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.
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!
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).
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.