Fort Defiance chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) met recently at the home of Marilyn Buchman. Hostesses Wendy Otte, Kathy Seimet and Marilyn Buchman provided peach pies from Bud's restaurant.
Member Jane Duerk provided an interesting program of the portrayal of the local chapter history expanding on the ways of early communication, costs of items and specifically the first 10 years of known chapter history.
April 9, 1926, was a special day in Defiance when Mrs. Edward Squire was officially appointed organizing regent for the new 12 member chapter of Fort Defiance DAR. Today meetings are still conducted with the antique gavel donated by Squire. Hand carved by William Bechel, this gavel was made from a piece of historic apple tree which was planted on the north side of the Maumee in Defiance by Johnny Appleseed. At the recent meeting, an album containing early period pictures was circulated including a copy of the congratulatory telegram from Washington and a letter from the president general welcoming the Defiance new society membership. In 1933, the annual DAR luncheon at Kettenring Country Club cost 50 cents per member.
Throughout the years the chapter's had a continued interest in being part of the DAR society at the local, state and national level.
The chapter provides scholarships to three local high school students each year, a school history essay contest, donates to local veteran hospitals, promotes Defiance's historic heritage and is involved in many projects including maintenance of Riverside Cemetery Chapel. Nationally DAR gives more than a million dollars to support six special need schools, provides scholarships and funds to American Indian Youth in Chemawa Indian school in Oregon, Bacone College in Oklahoma and the Indian Youth of America Summer Camp program. The DAR, founded in 1890, and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education for children, thus the motto "God, Home and Country."
As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 170,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the U.S. and internationally.