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Daughters of the American Revolution Announce Good Citizen Award Winners

MISSION VIEJO, CALIF. – Five South County high school seniors were recently honored with Good Citizen Awards by the Mission Viejo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the DAR’s annual awards presentation.

Hannah Butterbaugh from Mission Viejo High School, Iona Garden from El Toro High School, Justin Mendelson from Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Julissa Sandoval from Trabuco Hills High School and Rollie Woodward from Tesoro High School received the Good Citizen Award for their high school. Each participating high school selects one graduating senior who best fulfills the DAR Good Citizen Award requirement of patriotism, service, leadership and dependability. The students also received cash awards from the DAR for the timed essays they wrote on a patriotic topic that was not revealed in advance.

At 216 members, the Mission Viejo Chapter of the DAR is one of the largest in the country. Throughout the year, the chapter’s members volunteer hundreds of hours to support veterans and active service men and women in the South Orange County area. The chapter also raises funds for historical preservation projects in the community, scholarships for local students and donations to underserved school children. Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background. Chapter volunteers are also available to assist prospective members with genealogical research.

The Mission Viejo Chapter serves Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Foothill Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon and Ladera Ranch. More information can be found at http://missionviejo.californiadar.org/.

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Photo Caption: The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently raised more than $4,500 for the Veterans Services Center at Irvine Valley College at its spring tea. The program featured Nancy Montgomery, director of health, wellness and veterans for IVC, and Ezekiel Hall, senior veterans specialist. Student veterans Rachel Bartlett and Sloan Hadsall shared their military stories and efforts to earn a college degree after being discharged. From left:  Chris Hurst-Loeffler, regent for the Mission Viejo chapter of the DAR; Ezekiel Hall; Sloan Hadsall; Rachel Bartlett; Nancy Montgomery; and Wendy Guzman, regent for the Irvine Ranch chapter of the DAR.

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION RAISE FUNDS FOR VETERANS SERVICES CENTER

MISSION VIEJO, CALIF. – The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution announced it raised more than $4,500 for the Veterans Services Center at Irvine Valley College at its recent spring tea. The event was held at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California, and was sponsored by the Mission Viejo and Irvine Ranch chapters of the DAR.

Student veterans Sloan Hadsall and Rachel Bartlett shared stories about their military service and subsequent efforts to earn a college degree. Both attend Irvine Valley College and have benefited from the support services offered at the Veterans Services Center which stresses academics, camaraderie and wellness. Hadsall, who by his own admission was not a strong student in high school, has done so well at IVC that he is now applying to several prestigious four-year colleges to complete his computer science degree.

Bartlett has also applied to top-tier universities and been accepted by UC Berkeley and UC Irvine so far. After completing her political science degree with an emphasis on international relations, she plans to work as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State.

Also speaking at the DAR tea were Nancy Montgomery, director of health, wellness and veterans for Irvine Valley College, and Ezekiel Hall, senior veterans specialist. According to Montgomery, 70,000 veterans attend community colleges around the country. Between 800 and 850 veterans currently attend Irvine Valley College ranging in age from 24 to 34.

“The Veterans Services Center was founded on the premise that veterans seeking a college education after their military service often experience readjustment challenges when they re-enter civilian life,” Montgomery said. “We provide a variety of services for veterans ranging from educational counseling to help with navigating the Veterans Administration – all in a one-stop location staffed by specialized professionals who understand veterans and the issues they face after discharge.” 

The “Moving Forward in Service for Veterans” tea included a high tea buffet and silent auction. Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will directly benefit student veterans at IVC and will be used to help purchase electronic items for the Veterans Services Center, including a new printer/scanner for sending documents to the Veterans Administration. Funds will also be used to purchase a large computer monitor to assist veterans who need college advisement but have vision problems as a result of their service.

According to Chris Hurst-Loeffler, regent for the Mission Viejo Chapter, the fundraising tea is held every other year. The event is designed to generate funds for a local project which promotes one or more of the society’s goals of historic preservation, education and service to veterans and active military in the region.

Any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership in the DAR, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background. Volunteers are also available to assist prospective members with genealogical research.

The Mission Viejo Chapter of the DAR serves Mission Viejo, Coto de Caza, Dove Canyon, Foothill Ranch, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest and Rancho Santa Margarita. For more information, please visit http://missionviejo.californiadar.org/.

Additional information about the Irvine Ranch Chapter, which serves the greater Irvine area, can be found at http://irvineranch.californiadar.org/


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