National DAR presents Community Service Awards to Frankford residents

From the Historical Society of Frankford:

Frankford’s Flag House Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, installed its 2010-2013 officers and honored two local recipients of NSDAR Community Service Awards at its 107th Anniversary Luncheon Saturday.

An invocation by Treasurer Mrs. Charles H. Link was followed by greetings and a patriotic ritual by Regent Mrs. Bruce C. Zielinski.  Assembled guests enjoying lunch included a number of national, state and local DAR, and CAR (Children of the American Revolution) representatives, several prospective members, area residents and those from various historical and religious institutions throughout the Northeast.

Incoming PA State Society DAR Southeastern District Director Patricia G. Coyne presented an NSDAR Community Service Award to John Klak for his commitment to addressing the demands of the 80-year old facility that houses the extensive library, historical archives and considerable museum collection of the Historical Society of Frankford – and his integrity in ensuring its eligibility for any future local or national historic register designations.

An NSDAR Community Service Award was also presented to the former president of the Historical Society of Frankford, Debbie Klak.  Under her visionary leadership, the Society expanded its membership, initiated a coalition of area historical societies, and instituted an annual ceremony with a local university, legislators and press to honor the historical legacies of current and past residents.   She built an ever-expanding community around the programs, resources, and activities of HSF – which has served to support and supplement the efforts of DAR, SAR, CAR, W3R and others similarly devoted to preserving and promoting history.

Following her installation, newly installed Regent Mrs. Joseph F. Popielarski thanked John and Debbie Klak for their commitment to the ideals of Flag House Chapter DAR, which she stated was “founded in Frankford by descendants of Betsy Griscom Ross in 1903 and is devoted to perpetuating the memory and the spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence; promoting the development of an enlightened public opinion; and fostering patriotic citizenship.”

-Submitted by the Historical Society of Frankford

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