Augusta Wallihan Yearly Activities

The Augusta Wallihan Chapter, NSDAR, is an active chapter. We have events we do every year.

June 14, Flag Day
Augusta Wallihan Chapter members divide up to cover more activities. Members hand out flags at the post office in Meeker, downtown in Steamboat Springs, and at the grocery store in Craig. Another group gives a Flag Day program at the Boys and Girls Clubs in Steamboat Springs and Craig. In 2018, the program at the BGC included participating with the VFW in a flag retirement ceremony.

July 4th, Independence Day
The chapter enjoys decorating a float, dressing in period costume, playing patriotic music, and participating in the VFW’s 4th of July Parade. Our float for the last several years has placed as one of the top floats in the parade.

September 17-21, Constitution Week
The Augusta Wallihan Chapter begins the week requesting that the board of county commissioners and the mayor sign proclamations proclaiming the week as Constitution Week. At noon on September 17, we gather at the corner of Yampa Avenue and Victory Way to ring bells and wave flags. We often have members of the community join us. This past year, the Craig Christian Academy brought 40 students to help ring bells and wave flags. These same students made posters on the Constitution which we placed in public buildings around town.

A graduating senior is presented with a DAR Good Citizens Award along with a $100 check and a medal. The student is selected by the teachers at the Moffat County High School.

Memorial Day Weekend
The chapter assists the VFW with placing flags on graves of all known veterans. Several members enjoy reading the names of these veterans during the Memorial Day Service.

The Augusta Wallihan Chapter awards a graduating senior with a $500 scholarship. The Shannan Koucherik Memorial Scholarship is named for our founding regent and is funded by memorial gifts. The recipient must submit an essay on how her/his future career aspirations relate to the objectives of NSDAR.

All Year
Our chapter strives to present historical programs throughout the year to schools and the Boys and Girls Club. Frequently, these are done by a member dressed in period costume. Some programs that have been presented are: “Liberty Day,” honoring James Madison on his birthday for being considered the Father of The Constitution; “Women in history” and the hardships they endured to accomplish everyday activities; “colonial crafts”; the “History of Presidents Day”; “How the Revolution began”; and more.

Information on awards, committees, and other National DAR initiatives can be found on the NSDAR website.