Rochelle Chapter

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
—Rochelle, Illinois—

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Thanks to the generous support of the Rochelle community, the Rochelle Chapter was able to place wreaths on all 151 known veterans graves
at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery as part of the nationwide "Wreaths across America" project.

The Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, is named after the city in which it was founded.

Chapter History

The Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, was organized May 19, 1900, just 10 years after the organization of our National Society in 1890. The Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, was organized by Mrs. Frank (Josephine Waite) Barker. Mrs. Barker had been interested in the progress of the National Society and through friends had kept in touch with the work being done in Illinois.

The State Regent at the time, Mrs. Waite Talcott of Rockford, Illinois, was invited to Rochelle, which resulted in the organization of the Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR. Mrs. Barker was fittingly appointed by the State Regent to be the first Regent of the Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR. The charter membership of the chapter was twenty-two, being one the largest initial memberships in the State. An interesting fact is that the chief topic of that first meeting in 1900, was the possibility of raising funds to help build Memorial Continental Hall, our national headquarters located in Washington D.C.

In 1992, the chapter placed a DAR marker at the gravesite of Mrs. Barker in Lawnridge Cemetery in Rochelle.

Barker House

The home of Josephine Waite Barker, 1906.

Chapter Officers

Regent Sarah Flanagan
Vice Regent Debby Katzman
Chaplain Mary Lou Kator
Recording Secretary Kathy Volkert
Treasurer Becky Danner
Registrar Laurie Perry
Historian Susan Hillison
Librarian Judy Schermerhorn
Barker House Tour

Chapter members were invited to tour Josephine Barker's newly restored home by the current owners.


Chapter meetings are held from September through May. Our programs focus on historical topics, genealogy, and volunteer efforts. We welcome visitors and prospective members. Contact us with any DAR or chapter questions.

Sept. 12, 2020 “Rise & Shine 2020-21 Kick Off”
Sept. 17-23, 2020 Constitution Week
October 10, 2020 “In Her Shoes”
Chapter presentation to the Community on
Domestic Violence Awareness
October 11, 2020 NSDAR National Day of Service
October 11, 2020 NSDAR National Day of Prayer
Oct. 22-23, 2020 Rockford Stand Down for Veterans
October 24, 2020 District II Fall Meeting
November 8, 2020 “Serving Those Who Have Served Us”
State Regent Sharla Luken
December 13, 2020 “Veterans Christmas Cards and Cookie Exchange”
“Gail Balsamello - Junior Shoppe”
Dec. 20, 2020 “Wreaths Across America”
February 13, 2021 “Packages for Patriots”
CAR President Diana Kwak
March 13, 2021 “Personalities”
Presented by Dr. Brian Wells
March 27, 2021 District II Spring Fling
March 28, 2021 “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day”
April 10, 2021 “jhoole: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for Women in Maheshwar, India;”
Presented by Hannah Warren
May 8, 2021 Circle of Change
Erin Rabon, Executive Director
June 3, 2021 District II Mini Tour
Hosted by Rochelle Chapter
June 12, 2021 “Fires that Changed Downtown Rochelle”
Tom McDermott
June xx, 2021 Ladies Night Out - “Tribute to Patriotic Music”
Date TBA (Usually last weekend in June)
June 30 - July 4, 2021 130th Continental Congress
August 8, 2021 Summer Dessert Mixer

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