National Society Daughters of the American Revolution's local chapter member, Jo Levery, places a memorial wreath at the Rock located at Sparta High School. This plaque that honors Randolph County Revolutionary War Veterans was originally placed by NSDAR in 1924.
Chapter Regent of Liberty Bell of the West Chapter presented the Good Citizen's Essay Winner, Kaitlyn Hammel at Trico High School's Senior Award Night. Senior's from all Randolph County high schools submitted essays for this year's National Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest and Kaitlyn's was chosen as the winner. Kaitlyn's essay will be submitted next to NSDAR Illinois State's essay contest.
Pictured are(RtoL) Doug Hammel, Kathy Hammel, Kaitlyn Hammel and Lori Hill of Steeleville.
This last Sunday National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated spring with their Bi-annual Pierre Menard clean up day. Members cleaned out the historical herb garden and grounds around the home. Pictured are(LtoR) Regent Lori Hill and Emily Lyons. For more information about NSDAR please see our website darlibertybell.weebly.com
National Society Daughters of the Revolution's local Liberty Bell of the West Chapter had seven members attend the Illinois State Conference held in Bloomington IL over this last weekend. Attendees were (LtoR) Regent Lori Hill of Steeleville, Chaplain Joan Montroy of Ellis Grove, Donitta Butler of Chester, Marcia Ellison of Chester, Emily Lyons of Chester, Vice Regent Shanti M Kennedy of Chester and Andrea Constilow of Chester.
The NSDAR Illinois State Conference wraps up the year for members for the season until next September. If you are interested in joining NSDAR please contact us through our website at darlibertybell.weebly.com
Daughters of the American Revolution Liberty Bell of the West Chapter Regent Lori Hill(L) presented a check to Hope Patterson(R) for the Southern Illinois Honor Flight. The monies donated by members of the chapter sponsor a local veteran to go, with a companion, to see the War Memorial's of Washington DC. Hope Patterson is the coordinator of this great happening out of Veteran's Airport, previously known as Williamson County Airport in Marion, IL.
Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois exists through the efforts of volunteers throughout our region wanting nothing more than to honor and be a part of a lasting tribute to our true American heroes.
Members from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Liberty Bell of the West Chapter attended the NSDAR Illinois District VII meeting in Marion on 26th October held at Kokopelli Golf Course. Pictured (left to right) are Chapter Members Donella Butler, Andrea Castilow, Chapter Regent Lori Hill, President of of the Long Knives Chapter Jim Wallace, Illinois State Regent Gloria Flathom, District VII Director Barb Easter, Joan Montroy and Emily Lyons.
On April 18, 1818 the U.S. Congress issued a proclamation authorizing the people of the Illinois Territory to draft a constitution for admission into the Union and to establish Kaskaskia as their capital. The constitution was adopted Aug. 26, 1818 and statehood was granted on Dec. 3, 1818.
On Aug. 26, 2018, the Liberty Bell of the West Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a ceremony at the Randolph County Courthouse to commemorate the upcoming 200th birthday of the state of Illinois. Members of the Illinois State Organization NSDAR were also on hand to help celebrate the occasion.
The event featured the unveiling of a French Granite Marble monument, which is located between the Randolph County Courthouse and the Randolph County Museum on a grassy area between the two landmarks. The project to erect this monument has been approved by the Historian General National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Illinois State Organization National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has a membership of more than 7,600 with 104 chapters. The Randolph County chapter is named "Liberty Bell of the West."
The Randolph County chapter organized the dedication ceremony which took place Sunday August 26, which coincides with the date that the Constitution of the State of Illinois was adopted on August 26, 1818.
Approximately 100 people joined the Liberty Bell of the West Chapter DAR for the occasion. Steve Colonel, Chester School District 139 music director, played recorded music to start the celebration and the Processional of Dignitaries.
Lori Hill, Chapter Regent, provided the welcome, after which an invocation was given by DAR State Chaplin B.A. Church. The National Anthem was sung by the Chester High School Swing Choir "Sound Affect."
State Regent Gloria Flathom then provided greetings to the gathering after which Joan Montroy, chairman of the Bicentennial Monument committee, provided a rich and very informative "History of the Monument,"
Keynote Speaker Marc Kiehna, of the Randolph County Board of Commissioners, further expounded on issues related to the monument dedication after which Joan Montroy, Chapter Chaplin, gave a "Dedicatory Prayer."
