We work hard as a chapter to live up to the ideals and aims of the DAR, and to serve the community we operate within. We are so proud when this goal comes to fruition. Our members believe that a well-informed community is an empowered one, so we are delighted to invite the public to learn a bit more about who we are and what we are doing at our chapter. Please take a look at some of the latest coverage we’ve received as well as our most recent news below, and help spread the word about all the amazing developments at the Ketewamoke Chapter NSDAR.
2021 DAR Day of Service
October 11 is the DAR National Day of Service, which DAR members celebrate this date each year on the anniversary of the organization’s founding.
DAR was founded on the ideals of service and its members have been dedicated to giving back to their communities through volunteer initiatives ever since. The Ketewamoke chapter is no exception!
Chapter members met at Huntington Rural Cemetery for a tombstone cleaning demonstration before getting to work cleaning headstones. Even though it was a gray, cloudy day, every day is beautiful when you're serving your community!
One of the headstones at the Huntington Rural Cemetery that we cleaned on Monday as part of the DAR Day of Service belonged to Julia Adams Irwin. Julia was one of Ketewamoke's organizing members, serving as Recording Secretary from 1907-1910, Second Vice Regent from 1915-1916, and a Lay Member of Executive Board from 1919-1920. She also chaired the program, entertainment, and hostess committees.
Cleaning her stone (and other stones belonging to our earliest Ketewamoke daughters) was a great way to connect our current members with our founding members. We love celebrating strong women through the ages!
Ketewamoke Chapter Members Attend 125th New York State Conference
Ketewamoke daughters had a wonderful time at the 125th New York State Conference in Syracuse, NY this past weekend. We are proud to have received the traveling membership award for most new members in a year (our second year in a row!), as well as recognition for achieving 100% participation in member contributions for the President General's Project.
Ketewamoke Members Open Program Year with Donations for Needy Students & Save-a-Suit Drive
Ketewamoke opened their 2021 program year with a business meeting on September 4th, celebrating Labor Day Weekend and the start of our working year! Ladies came in patriotic themed attire to enjoy coffee, pastries, and sharing their summer adventures. They also shared their generous hearts, donating multiple bags of school supplies for needy students on Long Island and in our NSDAR Schools. Dozens of dress clothes and suits were gathered for the Save-A-Suit drive, being held at the New York State Conference in Syracuse at the end of September. We are thrilled to help the future of our nation, and the men and women transitioning from military to civilian careers!
Memorial Rose Garden Planted by Ketewamoke Chapter Members
On Saturday morning, July 10th, the Ketewamoke Chapter dedicated a memorial rose garden in front of our historic chapter house, honoring the Daughters and loved ones we lost in 2020. These blooms will remind us of them and carry on their memories for years to come.
Ketewamoke Daughters Celebrate Zoom Continental Congress
Ketewamoke daughters celebrated the opening night of Continental Congress with a Zoom viewing party! Even though it's a virtual Congress this year, that doesn't mean we can't still get dressed up and watch together.
Ketewamoke Chapter Members Collect 58 Bags of Food for L.I. Cares
58 bags of food for Adopt-A-Family for Thanksgiving was delivered to Long Island Cares, Inc. Thank you to the Huntington community for all your support and donations.
Ketewamoke Chapter Members Attend Veterans Luncheon
Ketewamoke Chapter members and guests attended the Districts X & XI Service for Veterans Luncheon in Bayshore on November 19, 2019. The speaker for the day was a volunteer for America’s VetDogs and the event raised over $1,000 in support of the Veterans Services at the VA Medical Center Hospitals. Long Island NSDAR members look forward to this annual event each year to honor our veterans and thank them for their service.
Ketewamoke Chapter Sends Care Packages to Troops
On Saturday, October 19th, 2019, Ketewamoke Chapter members packed and shipped 24 care packages to deployed military members and patients at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The packages were filled with personal care and comfort items, food and cards signed by chapter members. A special thank you goes out to our Project Patriot Chairman, Christine, who organized the event.
