This month’s Giving Mission recipient is the Ft. GreenVille Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
This non-profit organization is open to women who have direct lineage from a person who contributed to the independence of the United States – whether a veteran, civil servant, doctor, minister, or anyone else who aided this cause.
Remembering Those who Served
The DAR’s primary mission is to promote education and patriotism. In the Greenville area, one of the chapter’s largest projects each year is their participation in Wreaths Across America. During this event, more than 1,000 evergreen wreaths are laid on veterans’ graves in Union Cemetery in Greenville.
“For anything we do with veterans…we want to show that we appreciate them, and what they’ve done and offered,” said Karen Burkett, chaplain and member of the Ft. GreenVille DAR.
The organization has also assisted in activities like restoring the Greenville Park stockades, researching and honoring Revolutionary War veterans buried in Darke County, and sending support to active military personnel.
Sharing Local History
The chapter is actively involved in supporting other local organizations that help preserve history. It has worked with the Garst Museum in Greenville and partnered with the Greenville mayor for the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Greenville in 2020.
The chapter’s biggest current project is the restoration of the one-room Studabaker Schoolhouse on Heritage Rd. (St. Rt. 49 S). The structure was the first brick schoolhouse in Darke County, built in 1840. Since then, it has been used for various groups and events.
The DAR has already embarked on a project to restore it to its original look. Wood shake shingles have been renovated on the exterior, and interior renovations will begin in 2022.
Passing Down Patriotic Traditions
Burkett said belonging to the group gives her a sense of pride and belonging with other local women united in a common purpose.
“I like knowing my family lineage and that we were part of the American experience. We want to carry it forth to further generations.
“And the idea is you don’t forget those who have fought….It’s quite an honor and privilege to belong to this group knowing that what they did allowed us to be here and be as we are,” she said.
The Giving Mission fund will be used to continue the work of the DAR in the local area.
“We appreciate all that [Mercer Savings Bank] intends to help us do. It really is amazing,” Burkett said.
Supporting the DAR
Even if you don’t qualify for DAR membership, you can still support the group in other ways by attending their events or making a donation.
Donations can be made to any member of the group or addressed to treasurer Michelle Alderman, 207 North Main St., Arcanum, OH 45304-1328, or via email at email@example.com.