About Us

We are one of the newest chapters in the State of Illinois. We were organized on February 5, 2018, with twenty members.

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Regent Dolores Dace
Vice Regent Diane Zimmerman
Chaplain Diana Williamson
Recording Secretary Nancy Gillfillani
Corresponding Secretary Karen (Carrie) Schwiderski
Treasurer Wendy Welch
Registrar Sharon Bittner
Historian/Librarian Florence Finfgeld


Please contact us if you would like to attend a meeting or would like more information.

September 5, 2020 Rededication of Wykoff graves
October 2, 2020 Quilts of Valor
Presented by: Terry Johnson
November 6, 2020 Serving Those Who Have Served Us
Presented by: Sharla Luken, Illinois State Regent
December 4, 2020   
February 5, 2021 Women’s Heart Health
Presented by: Carol Byrd
March 6, 2021 DAR Good Citizens Recognition
The Dana-Thomas Cottage Project
Presented by: Marria Blinn, DAR State Historian
April 3, 2021  
May 2, 2021  

Our Namesake

Chief Senachwine was the name of a Potawatomi Indian Chief (c.1744-1831) who became chieftain following the death of his brother Gomo. These Illinois River Indians were the last major Potawatomi chieftains to live in the area.

In his book, "The Sauks and the Black Hawk War: With Biographical Sketches, etc.," United States Indian Agency member, Perry Armstrong, wrote the name “Senachwine” stood for "Rock in the Water," and meant the chief was "so much firmer than other Indians that he was a rock around which other Indians rippled like water." Chief Senachwine spoke against joining Black Hawk in the Black Hawk War saying that it would serve no purpose.

Chief Senachwine is buried on a high bluff overlooking the site of his Indian settlement along Lake Senachwine north of the village of Putnam which lies north of Henry.

Chief Senachwine Marker