Daughters of the American Revolution
Organized December 7, 1910
Chartered February 1, 1911
Marion Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was organized on December 9, 1910. It was named in
honor of General Francis Marion, who was commissioned Brigadier General of the state troops of South Carolina.
The earliest records of the chapter were lost; however, continuous records exist from September 25, 1915. One of the activities of
the early group was the giving of historical programs such as "Reminiscences of Early Fayetteville." Another activity was the
locating and marking of graves of Revolutionary patriots. Perhaps the most important achievement of the early chapter was
the organization and support, in 1916, of a city library. The Marion Chapter continues to support the library, and many of its
members are volunteers there.
The chapter endeavors to promote and foster true patriotism and love of country by observing Memorial Day at the National Cemetery in
Fayetteville and by supporting activities at the Veterans Hospital. Other activities include recognizing the outstanding R.O.T.C.
cadets at the University of Arkansas, giving DAR Good Citizenship awards to outstanding local students in Fayetteville and
surrounding towns, and presenting history awards to grade school students.
Marion Chapter members pictured with the 2001-2004 NSDAR President General,
Linda Tinker Watkins, at the Louisiana Purchase Marker dedication.
| REGENT|| Barbara Lewis
|VICE REGENT|| Marianne McBeth
|SECOND VICE REGENT|| Denise Bembenek
|CHAPLAIN|| Ann Phillips
|RECORDING SECRETARY|| Martha Estes
|CORRESPONDING SECRETARY|| Barbara Lee
|REGISTRAR|| Christina Twardowski
|HISTORIAN|| Pam Redfern
|LIBRARIAN|| Nancy Guinn
Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal,
blood line descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. Documentation must be provided to prove
direct descent from a patriot. Sources may include birth, baptismal, marriage, death records, etc. Admission to membership
in the NSDAR is either through a chapter in your state organization (or unit overseas) or as a member-at-large.
The Marion Chapter has a meeting the second Saturday of each month,
from September through May, at 11:00 a.m.
Marion Chapter Honors a Real Daughter
Marion Chapter has recently honored a Real Daughter, a Daughter who had never been forgotten, but whose final resting place
had gone unmarked for more than 100 years. Catherine Robards Stirman joined the DAR in 1895, and her father had joined the
cause of our country’s freedom in 1777. Under a cloudy sky on April 18th, some 75 people listened as Marion Chapter Regent
Jeanne Tackett welcomed us and described Mrs. Stirman’s history. Fayetteville’s mayor, Lioneld Jordan read a proclamation
declaring April 18, 2009, to be Catherine Robards Stirman Day. This honor was followed by remarks from State Regent Mary
Lee Schultz, who reminded us that there are only two Real Daughters now recognized in Arkansas, one of them being Mrs.
Stirman. Reverend Ryan Pfeiffer, who serves in the First Christian Church of Fayetteville, which Mrs. Stirman and her husband
helped found, then described some of its history, and Mrs. Stirman’s commitment to the church and to the cause of education.
Afterwards, during photos, the state regent and chapter regent joined in placing a wreath on Mrs. Stirman’s engraved granite
tablet. The chapter was assisted during the ceremony by members of Girl Scout Troop #5669 and Eagle Scout Michael Brian
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