Piety Hill Chapter NSDAR

Community Service

Piety Hill Chapter NSDAR is active in community service hosting several events yearly to further the goals of the National Society. Through works of education, historic preservation and patriotism we take pride in what we give back to our community. “We want a society founded on service” ―Eugenia Washington, NSDAR Founder.

Our chapter is active in DAR’s “Celebrate America”. The purpose of “Celebrate America” is to encourage community service in DAR chapters. Community service is activities benefiting those outside of the chapter and DAR and fulfilling the national goal.

Thanks to co-sponsors Thomas and Ruby Weidner we host the annual Dream Cruise Veterans Tent with over 100 veterans and their families attending. The veterans enjoy the comfort of the tent, water and snacks. Small flags are passed out to people at the cruise and veterans are photographed and given a souvenir photo compliments of Woodward Camera.

Air Force Veteran Sean Halsted
Air Force Veteran Sean Halsted

The Veteran’s Administration Volunteer Service (VAVS) project is funded through donations of Piety Hill members, fundraisers, and the support of private donations. Though this program several disabled veterans are given the opportunity to attend the “Miracle on the Mountain” and the Summer Games at Snowmass Village, CO. It’s a place where veterans and civilians get to downhill ski despite injuries that would otherwise keep them from doing so. Some say the clinic is like a boot camp, where coaches take the place of drill sergeants, pushing the athletes in events such as rock climbing, scuba diving, and downhill skiing.

We collect donations for “Project Patriot” at our meetings to purchase phone cards for veterans.

DAR Day of Service
Baby Clothing for Veterans

At our “Veterans Baby Shower” meeting our chapter collects baby items and clothing for pregnant veterans. The collected items are given each year to the veterans at the John Dingle Veterans Hospital.

On observance of Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, flags are placed on the graves of veterans in Greenwood Cemetery, Birmingham, MI.

In a nationwide effort to illustrate the DAR’s collective commitment to America by serving our communities on the National DAR Day of Service, October 11, 2015, Piety Hill Chapter members made cards of appreciation and encouragement for our U.S. Military Veterans.

Each year on Veterans Day we host a wreath laying ceremony in downtown Birmingham.

Piety Hill Chapter has been participating in the Library of Congress Veterans Oral History Project by recording interviews with veterans of all wars. The collection preserves, and makes accessible, the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Literacy Project Books
Literacy Project Books

Our new Literacy Project is to accept donations of gently used or new books for grades K through 6. The books are for the organization “Bound Together” that tutor at-risk children after school. Volunteers tutor students in academic subjects, help them with their homework, and provide a hot meal.

Each year local high schools are invited to select a senior who will be designated as their DAR Good Citizen. Student selection is based on dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. The DAR Good Citizens are honored at an awards ceremony and are eligible to participate in a scholarship contest. Three non-DAR judges review the materials of the competing students with the winner's essay submitted to the state scholarship competition. State judges select the top ten in the state and honor them at the DAR State Awards Day. The state winner receives $500; awards to runners-up range from $75 to $150. State winners compete in geographical divisions and finally in a national competition.

Literacy Project Books
Constitution Week Display

We celebrate Constitution Week by visiting hundreds of school children in the community to encourage them to learn, respect and love our most precious document, the Constitution.

DAR supports six schools nation wide. Since 1903, the Society has been helping children in remote mountain areas receive an education. The DAR supports two schools in the Appalachian region: Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, AL, and Tamassee DAR School, SC. The following schools are on the Approved Schools list: Berry College, GA, Crossnore School, NC, Hillside School, MA, Hindman Settlement School, KY. The DAR, through its American Indians Committee, assists in the education of Indian youth through scholarships and support of Bacone College, Muskogee, OK, the oldest continuing institution of higher learning in Oklahoma, and Chemawa Indian School in Salem, OR. Piety Hill Chapter collects soup labels for education and needed supplies for the schools at our meetings. Also gift cards are collected for the DAR schools.

Many committees are established in our chapter to support our community and the goals of the NSDAR. Through these committees our work of volunteer service can be achieved. As Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

This is just a sample of what Piety Hill Chapter and NSDAR does for the community. We are looking forward of “Growing Our Legacy of Spirit and Service”.

