DAR Spotlight: Conejo Valley Chapter NSDAR

Ever eager to tell of our story and successes at Hindman Settlement School, Josh Mullins and I recently found ourselves on the road meeting with different folks in California. One stop in particular lead us to an afternoon tea & dessert party at Suzan LaFountaine’s house. Suzan is the current regent for the Conejo Valley Chapter NSDAR.

While they learned about us, we too learned something unique their chapter does. Over the past 10 years they have held a Spring Fling fundraiser in April. This fundraiser is a festive event that features entertainment, a luncheon, a raffle of various prizes, and a jewelry and gift basket silent auction. It is a fun event for members and their guests to socialize and raise money to support the upcoming year’s philanthropy goals of their chapter.

The monies raised at the Spring Fling provides monetary support to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Conejo Valley Chapter, in addition to providing gifts to Hindman Settlement School, also promotes education through monetary awards given to their American History, Christopher Columbus, Junior American Citizen and Beatrice Mae Martin Scholarship winners and by donating children’s and young adult books to local organizations for children in need.

HSS Staff Josh Mullins and Brian Shannon attend a Conejo Valley Chapter NSDAR meeting at chapter regent Suzan LaFountaine’s house.

Suzan says of the Spring Fling, “Our chapter is very proud to support the DAR sponsored schools and Indian Schools with monetary donations.”  She went on to say that the 2020 Spring Fling theme, which highlights the DAR schools, is “Investment in Knowledge!” Based on Benjamin Franklin’s quote “An investment in knowledge yields the best interest.”

It is clear the Conejo Valley Chapter is blessed with members that recognize the value of education. Through the Spring Fling their chapter will once again be able to provide monetary support to continue the important mission of Hindman Settlement School. 

During the visit we also had the privilege to meet with Penny Adams-O’Neill. She is not only a member of Suzan’s chapter but also the District VIII Director who toured Hindman Settlement School during the summer NSDAR Schools Bus tour. She was able to share with the group about her experience of meeting our staff, touring the classrooms, walking the grounds and enjoyed, as she put it, a delicious luncheon of locally grown food.

We can’t thank Suzan, LaFountaine – Regent,  Brenda Nakagawa – 1stVice Regent, Barbara Adamczyk, 2nd– Vice Regent, Ellie Lombard – Chaplain, and Dianna Campbell – Recording Secretary, enough for their support and for allowing us to visit with members of their chapter. We look forward to hearing all the details about next year’s Spring Fling soon!

–For more information about Daughters of the American Revolution, please visit their website at https://www.dar.org. To learn about DAR’s connection to Hindman Settlement School, please visit our website at https://www.hindmansettlement.org/dar-connection/.