"It's so nice to meet with other women who enjoy history and genealogy," said Carol Hubbard, member of the Mahoning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
As the second oldest chapter, according to Mary Altiere, fellow member and current regent, the Mahoning Chapter of the DAR also holds the honor of being the oldest chapter in the state still operating under its original charter.
It was through the efforts of Rachel Wick Taylor that the Mahoning Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was organized on April 18, 1893, according to information provided by the DAR.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Four of the approximately 75 members of the Mahoning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; pictured are: Marty Campana, Carol Hubbard, Ileene Shaffer-Rozich(a three-time past regent), and current Regent Mary Altiere.
Comprised of approximately 75 members, the Mahoning Chapter of the organization meets monthly, opening with lunch and a speaker, and concluding with a business meeting and throughout the year, activities include donations to veterans, and the distribution of flags at naturalization ceremonies.
In addition, membership in the organization provides the opportunity to work with the youth of our country through educational programs offered by the NSDAR, such as American History Essay Contest, DAR Scholarships, and DAR Good Citizens.
Encouraging their members to become active in community historic preservation and service as guardians of documents and records of our past, the DAR brings with it the opportunity to meet new people and develop friendships with others who share a similar interest of "God, Home and Country."
Requirements include the ability to provide proof of your bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in the Revolutionary War effort; however, those who are not certain need not research alone. According to Hubbard, the Mahoning Chapter of the DAR has a registrar who assists with compilation of the necessary documentation, which must be provided from primary sources, and once completed, all information is sent to a registered genealogist in Washington, D.C., where it will remain stored after its review.
For Marty Campana, documentation of her history includes that of relative Col. James Bird, whom she described as Scottish royalty who gave up everything for fight for America because he believed in the cause of freedom.
"How fun it is to track family and find out about your gene pool," she said.
Open to individuals outside of the area and always welcoming new members, the Mahoning Chapter includes members from outside the state. Additional information on the Daughters of the Revolution can be found at the DAR website: www.dar.org, where a direct link to the Mahoning Chapter is located.