New chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution forms in LaPorte

On Aug. 11, a group of dedicated ladies gathered at Mulligan’s in Fort Collins to form a new chapter for the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), the Overland Trail Chapter. This new chapter is located in LaPorte and will be the 42nd chapter in Colorado.

The NSDAR State Regent, Gale Crafton, presided over the meeting by conducting the patriotic exercises and the welcome. She read the history of the chapter’s name and then gave the Oath of Office to the seven members present, who will be the executive board of the new chapter. Executive board members include Regent Sue Harmon; Vice Regent Libbi Alcorn; Recording Secretary Laurie Button; Treasurer Andi Lyngar; Registrar Colleen Ivey; Historian Jennifer Dodds; and Librarian Dawn Paschal. Gloria Roop was unable to attend, but was later installed as chaplain.

By Sue Harmon

State Organizing Secretary Marion Hiltenbrand gave the program on the Mission of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her PowerPoint presentation provided insight to the three main areas of its mission — patriotism, education and historic preservation. Included within all three areas is the great support for our veterans, active duty military personnel and their families.

Overland Trail Chapter was confirmed by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution at their Oct. 6 Board of Management meeting.

The chapter members are looking forward to being in our communities of Wellington, LaPorte and Stove Prairie working with the schools and community leaders. From awards to scholarships to patriotic presentations, these women wish to share and include their communities in the DAR mission.

Any woman 18 years or older — regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background — who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership.

Researching your family history is a wonderful adventure. Genealogy is one of the fastest growing areas of interest. If you are new to genealogy, we have people who can help you on this adventure.

For more information about the Overland Trail Chapter or for membership questions, please contact overlandtraildar@frii.com. You can also visit the DAR Prospective Member Information Request page at https://www.dar.org/natsociety/pmd/prospective.cfm

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