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Local DAR Chapter Organized in Van Alstyne

A group of organizing members met at the First Christian Church in Van Alstyne to form an official chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution on Oct. 5. Texas Society Organizing Secretary, Catharine Browning from Lampasas, Texas, was present to install local officers: Regent Laura Cooper, Vice Regent Michele Cargill, Recording Secretary Jackie Penning, Corresponding Secretary Sandi Heilman, Registrar Janice Feller, and Historian Robin Reynold-Burns.

Sister Grove Chapter NSDAR were honored by the attendance of numerous state officers and committee chairmen/vice chairmen, including Catherine Browning, TSDAR Organizing Secretary; Cindy Lucas Rucker, TSDAR Historian; Susan Reno, TSDAR District 3 Director; Carole Lowe, TSDAR American Heritage Chairman; Cathy Peterson, TSDAR Membership Chairman District III; Julie Gustafson, TSDAR Volunteer Genealogists Vice Chairman District 3, and husband Skip Gustafson; and Beverly Martin, TSDAR Volunteer Genealogists Vice Chairman District 6. Martin also serves as regent of the Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter NSDAR, Sherman, and Susan Reno is the regent of the Sarah Cockrell Chapter NSDAR, Dallas.

Other distinguished visitors included Teddie Ann Salmon, Mayor of Van Alstyne, Carol B Tatum, John Abston Chapter NSDAR; Martha Jefferson Randolph Chapter members, Ann Nordeen; Johanna Kroeger; Ann McDougal, past regent, and Karen Thomason; and Julie Avedikian, Mary Shirley McGuire Chapter Regent.

In addition to chapter officers organizing members attending were Suzanne Exley, Michele Fagan, Tammy Harbaugh, Laura Hornbeck, Cheryl Jackson, Cathy Johnston, Kanita Larkins, Jan Ojers, Allie McTee, Membership Chairman, Cathy Reed, Margo Rice, Tina Sikes, and Renae Telford. Those organizing members not attending were Sandra Abe, Erin Cargill, Jessica Harbaugh, Samantha Harbaugh, and Alice Stewart.

On Jan. 23, Sister Grove Chapter held its first meeting of the new year, with 17 members in attendance. Since it was the annual business meeting for the chapter, officer and committee chairmen presented their reports and Cooper reported on the upcoming State Conference to be help in Dallas March 6-9.

The next regular meeting of Sister Grove Chapter NSDAR will be on Feb. 27 at the First Christian Church. For further information, contact Laura Cooper at 817-713-2100, or if you recognize the name of a friend who is a member she can give you the information.

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 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org.

To find out you can become a member of this vibrant and dedicated group of women, contact Laura Cooper at 817-713-2100 or email sistergrovedar@gmail.com.

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