General Macomb Chapter

Macomb, Illinois


National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Chapter members with speaker, Dr Simon Cordery, Chair, Dept. of History, Western IL. University

Chapter members with speaker, Dr Simon Cordery, Chair, Dept. of History, Western IL. University


The dedication ceremony of the statue in Chandler Park honoring early Macomb's women leaders, including community and state activist, author, and founder of the General Macomb Chapter, DAR in 1910, Claire Kerns Bayless.     

Pictured: Dr Elizabeth (Betty) Kaspar, Regent, informing the large audience about Mrs. Bayless, who, in addition, was the wife of the president of Western Illinois College.  Also pictured, Tina Belz, DAR member and Co-chair of the Statue Committee for the Macomb Woman's Club.

Women in the Arts Award Photo1

Mrs. Mildred Sorrells, a member of the General Macomb chapter, was presented the "Women in the Arts Award" by Regent E. Betty Kaspar; she is nationally known for the hundreds of awards that she has received for her gorgeous quilts and wall hangings.

Women in the Arts Award Photo2

Illinois State Rep. Hammond also presented Millie with a certificate of recognition from the state and Mayor Michael Inman presented her with an award from the city. An officer of the Prairie Quilters Guild told of Mildred Sorrell's many quilting awards from all over the nation and the most pretentious award, the Swiss Bernina quilt prize of $12,000, plus that a new color of thread has been named for A photo also of one of her quilts was on the cake.

State Regent Candace Fryburger Visit

Dr. State Regent, Candace Fryburger was welcomed by the General Macomb Chapter at a recent meeting. Chapter officers: (L. to R.): Secretary Sarah Curtis. Treasurer Barbara Stein, Vice Regent Sharon Caldwell, Registrar Joan Mapes, State Regent Candace Fryburger, Chapter Regent Elizabeth (Betty) Kaspar and Chaplain Nancy Stanley.

Historic Preservation Medal presentation

Dr. Gilbert Belles received the NSDAR Historic Preservation Medal on June 3, 2012 from General Macomb Chapter Regent, Dr. Elizabeth Kaspar. Dr. Belles, a retired W.I.U. history professor, has been the leader in locating, marking, and restoring approximately ninety seven cemeteries in McDonough County over the past eight years. After locating the cemeteries, many in corn and soy bean fields, he enlists the aid of businesses, civic organizations, and even the Boy Scouts, to provide both the physical labor and the funds for the restoration.

General Macomb Chapter regent and vice regent participated in the Heritage Days Parade, the theme for which was
'Honoring Women Community Activists."


September 6, 2016
Program: Master Gardeners by Brenda Allison and Carol Simms
Hostesses: Judy Witten and Sarah Curtis

September 17-23, 2016
Constitution Week

October 4, 2016
Program: Reenactment of War of 1812 by Randy Gibbs
Hostesses: Lou Melvin and Mary Stipanowich

October 20, 2016
Naturalization Ceremony, Rock Island Illinois

November 1, 2016
Program: Honor Flight by John Myers
Hostesses: Carol Kersting, Elizabeth Cook and Phyllis Rowland

December 6, 2016
Christmas Tea
Program: Cookie & Candy Exchange and bring your favorite cup and saucer
Hostesses: Tina Belz, Eileen Rohman and Donna Thompson

March 5, 2017
Youth Awards: Good Citizen and American History Essay
Presented by: Judy Witten and Barbara Stein
Hostesses: Sharon Caldwell, Barb Stein and Lena Scrivner

April 4, 2017
Program: Civil War Kitchen, George Wanamaker
Hostess: Ketra Wanamaker and Marna Hodges

May 2, 2017
Hostesses: Nan Hall & Betty Kaspar Program: Movie DAR Schools
Program: Movie DAR Schools
Hostesses: Nan Hall and Betty Kaspar

June 6, 2017
Program: Jennifer Melton District 1 Regent
Hostesses: Joan Mapes, Barb Myers and Sharon Walter

August 1, 2017
Program: Genealogy Quilts by Pat Hobbs
Hostess: Connie Mohr, Vicky Crosby and Martha Norcross


          Beth June Rochefort  April 28, 2012

Past Chapter Regent   1991-93, 1999-2001, 2006

Past District I Director

Dr. Elizabeth Kaspar, Regent



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