The Overland Trail Chapter, formed in August 2012, attended the Colorado State Conference of the Daughters of the American Revolution from May 1-4 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Denver. This conference is where the 42 Colorado chapters gather for their annual business meeting and training. There are also award banquets to honor those selected as state winners in scholarships, veteran’s awards and youth awards.
Representing the Overland Trail Chapter at this years conference were Regent Sue Harmon and members Susan Brand, Andrea Lyngar, Dawn Paschal, Carol Cook, Katherine Snider and Anne Berry. The chapter was one of 11 hostess chapters and was responsible for the Exhibit Room, where chapters from around the state place displays of their activities to be reviewed by all attending the conference.
During the business sessions the Overland Trail Chapter received 18 certificates showing outstanding performance during the past year. Most noted of the certificates were for their participation in Box Tops for Education to assist the DAR Schools; Service to Veterans; donations to the DAR Library in Washington, DC; American History Essays in local schools; third in state for U.S. Flag Certificates given to local schools and businesses; participation in Constitution Week activities and 1st and 2nd place awards for increasing membership.
In addition, the Overland Trail Chapter submitted Diggs Brown, President of the Board for Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado for the Colorado State DAR Outstanding Veteran Volunteer Award. State Regent Marcy Kimminau presented this award to Brown at the Patriots Award Banquet on May 3.
The Overland Trail Chapter continues to work with the schools in Wellington, LaPorte and the mountain schools of Livermore, Stove Prairie and Red Feather Lakes. They also work with our veterans, active duty military and our communities in support of their mission of patriotism, education and historic preservation.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. To learn more about the work of the Overland Trail Chapter and DAR, visit their website at http://overlandtrail.coloradodar.org.