perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men
and women who achieved American Independence;
to promote the development of an enlighted
public opinion; and to foster patriotic citizenship;
these are the objects of our
Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Chapter Regent -
Vice Regent -
Chaplain - Wilma Roosa
Recording Secretary -
Mary Jane DeLozier
Corresponding Secretary - Rita Maxwell
Treasurer - Shelia Burnett
Historian - Susan Schalk
Librarian - Sharon Douthitt
Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honors and preserves the legacy of our Patriot ancestors who fought and sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today. As a member of DAR you can continue this legacy by actively supporting historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavor. For more information on becoming a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, please contact our Chapter Registar, Celia Springer
Verdigris Valley Chapter of Claremore, Oklahoma was founded April 22, 1980, at the home of the Organizing Regent, Miss Jedie R. Dunn. We had a total of 18 members by the end of the first year. Now 32 years old, we have seen our membership grow to 44 members at the present time.
Our chapter has had 12 Chapter Regents: Jedie Dunn, Raye Chambers, Maxine Lowrey, Wilma Stellman (2 terms), Nelliejeannee Kennedy (2 terms), Doris Hargis, Pamela Conger, Linda Bacon, Loretta Genn (3 terms), Mildred Losey, Donna Lesh and Mary Jane DeLozier.
Under their leadership the Verdigris Valley Chapter has been represented at every District Meeting, State Workshop, State Conference, as well as group and individual attendance at Continental Congress. Participation in these activities has been strongly stressed.
Several of our members have served at the state and national level: Loretta Genn has served as State Corresponding Secretary; Ruth McCormick and Mary Jane DeLosier have served as Oklahoma State Chaplain; Doris Hargis served as Green Country District Director; and Nelliejeannee Kennedy has served on four National and two State Chairmanships.
Two Verdigris Valley Chapter Past Regents, Wilma Stellman and Nelliejeannee Kennedy, were instrumental in changing DAR policy regarding the use of the DAR insignia on member's graves. This action came about in 1989 when we lost our first member, Betty Fox and wished to honor her by placing the DAR Insignia on her grave. Since that time we have lost and so honored 15 of our members, and also assisted two of our members in placing DAR Insignias on the grave of one member's grandmother, and the graves of two sisters of another member – all DAR members.
In the past 32 years, we have encouraged the respect and proper display of the Flag of the United States of America. . A flag was presented to the Claremore Progress Daily Newspaper in recognition of their 100th birthday. Our chapter gives the Flag Code booklet to all third graders in Rogers County - over 800 each year.
We hold costumed holiday celebrations, membership teas, and to accommodate our working members we have a family-night dinner each year. Our Chapter is pleased to have sponsored several state winners for DAR Good Citizens and American History Essay Contest awards. We have also sponsored national winners.
We have one 70-year DAR member - Nelliejeannee Kennedy.