Mrs. Allen honored by DAR
Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 8:01 pm
The Jacob Flournoy Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored local DAR member Elaine Allen as the 2011 recipient of the Volunteer Information Specialist.
Mrs. Allen received her award from chapter regent Sallie Ferguson at the May chapter luncheon meeting held at the South Fulton Municipal Complex.
The chapter had received the award at the Kentucky state DAR conference earlier in the year.
In earning the ward, Mrs. Allen had completed the following activities for her local DAR chapter: She produced and printed the Jacob Flournoy Handbook for this year. She formatted into Microsoft Publisher the chapter by-laws and printed copies for all members. She copied and distributed the Kentucky State Directory for members of the Jacob Flournoy Chapter DAR. And she worked on the chapter web page and anticipates that it will be online soon.
In her position as librarian at the Fulton County Public Library, she has averaged assisting two to three people per week needing genealogical help in the library. Help included, but was not limited to, researching obituaries and local family histories. Assistance was given to those who made personal on-site requests and to those who requested help through phone calls and e-mails.
She has researched and typed three sets of application papers. All three applications have been approved by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
To aid other members with research projects, Mrs. Allen subscribed to the Darlings list serve. At the public library, she maintained an active obituary file for those doing research and housed Kentucky death certificates from 1911 through 1956. As librarian, she aided patrons using the death certificates by providing instruction in the use of new digital microfilm readers and in the use of indexes for those materials.
Mrs. Allen was Kentucky State webmaster from March-June 2010, a portion of the year for which the award was given.
Mrs. Allen said genealogy is a hobby of hers and she has written one book about her husband’s family.
Following the meal and presentation of awards, which also included recognition of Lora James for receiving the state DAR Volunteer for Veterans Award, DAR members and guests adjourned to the courtroom.
Mrs. Ferguson continued the meeting and introduced Mrs. James, who served as program leader. Mrs. James then introduced guest speaker Kentucky Society DAR regent Jessieanne Wells, listing several of her accomplishments, recognitions and offices held with DAR.
Mrs. Wells is married to Danny Wells and they are the parents of four grown children. They have eight grandchildren. Her two daughters and all eight grandchildren are also members of the KSDAR. She spoke to the local group about several accomplishments of the DAR and about things she would like to see accomplished. She encouraged continued support of local troops.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mrs. Ferguson closed the meeting and invited DAR members and guests to downtown Fulton, where the DAR dedicated two maple trees to the city in honor of all United States troops and veterans. Mrs. James presented the trees to Fulton Mayor Elaine Forrester on behalf of the chapter.
Published in The Messenger 5.27.11