Skokie Valley Chapter NSDAR

Kenilworth, Illinois

We are excited to be an active chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) and the Illinois State Organization NSDAR. We are honored that you are interested in the DAR, and in the Skokie Valley Chapter NSDAR in particular. We actively seek new members and opportunities to promote DAR objectives in our community.

We actively promote and contribute to the objectives of the NSDAR: historic preservation, education, and patriotism. We welcome new members!

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Skokie Valley Chapter Members

Former Illinois State Regent Sharla Luken seated center, amidst state officers, chairmen and with NSDAR Chaplain General, Pamela Bork to Sharla’s right, and surrounded by her Skokie Valley Chapter NSDAR members standing behind her.

Our National Society was only thirty-five years old when thirteen North Shore women met in the Kenilworth, Illinois, home of Fannie Ames Cope on the last day of 1925, to organize the Skokie Valley Chapter NSDAR. The name was chosen because the founders lived in villages from Wilmette to Waukegan, Illinois, an area once known as the Skokie Valley.

Beginning in the summer of 1933, our Skokie Valley Chapter NSDAR members collected books, playing cards, and games for young men in the Skokie Valley Civilian Conservation Corps Camp “as they worked to build the Skokie Lagoons State Park.”

An active group of Junior members provided a total of 6,190 volunteer hours from 1943-1944. Members helped with draft registration, gave blood, took nurse's aide and first aid courses, worked in war savings stamp booths, and were on U.S.O. committees. They served Sunday evening suppers to servicemen at USO centers and sent cookies and candy to the Skokie Valley Military Police Camp.

Skokie Valley Chapter NSDAR sponsored an Entertainment Committee for Disabled Veterans at North Chicago Hospital (1935-39); gave three summer parties for veterans at North Chicago VA Medical Center (1973, 1975, and 1982); gave money, gifts, books, cancelled stamps, ditty bags, and even 40 pounds of bananas one year; won a first place in Outstanding Support of DAR Project Patriot in Illinois (2011); supported veterans by contributing to Honor Flight Chicago (2010, 2012, and 2014).

The chapter has supported National Society projects, including the Bell Tower at Valley Forge (1953), the Independence Hall Restoration for the Bicentennial, the Statue of Liberty Restoration for her 100th birthday, the Ellis Island Restoration, the restoration of the American flag at the Smithsonian Institution, the building of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. (2004), the President General’s Lay Light Restoration Project at Constitution Hall (2012), and the President General’s Project to repair Constitution Hall and Memorial Continental Hall at NSDAR headquarters in Washington, D.C. (2015).

In 2019, Skokie Valley daughter Sharla Luken made chapter history as the chapter’s first member to be elected Illinois State Regent, 2019‑2021.

If you would like to contact a chapter officer directly, please use links below.

Regent Susan Chadd
First Vice Regent Nancy Rose
Second Vice Regent Dana Salazar
Chaplain Laura Koh
Recording Secretary Carolyn Jevelian
Corresponding Secretary Erin Wheeler
Treasurer Roxann Specht
Registrar Sonja Witschonke-Mess
Historian Elizabeth Chalker
Librarian Valerie Braun
Greta Satek

Our Programs 2021-2022

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

September 17-23 Constitution Week
September 23 Our Constitution
Presented by Judy Deptula
October 9 National Day of Service and Literacy
October 11 Anniversaery of the Founding of the Daughters of the American Revolution
National Day of Service
October 21 NSDAR Medal Ceremony
Program: My Grandmother's DAR, Illinois State Regent Debra Coe
November 20 Amelia Earhart
Presented by Dave Rutter
December 11 Holiday Luncheon Honoring DAR Good Citizens Award Winners
Presented by Polly Moles
December 18 Wreaths Across America
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
January 13 Valentines for Veterans
Guided by Nancy Rose
February 19 American History Essay Contest Awards
Presented by Elizabeth Chalker
February 21 William Dawes Society C.A.R. George Washington Birthday Party
Sponsored by Fort Dearborn Chapter, NSDAR and Skokie Valley Chapter, NSDAR
March 19 Annual Membership Business Meeting
Presented by Chapter Officers
April 21 Afghanistan Veteran
Presented by Carrie Hoza
May 19 Spring Luncheon and Installation of Officers
Presented by Skokie Valley Chapter, NSDAR
August 20 Prospective Members Meet & Greet Coffee
Hostess: Sonja Witschonke-Mess