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Chapter Activities

We collect and distribute items to our nation's veterans and to military members serving in harm's way; conduct an American History Essay contest and award prizes to winning students in grades 5-8; recognize deserving High School seniors with Good Citizenship medals; support the Labels for Education program; contribute genealogy records to the DAR and local libraries; participate in local area parades and events; raise money for the U.S.O. and collect and donate supplies and money to DAR-sponsored schools.

Congratulations to Molly Limmer, Triad High School, and Sarah DeVries, Highland High School, who were honored with the DAR Good Citizen Award in 2015.
Congratulations to Rachel Dugan, Highland High School, and Hannah Ditter, Triad High School, who were honored with the DAR Good Citizen Award in 2014.

In May 2015, new officers were installed. From left: outgoing chaplain Vicki Allen administers the oath of office to new officers (L-R) Charlotte Digue, secretary; Christy McDougal, treasurer, Cheryl White, vice regent, Melanie Escott, registrar, Jane Johnson, historian, Cherie Kuhn, regent. Now present was new chaplain Shirley Schmitt.

Giger Family photo
Jean Jacober and Edith Schwarz presented a program on the Giger Family at the April 2015 meeting.

Voyage to America
Dixie Pittenger presented the program "Voyage to America" in January 2015.

Pam Bork
State Regent Pamela Bork visited our chapter in November 2014 and talked about "Our DAR Ties."

Media Award
The Silver Creek Chapter presented a Media and Entertainment Award to Chris Benson on December 14, 2014 at the Wildey Theater in Edardsville. Benson, a Triad High School graduate, was the co-director and director of photography for the inspirational movie Marshall the Miracle Dog. The movie helps to reinforce messages of anti-bullying and anti-animal cruelty. The movie was filmed in Troy and Edwardsville. Christy McDougal and Lola DeGroff presented the award a a screening of the movie.

Community Service Award
Congratulations to Lynn Rehberger who was honored with a DAR Community Service Award following the meeting on December 13th.

Antiques Road Show 2014
A collectible from the Chicago World's Fair and a picture of those who attended.

Pamela Bork
State Regent Pamela Bork visited our chapter in November 2014 and told us all about "Our DAR Ties That Bind."

New Douglas library
The Silver Creek Chapter placed its first Little Free Library in front of the old firehouse in New Douglas, Ill. in October 2014.

Kevin Kaegy - Battle of Hill's Fort
Kevin Kaegy presented a program on the  Battle of Hill's Fort (Greenville, Ill) at the October meeting.

Latzer 2014
Members of the Silver Creek Chapter talked to third graders about the Constitution during the Latzer Homestead Harvest Days.

Betty Kay
Betty Kay portrays a Civil War soldier during the meeting in April 2014.  She told stories of Illinois women who disguised themself to serve.

Carol Wood
District VI Director Carol Wood told us all about "Our DAR Insignia and Sashes" at the March 2014 meeting.
Historical Society
Highland Historical Society president Lynn Hargus accepts the National Society DAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award from Lola DeGroff as Roland Harris looks on.  Harris was one of the people who started the society.
Roland Harris
Roland Harris receives the National Society DAR Historic Preservation Medal.

Julia Ward Howe
Barbara Kay gave a first person program on Julia Ward Howe at the February 2014 meeting.  Howe is best remembered as the author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

Cheryl White
Chapter member Cheryl White gave an excellent program about 'modern slavery' at the January 2014 meeting.

2013 Christmas parade
Highland Lighted Christmas Parade, November 29, 2013

Latzer 2013
During Latzer Homestead Harvest Days on September 6, 2013, visiting third-grade students learned more about George Rogers Clark and his troops march through what is now Illinois from Cahokia to Fort Sackville in Indiana. The red and green flag at left is a replica of Clark's flag.

Spring 2013 District Mtg
Chapter chaplain Vicki Allen, treasurer Christy McDougal, regent Cheri Kuhn and member Lola DeGroff attended the Illinois DAR District VI meeting in Altamont, Illinois, on June 1, 2013. The meeting marked DeGroff's last as the District VI Director.

New Officers 2013-2015
Madam State Regent Candace Fryburger (second from left) watches as Vickie Allen (left) installs new chapter officers: Regent Cheri Kuhn, Vice Regent Dixie Pittenger; Secretary Barbara Rakers; Treasurer Christie McDougal; Historian Jane Johnson; and Registrar Cheryl White.  Ms Fryburger Fryburger said that the objectives established in the organization’s beginning remain the same today: Historical, Educational, and Patriotic.  She described the many committees of DAR such as American Heritage, Conservation, Service to Veterans, and Historic Preservation, and encouraged members to find an interest to pursue.
“The good works of DAR are needed more today than ever before,” said Fryburger. 
“Working together we can make a difference.”

Joe Mersinger from Triad High School and McKinsey Shelton from Highland High School were the DAR Good Citizen award winners from Silver Creek High School

Feb 2013
At our February 2013 meeting, Dr. Paul Wreford, SWIC Speakers Bureau, told us many interesting facts about the history of Valentine's Day, including some early Valentine customs.


At our January 2013, we learned all about "The History and Mystery of Chocolate."  Those are samples on the table behind our speaker.  Yum!

