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Madison presents to local DAR

By Staff | Sep 23, 2011

Shepherd University professor Mark Madison, Ph.D., gave a conservation message to the Pack Horse Ford Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at Byrd Auditorium at Shepherd University. Madison also works full-time as historian for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown.

Madison commented that he owed his career to DAR since he won a $1,000 Good Historian Award during his senior year in high school. He later went on to earn his Ph.D. from Harvard University in the History of Science. Madison spoke on the history of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and told members the country is facing two challenges – global climate change causing the threat of extinction to polar bears as well as the nation’s children’s disconnect with nature, called “Nature Deficit Disorder,” first termed by Richard Louve.

Madison ended his program speaking on the importance of recycling. He also warned members not to dispose of prescriptions down their commodes, as this is highly toxic to fish and amphibians.

The Chapter business meeting included the announcement by Polly Wharton that the DAR Daughters team for the Relay for Life earned the bronze award from this summer’s campaign, raising over $2,500 for the fight against cancer. Honorary State Regent Jean Elliott was honored by the placement of a plaque in her name on the West Virginia Peters Cottage at the DAR supported school in Tamassee, S.C.

Upcoming events include a dual meeting on Sept. 24 between the Pack Horse Ford Chapter and the Frederick Chapter DAR to mark the Hessian Barracks at the School for the Deaf in Frederick, Md. On Oct. 25, the Pack Horse Ford Chapter will hold a ceremony to dedicate a new flag pole and plaque at the Shepherdstown Day Care. The Day Care children will participate, as well as Jefferson High School ROTC.

The Conservation Committee is sponsoring a clean-up project with Boy Scout Troop 33 in Shepherdstown on Oct. 15 at the Tobacco Warehouse. The 250th birthday of Shepherdstown will be celebrated on May 5, 2012, by the Pack Horse Ford Chapter at the Lutheran Reform Cemetery with the placement of a plaque for Revolutionary soldiers buried there.

The next meeting of the Pack Horse Chapter DAR will be held at the Peter Burr’s house on October 1.

If you would like information about joining the Pack Horse Ford Chapter, contact Regent Cheryl Brown at 304-876-3817 or Registrar Dorrene Hale at 304-725-6140.