Chapter Activities and Projects

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Chapter Activities

Martin Severance Chapter regularly provides pocket Constitutions and DAR flag codes for special events. Several flags have been provided to local library branches. The chapter places an exhibit at the main branch of the Pasadena Public Library throughout the month of September in honor of Constitution Week and for Women’s History month in March.

Martin Severance Chapter's living history project presents women patriots to grammar school children in the Pasadena area. Members wear authentic costumes and learn the history of these 100 women to share with the students.

About The Patriot Sisters Project

The Patriot Sisters are a group from the Martin Severance Chapter who portray the personas of actual women who lived during the years of the Revolutionary War (1775-1783) and helped to win our country’s freedom from Britain. Dressed in period clothing and using props, they represent women of many different socio-economic groups and regions from the thirteen colonies. Through first person narrative, the voices of 18th century women are heard. They offer a valuable enrichment and engagement method of teaching and experiencing history for schools in the Pasadena area in grades 5-12 as well as other groups within the community.

Listeners hear the stories from well known women such as Abigail Adams, Betsy Ross, and Molly Pitcher as well as the lesser known and often undercredited patriot women such as Polly Cooper, an Oneida Native American, and Margaret Cochran Corbin who fought when her husband fell in battle. Meet Deborah Sampson Gannett who dressed as a male, enlisted as Robert Shurtleff, and was honorably discharged from the Continental Army and awarded a pension.

Learn more about women’s roles and their vital powers as household consumers and producers, how they raised money for the war effort, provided services by working as nurses, spies, messengers, and clothing as well as uniform suppliers while keeping the farms and businesses running so that families and armies would be fed while men were away. Able to express themselves politically while still lacking many of the rights we take for granted today, our group of patriot women shares how each was involved in helping to create our new nation, a democracy in a Republic.

Chapter Leadership


Phyllis Lynes

First Vice Regent

Gage Hewes


Jane Wong

Recording Secretary

Linda McLarnan Dugan

Corresponding Secretary

Cheri Graham


Deborah Dario


Leslie McClure


Francine Smith 


Tara Schultz


Sarah Towne-diCicco


Committee Chairs

American Heritage

Carole Curran

American History

Denise Levenick

American Indians

Bonnie Lingle

American Spirit Magazine

Karen Sullivan

Budget and Finance

Deborah Dario


Sarah Towne-diCicco

Children of American Revolution

Jennifer Madden

Community Classroom

Mary Lou Langedyke


Carole Rodenbucher

Constitution Week

Sarah Towne-diCicco

DAR Museum Outreach

Denise Levenick

DAR Schools

Lorell Butterworth & Phyllis Murphy

DAR Scholarships Educational Resources

Gail Bronwen Price

Flag of the United States

Jolaine Lamb


Jennie Walker

Geological Preservation

Susan Quinn

Good Citizens

Mary Lou Langedyke

Historic Preservation

Leslie McClure & Ann Erdman


Carole Curran

Junior Membership

Morgan Kerr-Totten

Lineage Research/Volunteer Genealogist

Donna Riegel

Literacy Promotion

Tara Schultz


Lorell Butterworth 

National Defense

Elizabeth Stevens-Bruner

Newsletter Editor 

Carole Curran 

Patriot Records Project

Natalie Russell

Patriot Sisters Project

Jane Wong

President General’s Project

Leann Peach 

Project Patriot

Bonnie Lingle 


Mary Ellen Mohler

Public Relations and Media

Ann Erdman

Service to America 

Karen Nugent 

Service for Veterans

Leslie McClure

Units Overseas

Adina Roberts

Volunteer Information Specialist (VIS)

Denise Levenick

Women’s Issues

Linda McLarnan Dugan

Yearbook & Member Directory

Carole Curran & Tara Schultz