Overland Trail Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution celebrates first anniversary

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On Oct. 5, members of the Overland Trail Chapter gathered at Mulligan’s in Fort Collins to celebrate the club’s first anniversary. The private dining room with the wood paneling on the walls and the fireplace aglow was the perfect place for these descendants of the American Revolutionary War to hold their special event. As chaplain Gloria Roop said, “It has always seemed to me to be the sort of neighborhood place our ancestors would have favored for their meetings. Very appropriate in all respects.”

Seventeen women from LaPorte, Wellington, Livermore, Evans, Loveland, Greeley, Estes Park and Fort Collins began working on their new chapter, headquartered in LaPorte, in the summer of 2012. The chapter was confirmed by the national headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6, 2012. Since then, members have been busy in their rural communities working on the DAR’s mission of patriotism, education, and historic preservation.

During their first year they recognized youth from our schools, fire fighters from the High Park Fire, Veteran’s Plaza of Northern Colorado members, worked with the schools on Constitution Week and more. They have now reached a membership of 26 and have three pending new members. “All of the ladies in choosing to start this new chapter made it their goal to make a difference. They have worked hard over the past year and will continue to do so for our schools, veterans, and communities,” Chapter Regent Sue Harmon said.

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. With more than 175,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, please contact the Overland Trial Chapter at overlandtraildar@frii.com or visit their website at http://overlandtrail.coloradodar.org/