MEREDITH — The Mary Butler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met for their annual Christmas luncheon on December 9. This was the last meeting of 2013 and was held at The Meredith Bay Colony Club.
The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the Chapter’s prestigious Community Service Award to longtime DAR member Mildred “Millie” Shaw. The Community Service Award is given by DAR to honor and recognize exceptional individuals for their many exemplary and unpaid volunteer accomplishments. Millie’s 60 years of service to the town of Sanbornton and the Sanbornton area has also been recognized by the Sanbornton Historical Society and the Masons of Doric- Centre Lodge 20 in Tilton.
In addition to Millie’s many volunteer public service activities the Sanbornton Historical Society has recognized Millie’s efforts for “assisting others in finding their historical roots and their place in history. She is preserving history for all future generations.” The Doric-Centre Masonic Lodge gave Millie the 2012 Community Builder Award which is the lodge’s highest award. Woodbury Fogg, Worshipful Master of the Lodge, has said that Millie “has helped to build a sense of civic pride and community identity in her town. She has truly been a builder of organizations, landmarks, and a sense of community.”
The Mary Butler Chapter of DAR gained nine new membersin 2013, one of which is a Junior Member. Mary Flaherty is now the chapter Registrar, replacing Marian Ekholm who has retired from that position after many years.
The next meeting of the Mary Butler Chapter of DAR will be Monday, March 17. This will be the yearly Potluck Luncheon at noon at the Laconia Congregational Church. Visitors and perspective members are welcome at meetings. For more information contact Mary Flaherty at 603-524-0723.