HENRY — This fall, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will surpass 1 million total members who have joined the organization since its founding in 1890. The DAR is a women’s service organization whose members can trace their lineage to an individual who contributed to securing American independence during the Revolutionary War.
The Chief Senachwine DAR Chapter, based in Henry, has welcomed a total of 20 new members since its founding on Feb. 5, 2018. The chapter is excited to join the National Society in celebrating the millionth-member milestone by spotlighting members of Chief Senachwine.
Although the chapter has been in existence only 19 months, its membership includes many remarkable women from the area.
Adelaide Flanigan of Lacon joined DAR in 1972 and became an organizing member of Chief Senachwine in 2018. For 29 years, she worked in the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department as an office manager. Retiring in 2012, she now serves the chapter as assistant treasurer and local DAR Service for Veterans co-chairwoman. She holds the position of Hopewell Township clerk and enjoyed her first experience as an election judge.
Florence Finfgeld of Henry became a charter member of the chapter in August 2018. She has devoted time to a number of local charities, including volunteer social work at Lacon and Henry nursing homes, and serves as vice president and textile chairman of the Marshall County Historical Society and Museum, where she organized an architectural tour of homes for historic preservation. She serves the chapter as historian/librarian and women’s suffrage anniversary chairwoman.
Christine Jones joined DAR in 2012 encouraged by her sister’s interest in genealogy. During college, she fulfilled a desire for adventure by joining a sport parachuting club and, upon graduating, joined the Women’s Army Corps. Her major posting was the American sector of Berlin, Germany, when the city was still behind the Iron Curtain. Since leaving the service, she has lobbied the U.S. House and Senate to improve veterans’ health care.
These are just three of the 1 million women who have joined DAR since 1890. Each DAR member has a unique story, but all share a passion for historic preservation, education, and patriotism and a dedication to her local community.
The Chief Senachwine DAR Chapter focuses much of its efforts by recognizing activities of local groups via Community Service and Historic Preservation awards, honoring Good Citizens among high school seniors and interacting with veterans in a variety of ways. The chapter encourages women interested in DAR membership or desiring to arrange to visit a meeting in order to become acquainted with the chapter to contact 815-303-1034.
Through the DAR Genealogical Research System (www.dar.org/GRS), the public can access a free database of information amassed by the DAR about patriots who fought for America’s freedom.