The June meeting of Chickamauga Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution featured several award presentations as well as the installation of new chapter officers for the 2019-2020 term.
The Board of Management of DAR’s National Society approved the presentation of one its four Founders’ Medals by Chickamauga Chapter, to Liam Christopher Rogers. The Mary Desha Medal for Youth is one of the four highest awards issued by DAR and honors youth for outstanding service to the community, state, or nation through participation and/or leadership in such activities as conservation, organized sports (beyond school sponsored activities), scouting, church or community, state or national service organizations. This individual will have exceeded expectations for the nominee’s age. Liam was recognized for his service since age seven in 2015 in more than 30 events in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and Pennsylvania as a volunteer drummer boy, playing the role in either the “blue” or “grey” historic uniforms. He has been awarded Volunteer in Parks Certificates from the United States Parks Service each year from 2015-2018.
Local DAR Chapters may nominate individuals for the NSDAR Community Service Award to recognize their outstanding unpaid voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, citizenship, or environmental conservation endeavors. Rear Admiral U.S. Navy (ret.) Noah Long was given this honor at the chapter’s June meeting. Admiral Long is known for his many community volunteer activities in the Chattanooga area, and was being especially recognized for his current work as vice president of Design and Construction for the Medal of Honor Heritage Center and as a member of their Board of Trustees. Chapter Community Service Award Chairman Barbie Standefer prepared Admiral Long’s application for the honor.
Nikki Gibeault, this year’s chapter nominee for Tennessee Outstanding Teacher of American History was also recognized with a certificate, flowers and book. Ms. Gibeault currently teaches A.P. United States History at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. Chapter Historian Cindy Dearing made the presentation.
Chickamauga Chapter NSDAR is the first of five chapters established in the Chattanooga area and will begin celebrating the 125th Anniversary of its founding this fall.
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