The official unveiling of the monument was conducted by David Holder, Randolph County Board of Commissioners and Shannon Wolff, Randolph County Sheriff, with Lori Hill, Chapter Regent, narrating.
Ron White, Randolph County Board of Commissioners, conducted the actual "Acceptance of the Monument" on behalf of the citizens of Randolph County.
To bring the ceremony to an official conclusion, Juanita Broyles, District VII Chaplin, provided a "Benediction" after which Steve Colonel led the group in the singing of the official song of the State of Illinois, "Illinois".
The French Marines, de Fort de Chartres, led by Commander Don Martin, provided a Musket Drill Salute to close the event. After the Retirement of the Colors and Recessional, members of the DAR met for a group photo in front of the monument.
The official birthday of the state of Illinois will take place Dec. 3 with more events taking place at time.
Office of the Governor
For Immediate Release
Friday, Aug. 17, 2018
Bicentennial announces plans for Aug. 26 Constitution Day
Signature events scheduled to mark ratification of state Constitution in 1818
CHICAGO — The day 200 years ago – August 26th – that Illinois adopted its state Constitution is the focal point for anniversary celebrations across the state highlighted by the dedication of a new Bicentennial Plaza in Springfield adjacent to the Illinois Governor’s Mansion.
Gov. Bruce Rauner kicks off the anniversary in Shorewood with his annual Route 66 Motorcycle Ride which culminates at the new Plaza where he will preside over the dedication and then host a BBQ for riders at the Mansion. Those interested may register at govsride.eventbrite.com.
“I am very excited to get the Constitution anniversary underway,” said Rauner. “Illinois history is rich with achievement and we owe it to ourselves and our children to pause and reflect on our past as a way to inform our future. As we travel Route 66 through Pontiac and Lexington to Springfield, we’ll keep an eye out for things born, built and grown in Illinois.”
Signature celebrations will take place in many other regions of the state – from Kaskaskia to Highland Park – to mark the occasion in 1818 when the state ratified its Constitution.
ADM and Ameren Illinois are major sponsors of events in Springfield and East St. Louis. All of the events staged for the Bicentennial are privately or locally funded and are coordinated by the Illinois Bicentennial Commission and its community partner organizations.
“All year long we’ve been highlighting the people, places, events and innovations that over 200 years have made us Illinois Proud,” commented Stuart Layne, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of the Bicentennial. “The statewide Constitution Day activities are designed to allow people to travel a short distance to participate in local celebrations.”
The full list of events and details can be found at www.illinois200.com. The list includes:
ABOUT ILLINOIS BICENTENNIAL
On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the union. The Illinois Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of what has been BORN, BUILT & GROWN in the state and a reminder of why we are #IllinoisProud. Citizens are encouraged to participate in the celebration by visiting www.illinois200.com and using the hashtag #IllinoisProud.
NSDAR's Liberty Bell of the West Chapter held their monthly meeting and were informed about the Monarch Butterflies Migration Patterns and Habitats. Pictured LtoR, Deb Uchtman of Steeleville, Melba Clendenin(the presenter of the program), Sheila Alms of Steeleville, Rachel Clendenin and Connie Clendenin of Rockwood. Also at this meeting welcomed our newest members Rachel Clendenin and Maria Ellison.
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Melissa Crosby was honored at the
Celebrating Our Youth - Youth Day Awards Luncheon in Bloomington,
Crosby is the only student from Southern Illinois in District VII who was
honored. Her sponsoring chapter is Liberty Bell of the West. Crosby is a
senior at Chester High School and is on the National Honor Society.
Pictured with Melissa Crosby is Sandra Zales, DAR Scholarship Committee Chairperson.
Melissa Crosby, 18, a senior at Chester High School, was awarded one of seven $1000 Illinois DAR scholarships available to high school students who will attend an institute of higher learning in the state.
The Liberty Bell of the West Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored Crosby’s application. Crosby will be recognized during the Youth Day Luncheon during the Illinois State Organization NSDAR Conference on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois.
