First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
Fifty Members of Martin Severance chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Pasadena attended the virtual 130 Continental Congress from June 30-July 4.
This was the second time in the society’s history that the conference was entirely online. DAR is devoted to community service and philanthropy, supporting projects dedicated to education, patriotism and historic preservation.
More than 11,000 Daughters attended the event representing a membership of 190,000 from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and more than a dozen other countries. Business meetings were held and reports given on the work done during 2020. Outstanding award recipients were honored and future activities were planned.
Martin Severance member Carole Curran won first place in American Heritage for her harvest bag and second place for her porcelain decanter. Jane Wong and Carole Curran won first place for their commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower.
National awards were given to outstanding teachers, youth, veterans and citizens. People were recognized for distinguished military service and excellence in American history, scholarship, patriotism and community service. The resiliency of DAR members during the pandemic was noted with the announcement that more than one million pieces of personal protective equipment were sewn and donated locally by DAR members. DAR chapter members gave five million hours of their time supporting this project and other community programs. Pasadena’s Martin Severance chapter members donated more than 17,000 hours.
Chapter members Gage Hewes, Phyllis Lynes and Barbara Johnson were honored for supporting the restoration of DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. This $14 million project is scheduled for completion by June 2022. DAR Constitution Hall was designed and built in 1929 and it was designated a National Historic Landmark Building in 1985. Thanks to the efforts of the National Society, it is being restored.
On the last day of the conference, the NSDAR President General Denise VanBuren asked all members to continue to “rise and shine in service to America.”
Martin Severance Chapter was established in 1914 and is open to any women 18 years of age or older regardless of race, religion or ethnic background that can prove lineage descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.
For more information, visit their website at pasadena.californiadar.org or contact Chapter Regent Leslie McClure at firstname.lastname@example.org.