Ann Crooker St. Clair Chapter NSDAR

Effingham, Illinois


Community

Community Service Awards
Our chapter gave two Community Service Awards at our December meeting. The recipients were Vickie Kight and Ron Meitzner for their selfless acts of volunteerism in their communities. They are pictured with Regent Susan Oliver and Community Service Award Committee member Carolyn Buck.

Community Service Awards

NSDAR National Day of Service
Our DAR Day of Service project this October was a Veteran’s Reception held at Altamont Lutheran Care Center. The chapter held a short patriotic program before handing out certificates of appreciation and goodie bags to the veterans. The chapter then served homemade goodies and spent the afternoon visiting with the veterans and their families.

DAR Day of Service — Veteran Appreciation
DAR Day of Service — Veteran Appreciation
DAR Day of Service — Veteran Appreciation

Education

American History Essay Contest and DAR Good Citizens Award Winners
At our March meeting, our chapter held a brunch in honor of the chapter American History Essay Contest and DAR Good Citizens Award winners. The winners were joined by parents, siblings, and teachers. Certificates and pins were given to each student as a short bio was read. We are always proud to honor these students!

Naturalization Ceremonies
Naturalization Ceremonies

DAR Good Citizen Seth Bohnhoff
Our chapter was proud to have the District VI DAR Good Citizens Award winner! Seth Bohnhoff attended Dieterich High School and was honored at the Youth Day Luncheon at State Conference in April. He was joined by his parents Lisa and Brian. Also celebrating his accomplishment with him was DAR Good Citizens chair Carolyn Ball and District VI DAR Good Citizens chair Beth Wattelet as well as chapter Regent Susan Oliver.

DAR Good Citizen
DAR Good Citizen
DAR Good Citizen

Patriotism

Memorial Day
Ann Crooker St. Clair Chapter NSDAR held a Memorial Day Service at Ewington Cemetery May 30th. The chapter laid a wreaths at the graves of our chapters' namesake and our founding regent prior to the public service. Honored were 29 veterans from six wars buried at the oldest cemetery in Effingham County.

Memorial Day Service at Ewington Cemetery
Memorial Day Service at Ewington Cemetery
Memorial Day Service at Ewington Cemetery

Naturalization Ceremonies Ann Crooker St. Clair Chapter NSDAR members enjoy participating in naturalizations. We have handed out Flags of the United States of America, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag bookmarks, and pamphlets with the Preamble to the Constitution to new citizens when we greet them.

Naturalization Ceremonies
Naturalization Ceremonies
Naturalization Ceremonies

Flag Retirement
Flag of the United States of America Committee Chair Shirley Hall and Regent Susan Oliver held a Flag Retirement at the Cowden-Herrick Junior/Senior High School in May. Helping with the ceremony were members of the local Boy Scout Troop.

Naturalization Ceremonies
Naturalization Ceremonies
Naturalization Ceremonies

Constitution Week
Constitution Week Committee members received Proclamations for area mayors in September including Altamont and Effingham. Several displays were in community banks, libraries, and stores as well as information in newspapers, church bulletins, on radio, and shown on electronic signs.

Constitution Week
Constitution Week

Chapter Activities

Socks for Veterans!
The Service to Veteran’s Committee recruited elves to make, donate, fill, and deliver 50 socks to veterans at the Hutsonville Shelter Care over the Christmas season. The elves stepped up to the task and the socks were filled to overflowing. The committee delivered the socks along with many other donated items and all the makings for a Christmas party on December 20th. After receiving gifts, eating goodies, and visiting….several games of Bingo were played! The elves left a happy bunch of veteran’s to head home!

Socks for Veterans
Socks for Veterans

State Regent Sharla Luken visited our chapter at the December meeting. The hostesses decorated the room with a red, white, and blue theme and served a lovely buffet of sandwiches, veggies, and fruit. State Regent Luken gave a program on her passion ”Serving Those Who Have Served Us”.

State Regent's Visit