El Portal became a chapter on April 18, 1931. El Portal means gateway to the Southwest. Mrs. Ralph Martin was our organizing regent and the first project was to plant 21 trees at the new Hillcrest Park in Clovis, NM. This was in honor of George Washington, and the Girl Scout Little House stood among these trees for years. Our meetings are held the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 am in the home of a member. We have our meeting, break for refreshments, and then have a program presented to end the morning. In May, we meet on the 1st Saturday at 10:00 with meeting place announced; our December meeting is our really fun night, as we meet the 1st Saturday night of December at 6:00pm.
For more than a century, the members of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution have dedicated themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavor. These goals are as relevant in today's society as they were when the organization was founded in 1890.
Our new regent is Pam Wallace and her project is doing things for the veterans. In November we take up a collection for the Amarillo, Texas, VA Hospital (as that is where most of our veterans from this area go) Christmas party, donate books, and are going to help the Hospitality house at the VA Hospital by supplying nonperishable foods. This is similar to the Ronald McDonald house. It is for veterans who have to come in early for appointments, have day surgery, or longer visits for treatments. Spouses may also stay, if there is a room available that no veteran needs. The veteran is always put first.
This is just a small sample of our many chapter activities!