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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, 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."
ActivitiesThe Joseph Spencer Chapter meets NSDAR objectives through the following activities:
- Members attended the Flag Day/Anniversary Celebration of the Pickaway Plains Chapter, Camp Dennison Comes Alive Celebration
- 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
- 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 AwardsLeft 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
Meetings of the Joseph Spencer Chapter are held on the third Saturday of each month, unless otherwise noted. The chapter will dispense with meetings during the months of January, July, and August.
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