Chaplain General Introduction

Written by: Pamela Bork, Chaplain General
July 26, 2019

“Give and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together.” – Luke 6:38

When it became obvious that my maternal grandmother was having trouble getting to Governor Thomas Ford Chapter meetings, I decided that it was time to get my papers in order and join the DAR.  The time was right as I had graduated from the University of Illinois, was married to my husband, Gene, was teaching Social Studies (History, Geography and Civics), and we had not started our family.  I had always loved history and was thrilled with the knowledge that I had a Revolutionary ancestor!  Although I had said that I would join the chapter to help get my grandmother there, I also told the ladies not to ask me to do anything because I lived far away and was too busy.

The Chapter Regent at the time was a lovely lady who encouraged me in every step of the membership process.  At the time, she was serving as the State Pressbook Chair and asked me to help with organizing the scrapbook.  The Chapter Regent also invited me to meet the State Regent informally when she came to visit the chapter.  You might guess how this part of my story ends.  Once I joined the chapter I was asked, after a few meetings, "would you read the National Defense report?" and I said that I thought I could.  In addition, the regent encouraged me to attend our state conference, and when I saw how the ladies from my chapter were greeted as old friends, I decided that this was the place for me.  I soon found myself National Defense Chapter Chair, then Chapter Vice Regent and ultimately Chapter Regent.  So much for the idea of being too busy!

As I have continued serving in DAR through the years in many different offices and chairmanships, I have enjoyed the people I've met, enjoyed learning about the many facets of DAR, and been amazed at the opportunities and experiences that have come with that service.  I am thrilled and excited to be a part of Mrs. VanBuren's Rise and Shine for America executive team with all the new ways to serve our Society and the new experiences this service will bring.  I have long wanted to attend the Cathedral of the Pines event hosted by the New Hampshire Daughters in August.  As Chaplain General, my first duty will be speaking at that event.  Other responsibilities of the Chaplain General include sending birthday greetings to 90- and 100-year-old members and sympathy cards for the current and past members of the National Board of Management and coordinating dedication ceremonies.  Each year plans are made for wreath-layings at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of George and Martha Washington at Mount Vernon.  One of the most important duties is to plan and conduct the Memorial Service during Continental Congress.

Most of my life has been spent in two small communities in east central Illinois with the last 35 years living on a farm just outside of Piper City, where my husband raised corn and soybeans until retirement.  We have one son and two daughters, who are both DAR members, as are three granddaughters.  Two other grandchildren are in C.A.R.   Living in a small community afforded me the chance to serve in many different capacities in organizations such as library trustee, food pantry, Meals on Wheels, historical society and other small town organizations.  Our church is a most important and central part of our lives.

To keep the future of DAR shining brightly, to Rise and Shine for America, we should encourage members, both new and experienced, to say yes when we are asked to participate in our chapters, our districts or our state societies.  I believe the old adage is that if you want something done, ask a busy person.  I soon found out that I wasn't "too busy" to get involved and gained so much by taking part in all that DAR has to offer.  I am so grateful that I did.

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