District X & XI of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) held its annual Veteran- Patient Luncheon on Veteran’s Day, November 11th, at Captain Bill’s Restaurant in Bay Shore. The District is represented on the DAR NY State Board by District Director Dr. Joan Nathan, who was in attendance at the luncheon.
DAR Vet-Patient Luncheon a huge success
The festive annual event was attended by 80 members of the NSDAR, including roughly a dozen members of the Garden City based Colonel Aaron Ogden Chapter. Those attending included the Regents of 8 of the 16 chapters from the District, which encompasses all of Nassau and Suffolk, and one chapter in Queens, as well as members of many other chapters.
The object of the event is to recognize and assist our veterans. This was the 11th year that attendees were asked to donate food and needed paper goods for a local veteran’s food pantry. The ladies responded! A full van and an additional SUV filled with food and other items was sent to United Veterans Beacon House, Inc. in Bay Shore as a result. DAR member Mary Alice Visnefsky, and her husband Eugene, a member of the SAR, were instrumental in organizing the food drive and delivering the goods. Mrs. Visnefsky revealed that a number of women at the luncheon also sponsored a wreath for Wreaths Across America, and therefore her chapter, the Anna Smith Strong Chapter, was able to place an order for 115 wreaths to honor deceased veteran’s graves at Christmas time!!
The Luncheon was chaired by Gerri MacWhinnie of Southampton Colony Chapter, who for many years has been the District’s Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Representative. She coordinates with Northport VA Medical Center to determine veteran’s needs at the hospital and informs the local DAR chapters. Each chapter brought a lovely gift basket to the event, and funds raised from those baskets are to be divided between Northport Hospital and St. Albans Community Living Center in Jamaica, for the benefit of our Veteran-Patients.
Mrs. MacWhinnie introduced the entertainment for the Luncheon. Two military veterans who are forging careers as comedians performed , representing a group called Veteran’s Comedy Assault. They added some light comedic moments to the process of remembering our veterans.
The Ladies of District X & XI of the NSDAR are proud to participate in this annual event to honor our Veterans, who sacrifices can never be repaid, and in so doing to remember their own Revolutionary War ancestors, who were America’s first Veterans.