Jacqueline “Jackie” Marcus, a member of The Signal Hill Chapter,
NSDAR, (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution),
is the recipient of the national organization’s
“Historic Preservation Recognition” Award.
The Signal Hill Chapter nominated Jackie for the award. She was then
endorsed by the Elgin History Museum where she serves as a volunteer.
Since 2014, Jackie has concentrated her volunteer efforts at the Elgin
History Museum. Beginning as a docent, she expanded her
volunteerism to attend the annual September Bluff City Cemetery
Walks in 2016, 2017, and 2018, working vignettes discussing the
significance of angels on cemetery markers, the story of NSDAR and its
cemetery marker, and as a general greeter to ticket holders,
respectively. Prior to her work at the Elgin History Museum, she
volunteered as a docent at the George Fabyan Villa/Estate in Batavia,
Illinois for Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley.
During the past four years, Jackie has expanded her volunteer role at
the Elgin History Museum to work in various capacities under the
direction of the curator of collections. She was instrumental in fulfilling
a grant, which funded the scanning, data entry, and uploading of over
3500 historical photographs (Elmer Gylleck Collection) of Elgin, Illinois.
She has learned to navigate the Museum’s Past Perfect database
program, editing existing data entry, scanning and merging digital
imagery to database entries, adding new collections, and assisting her
husband, Ira Marcus, (also a volunteer) in photographing the thousands
of archived objects on display, for digitized records of off-view holdings.
Jackie also worked on cataloging artifacts found in an archeological dig
at the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House built in Elgin, IL in 1846. Her
dedication to restoring this historic home has led to three different
donations from NSDAR toward the reconstruction.
During 2020 pandemic, Jackie volunteered at the Museum when
updated guidelines allowed volunteers to return.
The Elgin History Museum is housed in an 1856 landmark building
known as Old Main that was once part of the Elgin Academy campus.
The museum has a staff that helps welcome visitors to the museum,
educates the public about Elgin history and assists with research
inquiries. The Elgin Area Historical Society, which was founded in 1961,
is a thriving organization that operates within the museum. The society
has a board of directors with a mission that is driven to preserve and
educate the community about Elgin history.
Jackie Marcus (center) accepts the NSDAR’s “Historic Preservation
Recognition” Award from Regent Joyce Wright (right) and Kathy Boyle
First Vice Regent (left), all members of the Barrington, IL-based Signal
Hill Chapter, NSDAR.
From left, at the presentation of the Signal Hill NSDAR Distinguished Citizen Award: Sue Olund (great aunt), Donna Cardwell (grandmother), Lauren Rae Constantino (medal recipient), Shenandoah Cardwell-Constantino (mother), and Jackie Marcus (Signal Hill DAR member).
Photo Courtesy Signal Hill, NSDAR
From left, at the presentation of the Signal Hill NSDAR Distinguished Citizen Award: Shenandoah Cardwell-Constantino (mother), Lauren Rae Constantino (medal recipient), and Joyce Wright (Regent, Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR).
Photo Courtesy Signal Hill, NSDAR
Signal Hill DAR Presents ‘Distinguished Citizen Medal for National Defense’
Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR, presented Lauren Rae Constantino the DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal for National Defense at their March 2021 “Virtual” Chapter Meeting. Lauren has distinguished herself in her commitment to service and patriotism via her military service, her first responder service, and her charitable service. As a female in mostly male dominated fields, she has demonstrated leadership.
Lauren, a senior at Indiana University-Bloomington with a double major in Criminal Justice and International studies, will graduate in May 2021. She is an Army ROTC Cadet and a member of the Indiana National Guard. Lauren has pursued and persisted in accomplishing her goals of becoming a campus police officer, to “serve and protect” demonstrating both honor and courage. Also, Lauren is 2nd Vice President of Shield 23 Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) organization that was formed in her father’s memory. It raises funds for and gifts funds to firefighters battling cancer and the families that stand beside them (www.Shield23Foundation.org).
