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Welcome to the 
Lakeland Chapter  

Lakeland, Florida  

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution


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Chapter History


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 125 members.  

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 efforts.


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 Orlando Library.  

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 school.

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.



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Colleen Pauley Perry
FFSDAR Public Relations and Media Chairman






SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
“Constitution” Speaker:  Sheriff Grady Judd

OCTOBER 8, 2014

Program:  "Martha Washington"
Speaker: Kay Yarborough

NOVEMBER 3, 2014         
Program: Autumn Wine Tasting

Christmas Luncheon
JANUARY 14, 2015 
Program: Guardian Ad Litem
Speaker: Diane Schmelz
JANUARY 26, 2015

Arbor Day Tree Planting
February 11,  2015
George Washington Luncheon
MARCH 11, 2015
Program: Our Patriots
Speakers: Chapter Members
APRIL 8 2015
Speaker: Myrtice Young, Director of the Polk Co. History Center
May 13, 2015
Program: Annual Business Meeting, Memorial Service


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Nancy Dotson

Vice Regent Gayle Londeree
2nd Vice Regent Merritt Brake
Chaplain Sarah Winslow
Recording Secretary  
Corresponding Secretary Cece Christian

Michelle Hubenschmidt

Historian Merritt Brake
Registrar Audrey Mabe
Librarian  Judy Cline
Parliamentarian Jackie Asbury


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 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, Audrey Mabe.  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.

These are the patriots associated with our members.


 Caleb Blakeslee
 Seth Blakeslee
 Joseph Johnson
Timothy Munson
 Robert Potter
Pvt. Samuel Spencer
Pvt. Uriel Strong

Christopher Chambliss
John Hendricks
Pvt. William Hicklin
Burroughs Higginbotham
Drury Mims Thomas Moffett  

Isaac Freese  
Samuel Bradford
Robert Fenwick  

Pvt. William Allen
William Bateman
James Bates
Pvt. David Bacon
John Belknap
Joseph Clapp
 Phineas Clark
Ebenezer Conant
Benjamin Coomer
Moses Crafts
Jabez Eaton
Rev. William Emerson
John Farrar
Jesse Goodrich
Daniel Hooker Jr.
Thomas Libby
Moses Littlefield
Abiathar Millard
Willoughby Nason
Sgt. Noah Parsons
Lewis Simpson
Joseph Tolman
Ephraim True
Benjamin Wood  

New Jersey
Thomas Bowlsby
Stephen Moore  
New Hampshire
 2nd Lt. Joshua Church
Col. Joseph Cilley
Josiah Crosby Sr
Jeremiah Prescott  

New York
John Bowman
Henry Cargill
Henry Ellsworth
Asa Hayes
John Henry Hayes
Isaiah Hopkins
Jesse Hoyt
Pvt. Simeon Krom
Alexander McMechen
Jeremiah Rozell
John Rynex
Eli Seeley
Johannes Van Deusen
 Isaac Van Vieck  

North Carolina

Davis Alderman
Wimbeck Boney
Thomas Brooks
 Col. John Bryan
 Nathan Bryan
Pvt. William Bryan
Thomas Carlton
Henry Haggard
Edward Herndon
Capt. William Hicks
Airs Hudspeth
George Ingle
Abraham Kuykendall
Christian Mauney
Lt. John Murphy
Josiah Redditt
Capt. Arthur Sheffield
George Warner Jr.
 John Weaver
Lott Whidden
Conrad Yoder  

Leonard Boyer
Lawrence Brindle
James Buchanan
Jonathan Buck Sr.
Capt. John Clark
John Crozier
James Donnell
Isaac Hancock
William Hanks
 Abraham Hathaway
James Houston
James Hunter
 Pvt. Peter Keen
Pvt.John Leidy
 John Mahaffey
John McCasland
 Michael Timmerman
Lt. James Williamson
Capt. Daniel Womelsdorf

 South Carolina
Benjamin Chew
Henry Dyess
Stephen Jackson
Jemima Johnson
Fountaine Charles
Frederick Lesesne
George Martin
Archibald McDonald
Jeremiah Pearson  

 Amos Chaffee
Joshua Church
Sgt. William Gallup
Ebenezer Hopkins

William Andrews
 Isham Blake
Pierce Bayly
Aaron Ball
John Bonner
Richard Bouldin
Joseph Brand
Thomas Brooks
Henry Browne
 Lt Hugh Caperton
Howard Cash
 Peter Coffee Joseph Cole
 Zachariah Compton
 Silas Flanary
Chandler Fowkes
Benjamin Harris
Capt. Edward Herndon
Benjamin Hornbeck
William Horrall
Adam Hull
Peter Thomas Hull
Sr. Samuel Humphries
John Jackson
Benjamin Jones
Samuel King Sr.
Pvt. James Luttrell
Daniel Maupin
Francis Meadows
 Col. Samuel Meredith
Abraham Powell
John Powell
Col. Isaac Reade
Col. William Ryckman
Frederick Shaffer
Lt. Col. Joseph Spencer
Benjamin Swinney
Alexander Walker
Joseph West Sr.
John Wilhoit
Capt. Jeremiah Williams


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