National Society DAR

Shawnee Mission Chapter

Shawnee Mission, Kansas


The Shawnee Mission Chapter was organized December 6, 1949. The first Regent was Mrs. E. F. Sanders. The chapter was named for the Shawnee Indians who came west after the defeat of Tecumseh in 1811. The name was changed from "Shawnee" to "Shawnee Mission" in April 1967, to reflect that members live in the many towns served by the Shawnee Mission post office in the Kansas City area.

The chapter awarded the first Medal of Honor in Kansas to the Honorable C. Y. Thomas, and has been pleased to honor several other citizens for this award since that time. The chapter has been proud to award the Americanism Medal, Outstanding American History Teacher, NSDAR Conservation Medal, and Excellence in Community Service to deserving persons in the area.

An early chapter activity was working with twenty-four women's organizations to host a table-setting contest, silver exhibition, and china and crystal display. More than 600 people attended the benefit event held on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri.

In 1983, Mrs. Jack D. Dunn organized the chorale group known as "The Sunflower Singers." This wonderful group performed for state DAR events, and has recently been reprised by the state organization.

The chapter has demonstrated its loyalty and appreciation to America's veterans by being designated "Commemorative Community" by the Department of Defense for both the 50th Anniversary of World War II (1991-1995), and the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War (2000-2003). The chapter has also provided many years of DAR service to the Veteran Patients Committee.


Shown above is a Junior holiday luncheon attended by Juniors and Junior supporters of several Kansas chapters, including this one. Juniors collected for Toys for Tots at the event. (Photos courtesy Deana Sage.)

Chapter meetings are held at 12:30 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of the month, September through May. Prospective members are welcome to attend. Please contact us for more information.


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