Members of the board of Darien's Good Wife's River Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met recently at the Harbor Road home of Vice Regent Winifred Lom to finalize dates and make plans for the 2013-14 season.
This year's schedule begins when Constitution Week is commemorated from Sept. 17 to 23. Charky Armstrong serves as DAR Constitution Week Chairman.
DAR meetings start on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., when the chapter will join with three others for the annual Four-Town Meeting at the Lockwood Mathews Mansion in Norwalk. Mansion tours will be the highlight of the meeting hosted by Norwalk Village Green Chapter. Members of DAR chapters from Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton/Weston are invited.
The DAR state meeting will take place Oct. 25 to 26 at the Trumbull Marriott and all DAR members are encouraged to attend.
In December, the chapter also participates in and promotes the annual Wreaths Across America project. Forms for 2013 wreath sponsorships at $15 each soon will be available from DAR chapter members and from Phil Kraft, commander of the Darien VFW Post 6933. Newly formed Capt. David Hawley Chapter, Children of the American Revolution, also participates in fundraising efforts, along with individual members of Darien's Monuments and Ceremonies Commission, Darien High School sports teams and the Support Our Soldiers group. The 2013 wreath laying is planned for noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Spring Grove Veteran's Cemetery in Darien.
The Stamford DAR has invited Darien to its holiday luncheon at the Stamford Yacht Club on Sunday, Dec. 8. Darien's DAR chapter will host its own party at the Darien Historical Society when DAR Good Citizen Award Chairman Diana Angstadt will present the award to a patriotic senior from Darien High School.
The chapter commemorates America History Month by sponsoring an essay contest for fifth-graders in all Darien schools. On Monday, Feb. 3, the essay contest chairman, Sandra MacPherson, will present awards during a DAR-hosted afternoon reception at the Noroton Presbyterian Church parlor for student winners, parents and school administrators. The winning essay is then entered into the state competition.
The Darien chapter donates comfort items to the veteran's hospital. The chapter also helps to support and maintain the National Society's institutions, such as the DAR Genealogical Library and the DAR Museum and the Seimes Technology Center, which are open to the public in Washington, D.C. The NSDAR supports schools in Appalachia as well as schools for Native American and underprivileged children. The NSDAR seeks to perpetuate the memory of American patriots who participated in the Revolutionary War.
DAR membership is open to any woman age 18 or older who can document her direct lineage to a patriot who served the cause of American independence during the Revolutionary War. For information and applications, call Registrar Karen K. Polett at 203-656-0857.