National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
As a Vietnam Commemorative Chapter, we are part of the Department of Defense's 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the War in Vietnam. Veterans have been honored through luncheons, sailing on an authentic WWII Higgins Boat, ceremonies recognizing their service, and individual recognition at local nursing homes. We also support veterans at the LaSalle Veterans Home, and send Christmas and birthday cards to veterans.
Read more on our service to veterans here.
The week of September 17-23, commemorates the adoption of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. It is recognized by the chapter through the "Bell Ringing Ceremony," articles in the local paper, and a display at the Flagg Rochelle Library.
Members and prospective members of the chapter are shown at the Flagg Rochelle Library next to a display of Constitution Week posters. In honor of Constitution Week, the chapter met for a fascinating presentation on "DAR Constitution Hall: A historic gathering place" by Library Director Sarah Flannagan. Here is a short clip about the restoration of Constitution Hall.
Members of the chapter are shown in front of the original wing of the historic Flagg Rochelle Public Library. In 1912, the Andrew Carnegie Foundation contributed $10,000 to build a library in Rochelle. The library building is an excellent example of ‘Prairie School’ architecture and is often mistaken for a Wright building. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Taste of the Colonies
Traditional foods from colonial days such as shepherd's pie, spoon bread, corn bread, baked beans carrot salad, and gingerbread were served to acquaint members with the type of foods our ancestors would have eaten. Regent Lydia Roberts and member/speaker Mary Lou Kator are shown in colonial style dress.
Members, associates, and prospective members of the Rochelle Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, marched and rode in the Chapter's float in the Amboy Depot Days parade. The parade theme "Service is Golden" was reflected on gold medallions highlighting the Society's missions of Patriotism, Education and Historical Preservation through service to veterans, students, and community. The 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote was portrayed with some members dressed as suffragettes from 1919. The chapter's float won 2nd prize in the parade theme category!
One student per school is chosen each year from the local high schools of Amboy, Ashton-Franklin Center, Paw Paw, Rochelle Township, and Stillman Valley to receive the Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, DAR Good Citizen award. These outstanding students are chosen by a process involving both their fellow students and teachers for exemplifying the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.
Photo on the left: Nancy Detig, DAR Good Citizen chairman of the Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, presented the 2018 NSDAR Good Citizen award to Claire Coffman from Ashton-Franklin Center High School.
Photo on the right: Lydia Roberts (far left, dressed in Colonial style), Regent and Nancy Detig (far right), Good Citizen chairman, are shown presenting the 2018 NSDAR Good Citizen award to Jacie Wyatt, Rochelle Township High School, and Kallie Appleman, Amboy High School.
The following students from two additional area high schools were also 2018 NSDAR Good Citizen award winners: Gabriel Johnston, Paw Paw; and Stephanie Anderson, Stillman Valley.
The Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, supports conservation efforts through recycling, education, and volunteerism. We are working in our community to help educate, protect, and increase habitat for the monarch butterfly.
Regent Roberts of the Rochelle Chapter, NSDAR, presented the chapter's 2018 Community Service Award to Wendell (Pal) Colwill for his leadership in establishing the Rochelle Veterans War Memorial at Lawnridge Cemetery
Aubrey Headon was presented the chapter's 2019 Community Service Award for her unique way of honoring the Dark Horse Battallion: Aubrey spent 2 years creating her prom dress which honored 25 soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan as members of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines with their names printed on red, white & blue ribbons on her dress. She is quoted as saying "I wanted to wear this tribute dress to my senior prom so the memories of the guys who fell in Afghanistan for our right to live how we do and do what we do every day is carried on."
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Website last updated May 8, 2022
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