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Pilot Rock DAR honored at State convention

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Literature Narrative Contest winner - Shown at the DAR State Conference Saturday Luncheon are Dorothy Crooks of Boone State American Heritage Chairman (left) and Carol Berkler, Pilot Rock Delegate from Cherokee. Crooks presented Berkler a certificate of award for State 1st Place winner of the Literature Narrative Contest. Photo Contributed
The Iowa Society Daughters of the American Revolution held its 109th State conference at the Gateway Hotel and conference Center at Ames on May 1-3. The conference theme was "Iowa Daughters" Live Our Revolutionary Heritage from the Mississippi to the Missouri Rivers…Recruit, Research, Re-Energize."

Pilot Rock Chapter members attending were Mary Beth Seggerman and Aliene Flewelling of Kingsley, Lorene Mugge of Cleghorn, and Barbara Ivarson and Carol Berkler of Cherokee. Special guests were Carole Temple Farmer, Secretary General, NSDAR, from Arizona; and State Regents Beverly Przybylski from Oregon and Bonnie Glasgow from South Carolina. Pamela Wright, Chairman of NSDAR Community Service Awards from Houston was the speaker at the Saturday Junior breakfast.

The 172 attendees heard reports from Chapter Regents, State Officers and Chairmen on the accomplishments of the past year. They also heard speeches on DAR financing, American Heritage, and DAR schools. The conference also provided opportunities to network and exchange ideas.

Children of the American Revolution - Senior C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) President, Lance Ehmcke and daughter Betsey, Iowa C.A.R. President from Sioux City, are shown at the banquet on May 2 at the State DAR Conference. Betsey brought greetings to the state conference from the C.A.R. The Ehmckes are the son and granddaughter of the late Pilot Rock DAR member Helen Ehmcke of Cleghorn. Photo contributed
State Regent DiAnne Lerud-Chbb said, "It's inspiring to see so many Daughters make the trip to celebrate their hard work in their hometown communities. The reports of our Iowa members' enthusiastic dedication to historic preservation, education, and patriotism make it clear that DAR is playing an important role in cities and towns across the state."

Iowa's Governor Culver proclaimed May 2008 at DAR month. The state of Iowa has 300 Historical Markers. The DAR chapters are in the process of locating all of their deceased members' graves marked with the DAR logo marker and also locating all the graves of Real Daughters of the American Revolution (their father actually served in the Revolutionary War).

The Outstanding American History Teacher, DAR High School Good Citizens, ISDAR Scholarship winners, and American Heritage winners were recognized during the Saturday luncheon on May 3.

Pilot Rock Chapter DAR received a Gold Award for Chapter Achievement. Other awards they received as a chapter were for Outstanding Media Coverage, Constitution Week, DAR Service for Veterans--Activity in all nine areas, Most American History Awards for Outstanding Work, and American History Essay Participation. Carol Berkler was presented a Certificate of Award for her Iowa first place entry in the American Heritage Contest in the Literature-Narrative category for her article on "The Vietnam Moving Wall. " Her entry was forwarded to Washington for national competition. Nancy Hier of Marcus was the recipient of a Certificate of Award for Outstanding Service in Literary Promotion. Nancy Parrott of Washta and Peggy Corrington of Cherokee received Certificates of appreciation for Outstanding Chapter Work, both in the area of Volunteer Information Specialists. Also a certificate of Appreciation was presented to Pilot Rock Chapter for a donation to the DAR Library by Elaine Leavitt of Marcus. The members of Pilot Rock Chapter have had a very busy year.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and to support better education for our nations' children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War.

With more than 168,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. DAR is also the publisher of the award-winning magazine "American Spirit." Copies may be seen in the genealogy room at the Cherokee Public Library.

To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org.

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I am a cousin of Helen (crocker ) Ehmcke and it has been some time that i have corresponded with her and since she has passed away I am looking for her DAR Papers and who she is connected to.In our line are the surnames Crocker,Hutchinson,and Hammond,all who served in the Rev.War.lance Ehmcke is her son and also may be a member.Any help will be apprecated. William Strathman

-- Posted by strathman william on Fri, Mar 30, 2012, at 8:41 PM

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