Cathedral Church of St. Paul 54th Annual Veterans Day Service
Cathedral Church of St. Paul 54th Annual Veterans Day Service
Michigan daughters participated in the procession of flags.
November 12 2017
Photo courtesy of Audrey Lambert

National Day of Service
National Day of Service
Piety Hill members collected articles for the chapter's "Bound Together" project.
October 7 2017
Photo courtesy of Audrey Lambert

National Day of Service
National Day of Service
Piety Hill members preparing treat bags for the chapter's "Bound Together" project.
October 7 2017
Photo courtesy of Audrey Lambert

Piety Hill members at the 2017 Woodward Dream Cruise
Piety Hill Members at the Veterans and Military Dream Cruise Event
August 2017
Photo courtesy of Doug Ashley

DAR Fair and Forum
DAR Fair and Forum
Piety Hill members First Vice Regent Lisa Milton, Second Vice Regent Holly Heiss, and Audrey Lambert.
Rochester Michigan, August 12 2017
Photo courtesy of Audrey Lambert

Fundraising and Fun at Talbots Somerset Mall
Fundraising and Fun at Talbots Somerset Mall
Piety Hill “girl’s night out”, shopping and social.
November 17 2016
Photo courtesy of Julia Schmitz

50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
Front L to R: Barbara Suhay, Diane Schrift, Gina LaCroix
Middle: Kathy Stricher, Jan Stafford
Back: Nancy Marshall, Audrey Lambert, Barbara Balow, Lisa Milton,
Patricia Drury, Christine Richman, Virgina Bennett, Cathy Pouls
Country Club of Detroit, October 2 2016
Photo courtesy of Audrey Lambert

50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
Dave Schoenherr, Tom Puruleski, and Brian Bobek
Country Club of Detroit, October 2 2016
Photo courtesy of Audrey Lambert

DAR Fair and Forum
DAR Fair and Forum
Piety Hill member Audrey Lambert's table with items to sell for the chapter's VAVS project.
Midland Michigan, August 13 2016
Photo courtesy of Audrey Lambert

Piety Hill Chapter NSDAR 81st Birthday Party
30th National Veteran's Golden Age Games 2016
Barbara Suhay, Piety Hill Regent, and Frances Lowe, Colonel Joshua Howard Chapter,
at Cobo Center at the Veterans Golden Age Games in Detroit.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Suhay

Piety Hill Chapter NSDAR 81st Birthday Party
30th National Veteran's Golden Age Games 2016
Barbara Suhay, Piety Hill Regent, with Tuskegee Airman Ivan Berry from California, Gold Medal
winner, Boccia Ball for veterans over 80 years of age, and Joseph Vitalone, Silver Medal winner.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Suhay

Piety Hill Chapter NSDAR 81st Birthday Party
Veteran’s Administration Volunteer Service Project
Piety Hill Chapter was proud to present a check to William R. Browning
of the John Dingell VA Hospital for the chapters VAVS project.
March 8 2016
Photo courtesy of Audrey Lambert

Piety Hill Chapter NSDAR 81st Birthday Party
Piety Hill Chapter NSDAR 81st Birthday Party
Piety Hill members honored John F. Marshall with the Outstanding Community Service Award.
February 20 2016
Photo courtesy of Audrey Lambert

Piety Hill Chapter NSDAR 81st Birthday Party
Piety Hill Chapter NSDAR 81st Birthday Party
Piety Hill members Ruby Weidner and Nancy Reed presented a special recognition award
to Hogs in Ministry members Pam and Clete Coombs for their community service at
the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise.
February 20 2016
Photo courtesy of Audrey Lambert

Literacy Chair Martha Stahl
Literacy Project
Literacy Chair Martha Stahl is collecting books for grades
K through 6 at our Piety Hill meetings. 2016
Photo courtesy of Audrey Lambert

Sean Halsted and family with Piety Hill Chapter Members
Veteran’s Administration Volunteer Service Project
Sean and Sarah Halsted and their children Raleigh, Ethan,
and Kileigh with Piety Hill members in Washington D.C. 2015
Photo courtesy of Doug Ashley

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