Rehab project for the historic Sedro Woolley Carnegie Library (25 Jun 2022)

Latest rehabilitation project for the historic Sedro Woolley Carnegie Library. Pictured is DAR / Sedro Wooley Historic Preservation member Marjie Wilson, dressed as Clara Barton (25 June 2022).
Plaque commemorating the latest rehabilitation project for the historic Sedro Woolley Carnegie Library. Pictured is DAR / Sedro Wooley Historic Preservation member Marjie Wilson, dressed as Clara Barton (25 June 2022).
Close up of commemoration plaques showing the list of contributors, including the GWC chapter of the WA SAR (25 June 2022).
Colose up of presentation slide showing the GWC contribution (25 June 2022).
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GWC picnic at Riverside Park in Sedro Woolley, WA. (left to right) Ken Carlson, John Kraft, Mike Hutchins, Tom Oliver, Ken Futrelle, Marshall Eberhart, and Ray Pickens (18 June 2022).
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Dedication of the Gold Star Mothers Memorial Arbor, Greenacres Memorial Park, Ferndale, WA (29 Mat 2022)

(left to right) Mike Hutchins, GWC President, Chris Fridley, John Kraft, Bruce Bock, Darlene Carlson, Regent Chief Whatcom DAR Chapter, Jack Foster, Bill Bentler, GWC Color Guard Captain, Ken Carlson, Penny Goodman, Chief Whatcom Chapter past VP, Marshall Eberhart, Neil Vernon WA SAR Color Guard Captain, and Ellen Baker, Chief Whatcom DAR Chapter Treasurer. All of the men are with the GWC except for Neil Vernon who is from the Seattle Chapter of the WA SAR (29 May 2022).
(left to right) Neal Vernon, WA SAR Color Guard Captain, along with Bruce Bock, Jack Foster, and Ken Carlson from the GWC (29 May 2022).
Chief Whatcom Chapter Regent, Darlene Carlson, and Ken Carlson of the GWC Color Guard (29 May 2022).
Chief Whatcom Chapter Regent, Darlene Carlson, and Ken Carlson of the GWC Color Guard (29 May 2022).
(left to right) Penny Goodman, Chief Whatcom Chapter past VP, Ken Carlson, and Darlene Carlson, Chief Whatcom Chapter Regent (29 May 2022).
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Gold Star Mothers Memorial Arbor – veterans Plaza at Greenacres Memorial Park, Ferndale, WA (6 June 2022)

Darlene Carlson, Regent of the Chief Whatcom Chapter of the Washington State Society – Daughters of the American Revolution (WSSDAR), had a design and vision in mind for a “Gold Star Mothers Memorial Arbor” in January of 2020. Ben Brown (retired U. S. Navy) took Regent Carlson’s design and redrafted it to scale and size. The finished Arbor is 24 feet wide from pillar to pillar and 14 feet tall in the center of the Arch. Ben Brown worked on fabrication, and Ron Wilson and Larry Montgomery, retired U.S. Army veterans (and members of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter #165), worked alongside Ben and AVV #165 member Ken Carlson to help build the Arbor. Other Vietnam Veterans also helped and donated time and materials, and community business supported the project. Regent Carlson selected the medallions with the Veterans. The center two stars have 100 mini lights run by solar power and are a tribute to those who Sacrificed for our Nation and light up at night. This was a two year project delayed by Covid-19 and was scheduled to be installed May 2021, but was finally installed on April 23, 2022 at Green Acres Memorial Park with the dedication on May 29, 2022. A Revolutionary War Patriots America 250! marker was also dedicated by the WSSDAR, located is on one of the pillars of the Arbor.

Gold Star Mothers Memorial Arbor at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale, WA (21 May 2022).
Gold Mothers Memorial Arbor at Greenacres Memorial Park in Ferndale Washington. Regent Darlene Carlson pictured (21 May 2022).
Plaque honoring our Revolutionary War Patriots (21 May 2022).
Plaque honoring America’s Gold Star Mothers (27 May 2022).
Members of the Chief Whatcom DAR Chapter (clockwise starting from top left) Regent Darlene Carlson, Treasurer Ellen Baker, Chaplain Leah Rosetti (with Sarge), and Vice Regent Penny Goodman (27 May 2022).
Members of the Chief Whatcom DAR Chapter (from left to right) Chaplain Leah Rosetti (with Sarge), Regent Darlene Carlson, Treasurer Ellen Baker, and Vice Regent Penny Goodman (27 May 2022).
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Memorial Day at Mable Leaf Cemetery, Oak Harbor (30 May 2022)

The WA SAR Color Guard participated in the annual Memorial Day events at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor, WA.

Wreath donated by anonymous donor honoring the George Washington Chapter of the WA SAR (30 May 2022).
WA SAr Color Guard members (left to right) John Kraft, Mike Moore, Mike Bendickson, Particia Francisco, Viren Lemmer, Dani Bendickson, Chris Fridley, Mike Hutchins, Ken Carlson, Bill Bentler, Bruce Bock, Marshall Eberhart. Not pictured are Neil Vernon and Marshall Anderson (30 May 2022).

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Memorial Day, Maple Leaf Cemetery, Oak Harbor, WA (30 May 2022).
Memorial Day, Maple Leaf Cemetery, Oak Harbor, WA (30 May 2022).
Memorial Day, Maple Leaf Cemetery, Oak Harbor, WA (30 May 2022).
Memorial Day, Maple Leaf Cemetery, Oak Harbor, WA (30 May 2022).
Memorial Day, Maple Leaf Cemetery, Oak Harbor, WA (30 May 2022).
GWC President, Mike Hutchins, and Regent, Karen Manatt, of the Ann Washington Chapter of the WA DAR (30 May 2022).
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Bruce Bock speaks about the SAR Giving Campaigns (21 May 2022)

GWC VP Bruce Bock speaks about SAR Giving Campaigns (21 May 2022).
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President Mike Hutchins delivers this month’s Patriot Minute (21 May 2022)

President Mike Hutchins delivering this month’s Patriot Minute (21 May 2022).
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Chris Fridley accepting the GWC Achievement Medal (21 May 2022)

GWC Trustee Chris Fridley accepting his GWC Achievement Medal and Certificate from President Mike Hutchins (21 May 2022).
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Tom Oliver awarded the GWC Achievement Medal (21 May 2022)

GWC Treasurer Tom Oliver presented with the GWC Achievement Medal and Certificate by President Mike Hutchins (21 May 2022).
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Mike Hutchins receiving his 5-year Certificate (21 May 2022)

President Mike Hutchins (left) accepting he Five-Year Certificate from GWC Awards Chair Jack Foster (21 Mat 2022).
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