Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter, NSDAR

Chapter News

May 2020

Face masks May 2020

Chapter member Michele has now made a total of 880 face masks that have been donated to various local and and regional organizations in coordination with NJDAR and charitable sewing collaboratives. On Memorial Day, May 25th, our Chapter Historian, Jo Ann, delivered some of those masks to the Borough of Shrewsbury. Our chapter has been part of the Shrewsbury ceremony at Patriot's Isle for nearly 100 years. This year, due to social distancing, attendance was limited to one chapter member. Thank you, Michele, for protecting so many lives with your homemade masks! DAR members nationwide are rapidly closing in on half a million masks sewn -- while logging Service to America Hours -- for the Covid-19 pandemic.


We remembered our military men and women who have lost their lives in service to our country. You can find us at 19:50 in this video of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation's Memorial Day Virtual Ceremony, May 25, 2020.

March 2020

Face masks March 2020

When NJDAR put out the word in mid-March that healthcare workers
were asking for homemade fabric face masks, sewing machines began
whirring away, incuding at the homes of our members.

December 2019

Chapter members and distant cousins honor their ancestors and other service members
on National Wreaths Across America Day, December 14, 2019.

Our chapter participated in two ceremonies: Fairview Cemetery in Red Bank and
Old Free Church Cemetery in West Long Branch where this photograph was taken.
What a festive and touching sight both cemeteries were!

October 2019

Christ Church Shrewsbury interior

Our chapter's DAR National Day of Service coincided with activities for the
celebration of the 350th anniversary of Christ Church, Shrewsbury.
Gravestone cleaning, historic church tour, followed by gravestone rubbing...
Great way to spend a balmy fall day!

August 2019

Graveside memorial for chapter Daughter Jane Coney Beers Oertel (1919-2003) at
Fair View Cemetery in Red Bank, New Jersey

Jane's family had recently found a DAR Insignia marker her husband had ordered for her grave
and requested that we assist in placement. The ceremony, which included prayers and a
reading of Jane's lovingly-written obituary, was solemn yet inspirational.
Jane is truly not forgotten, and those who did not know her wished we had.

May 2019

What a beautiful day we had for our annual picnic‼️ 
Chapter members brought delicious dishes and great desserts.
A HUGE thank you to our hostess and her HODAR  

The officers were installed and will be planning all the programs and events for fall 2019.

April 2019

Annual American History Awards Nights


March 2019

"Friends Helping Friends"

Regent Lynda Aber of Governor William Livingston


February 2019

What an awesome meeting topic about William Alexander, Lord Sterling by speaker Elaine Lent



Holiday Luncheon 2018

Our annual holiday luncheon was a lot of fun this year,
the location choice was beautiful and our speaker was outstanding.
There were many great baskets and we all enjoyed the "Voices". 


June 2018

Battle of Monmouth wreath laying with our Regent, Kathleen Evans


March 2018

The chapter enjoyed the wonder father/son duo who penned the books Patriots, Redcoats, & Spies and 2nd in the series Submarines, Secrets, & A Daring Rescue‼️

Robert J. Skead with Robert A. Skead


Celebrating George Washington’s Birthday
February 2018 with the NJSSAR Annual Luncheon 

Central District Director Susan, Vice Regent Deb, Member Barbara, Regent Kathleen, and Member Lillian.
A wonderful and Patriotic day



Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Regent Dunnell, Historian Hvizdos, and Director Mazzacco (on behalf of all of our members)
went to the VFW Post 2226 home of the NJ Shore Area 12 Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans to
join a Grateful Nation in honoring and thanking the members for their service.

Dennis Beauregard, Historian Hvizdos, Ernie Diorio, Donald Davison, Paul Bausch, Richard Brandon, Regent Dunnell, and Director Mazzacco

Vietnam Veterans New Jersey Shore Area Chapter 12 Members
(300 members)

Monday, November 2, 2015 Chapter Meeting
Honoring Our Veterans from both the Vietnam War & WWII

Welcome & Warm Greetings to our Guests and Members

Official Commemorative Partner of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

WWII Veteran David Scheinhartz talking about the DDay Invasion and Reciting his poem "A Wonderful Dream"

Mr. Scheinhartz and his wonderful wife Sybil with Regent Dunnell and Historian Hvizdos
honored with a certificate for his service

The family of WWII Veteran David Scheinhartz

Regent Dunnell thanking Mr. Scheinhartz for being our guest speaker

Serious Chapter Business

Sunday, October 11, 2015
National Day of Service
125th Anniversary of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

The dedication ceremony was held at the Historic Free Church Cemetery, West Long Branch to mark the grave of Elizabeth Eaton Slocum, the daughter of a Revolutionary War Patriot. Elizabeth Eaton Slocum (1773-1861) is the daughter of revolutionary war soldier Lt. John Eaton and Elizabeth Brinley and the 2nd. great grand-daughter of Thomas Eaton, the founder of Eatontown, New Jersey.

At the dedication, a DAR grave marker was placed on Elizabeth Eaton Slocum’s grave with the invocation led by an Honor Guard of members of the Monmouth Chapter NSSAR, Sons of the American Revolution and taps being played by Cadet Seaman Recruit MAST, David Scott.  A wreath was placed on Elizabeth Slocum’s grave by Michelle Mazzucca, of the Elizabeth and Henry Livingston Chapter NSCAR, Children of the American Revolution.
Michelle is a 5th great granddaughter of Elizabeth Eaton Slocum
Chapter Regent, Liz Dunnell paid tribute to Elizabeth Eaton Slocum and to all the men and women, who throughout our country’s history, have served our country with integrity and devotion and given us the many blessings that we enjoy today.

