Local Libertyville DAR Chapter Presents Awards at Their Annual Dinner

Local Libertyville DAR Chapter Presents Awards at Their Annual Dinner

On May 4, 2022, at the White Deer Run Golf Course in Vernon Hills, Libertyville-based Ansel Brainerd Cook (ABC) Chapter, NSDAR held its annual meeting and awards dinner.

Across the state of Illinois there are over 100 chapters. At the 126th Illinois State DAR Conference, held in Bloomington last April, the Ansel Brainerd Cook Chapter received 29 award certificates for outstanding community service.

The chapter recognized 3 individuals to receive the DAR Community Service Award. The DAR Community Service Award is given to individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community through cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, civic, environmental conservation efforts and by organizing or participating to community activities.

ABC was privileged to present the DAR Community Service Awards to: Lisa Fisher, who organized the Antioch Traveling Closet, Mike Moran, 40-year-old village chairman of Wheeling Police and Fire Commissioners, and George Foster, veteran owner of North Point Digital Productions, LLC.

The ABC Chapter was honored to also have two World War II veterans and their families at dinner. Vic Erdelac who served in the United States Air Force as a bomber and Jack W. Vollriede who served in the United States Navy as a frogman. The audience was captivated as Veterans and their families shared their stories with us.

The ABC Chapter was thrilled to have Sharon Wick and Sarah Bazata from the Quilts of Valor Sewing Circle with us. The Quilt of Valor mission is to blanket war-affected military and veterans with comforting and healing quilts. They presented each veteran with a certificate and packaged 4 beautiful quilts of valor unique to the veterans who attended the dinner. These quilts were presented to Vic Erdelac and Jack W. Vollriede who served in World War II, George Foster who served in Vietnam, and Jack B. Vollriede who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the quilts were wrapped around each veteran, they were thanked for their service, sacrifice and bravery in service to our nation.


The ABC Chapter welcomed and swore in 2 new members, Donna Petras and Renee Peterson. They each received a DAR goodie bag and a rose.

Officer installations were sworn in for one or two year terms. The directors and presidents were also sworn in.

The Ansel Brainerd Chapter, NSDAR, celebrates its 45th year. The chapter was organized in September 1977 in Libertyville by 17 members. The chapter has now grown to include over 175 members. In 2021, ABC Chapter members logged 7,705 volunteer hours in the communities in which they work and live.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Its more than 190,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide have all proven their lineage as patriots who achieved American independence during the Revolutionary War. The DAR is one of the most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteerism after serving more than 12.5 million hours in communities around the world.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a lineage-based membership service organization for women who are directly descended from someone involved in the United States’ efforts toward independence. Any woman 18 years of age or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity, who can prove that she is a direct descendant of an American Revolutionary Patriot is eligible for membership.

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