DAR DAY OF SERVICE
Ketewamoke Chapter NSDAR celebrated our Day of Service by restoring the gravestones in the historic Old Burying Ground in Huntington. The morning started with a short workshop on tombstone preservation and then chapter members, prospective members and associates worked together to clean and/or treat approximately 80 graves dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. We ended the morning with hot apple cider, donuts and a lot of gratitude for the 1 million+ women who have built the legacy of service that we carried on today. Thank you to all the volunteers who came to help, everyone did a wonderful job!
Ketewamoke Chapter Holiday Toy Drive and Luncheon
On November 26, 2018, members of the Ketewamoke Chapter NSDAR held a holiday toy drive and luncheon at their chapter house. Every chapter member donated unwrapped toys for a needy child, resulting in a wonderful assortment of gifts being gathered. Board members will take the toys to the Greenlawn Fire Department which, in turn, will take them to the Dix Hills Fire Department for distribution to children in need. Afterwards, a delicious lunch was enjoyed. The members were delighted by the number of toys they were able to collect, and look forward to helping make the holidays a bit brighter for children in need.
Staff Sergeant Barbara Hubbell Kruse, USMC Passes Away
The Ketewamoke Chapter NSDAR mourns the passing of our chapter member Staff Sergeant Barbara Hubbell Kruse, USMC, on October 25, 2018. One of the first female Marines, Kruse was just 20 years old when she joined the military in 1943, following the attacks on Pearl Harbor. While she admitted that at first she did face hostility from other Marines who were unhappy about a female joining their ranks, Kruse did not give in to the pressures, and ultimately achieved the rank of staff sergeant. Kruse came from a long line of patriots who served their country, and was a proud member of the NSDAR.
Ketewamoke Chapter NSDAR Regent Lilian says, "Barbara belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution having joined through the Ketewamoke Chapter in Huntington, New York. She joined 28 years ago and was so proud of her many ancestors (at least 12) who had fought in the American Revolution. She was a most active member who became our chapter chaplain in the last few years. She moved to Ohio at which point she became a member of the Mathias Ridenour Chapter, but remained an associate member of Ketewamoke. Everyone loved her for her friendliness, willingness to help, fun loving and warm personality. We learned so much from her and will continue to remember her vitality and joy in every moment she shared with others."
Our deepest condolences go out to Barbara's family and friends. We thank you, Barbara, for your many years of service, both as a Marine and as a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. You will be missed.
Photo Courtesy the Kruse Family
Barbara Hubbell Kruse shares recollections of her time in the Marine Corps. Video courtesy WSYX ABC 6
Photo Courtesy Michael Hubbell
DAR DAY OF SERVICE
On October 11, 2018, members of the Ketewamoke Chapter NSDAR participated in a Day of Service.
In spite of the rainy weather, the members were in cheerful spirits as they spent the morning cleaning the graves of patriots at the Soldiers and Sailors Cemetery in Huntington, New York. Using a specially-formulated biological cleaner designed to be gentle on the historic stones, the members took great pleasure in seeing the patriot's graves more clearly revealed from beneath dirt and grime. Member, Theresa, was delighted to discover her own great-grandparents' graves amongst those of the soldiers and sailors. The Ketewamoke Chapter NSDAR looks forward to future Days of Service and remains dedicated to honoring their patriot ancestors' legacies and preserving their memories.
Ketewamoke Chapter NSDAR
Book Club Meets
On September 15, 2018, fifteen ladies attended the Ketewamoke Chapter NSDAR Book Club tea/lunch meeting, including members, prospective members, and guests from other chapters. A lovely selection of teas and treats were served, and attendees enjoyed a thoughtful and illuminating discussion of Laurie Halse Anderson's Fever 1793 (a Young Adult novel depicting the 1793 Yellow Fever outbreak in Philadelphia) and An Invisible Thread (the examination of an unlikely friendship between a sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy in 1980s New York).