Mahoning DAR kicks off new year

BOARDMAN – The Mahoning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its first meeting of the 2013-14 calendar year on Sept. 16. Lunch was served prior to the meeting at A la Carte Catering in Canfield. Newly-installed Regent Mildred Lumley presided. Prospective member guests included Vickie and Vadeen Donofrio, Margie Carlsen and Jennifer Phillips. Member Joann Cook gave a presentation on the history and unique facts about the American flag.

“I am thrilled to be at the helm of this wonderful organization, one of the oldest chapters in Ohio,” said Lumley. “We have over 70 members and February, 2014 marks the 120th anniversary of our chapter’s charter. We will focus on several notable activities this year and welcome new members.” These activities include raising funds to provide service dogs to veterans, and Honor Flight, an effort dedicated to transporting America’s WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. Lumley said that her chapter’s goal is to send one local veteran.

The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.

DAR members volunteer more than 250,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and support schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars. As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 175,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.

For information on membership, Honor Flight or other DAR activities, contact Lumley at