Dec 2012

At the chapter's December 2012 meeting, Lynn Rehberger spoke about antiques. She is holding a handkerchief collectible from the St. Louis World's Fair.

Highland Jubilee

our table

Cheryl Lola Connie

Cheryl, Lola and Connie at the Highland IL 175th Jubilee. It was a great weekend of Swiss/German entertainment, food, and the Milestones Walk: A timeline of Highland History. We were part of it. Thanks to all who stopped by and took our Constitution test.

State Conf 2012

Christy McDougal (left) and Lola DeGroff (right) represented Silver Creek Chapter at the  116th Illinois DAR State Conference in Springfield, IL April 27th - 29th, 2012. The theme of the 116th State Conference was "Think About the Future."

Christy tells about mourning clothes

 At the April 2012 chapter meeting, member Christy McDougal wore clothes that a woman would have worn if mourning during the War Between the States.  

Wayne Marcus

Silver Creek Chapter Regent Jean Oestringer (right) thanks Wayne Marcus for his presentation at the March 2012 meeting.

Amelia Earhart and Jean Oestringer

Silver Creek Chapter Regent Jean Oestringer (right) thanks Barbara Kay for presenting the program on Amelia Earhart at the February 2012 meeting.  Behind them is a map showing the route of Earhart's June 1937 flight.

 Local historian and author Kevin Kaegy spoke to the chapter in October 2011 about the Underground Railroad in Illinois.

Roland Harris

Local historian Roland Harris  was the guest speaker at the May 2011 meeting.  Harris told us much about the 
life of Louis Latzer and his home built outside of Highland.

Mary Jo Mordhorst
Honorary State Regent and past National officer Mary Jo Mordhorst told about the Tomb of the Unknown
during the April 2011 meeting.

Barbara Kay as Dolley Madison

Barbara Kay portrayed Dolley Madison at the March 2011 meeting.

Kevin Kaegy

Author and historian Kevin Kaegy brought a collection of antique photos to the meeting  in February 2011

Nov 2010

Robert Cook  spoke to the chapter in November 2010 about "Presidential Wit and Humor"


At the October 2010 meeting, Cheri Kuhn models a shawl brought by speaker Candy Buechler

Field Trip

Several chapter members took a field trip on May 8th to visit Bob Eversgerd's Fort near Germantown. 


A display of Indian artifacts collected by one of the chapter members.

Martha Washington

The Silver Creek Chapter celebrated Women's History Month at their March meeting.  
Here Martha Washington (aka Barbara Kay) displays what might have been the menu at one
of the 'mother' of our country's dinner parties.

2010 winner

The chapter held its third Cook-off during its February meeting.
State Regent Luanne Bruckner (right) presents the coveted silver ladle to Cheryl White
who made the winning entry, Steuben Stew.  


Some of the many antiques and collectibles brought in by members during the December 2009 Antiques Road Show

Nov 09

Registered Dietician Laurie Beebe told us how to decipher food labels during the November 2009 meeting

.Media Reform speaker

Mary Kay Tonnies discussed the Media Reform Movement and what it has to do with Democracy during the October 2009 meeting.

 Betsy Ross flag at Hills Fort

Lola DeGroff presents the Betsy Ross flag during the Genl George Rogers Clark Chapter SAR Flag Program 
presented at Hills Fort Society Living History Days, September 19-20, 2009

Kevin Monroe

Kevin Monroe as "A Citizen in Colonial America" at the September 2009 meeting

Latzer 2009

Discussing Constitution Week with area 3rd graders during Latzer Harvest Days, September 2009

Cindy Buehler

Candy Buechler in front of a  drawing of her ancestor, Marie Rouensa

Mary Todd Lincoln

Barbara Kay as Mary Todd Lincoln 

winning team

Team Jeopardy Winning Team in February 2009

Lynn Rehberger

Lynn Rehberger discusses one of the antiques during the December luncheon/Antiques Roadshow

cookoff winner
District VI Director LuAnne Mattern (left) presents the
Silver Ladle to  2009 Chili/Soup Cookoff Winner Connie Langsdorf

Felicia Voelkel from the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., spoke about the Long Term Care ombudsman program.

The chapter celebrated 25 years of service with a C'Anniversary party on October 11th, 2008.  
Members brought food and other products for the Highland Food Pantry.

living history
Discussing the western migration period and the U.S. Constitution
during Homestead Harvest Days at Latzer Homestead, September 2008

Kay Ahaus talks about Plants of Honor
Highland Garden Club President Kay Ahaus discusses "Plants of Honor"

jim collman
Jim Collmann gave an interesting talk on the use of divining rods.


The Silver Creek Chapter recognized Marlene Voshoiller
for performing the Heimlich maneuver and saving the life of a co-worker.

Lynn Rehberger talks about antiques

Lynn Rehberger discusses some of the antiques from our "Antiques Roadshow"

The Chapter's First Chili/Soup Cook-off was a tremendous success

Chili/Soup Cook-off Winner Jean Oestringer receives 'coveted' silver ladle from Illinois 
State Regent Betty Ford, January 2008

Honoring Pioneer Mothers and the Madonna of
the Trail Monuments during Highland IL Christmas 
Parade, Nov. 23, 2007

Home History Meetings Membership Officers Patriots ILDAR NSDAR