PASO ROBLES – Over the past 70 years, members of PASO ROBLES NANDAR have made significant changes in the community while cultivating a patriotic history.
The El Paso de Robles chapter was officially established on the 15th. February 1950, and Marie Appleton was named the first organizer. Lisa Wood is now the current Chapter Registrar, continuing a tradition of volunteering in the community.
Despite some challenges in 2020, NSDAR members were able to contribute. Chapter members have learned to work with Zoom from home, a new method they plan to continue using.
Since the chapter has been limited in fundraising this year due to restrictions placed on COWID-19, they have focused much of their efforts on raising funds for National Crown Day across America.
We raised nearly $4,000 to purchase wreaths to be laid at Templeton Cemetery. They have 350 veterans’ graves there. This year we raised enough money to put wreaths on each of these graves, Mr Wood said.
The remaining wreaths were laid at the veterans’ graves in Shandon Cemetery.
The chapter members had not anticipated the extent of the support they eventually received for the wreaths.
Mr. Lawrence Mora, commander of American Legion No. 220 and organizer of the Templeton Cemetery, and his wife donated $500 for wreaths.
Split wood : We have outdone ourselves this year. Which was very unexpected, because it was the 19th. The COVID year was, we didn’t know how much money, if any, everyone had to give.
Nationally, NSDAR members sew masks to donate to those in need during the pandemic. Across the country, NSDAR members sewed and donated more than 100,000 masks.
In honor of NSDAR’s National Service Day, local NSDAR members in Templeton hosted a local buffet for Thanksgiving dinner. Chapter members, with the help of three Templeton 4-H groups, the Templeton 4-H Scouts and the Templeton 434 Boy Scouts, collected non-perishable food and monetary donations for the turkeys.
All funds raised were donated to the Salvation Army and used to host Thanksgiving dinners for 30 Templeton owners.
We have exceptional women who are go-getters. We come from all age groups and frankly some of these older ladies, including myself, can do almost anything others can. We’re pretty strong and active, Wood says.
The NSDAR office in El Paso de Robles also deals with women’s health issues, including domestic violence and breast cancer. Their newsletters highlight and raise awareness on various issues affecting women.
With 53 members in the El Paso de Robles chapter alone, Ms. Wood very proud of the women she works with, she says: We are getting bigger and stronger every day with the help of all our members.
In honor of local firefighters and police officers in Paso Robles, members of the department have planned a pizza party to be delivered to the station next month.
Their pizza party was originally scheduled for December 2020, but was postponed due to COWID restrictions.
The chapter hopes to soon deliver pizzas and cookies to the Paso Robles Police and Fire Departments to thank them for protecting our city.
We want to keep the memory of our veterans who fought in the American Revolution alive in the memory of what is happening today, Mr. Wood said.
If you would like more information on how to participate or make a donation, visit elpasoderobles.californiadar.org.
About the site
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit, nonpartisan women’s organization with over one million members who have joined the organization since its founding in 1890. Any woman 18 years of age or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity, who can prove that she is a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. DAR members enthusiastically pursue a timeless mission to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. For more information, visit elpasoderobles.californiadar.org.
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