ABOUT OUR CHAPTER
Established in 1912
Mrs. Effie Ebey Roeder established the Chief Whatcom Chapter in 1912. With the permission of Effie Ebey Roeder’s family, the chapter purchased a DAR grave marker for her, placed on her tombstone October 20, 2012, at Bay View Cemetery in Bellingham -- the anniversary of the date that the chapter was granted its national charter.
Our chapter has steadfastly worked for a century to “Preserve the Past, Enhance the Present, and Invest in the Future through historic preservation and community service.” Centennial projects included support of veterans, restoration of the Pickett House (built by General George Pickett of Civil War fame), and educational display of the Constitution.
Deborah Ellen Baker
Activities and Projects
Service to America
The NSDAR Service to America initiative encourages members to become involved in community service to discover the rewards of volunteerism, to demonstrate the positive volunteer opportunities associated with DAR members to others and to help make their local communities a better, more friendly place. Our members are helping to work toward the DAR goal of 19 million hours of community service.
Pickett House Restoration
For decades the chapter has supported efforts to restore the historic Pickett House located at 910 Bancroft Street in Bellingham. The Pickett House is maintained by the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, and overseen by Edradine Hovde. In 2014, major repairs were completed using a NSDAR Special Projects Grant.
Military and Veteran Support and Recognition
Chief Whatcom Chapter honors and supports the many men and women who are serving in conflicts abroad. We also undertake projects like "supply drives" to aid veterans directly, and to commemorate veteran service in the local area. In 2016, Chief Whatcom was proud to nominate Mr. Gene Goldsmith who was recognized by WSSDAR as Washington State Outstanding Veteran Volunteer of the year.
Historic Program Fund Initiatives
Chapter member contributions help to fund numerous state and national society fund initiatives. These include: State Flag Project (for the Washington State capitol building), the Page Fund (assists page participation at conferences), the state and national Regents' Projects, and the state Kathryn Hull Pease "I Believe" Scholarship (for WSSDAR member education).