Marco DAR Chapter hosts its Florida State Official

Donna Cullen, left, DAR Florida state regent, visits the Marco DAR Chapter, led by Barbara Messere. Submitted

Donna Cullen, left, DAR Florida state regent, visits the Marco DAR Chapter, led by Barbara Messere. Submitted

The Marco Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution welcomed the organization’s Florida State Regent, Donna Cullen, at its Feb. 16 meeting at Hideaway Beach Club.

Ms. Cullen brought the 30 members present up to date on two major national DAR fundraising projects. One is the continuing project to maintain the DAR Constitution Hall, Washington D.C.’s largest concert hall. Built in 1929 to house the annual DAR convention, it is a Registered National Historic Landmark, welcoming more than 600,000 visitors each year. Florida’s DAR chapters raised funds to repair a major entry ramp, which will be renamed Florida Drive.

The Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina continues to provide desperately needed education to children in the rural Appalachian Mountains, as it has since 1924. One of the cottages at the school is funded solely by Florida’s DAR chapters.

Locally, the Marco DAR chapter lives up to its mandate to preserve the spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence by preserving the past, enhancing the present and investing in the future.

For example, each spring, the Marco DAR recognizes several exceptional JROTC cadets at Lely High School with citizenship medals and scholarship money to help them continue on to college.

Among other projects, Marco’s DAR gives hundreds of dollars in college scholarships to local high school students who have excelled in academics, sports, student government and extra curricular activities.

The Marco DAR also presents a Citizenship Award to a local individual who has made an exceptional patriotic contribution to the community. This year, that award will be presented at the Marco Chapter’s April meeting.

The Marco Island DAR holds its monthly luncheon on the third Thursday of each month. It welcomes potential members and women from other chapters who are living in or visiting the area.

For further information, please call Kay Zeigler at (239) 642-0711.

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