An educational program was given on a mission trip to Haiti. Patriotic and historical programs included the early history of Pilot Rock chapter, memories of a Gold Star Mom and the Vietnam Moving Wall, a tour of the Reed Museum and the Hen House Antiques in Marcus, Constitution Week with Mayors signing proclamations, honor flight to Washington, D.C., and a Pilot Rock antiques road show. A program on women's issues was given by Lynn Ivarson on Hospice Care and Wilma Starkey on caregiving for yourself.
Five Ehmcke and Conley children, members of C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) helped place a wreath and flowers at the Oak Hill Cemetery Memorial Day programs.
The luncheon meetings were held at Danny's Sports Spot and the Depot Great Room in Cherokee and at Christine's in Marcus.
At the awards day held in February at the Cherokee Community Center, scholarships were presented to five area high school good citizens. Community service awards were presented to Jim Staver and Dana Evans. An American history teacher award was presented to Nancy Parrott of Washta, and her husband Don received a HODAR (husband of DAR). In addition this part year, scholarships were presented to Pilot Rock members and their descendants for continuing education.
Another project in 2009 was presenting a check to the Quimby Cemetery Trustees for the work on their cemetery grave directory/locator board.
Members attended the State DAR conference at Ames, summer board of management meeting in Ames, and fall district meeting at Nevada, Iowa.
The chapter ended the year by decorating a Christmas tree for the festival of trees at Sanford Museum in Cherokee.
The National Society DAR was founded October 11, 1890. Membership includes about 168,000 members in all U.S. states and 11 foreign countries. Any woman 18 years or older, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. For more information contact Barbara Ivarson or Opal Williams of Cherokee.