The Distinguished Citizen Award consists of two items: a Certificate from the DAR National Headquarters and a two-piece ribbon and bar. DAR Illinois State Regent Sharla Luken and DAR Illinois National Defense Chairman Sheila Albright also attended the Zoom meeting to congratulate Lauren, then the certificate was presented to her. Signal Hill DAR treasurer and Lauren’s grandmother, Donna Cardwell, had the honor of pinning on the medal and bar. Other present for the ceremony were Signal Hill DAR Patriot Chairman and Lauren’s mother, Shenandoah Constantino; Signal Hill 2nd Vice Regent Susan Olund (her great aunt) and DAR American 250! Chairman Jackie Marcus.
The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal for Defense was introduced in 2013 to recognize individuals, eighteen years of age and older, who fulfill the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism. The Medal is awarded to emergency first responders; active duty military and veterans of the United States Armed Forces; and citizens who have contributed to the defense and security of the community, state, or nation in an exceptional manner. This is the first time the Award has been presented by the Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR.
The Signal Hill Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) was founded in Barrington, IL in 1972. NSDAR is a volunteer women’s service organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Since its founding in 1890 over one million women have joined both nationally and around the world. The local Barrington Chapter raises funds throughout the year and distributes them to 501 (c) (3) organizations whose missions support that of NSDAR: historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Membership in NSDAR is open to any woman age 18 and over who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. For more information: https://signalhilldar.com
Barrington-based Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR, completed this unprecedented year by fulfilling its mission to support local non-profits through monetary donations. Due to its fund-raising efforts throughout 2020, the chapter was able to distribute over $11,000 to various local charities and organizations, specifically in the areas of historic preservation, education, patriotism, and conservation, including:
The Nancy Kimble Cobblestone House Project, Harper College Education Foundation Promise Program, Wreaths Across America, Honor Flight of Lake Count, USO of Illinois, the Barrington Area Library, Lake County Forest Preserve Preservation Foundation Bess Bower Dunn Museum, Citizens for Conservation, and Mindful Waste.
The Signal Hill Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) was founded in Barrington, IL in 1972. NSDAR is a volunteer women’s service organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Since its founding in 1890 over one million women have joined both nationally and around the world. The local Barrington Chapter raises funds throughout the year and distributes them to 501 (c) (3) organizations whose missions support that of NSDAR: historic preservation, education, patriotism, and conservation.
Jackie Marcus, member of Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR, presents a donation check from the chapter to Alan Walters, Board President, Elgin History Museum, Elgin, IL, in support of the Nancy Kimball Cobblestone House Project. (Photograph courtesy of Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR)
We love the community that supports us. We are so thankful to the Signal Hill chapter of National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Barrington. MJackie Marcus, member of Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR, presents a donation check from the chapter to Chuck Bumbales, Executive Director, D300 Food Pantry of Carpentersville, IL.
Kathy Casey, member of the Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR (right) presents a donation check from the chapter to Diana Dretske, curator of the Bess Bower Dunn Museum, historian of the Lake County Forest Preserve District, and author. (Photograph Courtesy of Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR)
We're still collecting purses! items you purchase like lipstick, a comb, a brush, a mirror, kleenex packet, emery board, a spray bottle of cologne etc. If you don't have an old purse to donate, please feel free to donate the inside items also needed. We're not able to deliver the purses yet due to Covid rates.
So, for the rest of 2020-2021, we will collect all the purses and they will be given to a woman's shelter in Englewood. Each purse will be little present to women who don't often get a gift for themselves. For info contact Kathy Boyle at email@example.com
Dr. Cynthia Armendariz-Maxwell, Principal of Sunny Hill Elementary School, Barrington accepts cart load of school supplies from our Regent Joyce Wright.
Todd Schuldt, Office Depot Manager, Algonquin, donated school supplies on August 25th. They will be needed when school opens. Regent Joyce Wright accepted the necessary supplies.
The Signal Hill Chapter of NSDAR, Barrington supported an Eagle Project to benefit TLS Veterans of McHenry,Illinois by collecting and donating urgently needed items such as toilet paper, pasta, canned goods, tuna, dish soap, toothpaste, rice, granola bars, condiments, cereal, corned beef hash, fruit cups, Manwich or sloppy joes, salad dressing deodorant and Kleenex. Thanks to Deb Edlund, Penny Liptak, Jenny Fisher, Kathy Boyle, Linda Wichman, Joyce Wright and friend of chapter, Kathy Ahillen who collected for this wonderful cause.
