The Little Blue River Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), in Grandview, celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday, February 11, at John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit. The guest speaker and chapter historian, Cherise Walker, presented the history of the Little Blue River Chapter, which was established February 10, 1973, as the 90th chapter of the Missouri State Society DAR by then regent Mrs. William Boney.
Starting with 17 organizing members and 7 perspective members, the chapter has grown to over 50 members today. Two daughters who joined the chapter in the 1970’s, Hazel Adell and Sandra McNeil, were honored and presented special DAR pins in appreciation of their service.
The DAR Outstanding Teacher of American History Award was presented to Diane Euston. This award honors notable full-time teachers of history (and related fields such as social studies, government, and citizenship education) in public, private, and parochial schools, grades 5-12. These teachers have demonstrated excellence in readily sharing an incisive knowledge of American History, demonstrating a commitment to their students, fostering a spirit of patriotism and loyal support of our country, relating history to modern life and events, and requiring high academic standards at all times from their students. Euston, a prolific writer, and Grandview High School history teacher is well known in the community for her outstanding writing and research of Kansas City history.
Clara Van Draska, a member of the Little Blue Chapter was awarded the Historic Preservation Recognition award. Van Draska is an outstanding community volunteer for Literacy KC, the Historic Oxford School House, the John Wornall House and has served as the President of the Leawood Historic Commission. She has been extremely involved in compiling historical information and presenting it in a very understandable way.
The DAR, founded October 1, 1890, and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future. Women 18 years or older who can prove lineage to a patriot who served in the American Revolution is eligible for membership. For information regarding becoming a member of DAR, contact Vera Glenn, Regent of the Little Blue River Chapter at email@example.com
For information regarding becoming a member of DAR, contact Vera Glenn, Regent of the Little Blue River Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Diane Euston is the best! She is well-deserving of the award!