Valley of the Meramec Chapter
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Washington sits on the bank of the Missouri River in Franklin County. Some of the earliest settlers in the Washington area were literally followers of Daniel Boone, who had blazed a trail from the hills of Kentucky to the wilderness of eastern Missouri.
The German populace for which Washington is known began with the arrival of twelve Catholic families in the fall of 1833. A natural river landing, at what was to become the Washington site, made this an ideal place to begin a settlement.
In the first three decades of the nineteenth century, the small community grew upon the gently sloping hillside on the south bank of the Missouri River.
We invite you to come out, visit our chapter, meet our Daughters, and "Catch the Glow" of education, patriotism, and historic preservation in the heart of America!
Our chapter has several things to be proud of. We have a member from our chapter serving as the Missouri State Society District Director.
On Saturday, March 4, 1967, the Valley of the Meramec Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), was officially organized in Pacific, Missouri, where the State Regent, Mrs. John Stapel, installed the new officers. There were twelve members in attendance. Our organizing and first chapter regent, Mrs. Virginia Booth Anding, held the meeting in her home, and was presented with an engraved chapter gavel by her daughter, Susan Anding Skelton, regent of the Lafayette-Lexington Chapter DAR in Lexington, Missouri. The gavel is still in use today by the regent of the Valley of the Meramec Chapter.
In 2012, we will celebrate our first 45 years. We have grown from those first twelve organizing members to nearly forty members. Our members include six mother/daughter(s) sets, including one mother/daughter/granddaughter. Our members range in age from 18 to 101.
Our chapter activities are in keeping with the NSDAR mission to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.
We supported Franklin County Historical Society with a booth at the history fair. Our booth was complete with workers in a period dress handing out literature and discussing NSDAR, our Preamble to the Constitution, National Anthem, and Flag Code. A chapter member dressed as First Lady Martha Washington and played period music on violin and dulcimer.
Chapter members attended the rededication of the Franklin County Courthouse.
The chapter held a meeting at the birthplace of the American philanthropist, feminist, and suffragist Phoebe Apperson Hearst and were given a presentation on Ms. Hearst's accomplishments during her life.
NSDAR's founding was commemorated at our October 11, meeting with an informational quiz about our founders and the history of the organization.
Annually, at our "Good Citizenship Awards Luncheon" we recognize nine high school seniors from individual surrounding schools. The students are elected by their school faculty for having achieved high scholastic and good citizenship conduct.
A local Girl Scout troop was treated to a genealogy workshop by our chapter members and were also instructed in United States Flag Code and etiquette.
Our chapter enjoys being active in the community. Several times a year we will host bingo parties for the veterans at the St. James Veterans Home. In 2010, our chapter began holding an annual breakfast for the veterans and their family members residing at Fisher House in St. Louis, Missouri.
We take pride in honoring the men and women who served our country whenever an opportunity presents itself.
The chapter participated in the local Memorial Day service, in Washington, as well as at Cold Water Creek Cemetery that is owned and operated by the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (MSSDAR), in Florissant, Missouri.
We organized a benefit golf tournament for Franklin County Honor Flight, Inc., raising over $5000 for this worthy effort to bring veterans to visit their war memorials in Washington, D.C. Chapter members regularly meet and greet our nation's celebrated veteran heroes upon their return from the Honor Flight at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
Annually, the Valley of the Meramec Daughters commemorate the birthday of Pvt. George Phillips, recognized by the U.S. Marine Corps League as the only Franklin County recipient of the Medal of Honor and Presidential Citation for his heroic service at Iwo Jima.
We have provided supplies to the USO during the busy Thanksgiving holiday season, and we adopt needy veterans at Christmastime.
Our meetings are held on the second Monday, March through November, at 11:00 am. Our chapter programs include patriotic education, American history, historic preservation, genealogy, national defense, and volunteer services. Please contact us if you are interested in joining DAR and would like to attend one of our meetings. Visitors are welcome.
Each member of the DAR is a lineal descendant of a patriot who gave aide or was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Facts about DAR and information about joining DAR are available at the National Society DAR website.
The DAR Insignia is the property of, and is copyrighted by, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.