PROJECTS

College Scholarships

Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter awards two local scholarships each year. In 2022, Scott Alfano (Newfield High School) and Julia Dittmer (Sachem North High School) won $500 each to pursue college degrees. We are pleased to help these deserving students with college costs and wish them much success in their studies!

PANTRY PICNIC FOR VETERANS

At the end of July, Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter holds a "pantry picnic" in Yaphank to collect non-perishable food items for the nearby food pantry at The Veterans Place. This lakeside event includes family-friendly live music, face painting, lawn games, and a historic house tour.

Pantry Picnic at the Swezey-Avey House on July 28, 2018

Chapter Vice Regent Dr. Joan Graham Nathan with her grandchildren and staff members at PMYCS in 2016

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

For the past few years, Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter members have collected and donated school supplies to Patchogue-Medford Youth & Community Services for the support of children in need within our community.

CAPTAIN AUSTIN ROE CHAPTER N.S.C.A.R.

Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter revived Captain Austin Roe Chapter C.A.R. in 2015. Chapter members are welcome to have their children apply for membership using their mother's ancestral line.

C.A.R. members at the Milleridge Inn, Jericho, NY

Cadet Mockeridge and Past Regent Nancy Wierzbowski

ROTC AWARD & MEDAL

On June 15, 2013, Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter Regent Nancy Wierzbowski presented the ROTC Award to Cadet Kendall Mockeridge of the Lt. Michael Murphy Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.

C.A.R. CHARTER RESTORATION

On February 20, 2014, Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter NSDAR joined Mr. Mark Rothenburg, Director of the Celia M. Hastings Local History Room at Patchogue-Medford Library, for the unveiling of the restored charter of the Captain Austin Roe Chapter, N.S.C.A.R.

Chapter members pose with Mr. Mark Rothenburg at Patchogue Medford Library

Barbara Meszaros and Kristine Smith with our restored charter

CHARTER RESTORATION

In 2011, chapter members Betty Henken, Barbara Meszaros, and Kristine Smith began the process of restoring the Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter's charter. Created in 1920, the framed document deteriorated over the years due to exposure to light and moisture. The newly restored charter is on display at the Local History room of the Patchogue-Medford Library.

LOCAL LITERACY PROMOTION

The Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter proudly supports the efforts of Patchogue-Medford school teacher Margaret King, whose literacy projects include Laundromat Library, Summer Bookmobile, and Library at Lunch, by collecting children's books for Ms. King's programs on an ongoing basis. Click here to read about the DAR Community Service Award that our chapter gave Ms. King on March 24, 2012.

Betty Henken, Margaret King, and Betsy Bloomer, Regent

Miss Merry Ann: An American Girl Doll

OUR CHAPTER'S DOLL: ANNE HUTCHINSON

Chapter member Kristine Smith and her mother Frances created this beautiful Puritan outfit in honor of notable historical figure Anne Hutchinson for the New York State DAR's Miss Merry Ann, an American Girl Doll Competition.

Good Citizen Award

The Good Citizens Award is given yearly to high school seniors who demonstrate qualities of good citizenship: leadership, service, dependability, and patriotism. Local winners receive certificates and monetary awards; national winners receive scholarships. In 1999, the chapter had the pleasure of sponsoring Alexander Mittendorf, winner of the New York State DAR Good Citizen Award and the National Good Citizen Award.

Former Regent Sue Griffing (leftmost) represented our chapter in Washington DC in 1999