The Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual State Conference on March 15-18 at the Richmond Marriott. Thirteen members of the Williamsburg Chapter joined 665 members from 121 other Virginia DAR chapters from around the state for a weekend of workshops, business, and a memorial service. The meeting was conducted by State Regent, Judith Joy Surber.
The Williamsburg Chapter won First Place for Outstanding Series of Programs on American History, Independence Day Celebration at Berkeley Plantation, Outstanding Chapter Team Work and Events during Constitution Week, First Place Patriotic Goody Bags for Teachers, Second Place Conservation Award, Best Junior American Citizen Program, Outstanding Participation in Naturalization Ceremonies and Support for Veterans and First Place for the Community Classroom First Grade Citizenship Partnership Project in conjunction with the Williamsburg-James City County Schools. Individual awards were presented to Kim Defibaugh, 1st Place State and 2nd Place National Award for her fiber art quilt entry "We Also Served" commemorating the women's service in World War I, Diane Rausch's special outstanding work and contribution to the Genealogical Records Committee and to Sandy Patton Reese for her extraordinary service and dedication and respect to all members of the community.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With nearly 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org.
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