WATERTOWN — While in quarantine, members of the Trumbull-Porter Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, sewed more than 600 masks that were distributed to the Coronavirus Task Force in New York City, St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital and West Haven Veterans Hospital, as well as to area nursing homes, service workers and others in need.

Members also presented a number of awards in recent months.

In April, the chapter presented 12 DAR Good Citizens Awards, given to a student who possesses and demonstrates the qualities of a good citizen, including dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Zachary Petrarca was the chapter’s submission for the CTDAR Good Citizens State Level Scholarship.

Trumbull-Porter sponsors Junior American Citizen Awards for students in grades 5 through 8 at St. John the Evangelist, St. Mary Magdalen and Swift Middle School. The chapter had three winners at the national level. Sadie Devino won first place for her short story, Lila Prevalla won second place for her short story and Joseph Pieksza won first place for his poem.

In June, the chapter presented Gertrude Wells Russell-Marie B. Wells Scholarships to Marisa White and Stacey Addo. Winners must have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, commitment and involvement in community and high school activities and financial need.

Two JROTC awards were given this year.

Trumbull-Porter Chapter encompasses Watertown, Waterbury, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Woodbury, Southbury and neighboring towns. Chapter meetings usually take place on the second Thursday of the month from September to June. Genealogy workshops are offered each year as well as monthly meetings with interesting programs.

The chapter is the sponsor of the Charles Merriman Society, Children of the American Revolution. 

The Daughters give Good Citizens Awards, American History Awards and scholarships to high school seniors each year. ROTC awards are given to Junior Cadets.

Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution is open to any woman 18 years and older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence.

Those seeking additional information may call Regent Katie Gabrielson, 203-729-3349, or Registrar Freda Carreiro, 860-274-6219.

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