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Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, July 01, 2016



DAR elects officers

The Joseph Spencer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held its May meeting at the Scioto County Welcome Center. Officers who were elected in March and installed at this meeting to serve the ensuing three year term included Monica Karasek, Regent; Sharon Karasek, Vice Regent; Deborah Mersiel, Chaplain; Robyn Preston, Recording Secretary; Mollyra Stroud, Corresponding Secretary; Lisa Carver, Treasurer; Belinda Bowman-Schaefer, Registrar; Carolyn Hilliard, Historian; Joan Phillips, Librarian; Beverly Kelley, Parliamentarian. Mrs. June Perry, past regent of the chapter, conducted the installation officers ceremony. These new officers assumed the duties of their offices after the installation

A memorial tribute to the former director of Joseph Spencer Chapter, the late Mrs. Ruth Adkins was held. In attendance were her sons, Thomas Adkins and David Adkins.

Leanne Granus was installed as a new member of the chapter. In attendance were all family members who are current Joseph Spencer Chapter members: Linda Smith, Jan Martin, Diane Bragdon, Donita Smith, Lisa Gonzales, Stacee Hans, Sindee Williams, and Shellee Sandlin.

DAR members volunteer more than 250,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for under served children with annual donations.

Any woman 18 years of age or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Community Common, Portsmouth, Ohio, April 27, 2016



Local Chapter Attends Event in Columbus

Members of the Joseph Spencer Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution attended the 117th Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference held in Columbus, Ohio. Those members in attendance were Chapter Regent, Belinda Bowman-Schaefer, Chapter Vice Regent, Monica Karasek, Chapter Registrar, Joan Phillips, and Corresponding Secretary, Molly Stroud.

The aforementioned members attended such events as the National Defense Banquet, Youth Awards Luncheon, Boas and Tiaras Celebration Banquet, and the Memorial Service. Roberta Mershon, Army Nurse Corps, Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration presented the National Defense Address. The Keynote Speaker of the Boas and Tiaras Celebration Banquet was Denise Van Buren, NSDAR Organizing Secretary General. State Conference guests included Barbara Zink, Kentucky State Regent, Sue Simpson, Louisiana State Regent, Gail Terry, Massachusetts State Regent, Cornelia Olde, New Jersey State Regent, and Barbara Frankenberry, West Virginia State Regent. Special guest presenters were Jason Eller, Chief Development Officer, Tamassee DAR School and Susan Meer, Southwestern District Director, Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Special entertainment was provided by Gavin Michael George, a twelve year old concert pianist. He has performed with many orchestras and as a soloist both nationally and internationally.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit http://www.dar.org./ Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. To learn more about the Joseph Spencer Chapter, visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohjscdar or visit facebook.com/JosephSpencerChapterNSDAR.






Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, March 2016



Local Chapter Honors Good Citizen Award Winner

Vincent Shirey, a senior at Northwest High School in McDermott, was recognized as a DAR Good Citizen Award winner on Saturday, March 19, 2016. This prestigious award was presented by the Joseph Spencer Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mr. Shirey was presented a certificate, a lapel pin, a wallet card, and a check in the amount of $200. His parents are Edgar and Kay Shirey.

The DAR Good Citizen Award is a nationally prestigious award. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism, in their homes, schools and communities. Students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. The students selected to compete for the award are asked to submit an essay on good citizenship. Only one student from area high schools is selected to win the DAR Good Citizenship Award. The Joseph Spencer Chapter, NSDAR Good Citizen Award was open to all high school seniors from the thirteen high schools in Scioto County. This year's essay title was "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility in Preserving It," with the focus question "Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why?"

The Joseph Spencer Chapter is proud to honor this exceptional student and young citizen of our area. The Daughters of the American Revolution is a volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education for children. To learn more about the Joseph Spencer Chapter, visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohjscdar or visit facebook.com/JosephSpencerChapterNSDAR.






Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, January 19, 2016



Cheer Totes Donated to Vet Clinic

On November 30, 2015, the Joseph Spencer, NSDAR of Portsmouth, Ohio, Daughters of the American Revolution, donated Cheer Totes to the Portsmouth Veterans Clinic and director Tina Meredith. The donations consisted of 93 Tote bags filled with supplies and Christmas gifts to be passed out to local veterans over the month of December. The donations also included bags of toothbrushes and toothpaste, handmade pillowcases and lap throws, and a large box of pens with notepads. The Joseph Spencer Chapter would like to thank all businesses, churches, and private donors for the supplies. We would also like to thank all members of the organization for their effort in collecting and organizing the materials. This is the chapter's largest donation of supplies to the veterans they have been able to make and look forward to collecting even more next year.






Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, January 21, 2016



Local Veterans Honored

Lisa Gonzales, Joseph Spencer Chapter, NSDAR member, and Donita Smith, Joseph Spencer, NSDAR, Secretary and Veteran Affairs chairman. The Joseph Spencer Chapter, NSDAR of Portsmouth, Ohio Daughters of the American Revolution participated in the celebration to honor local veterans in the University Center at Shawnee State University on November 10, 2015. Lisa Gonzales and Donita Smith passed out pamphlets and information about the organization. Many articles were presented to veterans including toboggans, pins, flags, pencils and name badges. The chapter would like to thank Shawnee State University for the opportunity to participate in such a worthy cause in our community.






Community Common, Portsmouth, Ohio, October 27, 2015



Joseph Spencer Chapter to Join National DAR Day of Service

The Joseph Spencer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution took part in the National DAR Day of Service on October 11, 2015, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR, which is comprised of the descendants of the Patriots who won American independence, was founded on October 11, 1890, as a service organization to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.

Members of the local Joseph Spencer Chapter installed a Little Free Library in Alexandria Park. "Our chapter, which was organized in 1898, carries out the important mission of the National Society here on the local level," said Chapter Regent Belinda Bowman-Schaefer. "We're excited to demonstrate the vibrancy and contributions of today's DAR by joining Daughters from across the country in serving our local communities as part of this national day of service."

There are currently nearly 180,000 members of the DAR, serving in approximately 3,000 chapters across the nation and in several foreign countries. More than 940,000 women have joined the organization since its founding 125 years ago.

"Interest in membership is at all-time highs due to both the ability to share genealogical information through the internet and the fact that we offer today's busy woman a meaningful opportunity to express her love of country and to complete the joyful responsibilities of citizenship," said National Society DAR President General Lynn Forney Young.

During the current three-year administration coinciding with the 125th anniversary celebration, the organization has issued a challenge to complete 10 million hours of service to America. While the National DAR Day of Service is one day of nationwide service, it is just an example of the work that Daughters have been completing for 125 years in communities across the nation.

"Here in Portsmouth, Ohio, the Joseph Spencer Chapter, is proud to carry out DAR's mission to celebrate our American way of life," said Belinda Bowman-Schaefer. "All women who can document descent from a Revolutionary War Patriot are encouraged to consider the many benefits of joining. We are eager to welcome new members to our chapter, and we have volunteers available to help them research and complete their genealogy in order to apply for membership."

Prospective members are encouraged to visit www.DAR.org to learn more and to contact our local chapter at mphillips19@roadrunner.com to obtain more information about membership eligibility.






Community Common, Portsmouth, Ohio, November 6, 2014



DAR Chapter Presents Program on Vietnam War

The Joseph Spencer Chapter, on Saturday, October 18th, presented a program in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The guest speaker, Colonel Chaplain John Jackson of Gallipolis, spoke of the many factors concerning the conflict. He discussed the conditions that the veterans had to endure throughout the war but also once they returned stateside, a sharp contrast to the personal and ceremonial welcoming home ceremonies of today. Vietnam War Veteran, John Karasek, who was a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Vietnam, recalled his experiences and homecoming. The Joseph Spencer Chapter want to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States during the Vietnam War.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org.

Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. To learn more about the Joseph Spencer Chapter, visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohjscdar or visit facebook.com/JosephSpencerChapterNSDAR.




Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, September 24, 2014



Constitution Week Celebration

The Joseph Spencer Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution announces that September 17, 2014, begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America's most important document is one of our country's least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people. This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.

To learn more about the Joseph Spencer Chapter, visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohjscdar or visit facebook.com/JosephSpencerChapterNSDAR.




Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, August 24, 2014



NSDAR Chapter Attends Columbus Event

Members of the Joseph Spencer Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution attended the OSDAR Fall Fun Fair held in Columbus, Ohio on August 16, 2014. Those members in attendance were Chapter Regent, Belinda Bowman-Schaefer, Chapter Vice Regent, Monica Karasek, and Chapter Registrar, Joan Phillips.

