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Local resident receives DAR service award

By Staff | May 29, 2009

Sandra Osbourn, left, with DAR Regent Dorrene Hale

Shepherdstown resident Sandra Osbourn was recently honored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution by receiving the distinguished Community Service Award. Sandra was nominated by the Pack Horse Ford Chapter, NSDAR.

Sandra has participated in many phases of community life as a volunteer. Since 2005, Sandra has been president of the local Library Board and a volunteer at the Shepherdstown Public Library. She has represented the library at various events, WV Commission sessions, and civic organizations meetings. She has taken a leadership role not only in the local library, but also in shaping the vision for a county library network.

Sandra also has served as a member of the Streetscape Committee for the Corporation of Shepherdstown. She has attended countless meetings on this committee. The fruits of this committee’s labor are now being implemented.

Sandra’s interest in family and local history has led her to become a Board Member of the Elmwood Cemetery Association in Shepherdstown. She has been instrumental in providing a written landscape policy for the cemetery. For a time she stored the Association’s pamphlets on Civil War gravesites and saw that they were supplied to the Shepherdstown Visitors Center and cemetery. She also has helped with the annual “Testimony of the Rocks” tour of the cemetery.

One of Sandra’s recent activities has involved being an active member of the Friends of the Shepherdstown Riverfront. She currently serves as vice president and hosts the organization’s meetings in her home. This group is attempting to restore, in an environmentally friendly manner, the historic area of the Potomac River shoreline that abuts Shepherdstown.

The above activities highlight only a few of Sandra’s contributions to Shepherdstown. Her volunteer work sets the standard for all citizens to emulate. Sandra is most deserving of receiving the NSDAR Community Service Award.

For information about joining the Pack Horse Ford Chapter of NSDAR, contact Chapter Regent Dorrene Hale at (304) 725-6140 for more information.