Posted: May 12, 2005 12:04 pm EST

Essayist wins national award (~7 col. in.)
by Eric Coop, The Oskaloosa, Iowa, Herald
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    Additional Information: Kelsie Whitten-Smith, of West Liberty, Iowa receives a national award from the Daughters of the American Revolution, Oskaloosa Chapter, regent Judy Swanson.
    CNHI News Service photo by Eric Coop/The Oskaloosa, Iowa, Herald.

    By Eric Coop
    CNHI News Service

    OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Following a motto of “God, Country, Home,” the Oskaloosa Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution continues to work to educate and impress upon people the importance of patriotism and education.
    Tuesday, one member of the Oskaloosa DAR was honored for winning a national award.
    Kelsie Whitten-Smith, of West Liberty, entered an essay contest in 2004 writing on a health topic. Her paper, “The Problem with Exercise,” was accepted by the state DAR, then forwarded to the national competition. Other topics the DAR contest covered were career and family issues.
    The DAR was founded in 1890, and is a volunteer women’s service organization that promotes patriotism, preserving U.S. history and supporting education programs. The organization funds local scholarships, pioneer historic restorations and lead volunteer projects in their communities.
    The Oskaloosa chapter was founded on Nov. 22, 1927, and was granted full chapter status in September 1930.
    “You have to have an ancestor in the Revolutionary War and it has to be in your bloodline,” said Chapter Regent Judy Swanson of Oskaloosa.
    Whitten-Smith joined the DAR in 1998. Her mother is also a member.
    “I am one of the youngest members,” she said.
    To help the local chapters grow, Swanson said the organization is always looking for new members.
    “We’re always looking for younger ones to come in,” she said.
    On the Web: National Daughters of the American Revolution:
    Iowa Society Daughters of the American Revolution:

    Eric Coop writes for The Oskaloosa, Iowa, Herald.

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