Daughters of American Revolution chapter celebrates 100 years
A century of good works is quite an achievement, and the members of the Susanna Lee Barlow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated that milestone with a party honoring the 100th anniversary of their organization. The event took place on April 21 at the Prince of Life Lutheran Church in Oregon City.
But the celebration was more than tea and sandwiches and looking back, it also was about the future of the chapter, said Phyllis Hines, the regent, or president, of the group.
"Highlighting our chapter's history helps us look forward," Hines said.
In January, Hines asked members to reflect on both the legacy of the chapter and to consider a direction for the future.
"We talked about what we've done with the three missions of DAR: historic preservation, education and patriotism," she said.
The chapter is well known throughout the county for placing historic markers like those for Dogwood City in Milwaukie, Susannah Barlow and her husband Samuel outside of Canby, one at the Barclay House, and one for the Holmes family, both in Oregon City.
The chapter consistently participates in Constitution Week and is dedicated to honoring veterans as a way of fulfilling its patriotism mission, Hines said.
As for education, chapter members have adopted a first-grade class at Gaffney Lane Elementary School in Oregon City.
"During Constitution Week, we do a bell-ringing ceremony and a reading, and we also sponsor a teacher who can be eligible for an award of $500 to go toward classroom projects," Hines said.
The chapter also holds an essay contest for students and names an outstanding high school senior as a Good Citizen.
Volunteerism in the community is important to the chapter, Hines said, noting that members amass many hours feeding the homeless and working with Backpack Buddies and the SMART program, among other activities.
Working with veterans
Established in April 1918, the Susannah Lee Barlow Chapter of the DAR is one of the oldest chapters in the state, Hines said.
"We have 42 active members, and the chapter is very meaningful to us," she said.
This is Hines' last year as regent, and as she looks back, she believes one of the things she is most proud of during her time in office is honoring veterans.
The chapter produced a book, "Remembering the Vietnam War and the Clackamas County Fallen," and gave out eight Quilts of Valor to veterans of World War II and the Vietnam War. Members put together an Honor Dessert for Clackamas County Vietnam Veterans on Jan. 27, where they handed out certificates and pins commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war.
Some of the Vietnam vets are still healing, Hines said.
"That is most significant, watching some healing happen and providing opportunities for healing."
Although Hines no longer will be the local chapter's regent, she still will be the state chairman of the Community Classroom Committee.
Celebrating a century
What: The Susannah Lee Barlow Chapter of the DAR turned 100 on April 22.
About Barlow: The name for this chapter was chosen to honor Susannah Lee Barlow, a Daughter of the American Revolution, and the wife of Samuel Kimbrough Barlow, who has a significant place in Oregon City history.
Meetings: 10:30 a.m. the third Saturday of the month, September through April.
Membership: 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 can become a member of the DAR.
Online: Visit the Facebook page of Susannah Lee Barlow Chapter NSDAR. To learn more about "Remembering the Vietnam War and the Clackamas County Fallen," visit Clackamascountyfallen.com.
DAR: For more information on DAR membership, visit dar.org/national-society/become-member/member-interests.