Resolution J4441-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Corning-Baron Steuben Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution

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  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 7, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Corn-
ing-Baron Steuben Chapter of the National Society of  Daughters  of  the
American Revolution

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense of this Legislative Body to recognize those
outstanding organizations within our communities that, year after  year,
diligently work to preserve the history of New York State and the United
States,  encourage patriotism, and promote the advancement of education;
and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 100th Anniversary of the Corning-Baron Steuben Chapter of  the
National  Society  of  Daughters of the American Revolution, to be cele-
brated on Saturday, May 10, 2014; and
  WHEREAS, The National Society of Daughters of the American  Revolution
(NSDAR) was founded in 1890, and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. as
a  non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization that
is dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American  history,  and
securing America's future through the education of all children; and
  WHEREAS,  The Corning Chapter NSDAR was organized in Corning, New York
on April 4, 1914, at the home of Mary (Bushnell) Sebring who was  subse-
quently  appointed  Organizing Regent of the new chapter by the National
Society; there were 14 women present for their first meeting, 12 of whom
became the first members of this illustrious organization; and
  WHEREAS, Membership increased to  27  members  by  November  7,  1914,
during  which  time  officers were elected and all members voted to call
the chapter, Corning Chapter; the name remained for 78 years; and
  WHEREAS, Mary Sebring remained Organizing Regent for 14 years, and  in
1926,  a chair was placed in Constitutional Hall in Washington, D.C.  in
her honor; and
  WHEREAS, By 1936, membership had grown to 77 members, and through  the
years,  the  Corning  Chapter NSDAR carried on a patriotic program, gave
support to the war effort during the second World War, and  ensured  the
graves of fallen Revolutionary War Soldiers were properly marked; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Baron Steuben Chapter was organized January 16, 1897 at
the home of Mrs. Charles F. Kingsley who was named the first Regent; the
new chapter took the name of Baron Steuben and enrolled 112 members; and
  WHEREAS, Mrs. Kingsley set a high standard and continued to  serve  in
the  capacity of Regent until 1910, during which time she declined re-e-
lection and was named Honorary Regent for Life; and
  WHEREAS, The Baron Steuben Chapter was instrumental in the restoration
of Baron Steuben's grave at Remsen, New York, and ten graves of  Revolu-
tionary  War  Soldiers  were  marked in Steuben County; the chapter also
contributed to schools, educational items, and war relief; and
  WHEREAS, On the verge of  disbanding  in  1991,  the  Corning  Chapter
suggested  merging  the  two chapters together; one year later the Corn-
ing-Baron Steuben Chapter was approved by the National  Organization  in
Washington, D.C.; and
  WHEREAS,  The Corning-Baron Steuben Chapter NSDAR continues their work
promoting patriotism, working with and supporting veterans, awarding  an
annual  scholarship,  preserving the history of the local community, and
assisting those descendants of Revolutionary War  Soldiers  in  becoming
members of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution;
and
  WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when organiza-
tions of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to  our  atten-

tion,  they  should  be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Corning-Baron  Steuben  Chapter
of  the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution; and be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Corning-Baron Steuben Chapter of the National Society  of
Daughters of the American Revolution.

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