Elias Kent Kane Chapter DAR, St. Charles, IL
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Elias Kent Kane Member Honors

  • The Chapter's first Regent, Joan Klinkey served as State Chairman of Public Relations, Motion Picture, Radio and Television 1991-1993 and the President General's Project Committee 1993-1995.
  • Patricia Winter served the State Organization as Resolutions Chairman 2005-2013.
  • Jayne Cates served as State Chairman of Conservation 1999-2001, District IV Director 2003-2005, State Chairman DAR Museum 2005-2007, State Program & Yearbook Committee 2009-2011, as Chairman of State Membership Committee 2011-2012 and as State Chairman Commemorative Events 2014-2015.
  • Gayla Steel served as State Chairman of Literacy Promotion 2011-2013, 2013-2015, State Conservation Chairman 2013-2015, State Conference Awards and Certificates (Co-Chair) 2013-2015.
  • Heather Simpson, President General's Project
  • Shirley Herring Stinsa, State Awards and Certificates Co-Chairman.
  • Gayla Steel, District IV Director 2015-2017.
Elias Kent Kane Chapter History

Organized on May 10, 1988, the Elias Kent Kane Chapter NSDAR was named for the first Illinois Secretary of State, Elias Kent Kane.  Chapter members range in age from 18 to 95 years young and represent a broad range of talents and interests. Members participate in local, state and national initiatives supporting Patriotism, Education and Historic Preservation.  As a lineage organization, the chapter also offers monthly genealogical workshops. 

The chapter annually supports a college scholarship program for graduating high school students. High school seniors are also recognized through the DAR Good Citizens Program.  Annual Literacy Bee participation assists local adult literacy programs. The chapter also guides the Shabbona Beeler Society, CAR and provides history programs for local children. We support both the President General's and State Regent's projects.

In recent years, preservation efforts have focused on the restoration of the historic Jones Law office, on preservation work at the Camp Kane Civil War Cavalry Training Camp and at the Garfield Cemetery.

The chapter provides and serves food at an annual Concert and Reception honoring Veterans, collects needed items for Veteran Stand Downs and provides assistance for the National Gathering of Native American Veterans.

An NSDAR marker was placed on the gravesite of deceased chapter member, Kathy Walsh, in 2014. Researched and marked grave sites include Revolutionary War patriots, Pvt. William Bennett. (Illinois, 1996), William Smallwood (Ohio, 1996), John Gowdy (Illinois, 2004), Martin Henry Keever (Ohio, 2014) and Asa Smith and his wife, Submit Severance Smith (Vermont, 2016).

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