "Secrets Under the Parking Lot" written by Runyon and created with Starr. It is the true story of Upper Arlington, Ohio, and the history of Perry Township in the 19th Century.

The Election and Installation of State Officers for 2017-2019 was special for the Exekial Richardson Chapter. Sharon Rae Singleton Snowden became the twenty-ninth Ohio state president. She is this chapter's second state president. The conference ended with the benediction.

Colonel Dames XVII welcomes new members. It is a national organization and is open to women 18 years and older who can provide lineal descent from an ancestor who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the original colonies. Their purpose is to preserve records and historic sites, educate youth and preserve lineage and coats of arms of ancestors.

For information, call Registrar Dodd at 330-784-3465.