This year's theme was "We are Family." NSDAR Registrar General, Sharon Withers presented a workshop on using DNA evidence as a form of documentation and genealogical research. Joseph Spencer members perused state committee tables and partook of all the events.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org.

Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible to join the DAR. To learn more about the Joseph Spencer Chapter, visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohjscdar or visit facebook.com/JosephSpencerChapterNSDAR.




Community Common, Portsmouth, Ohio, March 14, 2014



Joseph Spencer Chapter: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

The Joseph Spencer Chapter NSDAR has been in existence for 115 years. The charter from the National Society was issued in 1898 with 35 eligible women. Today the chapter is 87 members strong. The DAR is a volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. The Joseph Spencer Chapter participates in the Memorial Day Parade, the memorial service at Greenlawn Cemetery, donates many items and money to the local VA facility, and the Chillicothe Veterans Hospital, makes annual monetary donations to local charities and facilities including, the Domestic Violence Shelter, Steven Hunter Back Pack Program, Homeless Shelter, Wounded Warriors, State Trooper Teddy Bear Project, Shawnee Mental Health, and Hospice, marks graves of Revolutionary Soldier, sponsors Good Citizens Contests in local high schools, Constitution Week displays, distributes hundreds of American flags. This past year approximately 1500 hours of volunteer service was given by the members to our community. The Joseph Spencer Chapter has also established a DAR scholarship at the Scioto Foundation. The chapter has their own website and is on Facebook.

Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. Tracing your lineage is valuable because it preserves your family's heritage. DAR recognizes Patriots not only as soldiers, but as anyone who contributed to the cause of American freedom.

The National Society has 170,000 members in nearly 3,000 chapters worldwide, including chapters in 12 foreign countries. Since its founding in 1890, DAR has admitted more than 875,000 members. The DAR motto is "God, Home, and Country."

Chapter Officers for the 2013-2014 year are: Regent, Belinda Bowman-Schaefer; First Vice-Regent, Monica Karasek; Chaplain, Deborah Huffman Mersiel; Recording Secretary, Donita Clark Smith; Corresponding Secretary, Mollyra Watkins Stroud; Treasurer, Mima Taylor Vita; Registrar, M. Joan Vicars Phillips; Historian, Gail Cropper Swick; Librarian, Marilyn Morrow Schomburg; Parliamentarian, Carolyn Morrow Hilliard; Directors, June Morton Perry, Irene Messer Maple, Ruth Shultz Adkins.




Community Common, Portsmouth, Ohio, December 27, 2013



Joseph Spencer Chapter of the National Society of DAR

The Joseph Spencer Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently held a day of celebration to commemorate their 115th Anniversary. The event was well attended with over 80 members and friends, including nine members of the Ohio State Board of Management; Sandra McCann - Ohio State Regent, Nancy Wright - State Vice Regent, Kathy Dixon - State Treasurer, Joyce Peters - State Librarian, Betsie Goad - State Organizing Secretary, Kathy Bentley - State Registrar, Donna Murdock - SE District Director, Jean Muetzel - SW District Director, Mary Chase - NE District Director and Tracey Coe - State Page Chairman.

The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. The Joseph Spencer Chapter was issued a charter on June 30, 1898.

Current officers for the group include: Patricia Lacy - Regent, Belinda Bowman-Schaefer - First Vice Regent, Monica Karasek - Second Vice Regent, Deborah Mersiel - Chaplain, Donita Smith - Recording Secretary, Mollyra Stroud - Corresponding Secretary, Mima Vita - Treasurer, Joan Phillips - Registrar, Gail Swick - Historian, Marilyn Schomburg - Librarian and Carolyn Hilliard - Parliamentarian.




Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, December 9, 2013



Patricia Lu Vicars Russell Lacy, 65, of Portsmouth, died Sunday, December 8, 2013, at SOMC Hospice Center. Born June 3, 1948, in Portsmouth to the late Orra Glenn and Goldie Esther Branson Vicars, she was the youngest of 10 children. Also preceding Pat in death were her former husband, John Richard Russell, whom she married in Portsmouth, March 1, 1985; her paternal grandparents, William Sherman Vicars and Lona Dove Spurlock Vicars; her maternal grandparents, Charles Meston Branson and Frances "Fannie" Rebecca Williams Branson Chadwell. She was also preceded in death by siblings, Robert Orris Vicars of San Diego, CA, Mildred Jane Vicars Fite and Mary Frances Vicars, both of Bowling Green, Elbert Franklin Vicars, of Richmond, VA, James Richard Vicars, Emmitt Earl Vicars, Charles Vicars and Glen Joseph Vicars, all of Friendship.

