National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
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.
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.
The home of Josephine Waite Barker, 1906.
|Vice Regent||Debby Katzman|
|Chaplain||Mary Lou Kator|
|Recording Secretary||Kathy Volkert|
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”
|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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Website last updated December 28, 2020
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