Chief Senachwine Chapter of DAR hosts opening meeting Sept. 3

Freedom House presentation is given by community relations manager

At the opening meeting of the Chief Senachwine Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, held at the Henry Presbyterian Church on Sept. 3, the Chief Senachwine Chapter held opening ceremonies followed by a program, “Freedom House: a Safe Haven Serving Our Communities,” presented by Trisha Schafer, Freedom House community relations manager.

Members also donated items needed by Freedom House.

Four National awards have recently been received by the Chapter: for most Constitution Week news articles and presenting Constitution Week Minutes or Reading the Preamble at meetings and Zero Member Resignations/Drops and Chapter Achievement Award - Level One.

Members will celebrate Constitution Week Sept. 17-23 with donations of Constitution booklets and bulletin board materials to schools, materials to libraries, proclamations by mayors, displays at libraries and a historical museum, and ringing bells at 3 p.m. on Sept. 17 to join in celebrating Constitution Week coast to coast.

Reports of officers and committee chairmen followed: American History, Commemorative Events noting the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attack, Community Service, Flag of the U.S.A., Historic Preservation, Literacy Promotion and Women’s Issues.

Members voted to invite a transfer member from Moline and a local resident of Henry into membership. Assistance will be given by the Chapter Registrar in tracing ancestry from Revolutionary War days to a current generation for the Henry prospective member.

Oct. 11 is noted as the NSDAR Day of Prayer, and this year it is also the NSDAR Day of Service. Donating personal toiletries to Freedom House residents was decided as the chapter’s service project.

The Financial Review report was accepted, and the proposed budget for 2021-22 was adopted.

The next meeting will be Friday, Oct. 1, at 1:30 p.m. in the Henry Public Library with presenter Illinois State Organization National Defense Chairman, Laurie Perry, sharing a powerpoint program about the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.