By Sharon Stickland
On December 18, members and guests of the Fort Loudoun Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, met at the beautiful George Washington Hotel in downtown Winchester to celebrate the season and to swear in three new members. At this event, the chapter formally recognized the past and present achievements, the outstanding service of our Chapter Regents, Executive Boards, and the Committees, and the support of all of our members.
Founded on December 2, 1921, the chapter passed a 90th anniversary resolution to recognize the service of a living past Regent that met all the criteria for the honor of “Honorary Chapter Regent.”
It was resolved that Mrs. Frances Adams Unger was to be proclaimed the Fort Loudoun Chapter’s First “Honorary Chapter Regent.” She was granted all honors, awards, and the special DAR pin that this designation entailed.
Frances Adams Unger stands out as a woman who exemplifies the dedication to the DAR goals of service to God, Home, and Country since she joined the Fort Loudoun Chapter on December 6, 1974, serving as an Officer and Committee Chairman, offering sage advice, loving support, and assistance to every administration, actively participating in all Chapter events as well as District, State, and National functions, and graciously providing genealogical assistance to many of our members during the past 37 years.
Mrs. Unger served 25 years ago as the 65th Anniversary Chapter Regent from 1986 to 1989, celebrating the Bicentennial of the Constitution, re-activating the Lawrence Augustine Washington Society, C.A.R., presiding at the placement of a Revolutionary War Patriot Marker for John Malick at Hoy, WV, and placing an NSDAR Historic Site Marker at Belle Grove Plantation to commemorate the War of 1812, among many other accomplishments. She is truly worthy of this significant honor. Please see the photo of Mrs. Unger being presented with the Honorary Chapter Regent pin.
At the meeting, three new members were welcomed to the chapter. They are Vicki Ciuffreda Beasley, Lake Frederick, VA; Elizabeth Browning, Winchester, VA, and Kerry Ann Strickland Davidson, Round Hill, VA. Mrs. Beasley is the sister-in-law of member Sharon Beasley Strickland and Mrs. Davidson is the daughter of Sharon Beasley Strickland. The photo shows them being sworn in officially.
Members of the Sons of the American Revolution also attended the ceremony. Shown is Greg Canterbury, Berryville, with chapter Regent, Diane Miller, Winchester.
Sharon Beasley Strickland is Public Affairs Officer, Fort Loudoun Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution