NH Club Notes: NH DAR recognizes award winners at conference

May 17. 2018 9:22PM
From left, State Chairman Jackie Marshall is with the DAR Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist Verne Greene and the state regent. (COURTESY)

CONCORD — The New Hampshire State Organization Daughters of the American Revolution recognized several award winners at its 117th state conference last month.

State Regent Wendy Stanley Jones of Greenland presided over the two-day conference.

Several students were recognized for their winning essays. Gianna Arzilli (sponsored by the Molly Stark Chapter, Manchester), Joshua Ma (by the Matthew Thornton Chapter, Nashua), Constance Mulligan and Jenna Lynch (by the Anna Keyes Powers Chapter, Hollis) were presented with American History Essay Awards. Lynch was also the Northeast Division winner. Haley Donovan was recognized as the Christopher Columbus Essay winner for the state (sponsored by the Else Cilley Chapter, Nottingham.)

Erin Jackson of Derry was named the 2018 Outstanding Junior. Jackson joined the DAR at 18 years old and is now a five-year member of the Molly Stark Chapter and serves as chapter librarian. Jackson, a life member of Children of the American Revolution, also is the N.H. State CAR chairman and the Northeast Division CAR vice chairman. In 2015, she became the first national CAR president from New Hampshire. Her national project, The Road to Independence, helped restore George Washington’s marquis tent and raised more than $100,000 for the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

National Society DAR Scholarship Committee Chairman Laura McCrillis Kessler of Newport presented New Hampshire DAR scholarships to Kylie Braunius of Nashua High School North and Sydney Crete of ConVal Regional High School. Braunius, the daughter of David and Connie Braunius of Nashua, was sponsored by the Matthew Thornton Chapter. Crete, the daughter of Louise Gryval and Richard Crete of Greenfield, was sponsored by the Mary Varnum Platts Peterborough Chapter in Rindge. Money for these scholarships was raised through State Regent Jones’ project, Investing in Independence.

State Chairman Pamela Lee of West Lebanon presented several awards on behalf of the DAR Service to Veterans Committee.

Peter Lovely of Newport received the Outstanding Veteran Volunteer Award in recognition of his 50-plus years of support of veterans through American Legion Post 25 in Newport. He was sponsored by the Reprisal Chapter of Newport and was also selected as a Northeast Division winner.

The Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award was presented to Sylvie Alexander of Norwich, Vt., who was recognized for her work with Ice Vets Adaptive Sports in West Lebanon, which provides adaptive sports opportunities to disabled veterans. Alexander was sponsored by the Reprisal Chapter and was selected as a Northeast Division winner as well.

Lori Lynn Fenton Paige of Keene received the Outstanding DAR Service for Veterans Award. A U.S. Army veteran, Paige is a founding member of Ruck-Up, Inc., which provides support and counseling for local veterans. Paige was sponsored by the Molly Stark Chapter.

Junior American Citizen Awards were given to Sophie Morrow, Nicholas Morrow, Abby Herrick and Emilie Butenas, all of Brentwood.

Volunteer Genealogist Committee State Chairman Jackie Marshall of Amherst presented the Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist Award to Verne Greene of Keene. The DAR says Greene has been a powerhouse of revitalization for the Reprisal Chapter and the state society, with credit for 40 new DAR memberships. Greene has proven four new patriots and 13 new children of patriots, thereby expanding new lines of membership for future DAR members.

Commemorative Events Chairman Tylene Jousse of Portsmouth presented the Outstanding State DAR Member award to Patricia Holt of Rochester. Holt, a member of the Margery Sullivan Chapter in Dover, was recognized by the U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration for outstanding accomplishments by an individual DAR member in her efforts to honor and thank Vietnam veterans. Holt is a member of the Fallen Heroes Moving Wall DAR Committee. The Moving Wall honors 228 N.H. service men and women who died in Vietnam. Holt helped to build the nine-panel wall and travels with it while on its on display throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

For more about DAR or to contribute to the Investing in Independence project, visit nhsodar.org or dar.org.

Children’s festival looking for vendors, volunteers

SOMERSWORTH — The Somersworth Festival Association’s 38th annual Somersworth International Children’s Festival is planned Saturday, June 16.

Organizers are looking for volunteers. Vendor space is available as well.

The festival will be preceded Friday, June 15, by fireworks at dark at the Pavilion at the end of the Somersworth High School football field. Music will lead up to the fireworks. Food vendors also will be there. Activities will start at 6 p.m.

The next day, the festival’s music, food, activities and crafts will get underway at 10 a.m. on Main Street and in Noble Pines Park.

For more information, call the Somersworth Festival office at 692-5869.

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