Michael Hillegas Chapter NSDAR

What We Do

Service to Our Community

NSDAR National Day of Service
In October we celebrated the NSDAR 130th Anniversary Day of Service with a donation to the VA Food Pantry. We made the final donation for 2020 with a donation of 210 cases of food, bringing our grand total of donations to 310 cases of food. These donations would not have been possible without the generosity of the DAR members as well as other individuals, churches and organizations. We also had one member whose Day of Service involved picking up a section of the bike path.

NSDAR National  Day of Service

The Michael Hillegas Chapter NSDAR Donates Over 200 Books to the Harrisburg District Library
Education has always been important to DAR members and is one of the founding missions of the National Society. Literacy and encouraging reading in families as well as adults has been one of the focuses of the Michael Hillegas chapter for many years. Chapter members contributed children’s books as well as novels, historical books and biographical books.

Chapter Donates Over 200 Books

Michael Hillegas Chapter NSDAR, Honors Students

Michael Hillegas Chapter, NSDAR, is proud to recognize the following Good Citizen Winners: Kendall —Harrisburg High School; Olivia —Galatia High School; and Aryanna —Carrier Mills. Stonefort High School took home the honor of being selected to be DAR Good Citizens.


Galatia High School


Harrisburg High School

Family Literacy Month

Family Literacy Month

Regent Kathy Morris met with Emily Drone, Harrisburg District Children’s Librarian to sign a proclamation declaring the month of November as Family Literacy Month.

American Indian Month

American Indian Month

Harrisburg Mayor John McPeek signed a proclamation designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month and urged all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.

Service to Veterans

Harrisburg Veterans

Harrisburg Veterans

Signe Plumee spoke and honored veterans at Brookstone in Harrisburg

Eyeglasses for Veterans

Eyeglasses for Vets

Michael Hillegas, NSDAR, donated eyeglasses to the Veterans Administration

Memorial Day Rememberance

Fallen Heros

Karen Vinyard put flags our on Veterans graves for Memorial Day

Blessing Boxes

Fallen Heros

Michael Hillegas Chapter, NSDAR, collected 8 blessing boxes for the VA

Heroes in Afghanistan

Fallen Heros

Memorial for our 13 fallen Heroes in Afghanistan presented by Sheila Albright and prayer by Chaplain, Cheri McClusky

June Honor Flight Mail Call

Honor Flight Mail Call

Michael Hillegas Members sent letters for the eighth Honor Flight of Southern Illinois. Dolores Payne, 94 years young, writes her cards to be included with the delivery.

Chapter Donates to VA Food Pantry

Donates to VA Food Pantry

In April the Michael Hillegas Chapter, NSDAR, concluded a food pantry drive to benefit the Marion VA food pantry. The food drive was a great success due to the generosity of the DAR members, Just Serve, Eldorado Church of God, Norris City General Baptist, and many individuals.

Valentines for Heroes


The Chapter collected over 300 valentines that were delivered to individuals, nursing homes, hospitals, etc This year we collaborated with Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller to deliver valentines to Veterans throughout Southern Illinois.

Chapter Honors 99 Year Old Veteran


Veteran’s Chapter Chairman Shelia Albright visited Reginald Riegel on his 99th birthday, delivering cards , a patriotic arrangement, and balloons. Mr. Riegel told her that he was planning on being around for his hundredth birthday too.

A Wreath for Every Veteran

Wreath for every Veteran

A Michael Hillegas Chapter, NSDAR, members donated enough to place 30 wreaths at the Mounds City National Cemetery. The Illinois State Regent designated “Wreaths Across American” as her State project, so we also supported her effort while we honored our veterans.

Chapter Honors Vietnam War Veterans

Vietnam Veterans

In November, Shelia Albright, Cheri McClusky, Sharron Tanner, Lucinda Rogers , and Lucinda’s two daughters honored four Vietnam War Veterans. They were the three Duncan brothers: Larry, Russell, and Mike. The fourth was MR. Payne from Ridgway.

Chapter Honors 99 Year Old Veteran

Joe Perina

Sue Perina welcomed home her husband Joe when he returned from the 7th Southern Illinois Honor Flight in September. Joe was in the Air Force during the Vietnam Era.

Recognition of Veteran First Responders
Shelia Albright, Veteran's Chairman, recently presented the American Legion George Hart Post #167, the Saline County Sheriff's Department and the Harrisburg Police Department, and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Veteran First Responders with Hershey bars to thank them for their service. The wrappers were printed with "Thank you for your service", "You are the best", "You are my hero", or "A sweet salute”.

Saline County

Saline County Sheriff’s Department and Harrisburg Police Department

American Legion

American Legion

Hamilton County

Hamilton County Sherriff’s Office

Hillegas Chapter NSDAR Helps Keep Veterans Warm This Winter
Veteran Donation Just in time for the cold winter months the Michael Hillegas Chapter, NSDAR, Veterans Chairman Shelia Albright delivered ten large bags containing lap blankets, sweat shirts, sock hats and hygiene products to Maria Buehler VA Voluntary Service Officer.

Memorial Day — Honoring Verterans at Harrisburg “Little Arlington” Cemetery
Honoring Veterans Michael Hillegas Chapter, NSDAR daughters gather at the stone marking known American Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Saline County. Daughters laid a Wreath of Remembrance.

Illinois State Organization NSDAR Honors Michael Hillegas Daughter
Shelia Albright, Veterans Chairman for the Michael Hillegas Chapter NSDAR recently received the Illinois State Organization NSDAR award for Outstanding DAR Service for Veterans. She received the award based on her body of work. Each year Shelia develops activities to provide services to veterans through a variety of projects. Shelia plans many projects for members that benefit veterans. Members participate in Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day Ceremonies, raise funds for Honor Flights, collects food for the VA Food Pantry, provide warm clothing and hygiene products, etc. When Shelia meets veterans on the street, she thanks them for their service. Shelia has visited veteran’s in their homes, hospitals, and nursing homes. She has thanked and honored Vietnam Era Veterans with certificates and pins. She has recruited members to send veterans birthday cards, Valentines, Memorial Day cards, July 4th cards, Thanksgiving cards, Christmas cards etc. every year. Each year Shelia continues to discover new endeavors to recognize veterans for their sacrifices to keep America free. Shelia is a certified volunteer for the Marion Veteran’s Administration.

Sheila Albright

Shelia Albright, Michael Hillegas Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution proudly wears the new state Outstanding DAR Service for Veterans medal

Sheila Albright


For 93 years, the Michael Hillegas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have carried the torch of patriotism. In that spirit of patriotism the chapter has a memorial stone at this site dedicated to all of the known American Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Saline County.


All libraries had a DAR Constitution Week Poster and book display. Harrisburg Library had one by the library and two by the chapter.

Constitution Week
Constitution Week
Constitution Week

Informative & Fun Meetings

District Meetings

District meetings provide an opportunity to meet daughters from other chapters and to learn more about the organization.

Women in History Month

Krystal Gulley, Harrisburg District Library Director, helped daughters get ready for some good reading during “ Women in History Month” .

13 Folds

The Michael Hillegas Chapter, NSDAR invited local Scout Troop to attend their April meeting and demonstrate the “13 Folds”.

Pictured are Travis DeNeal , Scout Master, and his son, Wilson, demonstrating the folds as his wife Sara (not shown) reads the meaning as they make each fold.

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