Today, comprised of members from Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Poland and surrounding areas, there exists the Mahoning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Eligibility, according to Nancy Lewis, a member since 2004, and current registrar for the Mahoning chapter, is open to all women who can prove lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving United States independence, irrespective of race or religion. The National Society of DAR is the final arbiter of the acceptability of all applications for membership.
According to information provided by Lewis, acceptable ancestors include but aren’t limited to: signers of the Declaration of Independence, military veterans of the American Revolutionary War, and prisoners of war, refugees, ministers, and doctors and nurses who aided Revolutionary casualties.
Originating and continuing as a service organization, DAR operates under the motto of “God, Home, Country,” according to Lewis, who said that overall, the organization includes 850,000 members with at least one chapter in every state in the union, and in 17 countries.
Lewis shared that some of the service projects the ladies of the Mahoning Chapter of the DAR have been involved in, include, collection and donation of personal items for veterans through the naturalization program at the Mahoning County Courthouse. The women also present an American flag to each new American citizen, and they award a bronze medal to the most honored ROTC student each year.
Sharing that she heard about the group from a friend, Lewis added that her favorite part of membership includes the programs they hold at each of their monthly meetings. Those programs may include speakers on such topics as history, public education, conservation, etc., and at times, re-enactors.
In addition, each year the DAR holds a memorial service honoring any members who have passed away during that year.
It was at their meeting on June 13, that The Mahoning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its installment of new officers for the 2011-2013 term. Newly elected officers include: Regent Mary Altiere, Vice Regent Milly Lumley, Chaplain Priscilla Sutton, Recording Secretary Rolayne Kasmer, Corresponding Secretary Barbara Parker, Treasurer Frances Stoner, Lewis, Librarian/Historian Bonnie Casto and board members Carol Tallman, Sarah Reynolds, and Mary Lou Shively.
The chapter meets the second Monday of each month (excluding January, July and August) and will meet next on Sept. 12, at Ala Carte catering on Ohio 62 in Canfield at noon. Interested parties can visit www.dar.org for additional information.
Lewis resides in Canfield. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother, and has proven the bloodline lineage to her great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather, a soldier and later a rebel who led the Whiskey Rebellion.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Nancy Lewis of Canfield is a 2004 member and registrar with the Mahoning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.