Formerly employed by Ashland Inc., the Scioto Foundation, and most recently at the Scioto County Welcome Center as Facilities Coordinator, she attended Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Portsmouth. Pat was active in many organizations, serving as Regent of the Joseph Spencer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Patriot Robert Vicars; Recording Secretary of the Scioto Valley Volunteers Chapter of the Daughters of War of 1812; Scioto County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society, Portsmouth Area Ladies PAL's Inc.; the Ohio Genealogical Society; and the Indian Historical Society.

Surviving are her husband, Patrick Lacy of Portsmouth, whom she married, July 4, 2009; and a sister, Maxine "Joan" Vicars Phillips, of Portsmouth.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, with Rev. Tom Charles officiating. Interment will be in Lucasville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the ADKINS-BRANT FUNERAL HOME in Portsmouth from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday and one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to SOMC Hospice in Pat's name for the excellent care they provided. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.adkinsbrantfuneralhome.com.




Community Common, Portsmouth, Ohio, June 2, 2013



Joseph Spencer Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Front row: Belinda Bowman-Schaefer, Vice Regent; Patricia Lacy, Regent; Monica Karasek, Second Vice Regent. Back Row: Donita Smith, Recording Secretary; Mima Vita, Treasurer; Joan Phillips, Registrar; Deborah Mersiel, Chaplain; Marilyn Schomburg, Librarian; June Morton Perry, Director; Carolyn Hilliard, Parliamentarian; Molly Stroud, Corresponding Secretary

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

The organization boasts 200,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.

The Joseph Spencer Chapter, NSDAR, recently held its installation of officers. The Joseph Spencer Chapter, NSDAR, has been in existence in Portsmouth since 1898.




Community Common, Portsmouth, Ohio, March 27, 2013



DAR Good Citizen's Essay Winner

The DAR Good Citizen must have the qualities of Dependability - which includes truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality; Service - which includes cooperation, courtesy, consideration of others; Leadership - which includes personality, self-control, ability to assume leadership; Patriotism - which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation, to an outstanding degree. The school faculty chooses the student which best represents these qualities.There is also an essay portion of this contest. The essay title is "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It." Jennifer Scherer, Glenwood HS guidance counselor, administered the essay, which is submitted, and then judged by a non-DAR judge.

The Joseph Spencer Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution presented an award to Sara Adkins, senior at Glenwood High School, New Boston, OH. Sara was presented a certificate, a lapel pin, a wallet card and a check in the amount of $200. Sara is the daughter of Raymond and Sherri Adkins. Sara is an honor student at Glenwood High School. In high school, she has been active in volleyball, cheerleading, tennis, band, the Scioto County Honors Band, Honor Society, and chorus. Sara is a representative of the American Red Cross Red, White and Youth council, represented her school as a delegate to HOBY Ohio South, delegate to 2012 Buckeye Girls State, and represented the school as an Ohio Americanism and Government State Test winner. She is active in her church, has been in Bible quizzes for six years and has competed in two National quizzes. She is a senior youth representative to the South Central Ohio Nazarene Youth International Council.

The Joseph Spencer Chapter, NSDAR Good Citizen's contest was open to all high school seniors at the thirteen high schools in Scioto County.




The Community Common Progress Edition, Portsmouth, Ohio, February 24, 2013



Joseph Spencer Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution





The Joseph Spencer Chapter, NSDAR will be celebrating the 115th Anniversary of the organization in Portsmouth in 2013.

The origin of the Joseph Spencer Chapter, NSDAR, goes back to early 1898. At the time, there were only two members of the society in Portsmouth - Mrs. Mary Sarah Slocomb Cotton and Mrs. Sarah Merrill McCall. Both were members of the Cincinnati Chapter. Mrs. Cotton took the first steps toward the organization of what later became the Joseph Spencer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. After some inquiry and investigation of the records, thirty five eligible women were found who desired to unite with the National Society with the intention of forming a chapter in Portsmouth. The charter was issued in 1898.

