Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, 446 California girls from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution gathered in Irvine on behalf of the 10,107 members statewide.

Representing Humboldt County, Catherine Mace and Caitlin Strevy of the Redwood Forest Chapter in Eureka; Virginia Howard Mullan and Linda Gillette of Fortuna’s Eel River Valley Chapter; and Wendy Malone and Rachel Malone-Olson of the Del Norte chapter of Crescent City.

One aspect of the conference was to recognize outstanding accomplishments at the chapter level. Del Norte, Redwood Forest and Eel River Valley chapters all won awards. Additionally, Eel River Valley Chapter has had success in the Southwest Division (consisting of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah) for teaching American history and commemorating the following events:

• First place for the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage for her float in the Fortuna 100th Anniversary Rodeo Parade, Suffragette March through Fortuna on August 19, and programs at schools in Cuddeback and Bridgeville.

• First place for the 250th anniversary of the Committees of Correspondence for a trip to Philadelphia in September by four members of Eel River Valley during which, in addition to other activities, they visited the Museum of the American Revolution and learned about the Committees correspondence. Shirley Lipa, Catherine Culver, Lesley Free and Linda Gillette shared this information at a chapter meeting, which led to lesson plans for local schools.

• Honorable Mention for the 200th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail for creating an educator box that local teachers can borrow to improve Santa Fe Trail teaching, including the impact on Native Americans.

These reports and photos of the first place in the Southwest Division have been submitted for review at the national level.

Tuesday DAR Event

The fifth anniversary of National Vietnam War Veterans Day is Tuesday. On this day, the Eel River Valley Chapter NSDAR will remember Vietnam Veterans at 4 p.m. at Sunrise Cemetery with a short ceremony. Boy Scout Troop 8 will serve as color guard. Members of the Fortuna High School band under the direction of Ian Campbell will play some patriotic songs and the Bridgeville 4-H will also be in attendance. Community members are invited to join the Vietnam bench.

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