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Pleasanton: Local 'Daughter' attends D.C. gathering

Founded in 1890, DAR remains an active service organization

Cindi Newbold, of the Pleasanton Jose Maria Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was among thousands of members from across the country who attended its 128th Continental Congress in late June in the nation's capital.

"As our more than 4,000 dedicated DAR members gather in one place, their energy produces inspiration, creative breakthroughs and true camaraderie," DAR president general Ann T. Dillon said.

The local DAR chapter received the Silver Award for American Spirit at the weeklong convention.

Newbold joined DAR in 2013 after years of researching her genealogy revealed ancestors dating back to the American Revolution and beyond.

"It's definitely wonderful being part of a group where people have similar passions, not only knowing their heritage but wanting to preserve it and to find such pride in it," Newbold said in an interview with the Weekly in 2014.

At the opening night ceremony, the DAR honored Alex Trebek in absentia with its Americanism Award. The evening featured a performance by Dean Malissa, a leading portrayer of George Washington.

Other national awards were handed out during the week for excellence in historic preservation, education and patriotism. On National Defense Night, the DAR honored military personnel and veterans, and welcomed Lt. Gen. Nadja West, Surgeon General of the U.S. Army.

The DAR donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to preservation, education and patriotic endeavors, as well as millions of hours of volunteer services, Dillon noted.

"The reports presented at Continental Congress offered irrefutable proof that the DAR remains a relevant, vital and multifaceted force in cities and towns across the country," she said.

To learn more about the local chapter, contact Debbie Janes at jmadar.regent@gmail.com.

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