Westport Chapter National Society Daughers of the American Revolution, Kansas City, Missouri

Westport monument Cathy Hedlund Kansas City fountain

Pictured above: (left) Westport monument; (middle) Regent Cathy Hedlund; (right) Kansas City fountain

Chapter History:

Westport, the third chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to be established in Kansas City, Missouri, was organized on February 2, 1937, and named to commemorate the town of Westport, platted one hundred years earlier by John C. McCoy. The Kansas City Pioneer Square monument in Westport, shown above, features Pony Express founder Alexander Majors, Westport/Kansas City founder John Calvin McCoy, and Mountaineer Jim Bridger, who owned Chouteau's Store next to Kelly's.

The incentive for the chapter's founding was then President General Becker's administration's emphasis on expanding the membership of younger women. Mrs. Hale Houts, herself a charter member of the first chapter to be organized nationally for this age group and an expert in genealogy, was the sponsor, and Mrs. Edward Brous, the organizing regent. Charter members number twenty-five.

Today the membership is around 100, with all age groups represented. We meet the third Monday of each month in the homes of our members or at Bishop Spencer Place with interesting and timely historical, educational, and patriotic programs following our luncheon and before a short business meeting. Our members are actively involved in community affairs, as well as their duties for state and national DAR activities.

The chapter recently installed new board members for the 2014-2016 term:

2014-2016 Officers 2014-2016 Officers
Janet Kelley, treasurer; Mary Hunkeler, vice-regent;
Cathy Hedlund, regent; Melissa Langstaff, recording secretary; and Mary Lynn Tolle, historian.
Barbara Dietrich, registrar; Mary Mize, communications;
Sue Brownlee; parliamentarian; Beverly Rein, membership;
Amy Embry, corresponding secretary;
and (out of camera range) Page Reed, chaplain.

Mary Lynn TolleThe Chapter is proud to recognize Mary Lynn Tolle, pictured right, who has previously served as chapter regent four times, and served as the state regent of Missouri for the 2006-2008 term. At the national level, she served as Vice President General from 2008-2011, and currently serves as an Official Reader for Continental Congress. At the state level, she chairs the DAR's Insignia committee.

If you are interested in learning more about the Westport Chapter, or visiting a chapter meeting, please contact Membership Chairman Beverly Rein for more information.

For information regarding DAR or membership eligibility, please visit the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution or National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

1 A History of Kansas City, Missouri
2 Westport: Where the West Began

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