Prominent Shepherdstown resident Dennis "Denny" Barron was recognized for his many years of community contributions during the Pack Horse Ford Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) 98th birthday celebration Feb. 22.
More than 40 attendees enjoyed a catered luncheon at the Christ Reformed Church in Shepherdstown. Hostesses were Dorrene Hale and Darla Ambrose.
The chapter presented Denny Barron with the DAR Community Service Award. Barron has been a pillar of the community, volunteering for the Shepherdstown Fire Department for more than 23 years. Currently serving as its treasurer, he is in charge of all fundraising, which includes Bingo every Wednesday night, an annual carnival and the Apple Butter Festival the last Saturday in October.
Every August, he is always helping at the Jefferson County Fair. He is in charge of all entertainment, including the pageants. He is dedicated to the 4-H program in Jefferson County. He is a 4-H Pin wearer and a 4-H All Star. He was recently recognized by the West Virginia University Extension Service at their annual awards luncheon for his work with the 4-H Foundation, which he serves as treasurer. In 2013, Barron received the "Full Steam Ahead Life Coaching and Me Mentoring" award for his service to the community of Shepherdstown.
In preparation for the chapter's Centennial in 2016, Chapter Treasurer Katherine Genung presented a PowerPoint, "100 Years of Regents." Beginning with Regent Anna Latimer Chapline Phillips, she explained that the first chapter meeting was held in Mrs. Phillips' home Feb. 22, 1916. She was able to find photos of many of the Regents who have served the chapter. As her presentation went through the years, Genung acknowledged the more recent Regents, Jean Ann Elliott, Betty Reinhart, Dorrene Hale and Cheryl Brown, all of whom were in attendance.
In support of the chapter's conservation work, Conservation Committee Chairman Penny Hoeflinger presented all attendees with reusable shopping bags. She emphasized to chapter members the need to replace plastic bags with reusable bags for the good of the environment.
The public is cordially invited to travel with the chapter on May 3 to Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Va. After a fabulous guided tour of Monticello, the group will enjoy a buffet lunch at the Michie Tavern followed by a tour of the tavern for a glimpse into life during colonial times. Don't miss this day of fun with friends and family. Seating is limited to the first 50 paid reservations. For more information and a reservation form, contact Regent Cheryl Brown at 304-876-3817.
These charter bus trips and other charitable work, like helping veterans and giving awards to local students, help the chapter to "Celebrate America." To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit www.DAR.org or www.youtube.com/TodaysDAR.
For more information about membership in the Pack Horse Chapter, NSDAR, contact Registrar Dorrene Hale at 304-725-6140