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Daughters of the American Revolution Chaplain Janice Johnson helps with the installation ceremony for Heather Rush as Kansas State Regent while Katherine Walker West officiates.

The 110th anniversary celebration of the Atchison chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, held on January 27, featured an address by Kansas State Regent Katherine Walker West and Regent West’s administration of the new membership oath to Heather Rush.

The history of the chapter was featured in several ways: Glenda Torkelson displayed the original charter with 1908 yearbook, Carol Pennington re-enacted the unfurling of a flag filled with smaller flags, a presentation of the original chapter; Janis Falk read a short history of the chapter; Chapter Regent Jo Ann Lucas took the members on a trip through the decades as she reminded everyone of national and international events that happened as the local DAR did their work; Historian Carol Pennington brought the pictorial record in several huge notebooks; and Secretary Margaret Engeman brought a notebook full of most of the minutes of the last 110 years.

State Regent West presented highlights of her goals: Helping to refurbish the Registrar General’s office in Washington, D.C. is now complete; Purchasing side by side bicycles for recovering veterans to ride with a staff member is well on its way; and Scholarships for girls eligible for DAR is another emphasis. She also encouraged members to take two DAR classes on line: New Member and New Horizon Leadership Training.

Atchison DAR presented Regent West with a basket of local Atchison products and a monetary donation to help with her projects.

The guests were served a light lunch prepared by the chapter members at the USD 409 meeting room. The chapter would like to thank USD 409 for sharing this lovely meeting space.

Several other KSDAR dignitaries were in attendance: State Recording Secretary Kimberly Patrick, State Treasurer Laura Bond, State Historian Rebecca Kline, State Committee Vice-Chairman of Chapter Development and Revitalization Carol Cochran, Volunteer Genealogist Phyllis Benedict, Director of Northeast District Janelle DeFrees, Regents Roundtable President Susie Barnes, and Regent of Flores del Sol Susan Newman.

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