The Blue Springs Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution honored members of the community at its annual Honors and Awards meeting on April 13 at the Adams Pointe Golf Club, in keeping with its national goals and objectives of patriotism, education, and historic preservation.

As the nation’s largest patriotic women’s service organization, the DAR supports active military, and veterans; volunteers in area schools and classrooms, offers scholarships and essay contests, and recognizes outstanding teachers, administrators, and civic leaders who are making a difference throughout their community. Each year, Blue Springs Daughters look forward to recognizing those individuals within our community who are making a significant difference by demonstrating strong American values and traditions through promoting patriotism, education, or historic preservation.

This year, the Blue Springs Chapter proudly recognized retired Independence attorney, and U.S Marine Corps., U.S. Army Reserves veteran Dennis B. Bosch, as their April 2019 “Patriot of the Month.” This special program was initiated by the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution as a way of recognizing our living veterans, active service, and first responders, in grateful appreciation of the personal sacrifices made for the rights and freedoms we all enjoy.

The chapter also honored Dana Bowers, social studies teacher at Brittany Hill Middle School, with the DAR “Outstanding Teacher of American History (or related subjects).

Additionally, several area students were recognized for their participation in the DAR American History Essay and DAR Good Citizens Scholarship and Essay Contests.

“Women’s Suffrage” was the American History Essay Contest topic presented to students in the Blue Springs School District in grades 6-8 last fall, with one winner selected from each grade, based upon special criteria, and selected by non-DAR judges. All students who participated in the contest were recognized with a special certificate of participation. Winning essays were selected by non-DAR judges, based upon specific instructions and criteria.

Chase Hammerschmidt, Gracyn Austin, and Kaitlynn Lewter, representing sixth, seventh and eighth grade levels, were this year’s winners from Brittany Hill Middle School, and presented with a special certificate, bronze “Excellence in History” medal, and a monetary gift from the chapter.

Each year, a senior high school student is named the school’s “good citizen,” based upon qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism from area high schools. These students are also recognized as DAR Good Citizens, and are eligible to participate in a DAR Scholarship and Essay Contest, sponsored by local chapters.

This year’s DAR Good Citizens were Nathan Sheppard, from Blue Springs South High School, and Clayton Gurley, from Blue Springs High School, whose winning essay was forwarded to the state. Both students received a DAR Good Citizen pin, certificate, wallet card, and monetary gift from the chapter.

A special musical program was also performed as a part of this year’s honors and awards meeting, by the 2019 winner of the MSSDAR Nash Music Scholarship, oboist Alex Griffitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bowen (Erika) Griffit, of Grain Valley, sponsored by the Blue Springs Chapter DAR. Alex was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the state society at their annual state conference, held in Columbia, Missouri, on April 4-8. and was also invited to perform for the chapter at its April 13 honors and awards meeting, where he received special recognition and a monetary gift.

The Blue Springs Chapter DAR is a non-political, patriotic women’s service organization, with members 18 years of age and older who share a common bond with a patriot ancestor who aided the American cause, or fought in the Revolutionary War. We welcome guests at chapter meetings, where we have a variety of interesting and informative programs based upon the national DAR objectives of education, patriotism, or historic preservation. We meet the second Saturday from September through May.

For additional information, contact chapter Registrar Vicki Hodges at (816) 588-7003 (email: vickihodges70@gmail.com), or Regent Paula Clyma at (816) 796-7084 (email: paulaclyma@gmail.com)

– Submitted by the DAR