PRINCETON — Members of the Princeton-Illinois Chapter, NSDAR, honored Good Citizens award recipients and members of their families and schools at the annual DAR Youth Luncheon at the Hampshire Colony Congregational Church in Princeton on March 3.
Good Citizens honorees attended from Bureau, Marshall and Putnam counties, the areas served by the Princeton DAR chapter. These high school seniors are selected by their peers and school staff on the basis of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
Good Citizens winners were Tiana Kennedy from Bureau Valley High School, Edgar Moreno from DePue High School, Jenna Lusietto from Hall High School, Jacob Kennedy from Henry-Senachwine High School, Jacob Fitzpatrick from Ohio High School, Erin Hosto from LaMoille High School, Cole Wright from Princeton High School, Rachel Maggio from Putnam County High School and Angeline Needs from St. Bede Academy.
The essay by Cole Wright was selected as chapter winner. His essay has advanced to district judging. Seven district winners will be judged with one Illinois DAR winner selected from the seven.
The program for the day was presented by Lou Brown of Princeton, who portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln in “Meet Mrs. Lincoln.”
The youth luncheon was followed by a brief chapter meeting when delegates were elected to the 126th Continental Congress, the national DAR convention to be held June 28-July 2 in Washington, D.C.
About 35 members are related to Vietnam-era veterans. Chairman Beverly Larson announced that photos of those veterans should be garnered for the May chapter meeting when the program will be “This Is My Veteran.”
The chapter continues to collect broken crayons for the Crayon Initiative, in conjunction with Girl Scout Troop 1652.
The chapter voted to acquire U.S. lapel flag pins for recognition of veterans’ service.
The next meeting will be Saturday, April 1, at the Prouty Building in Princeton, with coffee time at 9:30 a.m. and gavel time at 10 a.m. Jeanne O’Melia will present the program, ”Imagine That! My Art From the Start!”
With a major focus on recognizing members’ Revolutionary War ancestors, the Society is also focused on service in the areas of patriotism, historic preservation and education. For more information on the Princeton-Illinois DAR chapter, contact 815-875-1508.