Mendota DAR to send 192 Christmas cards to support troops

Club encourages public to visit, send greetings to veterans

Diane Raycraft, of Crystal Lake, works on creating a handmade Christmas card for senior residents of Hearthstone on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, in Crystal Lake.  Raycraft makes cards every month for seniors at the residence.

The Fort du Rocher Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Sept. 16 at Graves-Hume Library in Mendota.

Vice Regent Bev Richardson conducted the meeting.

Ruth Meinhardt said the Sweet Corn Festival booth was successful. Many stopped to read the information about the DAR.

Meinhardt said 192 Christmas cards to support troops were signed. These will be sent to those who are deployed.

She said 109 World War II veterans die daily. If anyone knows a vet, take the time to visit or send a card to thank them for their service, the club encouraged.

Amanda Simpson reported on the Wreaths Across America. Wreaths that are bought will be placed in national cemeteries Dec. 16. The deadline to buy wreaths for this year is Nov. 28.

The DAR hopes wreaths will be placed in every state in the nation. Donors are invited to attend National Wreaths Across America Day at any participating locations Dec. 16. For information about the wreath-laying ceremony, to register as a volunteer or to contact the location coordinators at a particular location, visit the location page.

The chapter will be selling toffee as a fundraiser. It’s hoped each member will sell five boxes.

In honor of Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23, members played Constitution Jeopardy. This week was first declared by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. Members did so well prizes were given to all.

Upcoming events include the DAR Day of Service on Oct. 11. The District II meeting will be Oct. 20 at the Mendota Civic Center. The next chapter meeting will Oct. 14 at the First United Methodist Church. 100 E. Sixth St., Mendota. The annual memorial service is planned.

Any woman older than 18 years of age who wished to learn more about Daughters of the American Revolution is invited to attend the meeting or go online to