The Lakeland Chapter was chartered in December 1925, with 20
members. The organizing regent was Mrs. Annie Hanna
Darracott, whose great-great-grandfather, colonial
ancestor, Captain Andrew Barry, fought in the American
Revolution. Since that time, our chapter has grown to more than
The ladies of the Lakeland Chapter take the Society's goals very
seriously. For many years, the chapter distributed flag
codes to every fifth grade student in Polk County, and
additional copies to Girls, Inc., and other youth groups. Each
year we hold a special Flag Day celebration for members,
families and guests.
To support educational programs, our chapter members sell more
than 500 pounds of pecans each year. We support NSDAR and
FSSDAR scholarships, while concentrating on local students. In
the past 10 years, the chapter has awarded more than $10,000 in
scholarships to graduating high school seniors and to women
students needing assistance to raise themselves to
self-sufficiency. By working with the community college, our
awards receive matching state funds, thereby doubling our
Also supporting education, our annual George Washington Tea
honors Good Citizens from eleven high schools and American
History Essay Contest winners in middle schools. The
students' families, counselors, and school principals join us
for this meaningful event. Each Essay winner receives a pin,
certificate, and check from our chapter. We present $200 to the
Chapter Outstanding Good Citizen, $150 to the runner-up, and
$100 to each of the other Good Citizens. Our Good Citizen and
eighth grade winner also receive an additional $100 from the
family of past regent and committee chairman Shirley Lykes.
The American History Essay Contest is held each year
for students in grades five through eight. The subject for
the essay is different each year. The 2009-2010 Topic:
"The Completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad."
Students should describe how you felt on May 10, 1869, when the
golden spike was driven at Promontory Summit, Utah, to celebrate
the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Pretend
you are either a settler planning to use the train to travel to
your new home in the West, an Irish or Chinese worker who helped
build the line, or a Native American whose way of life was
greatly affected by the railroad.
Our chapter supports many projects for veterans and soldiers.
We recently purchased a harness for a trained guide dog,
furnished by the Paws for Patriots program for veterans.
Members supplied personal items and funds for women residents
in the Tampa VA nursing home, and mailed cards and filled
shoeboxes with toiletries and sundries for soldiers in the
Middle East. To honor Polk County soldiers, our chapter name
appears on a brick in Bartow's Millennium Park and on Lakeland's
Vietnam War Monument. The chapter and members also donated to
Haley House and a local transportation fund for veterans going
to VA facilities in Tampa. We award JROTC medals to the
outstanding cadets at five high schools and an ROTC medal to a
cadet at Florida Southern College.
The Jeannine Riley Minisci Collection of genealogy books is in
the DAR chapter house, Rhinebeck, New York. The Marie Graves
Library is at the Imperial Polk Genealogical Society in
Lakeland. (Both ladies were members of the Lakeland Chapter.)
We also donated books to the Lakeland libraries and the
Historical and Genealogical Library in Bartow and donated for
the purchase of a 1900s Census Soundex microfilm reel for the
Chapter members also collect Campbell's soup labels and General
Mills Labels for Education which help buy clothing and supplies
for DAR-sponsored schools. Additionally, the chapter contributes
money to assist in educating students at an American Indian
The Lakeland, Florida area is a great place to live.
Located about 30 minutes from Tampa and less than an hour from
Orlando, just off Interstate 4, residents and visitors enjoy the
diverse recreational activities the city offers. There are 13
lakes, many with picnic and boat launching areas. Some lakes are
surrounded by walkways to encourage leisurely walks or jogs
around the lake. Some folks prefer to relax on a bench and watch
the swans as they glide gracefully across the water. Various
festivals and cultural programs held around the lakes attract
people of all ages. The city's Lakeland Center brings many types
of big name and local talent to patrons. Lakeland can also boast
of its talented Symphony Orchestra and stimulating Museum of
Art. Sports fans can watch the Detroit Tigers play their spring
season games at the city's Marchant Stadium, or enjoy the area's
many fishing, boating, golfing, parks and other facilities.
Colleen Pauley Perry
FFSDAR Public Relations and Media Chairman
SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
“Constitution Week &
Remembering 911” Speaker: Lt. Col. Scott LaRonde,
Florida Southern College
OCTOBER 9, 2013
"Introduction to Forensic Genealogy"
Davidson, CG, President and Founder of the Imperial Polk
NOVEMBER 13, 2013
Speaker: Bobbie Schofield
Birthday Luncheon & Musical Program "History of Caroling"
by Nancy Dotson, 1st Vice Regent
JANUARY 8, 2014
Speakers: City of
Lakeland Police Canine Team
JANUARY 17, 2014
February 12, 2014
Program: Awards Honoring
"American History" Essay Winners
(Grades 5-8); " Good Citizens" Award Winners (High School
Program: Lakeland Chapter Patriots
Speaker: Tommy Ray, FDLE
May 14, 2014
Speakers: Chapter Members
|2nd Vice Regent||
Membership in DAR
is very rewarding. To become a member, a woman must be at
least 18 years old and be able to prove blood descent from a
person who rendered patriotic service during the American
Revolution. If you think you are eligible, come to one of our
meetings or send an e-mail to our registrar,
Many of our members are willing to help you find ways to
document your lineage.
We're anxious to meet you
and have you be a part of our chapter.
the patriots associated with our members.
Pvt. Samuel Spencer
Pvt. Uriel Strong
Pvt. William Hicklin
Drury Mims Thomas Moffett
Pvt. William Allen
Pvt. David Bacon
Rev. William Emerson
Daniel Hooker Jr.
Sgt. Noah Parsons
2nd Lt. Joshua Church
Col. Joseph Cilley
Josiah Crosby Sr
Isaac Van Vieck
John Henry Hayes
Pvt. Simeon Krom
Johannes Van Deusen
Col. John Bryan
Pvt. William Bryan
Capt. William Hicks
Lt. John Murphy
Capt. Arthur Sheffield
George Warner Jr.
Jonathan Buck Sr.
Capt. John Clark
Pvt. Peter Keen
Lt. James Williamson
Capt. Daniel Womelsdorf
Sgt. William Gallup
Lt Hugh Caperton
Peter Coffee Joseph Cole
Capt. Edward Herndon
Peter Thomas Hull
Sr. Samuel Humphries
Samuel King Sr.
Pvt. James Luttrell
Col. Samuel Meredith
Col. Isaac Reade
Col. William Ryckman
Lt. Col. Joseph Spencer
Joseph West Sr.
Capt. Jeremiah Williams
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