Club Notes: NH DAR hosts annual Cathedral of Pines service

August 23. 2018 9:01PM
State Regent Wendy Stanley Jones, left, is with Sophia Snaith of New London, the New Hampshire Children of the American Revolution's president, who was the guest speaker at a banquet in Nashua the evening before the service. 

RINDGE — The New Hampshire Daughters of the American Revolution held its 71st annual Cathedral of the Pines service Aug. 11.

Hosted by Sarah Potts Voll, the state chaplain pro-tem, the service offered people from around the state, and across the country, the opportunity to come together for a time of fellowship and inspiration.

Greetings were given from State Regent Wendy Stanley Jones and a welcome from Jefferson Allen of the Cathedral of the Pines.

“This group has been amongst our longest, strongest supporters since the cathedral came to be,” Allen said. He also thanked the New Hampshire DAR for its support of the cathedral’s Women’s Memorial Bell Tower, which he described as “the first memorial to women and the roles that they play in our nation.”

National Society DAR Vice President General Denise Doring Van Buren was the featured speaker.

“We have gathered, proud members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, to reflect on the courage, on the sacrifice of the generations that have forged and protected our liberties in conflicts since the founding of our republic, to remember the men and women who have won and who have protected the inalienable rights of democracy,” Van Buren said.

“Even after the ice storm again altered the face of this mountaintop, and again reminded us of the true power of God’s natural might, the cathedral, with its rock altar, stands as silent testimony to faith and that God is in fact our rock eternal,” she said.

On the eve of the service, Jones welcomed members and guests to a banquet in Nashua. The guest speaker was New Hampshire State Children of the American Revolution President Sophia Snaith of New London.

DAR is the largest all-female volunteer service organization statewide and nationally. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to promote patriotism, preserve American history and improve education. The DAR has more than 1,000 members in 21 chapters in New Hampshire and 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the world.

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Gathered at the Cathedral of the Pines are, from left, Honorary State Regents Phyllis Gagnon of Manchester and Sarah Potts Voll of Washington, D.C.; National Society DAR’s Denise Doring Van Buren; State Regent Wendy Stanley Jones of Greenland; and Honorary State Regents Elaine Bean of Hudson and Laura McCrillis Kessler of Newport. (Courtesy)

Woman’s Service Club plans Sept. 5 meeting

WINDHAM —The Woman’s Service Club of Windham’s first meeting of its club year will be Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the upstairs of Windham Town Hall, beginning with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m., and followed by a program and business meeting.

For the program, guest speakers Diane Carpenter will discuss the Windham Endowment Committee’s history and goals, while Diane Fallon will talk about The Friends of Moekel Pond and its long-term goals.

The club meets the first Wednesday of the month from September to May at the town hall. Guests are welcome.

Members participate in several fundraising events, service projects and social activities that foster camaraderie among the members.

The club also funds two scholarships for high school seniors, organizes a Veterans’ Project, conducts two coat collections and contributes to the Shepherd’s Pantry and many area educational and charitable organizations.

For more information, call membership chairman Sue Violi at 889-0578, go to or like the club on Facebook.

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Denise Doring Van Buren of New York, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s first vice president general, addresses the assembly during the New Hampshire DAR’s 71st annual service at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge. (Courtesy)

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