State Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) presented a citation to the Penn-Elk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) during the group's 90th anniversary luncheon, which was held at The Red Fern in Fox Township on Saturday afternoon.
The chapter was originally formed on April 17, 1920; however, it was not officially chartered until April 17, 1921.
Gabler began by expressing his appreciation to the group for all that they do.
"I think, in our society, it's too easy for everybody to get too busy and not think about where we came from and not to think about our heritage and what all we have to be proud of. For you to continue such a well-attended, vibrant organization that is focused on the principles and the ideas and the history that makes our nation and our country so great, it really is a testament to the fact that you've got your priorities in the right place," Gabler said.
He also explained that the citation was on behalf of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and recognized the momentous occasion of their anniversary.
Gabler then read the citation, which stated, "the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania takes great pleasure in recognizing those institutions which contribute to the benefit of their communities, and ultimately to all the citizens of this Commonwealth."
The citation went on to state that "the Penn-Elk of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution strives to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence through the acquisition and protection of historical places, the erection of monuments, the encouragement of historical research related to the American Revolution, service to veterans, the promotion of celebrating patriotic anniversaries and the preservation of documents, relics and records relating to the services of Revolutionary soldiers and patriots. Throughout its history, the Penn-Elk Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has made inestimable contributions to the welfare of society through its sense of fellowship and through its programs, which are designed to enhance the quality of life for all."
The dedicated leaders and members of the chapter were credited for making the group's success possible and the citation indicated that they kept "ever mindful of the noted maxims of the organization."