Sierra Foothills Chapter, NSDAR

Oakhurst, California

Sierra Foothills News

At our February 2017 meeting, Sierra Foothills Chapter NSDAR presented the DAR Good Citizens Award to three local high school seniors. The students were selected by their high school and nominated for the award, for their citizenship. All three young people had amazing biographies and received certificates from the DAR. The overall winner read the essay he wrote and received the DAR Good Citizens Medal. His paper was forwarded to the California State Society of the DAR for review at the next level. This was the third year we have awarded the DAR Good Citizens Award to a local high school senior. This is always a special day and an honor for the senior chosen by their schools, and for the members of our chapter, who are blessed to meet these fine young people, who have the potential to be the future leaders of our community. Preparations for the next year's DAR Good Citizens Award will begin again in the fall.

Earlier this year, Sierra Foothills Chapter NSDAR participated in the Veterans Stand Down in Oakhurst. Five chapter members and one pending member worked the booth. We handed out gently used clothing and various types of hygiene items. Twenty-two tubs of items were reduced to four tubs. We received many thanks from the veterans. We are already starting to gather items for the next Stand Down. There were about 200 veterans in attendance at this event. This was our fourth year of participation at this event.

The Veterans Memorial dedication in Ahwanee was on June 14, 2017. Nine of our Sierra Foothills Chapter members attended and two, representing our chapter, presented a patriotic wreath to help honor the many veterans from our mountain area. The day was warm but there was shade. "Thank You, Veterans" cards were passed out prior to the ceremony. The memorial dedication was very moving for all who attended.

Patriot Day was held on September 11, 2017, at the local high school. It was attended by three chapter members. Pocket Constitutions and small flags were handed out to attendees. Our chapter is involved with the high school and provides pocket Constitutions to the civics teacher for use as part of his/her curriculum.

Eight members and two pending members attended the Coarsegold Veterans Memorial Dedication on September 11, 2017. Other members attended Veterans Day events in their own communities. Our chapter is very focused on our area veterans and active duty military.