Local DAR chapter celebrates 75 years
On Saturday, Oct. 3, members of the Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and their guests celebrated the founding of the Bay Village chapter 75 years ago.
Martha Devotion Huntington was the wife of Samuel Huntington, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Their adopted son, Samuel H. Huntington, would become Governor of Ohio.
Forty-five celebrants gathered at LaCentre to commemorate three milestones: the founding of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution 125 years ago, the charter approval of the Martha Devotion Huntington chapter 75 years ago, and the 50 years that have elapsed since the Vietnam War.
Flags representing the Vietnam and chapter milestones, the 50-star flag and Grand Union flag, were displayed. The Grand Union flag was carried by George Washington before the Declaration of Independence.
The Flag of Heroes, inscribed in the red stripes with the names of emergency personnel who gave their lives to save others in the 9/11 terrorist attack, was also displayed.
The Grand Union flag and Flag of Heroes were from the collection of Tom Gorgas.
Chapter Regent Vicky Heineck introduced the guests of honor: Marcia Seifert, past Vice President General NSDAR and past State Regent of Ohio DAR; Nancy Wright, State Vice Regent, Ohio DAR; and Mary Chase, NE District Director, Ohio DAR. Guests also included members of other Ohio DAR chapters and other lineage societies.
The keynote speaker, OSDAR State Regent Sandra McCann, rallied and encouraged DAR members to show their pride in the DAR National Headquarters, Washington, D.C., as well as the Ohio DAR-owned and maintained Waldschmidt Homestead, near Cincinnati, in the interests of historic preservation, education and patriotism – goals of the DAR.
McCann also read from the 1940 state proceedings, which included the founding of the Martha Devotion Huntington chapter and acceptance of the name. Notification came from Washington via telegram. McCann observed that today, similar notifications would come by text or email.
“With a 75-year history, there are remarkable technological advances,” McCann said.
In its 75 years, Martha Devotion Huntington chapter has strived to support local community events as well as keeping with DAR goals and the DAR motto, “God, home and country." Three chapter members, Marguerite Drake, Helena Walsh and Doris Gorgas, have been named Bay Village Citizens of the Year.
Following the luncheon and program, and before concluding the event with a white-glove receiving line, attendees were invited to “shop” the sale of beaded bracelets. Proceeds from the sale will support Fulton House veterans.
DAR members have proven lineal descent from Revolutionary War Patriots. Martha Devotion Huntington chapter members have documented proof of over 100 Revolutionary War patriot ancestors.
For membership information, contact Doris Gorgas, firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-835-0794.
Past Regent of Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.