Local Scouter, Lazlow Ziebel will turn the donations into care packages to help local struggling veterans in thecommunity. It will help him to earn scouting’s highest honor. Items were dropped off at the American Legion Post 491, 1331 Riverside Dr., McHenry, IL between August 3rd -9th from 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m
Regent Joyce Wright presented Rebecca from SOS Children’s Villages Illinois – Casa Tepeyac with 13 pieces of luggage for Foster children. Rebecca as very appreciative and delighted that some of the children would now have a piece of luggage of their own. The luggage was donated by members of the Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR of Barrington.
Deb Helm-Lezon is a retired firefighter for the Buffalo Grove Fire Dept., Buffalo Grove.
She remains as a Paramedic!
Margo says, “I have been so happy to use my sewing skills to do something useful in the stay-at-home time. I love working with fabric, blessing family, friends, & anybody”.
She has delivered and paid postage herself for 192. Margo estimate it take about 30 minute per mask to sew and mail a mask.
Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR of Barrington delivers Service to America Gift Baskets! A special "Thank You" honoring 24 Barrington Police Officers and 18 Barrington Firemen. Showing our appreciation, we created baskets with cookies and snacks for everyone. We gave each individual our Thank You cards honoring their service to our community. We even received a tour of the Police Department! DAR Regent Joyce Wright, Historian Lynn Watters, and Corresponding Secretary Kathy Casey delivered the gift baskets on February 24, 2020.
Holocaust survivor, Steen Metz gave a moving presentation at Barrington Area Library. His wish is that we tell 4 other people about the Holocaust, to remember, and be kind to each other.
Regent Joyce Wright and Corresponding Secretary Kathy Casey and other Daughters represented our Signal Hill DAR Chapter. The Northwest Territory Alliance held a Revolutionary War encampment and battle demonstration at Cantigny War Museum, in Winfield, IL.
Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR supplements a snack canteen in a low income neighborhood Elementary School. Members contribute healthy snacks throughout the school year.
We continue to support Sunny Hill School, Carpentersville. Please donate healthy snacks, no Peanut products. All donations are appreciated by the children.
Mary Sandener coordinates the Veterans Community Meal in Barrington, she received the DAR Community Service Award from Regent Deb Edlund.
Each year, Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR members donate thousands of dollars to deserving charities whose missions compliment DAR mission: education, historic preservation, and patriotism. Our gifts also encompass conservation, Native American, and Women’s Issues organizations.
In the Village Board of Trustees meeting in Barrington, village president Karen Darch, receives the DAR Prestigious Award for Community Service from Regent Deb Edlund.
The Barrington Area Library receives an award from Signal Hill NSDAR First Regent Ann Wilkerson.
Linda Wichman presents Barrington's White House donation to restore and preserve historic costumes.
Each year, The Community Meal of Barrington and surrounding communities honors Veterans. The chapter usually supplies desserts and works at the event. This year the meal was served via drive by pick up. That didn’t stop the chapter from being involved. Jackie Marcus, Deb Edlund, Kathy Casey and Regent Joyce Wright donated cookies. We made a flyer handout, thanking our veterans and telling the community about Wreaths Across America. The evening of the event, Regent Joyce Wright said the Pledge of Allegiance following a Flag Ceremony by the Cub Scouts. Joyce and Kathy Casey waved to all those who drove by.
To commemorate the DAR’s National Day of Service, members of the Barrington, IL-based Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR, packed individual baskets with games, small toys, books, pencils and markers and other small items intended for young patients at UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The chapter delivered 54 baskets and several boxes of assorted items just in time for Halloween. Chapter Regent Joyce Wright explained, “The children are not able to receive candy, so we found another way to deliver some Halloween fun.”
The Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR, was founded in Barrington, IL in 1972. NSDAR is a volunteer women’s service organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Since its founding in 1890 over one million women have joined both nationally and around the world. Membership in NSDAR is open to any woman age 18 and over who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. For more information: https://signalhilldar.com.Members of Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR, admire baskets intended to deliver Halloween fun to young patients at UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital. (Photograph courtesy Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR
Photo Caption: Members of Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR, admire baskets intended to deliver Halloween fun to young patients at UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital. (Photograph courtesy Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR)
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