Crosby has enrolled at the Southwestern Illinois College at Red Bud and will study elementary education and hopes to be able to become a first grade teacher in Randolph County, Illinois. Crosby’s application detailed her academic achievements and her future goals which promoted the support from the local chapter and, ultimately, recognition by the three-person state scholarship committee.
“Melissa Crosby’s impressive character is evidenced by her commitment to her school, her family and to her community,” said Lori Hill, Liberty Bell of the West Chapter’s Scholarship Chair and Regent.
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Liberty Bell of the West Members (from LtoR) Peg Fulton, Emily Lyons, Ruth Menard, Julie Gangloff and Joan Montroy stand before the Honor Wall at Randolph County Courthouse.
Nominations for citizens was fielded by the Randolph Society Foundation to honor outstanding historical citizens of Randolph County. At the ceremony, held February 28th, NSDAR Liberty Bell of the West Members Julie Gangloff presented John Willis Menard, the first African-American to be elected to the US House of Representatives, and Peg Fulton presented the award for the Hunter Brothers, aviators of Hunter Field fame.
National Daughters of the American Revolution' Liberty Bell of the West Chapter was treated to a program titled “Dyslexia and Reading Learning Program” at their January meeting by chapter member Carol Mayer.
Mrs. Mayer is a local teacher certified through the Children's Dyslexia Center, a Scottish-Rite Masons and Massachusetts General Hospital joint endeavor that provides clinically proven dyslexia tutoring services, offering two years of intensive one-on-one tutoring in the proven Orton-Gillingham approach, completely free of charge. The Children’s Dyslexia Centers are open to all children regardless of economic status, race or religion, or Masonic affiliation. Dyslexia is neurologically based and often hereditary. It is not a visual problem but instead a disconnect between what is seen and heard, and causes difficulties in reading, writing, spelling and organization. Functional MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) shows the brains of people with dyslexia develop and function differently. Dyslexia makes fluent reading difficult, which affects academic success, self-esteem and social-emotional development. To be most effective, interventions provided by teachers trained in dyslexia should begin early or students can quicklyfall into a spiral of failure.
Famous dyslexics include Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Leonardo DaVinci, and Walt Disney. Dyslexia affects one out of every five people, and affects boys and girls in equal numbers.The long-term effects of untreated dyslexia include school failure, depression and increased risk of suicide, delinquency and reoffending. Surveys show a high percentage of illiterate people in prison are dyslexic. Dyslexia is a treatable condition. Children with dyslexia require professional tutoring, and the earlier they receive it, the greater their chances of achieving normal, fully functional lives.
National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution are passionate about educating America’s youth and supports a variety of different programs, contests and awards to help further this goal.
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution's local chapter Liberty Bell of the West was honored to host Illinois State Regent Sharon Frizzell(pictured front row center) at their most recent meeting. The meeting was hosted in Chester at the Cohen House. All that attended were privileged with a program presented by State Regent Frizzell.
By Pete Spitler
Posted Oct. 21, 2016 at 2:06 PM
With Thanksgiving less than a month away, the Randolph County Board of Commissioners concurred with National American Indian Heritage Month by proclaiming the observance within Randolph County during last week’s meeting.
Randolph County historian Emily Lyons, on behalf of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) Liberty Bell of the West Chapter, joined the commissioners in the issuance of the proclamation.
“The Liberty Bell of the West Chapter supports this, as well as the American Indians Committee,” Lyons said.
Native Americans Week began in 1976 and recognition was expanded to National American Indian Heritage Month by Congress and approved by President George Bush in August 1990.
From left, Randolph County Commissioner Dave Holder, Commissioner and Board Chairman Marc Kiehna, Randolph County historian and NSDAR Liberty Bell of the West Chapter member Emily Lyons and Commissioner Ronnie White pose for a photo after signing a proclamation on Oct. 21 declaring November as American Indian Heritage Month in the county.
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution's local chapter, Liberty Bell of the West, held it's annual day of service at the Pierre Menard Home. Members helped prepare the house for winter by leaf blowing the grounds, sweeping the front porch and painting and cleaning the welcome sign at the North Parking lot. Pictured are Joan Montroy, Connie Clendenin and Deb Utchman, weeding the garden beds. For more pictures or how you can get involved with their service days or to join please see their website at darlibertybell.weebly.com.