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Chief Senachwine Chapter DAR enjoys colorful Quilts of Valor program

Terry Johnson, chairman of the Illinois Valley Quilts of Valor chapter, presented an online program to members of the Chief Senachwine Chapter NSDAR on Oct. 2. The volunteer quilting group creates quilts for service personnel and veterans to "cover themselves with comforting and healing quilts." Displayed are completed quilts in the often-used colors of red, white, blue and gold and the frequent motif of stars.
Terry Johnson, chairman of the Illinois Valley Quilts of Valor chapter, presented an online program to members of the Chief Senachwine Chapter NSDAR on Oct. 2. The volunteer quilting group creates quilts for service personnel and veterans to "cover themselves with comforting and healing quilts." Displayed are completed quilts in the often-used colors of red, white, blue and gold and the frequent motif of stars.

HENRY — Members of the Chief Senachwine Chapter NSDAR enjoyed a program on Quilts of Valor presented by Terry Johnson of Princeton at their Oct. 2 meeting online via Zoom.

Johnson, chairman of the Illinois Valley Quilts of Valor chapter, explained the mission of Quilts of Valor and displayed a number of quilts made by members of the quilting group destined for service members and veterans. Most quilts are created in red, white, blue and gold fabric and have stars within the patterns.

A volunteer quilter completes a quilt top which is then supplied with filler and a backing and sent to a quilter using a long-armed quilting machine. The public may suggest a quilt for a qualified recipient, with a quilt then presented to the service member or veteran who is encouraged to use the quilt as a cover for comforting and healing. Prepared packets of cut materials and a pattern are available from Johnson.

Since its inception, the National Foundation has donated 250,000 quilts with 14,641 donated so far in 2020. A quilt may cost as much as $250. The National Foundation website is www.qovf.org.

Sharon Bittner, presiding officer, conducted the business meeting in the absence of Regent Dolores Dace. Reports by officers and chairmen were shared. The chapter is launching its fall membership drive. Are you curious whether you have a Revolutionary War patriot in your family lines? Contact Honorary Chapter Regent Nancy Gillfillan at 815-437-1034 to receive help on answering this question.

Women’s Issues Chairman Carol Byrd reported on the current committee focus, which is to become aware of the symptoms of strokes. The acronym of FAST may assist in assessment and seeking help. F stands for Face Drooping; A means Arm Weakness; S represents Speech Difficulty; and T equals Time, meaning it is time to call 911 for assistance for anyone showing these symptoms.

Oct. 11 was the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution “Day of Service,” commemorating the day when NSDAR was founded. Chapter members donated items to the food pantries of their choice.

Oct. 11 was also the NSDAR “Day of Prayer” when members were asked to remember the service to their communities, state and nation and to pray for NSDAR and peace. The NSDAR motto is “God, Home and Country.”

The next Chief Senachwine meeting will be Nov. 6, when the guest speaker will be State Regent Sharla Luken. Members are asked to watch for details regarding an in-person or online meeting.

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