Shrewsbury Town-Monmouth Chapter members, Monmouth Chapter NJSSAR Honor Guard, and Invited Guests

Regent Liz Dunnell and Eatontown Councilman Anthony Talerico reading the proclamations from
the Monmouth Country Chosen Board of Freeholders and the Letter of Congratulations from the Governor of New Jersey

Bugler-Cadet Seaman Recruit MAST, David Scott

DAR Grave Marker

Grave of Elizabeth Eaton Slocum

Decendants of Elizabeth Eaton Slocum

Annual Chapter Picnic
Chapter Awards, Historic Preservation Award & Fashion Design Contest Winners

50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, Honoring Our Veterans

Memorial Day at Patriot's Isle

Washington Crossing State Park

Spring Brought our New Member Tea


Women's History Month, we had snow but that did not stop us from CELEBRATING!


Desserts & Tea-Saturday, February 7, 2015-Ninety Six, Crossroads of a Revolution

2014 Holiday Gathering Featured in the Monmouth Journal

Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Museum of the American Revolution

The Liberty Tree to be planted in 2016

Regent Liz Dunnell outside Independence Hall

Regent Liz Dunnell and Historian Deb Hvizdos


The Commemoration of the 236th Anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth

NJ350~Celebrating Our State History


Annual May Picnic 2014

Our new banner!!!

Fashion Design Contest Winners for the chapter

Wounded Warrior Project

Holiday Gathering 2013

December 6, 2013—The members of the Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter DAR gathered for our annual holiday luncheon. Our program included the Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII to honor all those lost in Pearl Harbor, and memorabilia from members and veterans were displayed. Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter proudly supports veterans, the Pajama Program, the Lunch Break Program, Monmouth & Ocean Counties Food Bank, as well as the Sandy Hook Lighthouse Foundation. Family, food, friends, memories, honor, and service... a nice day had by all.

Community Service Award given for Patriotic Sunsets

October 11, 2013—The Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter DAR presented a community service award this week to Ed Segall, who operated the Sea Gulls’ Nest restaurant and bar at Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook for nearly 50 years.

“When we thought of the community service award, his was the first name that came to mind.” - Laura Cramer

Mr. Segall received the award to honor his longstanding tradition of conducting a daily sunset service honoring members of the military and veterans, accompanied by patriotic music.


Towns celebrate Constitution Week
The Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter DAR celebrated Constitution Week September 17-23, 2013, in conjunction with Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School, Matawan Borough, and Aberdeen Township.

Constitution Week 2013The tradition of celebrating Constitution Week was started by DAR. According to a press release, the group petitioned Congress in 1955 to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law 915 on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Deb Hvizdos, DAR state chairwoman and chapter historian, and Rita Kline, Honorary State Regent and chapter vice regent, presented Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School principal Cory Radisch and social studies teacher Dylan Tarrazi with a proclamation and award for supporting the Constitution of the United States. American flags were also presented to the entire sixth grade class.

Proclamations also were presented to Matawan Borough Chief Administrative Officer Louis Ferrara, who accepted on behalf of Mayor Paul Buccellato, and to Aberdeen Township Municipal Clerk Karen Ventura, who accepted on behalf of Mayor Fred Tagliarini.


DAR chapter announces essay winners
March 13, 2013 — The Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter DAR announced the winners of the American Essay Contest for 2012-13. This year’s topic was “The Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence.” The focus was on unrecognized people and groups, including African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, women, and others who provided military or public service in support of the American Revolution.


Holiday Luncheon 2012

Holiday Luncheon 2012

Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Holiday Luncheon 2012
in support of Lunch Break of Red Bank and
the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties.


Honoring our Chapter's Real Daughter
In remembrance of our 9-11 fallen heros, Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter officers, Rita Kline, Liz Dunnell, and Elaine Everett, met at the grave of our chapter's Real Daughter, Rachel Van Deventer.

Rachel Van Denventer
Wife of Peter Van Deventer
Born: November 19, 1818
Died: April 2, 1907

Shrewsbury Towne – Monmouth Chapter DAR, Shrewsbury, New Jersey, located the gravestone its chapter’s Real Daughter, Rachel Van Deventer, in Washington Monumental Cemetery in South River, New Jersey.

Real Daughter grave marking


Rachel was a charter member of the chapter. Her father, Christopher Van Deventer, assisted in establishing American independence while acting in the capacity of private in Captain Morgan’s Company, 2nd Regiment New Jersey State Militia.







Constitution Week 2012
Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter DAR prepares for Constitution Week visit with Ms. Nocera's 5th grade class. Flags, star cookies, the Preamble to the Constitution, and proclamations were given to all the students!

Constitution Week 2012

Educate - Commemorate - Celebrate!
We the People


The Shrewsbury DAR celebrates 110th anniversary

The Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, celebrated its 110th anniversary on December 3, 2011, with a luncheon at Nauvoo Restaurant, Fair Haven with more than 40 members and guests attending.

100th chapter anniversary celebration

The Monmouth Chapter of DAR was organized on June 29, 1900. In 1935, the chapter divided and Shrewsbury Towne Chapter was formed. Over the years, Shrewsbury Towne and Monmouth chapters shared many joint meetings, luncheons and patriotic activities. In 2004, the two chapters reunited and formed the Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter.

At the anniversary celebration, the accomplishments of the members to the community, state, and nation were acknowledged by Governor Chris Christie, the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders and citizens of Monmouth County. Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter was praised for its service to the next generation and for its commitment to preserve the memory and spirit of the patriots who achieved American independence.

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