Daughters of the American Revolution celebrates 125 years, plans for future

(ROCKWALL, TX – September 1, 2015) The Rock Wall Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its first meeting of the 2015-2016 year August 29 at Holy Trinity By the Lake Episcopal Church of Heath.  After the August meeting, the group celebrated the special event with a luncheon and birthday cake.

On October 11, DAR will celebrate 125 years since the founding of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.  NSDAR, as it is widely known, was founded in 1890 in Washington DC to promote “Patriotism, Preservation and Education.” Started in 1890 by five forward-thinking ladies, NSDAR has grown to over 925,000 members over their 125 years of service to America, with members nationally and in 17 foreign countries as of 2015.  Over 18,000 of these members reside in Texas, which currently has 125 chapters and is growing. Since the official birthday is October 11th, the Rock Wall Chapter has arranged for the use of the front display case at the Rockwall County Library to display DAR memorabilia, fun facts and pictures for the month of October.

Regent Mindy Lovell (right) with Vice-Regent Linda Smith

Rock Wall Chapter DAR was chartered in 1978 by 31 members with Minnette Goodson as the first Regent.  The chapter has 114 members and 25 prospective members working to join!  Rock Wall Chapter membership is composed of a wide range of ages from teens to 90’s.  Members are college students, working moms and retirees, all with a love of “God, Home and Country,” the national motto.  Rockwall’s local chapter is very involved in local, state and national activities.  The chapter supports the following: state and national projects in restoration and preservation of national treasures such as monuments, and the DAR Constitution Hall, Library, Museum and Memorial Hall located at 1776 D Street in Washington DC.  Additionally, the chapter actively supports active duty military with the Patriot Project which collects and distributes “snacks and goodies” to the USO.  An important chapter project is providing a Christmas store and other outreach activities for disabled veterans who are hospitalized at the Bonham Veterans Administration in Bonham.

Joy Greenwalt, DAR Public Relations, with Regent Mindy Lovell.

Locally DAR recognizes “Constitution Week”, September 17-23, 2015, with proclamations at city councils in September.  In the spring the chapter presents Youth Citizenship, Good Citizen, JROTC and American History Awards and Community Service awards.  Since 1988, Rockwall’s local chapter has presented the Rock Wall Chapter Scholarship to area high school students from Rockwall, Royse City, Terrell, Forney or Wylie.  The chapter also “Celebrates America” with volunteer work at community organizations, churches and Rockwall County Library.

Rock Wall Chapter DAR meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month with exceptions for holidays and special events. Time and locations are designated. Those interested in DAR, genealogy or history should contact Regent Mindy Lovell at 214-502-7697 for further information. DAR’s next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 3 at Holy Trinity Church, 1524 Smirl Dr. in Heath.

Submitted by Joy Greenwalt, DAR, Public Relations. 

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