Chapter Projects & Activities
Some of our Projects:
Military Family Coupon Clipping Program. Samuel Chase Daughters collect coupons that are sent to various active-duty military (Army, Air Force, Marine, Navy) locations around the world. These coupons are greatly appreciated and valued by families stationed overseas.
Operation We Care (OWC). A local organization that supports active-duty deployed military throughout the world. Twice a year OWC packs 800 to 1,000 care packages which are sent to individuals wherever they are located during their deployment. Samuel Chase supports OWC by collecting needed items and helping to pack boxes.
DAR Good Citizen Award. High school seniors who demonstrate qualities of citizenship, dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism are selected by their school to particiate in an essay contest. This year's theme was "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving it: You as your peers are our Nation’s leaders of tomorrow. How would you energize America’s youth to fully engage as effective citizens? Why is that important?” Picture are winners from the participating schools and our DAR Good Citizen Committee Chair.
Lap Robes. Another one of our ongoing yearly projects. Daughters gather monthly to knit/make/sew lap robes from donated materials and yarns. Working closely with our local nursing homes, these lap robs are gifted to veterans residing in the nursing homes in honor of their service. We distribute these gifts around Veterans Day, November 11th
A Few of Our Recent Activities:
February 2021: The Samuel Chase Chapter's annual Good Citizens Awards program was held at our February 5 meeting. Four area high school seniors wrote essays that were presented at this meeting. What an amazing group of young ladies they are. Good Citizen Chair Deb Breda beautifully hosted the program in-person while several members, the students, parents, guidance counselors, school officials, and special guests joined Samuel Chase virtually. Vice-Regent Judy Halter and member De Matthews ensured that the virtual meeting worked seamlessly with the in-person meeting.
Deb Breda notifying Alyssa that she won the award!
Alyssa Morgan Boltz
Senior, Mardela High School
Samuel Chase Chapter essay winner
January 2021: Valentines Project
What a fun 'Service for Veterans' project, 188 Valentine's Day cards to be distributed to Veterans at the Loch Raven VA Medical Center and Baltimore VA Medical Center. Twelve Salisbury, MD members and three members living in FL, SC, and MT wrote heartfelt messages to the Veterans and delivered or mailed them to Brenda Desormeaux. Luke, a son of one of our members, wrote three of his own. I think Luke nailed our sentiments perfectly! Special thanks to member Brenda Desormeaux. She requested a project from Kathy Arth, our MD State Chair - Service For Veterans and VAVS representative, and Kathy came through for us. Brenda initiated this while completing the Members Course Module - Service for Veterans.
December 2020: Samuel Chapter members joined others to place wreaths on the gravesites of the more than 1200 veterans buried in the Parsons Cemetary in Salisbury, MD. This year was especially memorable. One of the sections that we laid wreaths in was the columbarium. Our chapter knew in advance the names of the 18 veterans resting there. Using online research tools in advance, each member rotated presenting a brief overview of a veteran, their military service, and life, placed a U.S.A flag sticker beside his name, and hung a wreath on the fence in his honor.
Front row, left to right: Vice-Regent Judy Halter, Barbara MacNamara, Donna Messick, Marlene Davenport
Back row left to right: De Matthews, Linda Kent, Regent Dotty Semotchko, MD State Librarian Mary Anne Adkins
July 2020: Samuel Chase is now a sponsor for Wreaths Across America. You can help fund our chapter activities and honor our veterans at our annual wreath laying at Parsons Cemetery on December 19, 2020 at 12 p.m. Click here to donate now! Here is a photo from a previous years event. Represented below is Retta Mills, Lee Ellen Griffith, Judy Halter, Mary Anne Adkins, Barbara Kerr and Virginia Trader.
December 2019: Salisbury Christmas Parade. Samuel Chase Daughters walked the parade route, distributing candies and DAR literature along the way.
November 17, 2019: Samuel Chase Daughters packing boxes during the Operation We Care (OWC) packing event, Sharptown, Maryland, in support of troops deployed overseas. The the efforts of all of the day's volunteers, OWC was able to mail over 1,000 care packages. How exciting!
A DAR Daughter and her HODAR (Husband of DAR) are glueing panels, decorated by school children, inside each box. One of the panels is left blank for the person who packs the box to write a special message to the recipient. Smiles all around afer a long, but most fullfilling day!
November 6, 2019: Member's home, Salisbury, Maryland. An afternoon of Coupon Clipping. Samuel Chase Daughters gathered to clip coupons for military families deployed overseas. Boxes of coupons will be mailed to Kadena Air Force Base and Naval Base Greta, Italy.
October 2019: Village of Hope, Salisbury, Maryland. Samuel Chase Daughters collected and delivered donations to Village of Hope.
October 19-20, 2019: 1st Delmarva Genealogy & Heritage Conference, Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland. Samuel Chase Daughters help interested ladies, who stopped by our booth, to learn more about how to research their family history and how to find out if they might have a Revolutionary War patriot. Our chapter's Vice-Regent worked 1:1 with many interested ladies. Daughters also attended the many wonderful workshops offered.
June 16, 2019: Poplar Hill Mansion Festival, Salisbury, Maryland. Samuel Chase Daughters and Marine reenactors offered the community a glimpse of life during the 1812 time period. The tall black hats were known as "common hats" -- such hats would have been as popular as wearing a baseball cap today. The phrase on the flag, Non Sibi Sed Patriae, is a Latin for "Not for self, but for country." The gentleman wearing the blue bicorn hat represented "landed gentry" in service to the War 1812.
June 14, 2019: Samuel Chase Daughters helped prepare for the Ocean City Air Show by stuffing 2,500 goodie bags, preparing lanyards, and assembling table decorations. They were then lucky enough to watch the Blue Angels going through their routine on a picture-perfect beach day.
April 10, 2019: Samuel Chase Daughters traveled to North Carolina for the purpose of placing a DAR marker at the grave of John Macon, a Revolutionary War Soldier and patriot of one of the Samuel Chase Daughters.
Free BoxTop image courtesy of https://images.app.goo.gl/FSErPA6h2rGYug2SA.
Free Chaplain image courtesy of Plant City Faith Riders, https://plantcityfaithriders.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Chaplain395x395-1.jpeg
Remaining photos courtsey of Samuel Chase Chapter NSDAR members.