The DAR is a service organization of over 200,000 members with over 3,000 chapters located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, Canada, France, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Any woman, eighteen years of age and over, and who is lineally descended from a man or woman who with unfailing loyalty aided in the cause of American Independence, and must be able to prove her lineage back to an ancestor who served the American cause during the American Revolution.

The Joseph Spencer Chapter has established a DAR scholarship at the Scioto Foundation. This year's winner was Kathleen Rosier of Shawnee State University. The chapter participates in the Memorial Day Parade, the memorial service at Greenlawn Cemetery, the Veteran's Recognition Day at Shawnee State University, donates many items and cash to the local VA facility, and the Chillicothe Veterans Hospital, marks graves of Revolutionary Soldiers, sponsors Good Citizens Contests in local high schools, Constitution Week displays, sponsors Community Service Awards, distributes hundreds of American flags, promotes patriotism and education. The DAR motto is "God, Home, and Country."

The local chapter currently has 85 members. Officers for the 2012-2013 year are: Joan Vicars Phillips, Regent; Belinda Bowman-Schaefer, First Vice Regent; Mima Taylor Vita, Second Vice Regent; Deborah Huffman Mersiel, Chaplain;; Mollyra Watkins Stroud, Corresponding Secretary; Donita Clark Smith, Treasurer; Patricia Vicars Lacy, Registrar; Gail Cropper Swick, Historian; Wanda Frasher Staggs, Librarian. June Morton Perry, Parliamentarian . Directors are Irene Messer Maple; Jean McCorkle Easter, and June Morton Perry.




Community Common, Portsmouth, Ohio, September 27, 2012



DAR promotes Constitution Week Awareness

September 17, 2012, begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America's most important document is one of our country's least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people. This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.

"We must remember and teach that those who wrote the Constitution believed that no government can create freedom, but that government must guard freedom rather than encroach upon the freedoms of its people" stated Merry Ann T. Wright, President General of the DAR. "The Constitution by itself cannot guarantee liberty. A nation's people can remain free only by being responsible citizens who are willing to learn about the rights of each arm of government and require that each is accountable for its own function. Therefore, Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties. We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to guard that which is committed to us by our forefathers... our freedom."

DAR has served America for 122 years as its foremost cheerleader. In 1928, the Daughters began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, was commissioned to design the performing arts center, known as DAR Constitution Hall. Today, DAR Constitution Hall is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution of the United States of America.

Known as the largest women's patriotic organization in the world, DAR has over 165,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants. For more information about DAR and its programs visit HYPERLINK "http://www.dar.org" www.dar.org or call (202) 628-1776.




Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, September 23, 2011



DAR Chapter donates to Homeless Shelter by Frank Lewis

The area chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has stepped up and made a donation to help the financially-strapped Scioto County Homeless Shelter.

"We saw the article in the newspaper that they were in need of contributions," said Pat Lacy, registrar of the Joseph Spencer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. "And we have a total contribution of $700 that we hope will help with the expenses here."

"Awesome," Cadogen said. "This has been such a faith walk, and God just keeps providing. We had just gotten enough to scrape together and pay our last electric bill, and we got another $750 bill, and here they (DAR) come. God is awesome. He is so faithful."

Smith said the donation is for an important need.

"It makes us proud for the work they do in the community," Smith said. "And we just wanted to be a part of that."

Joan Phillips, regent for the chapter, said the organization typically makes donations in November and December, but they made an exception.

"This year when we saw the article in the news we decided to do it now so that it would make a difference," Phillips said.

Cadogen said several money sources had dried up in recent days.

"The reduction and decrease in donations has caused us to deplete our resources, and it has caused a critical shortfall," Cadogan said. "To that end the shelter is in dire need of monetary contributions. Although we are still in need of those tangible donated goods our crucial need at this present time is for monetary assistance. Although many are hurting and struggling, there are some who could bless us substantially with great amounts. And others who could only bless us with their widow's mite."




Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, October 31, 2010



Nine New Members Welcomed into DAR

The Joseph Spencer Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution welcomed nine new members at the Oct. 16, 2010 meeting. Seven new members who were installed included, left to right, standing, Lisa Brown Carver, descendant of Patriot Mathias Harman; Judy Dunham Fannin, descendant of Patriot John Stewart; Evelyn Hall-Reichelderfer, descendant of Patriot Thomas Bentley; Charlotte Dunham Jones, descendant of Patriot John Stewart; Susan Hill Meintzschel, descendant of Patriot Benjamin Wallingford...



Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, July 4, 2010



Dar Elects New Officers for 2010-13

The Joseph Spencer Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution elected new officers for the 2010-2013 term.

Officers include Deborah Huffman Merisel, chaplain; June Morton Perry, parliamentarian; Belinda Bowman-Schaefer, vice regent; Joan Vicars Phillips, regent; Mima Taylor Vita, second vice regent; and Patricia Vicars Lacy, registrar; and, back row, Lisa Smith Gonzales, recording secretary; Mollyra Watkins Stroud, corresponding secretary; Donita Clark Smith...

Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, July 4, 2006



Patriot Ladies Club Preserves History, Works for Education by Phyllis Noah

In 1890, a group of 18 women started a patriotic organization that has grown to include 168,000 members throughout the United States and the world today.

The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution was founded to preserve history and promote patriotism and education. Since 1890, more than 800,000 members have joined the volunteer women's service organization, according to www.dar.org.

Membership is open to any woman years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution." In order to join, a woman must have documentation to prove an ancestor was in the Revolutionary War.

"You just have to have source information to prove the lineage," said Pat Russell, of Portsmouth, regent for the Joseph Spencer Chapter of DAR. "If you've done your genealogy, you do not have to have any certified copies of anything, but you do have to prove the link from one generation to the next."

The more current documents would be birth, death and marriage certificates, first with parents, then grandparents, she said.

"Of course, the further back you go the harder that is to get," Russell said. "As long as the certificate names the child or their parents, that's your link right there. If it doesn't, then you have to have something in addition to that. A lot of times the older census records, at least from 1854, they have that information."

If anyone in the family has been a DAR member, that information can be used as part of the source information.

The objects of the DAR is to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence; to promote "institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge"; and to cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.

The national headquarters is in Washington, D.C., and occupies an entire city block near the White House. Memorial Continental Hall has a large genealogical library, museum, gift shop and more than 30 rooms depicting American interiors from the 17th to the early-20th century. Constitution Hall has one of the largest concert halls in the capitol with a cafe and gallery. The Administration Building houses a collection of manuscripts, historical research library, a microfilm center and offices.

The DAR is a service organization, and the local chapter supports numerous programs, including six schools, each one specializing in a different cause.

For example, one school in Grant, Ala., serves 1,100 impoverished children in Appalachia with schooling, clothing, health care, breakfast and lunch. A school in South Carolina is a resident school for abused and neglected children. A school in Hindman, Ky., specializes in treating students with dyslexia, a learning disorder. Another school helps children who have difficulty learning and with Attention Deficit Disorder.

One of the schools needed a van, so DAR members started saving soup can labels.

"It took 1 million labels to buy a van," Russell said. "Our chapter saves Campbell's soup can labels and a lot of other labels that have a patch for education."

As an incentive to get members to save labels, Russell has a Christmas party each year with an auction where the soup can labels are used as "cash."

"We set up the room with half for the labels and the other half for monetary donations," she said. "It's amazing the amount of money and labels we get."

A July tea each year includes a white elephant sale and invitations for prospective new members. The tea will be at the Welcome Center on July 29.

The members also have projects for the Veteran's Hospital in Chillicothe, and for the first time, they have established a scholarship fund.

"We'd like to have more members, of course," Russell said. "We do a lot of little things but it's mostly behind the scenes."




Activities

The Joseph Spencer Chapter meets NSDAR objectives through the following activities:

Historical Preservation


  • Education
  • Support DAR School through monetary donations
  • During our Christmas Bazaar, we collected Campbell's Labels and Boxtops for Education to bid on items at our auction. We donated all of the labels and boxtops to the DAR Schools, Kate Duncan Smith and Tamassee.
  • Sponsor DAR Good Citizen essay contest
  • Sponsor national, state and chapter scholarships
  • Patriotism
  • Distribute flags on the 4th of July
  • Donate time and money to soldiers overseas and veterans at home
  • Promote observance of Constitution Week
  • Take active part in Memorial Day parade and Memorial Day service
  • Knit and donate blankets for veterans


  • DAR Good Citizen Awards

    Good Citizen Award Left to Right, Irma Pruitt of New Boston; The winner, Betty Jean Lamm, of Portsmouth; Alberta Spiech of Minford; Betty Bratton, of Sciotoville and Naomi Smith of Nauvoo. February 8, 1941