Ensign Thomas Huling Chapter

Killeen, Texas

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Some Chapter Activities

Awards Luncheon

Chapter members, Frances Jones and Mary Lou Smith, enjoyed the
2014 Ensign Thomas Huling Chapter awards luncheon in May.

Dr. Weldon Cannon

Dr. Weldon Cannon presented "George Washington's Secret Weapon - Texans"
at the March chapter meeting.

Elaine Passman

Elaine Passman displays her TXDAR American Heritage Fiber Arts award-winning patriotic shawl.


Loretta Woehrle and Mary Helen Ralston try on fascinators at the 2014 TXDAR Conference.

Memorial Day 2014

Melissa Walcik, Eileen Walcik, and Gail Prestigiacomo with DAR wreath at the
Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on Memorial Day 2014.

Sacred Harp Singing

Frances Jones, American Heritage chairman, presents the program
"Sacred Harp Singing" at the April chapter meeting.

prayer breakfast at TXDAR conference

Stan and Elaine Passman at the TXDAR Conference patriotic prayer breakfast
celebrating our Vietnam veterans.

Brig. Gen. Clark LeMasters

Our November chapter meeting with Brig. Gen. Clark LeMasters
who presented, "Ft. Hood's 13th Sustainment Command."

Rob Fix

Palo Alto Middle School teacher Robert Fix gave a presentation
on the 1781 battle an siege of Yorktown during our October regular meeting.

Veterans Day Parade

Our chapter participated in the Killeen Veterans Day Parade in collaboration with
the Heart of Texas SAR Chapter and Betty Martin DAR Chapter in November.
Larry Peik, Ron Walcik, Melissa Walcik, and Eileen Walcik wore their
Revolutionary War clothing.

Annette Lucksinger spoke on "Our Magnificent Constitution . . .
and We Wouldn't Have Gotten It Without Compromise!" on September 18, 2012.

Holiday Tea

Chapter members enjoyed a festive holiday luncheon on December 8, 2012.

Lt. Col. Catherine Stephens

Colonel Catherine Stephens, Texas Army National Guard spoke on the
“Texas Military Forces: National and State Guard” on January 15, 2013.
Ensign Thomas Huling is proud of LTC Stephens who also serves
as the chapter chaplain!


Marge Croninger, Welba Dorsey, Sylvia Marrs, and Janie Lawler
presented "Docent Program: Period rooms" on April 16, 2013.

Robert Fix -  Outstanding American History Teacher

Eileen Walcik, Vice Regent awarded Robert Fix our chapter’s first DAR Outstanding American History Teacher on May 18, 2013. Robert has taught American History for over twenty years in Killeen, Texas. He was part of the reenactment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and currently is preparing to participate in the reenactment of the War of 1812. In addition to teaching his students, Mr. Fix has presented programs at several of the Killeen ISD schools and other organizations as well as being a requested presenter at the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented conferences.

Memorial Day 2013

Chapter officers Melissa Walcik, Eileen Walcik, and Gail Prestigiacomo participated with Ron Walcik, Heart of Texas SAR officer in the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on May 27, 2013.

Mark Collins as George Washington  

Mark Collins as George Washington posed with members
of the Ensign Thomas Huling Chapter at the February 11, 2012 
24th Annual Celebration of George Washington’s Birthday
sponsored by the DAR, SAR, and C.A.R. Chapters of Central Texas.

Melissa Walcik exhibited her family album  

Melissa Walcik exhibited her family album as part of her presentation
with her co-presenter, Eileen Walcik on “Documenting Your Family History” 
on March 20, 2012.

Dr. Carol Holcomb 

Dr. Carol Holcomb, University of Mary Harden Baylor presented
“The Cottage Home Program at Baylor Female College: 
The Education Reforms of Eli Moore Townsend” on April 17, 2012.

Gail Prestigiacomo, Melissa Walcik, & Eileen Walcik  

Gail Prestigiacomo, Melissa Walcik, and Eileen Walcik
placed the Ensign Thomas Huling Chapter wreath
at the May 28, 2012 Killeen Memorial Day Ceremony
at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery.

4th of July paragde 2012 

Our chapter participated in the Belton July 4th parade
in collaboration with the Betty Martin Chapter and the Heart of Texas SAR.

Jacquelyn LaMonte  

Jacquelyn LaMonte (center) congratulates 2012 Fort Hood NCO
and Soldier of the Year, SGT Lori B. Singer-Henderson
and PFC Gideon N. Lovik, respectively.

Robert L. Bearden, DAR Medal of Honor winner, POW, and Purple Heart
recipent, was our guest at the chapter's holiday tea.

Robert L. Bearden presents excerpts from his book "To D Day
and Back" at the chapter's holiday tea.

Chapter Chaplain Carol Verbeek presents a DAR
Insignia session on January 17, 2012.


Robert Fix, Killeen history teacher, shows artifacts during his
presentation "Women and Life in the American Colonies" for the
Ensign Thomas Huling Chapter meeting on October 15, 2011.

Barbara Schwab, guest speaker, presents "Why the Constitution
Still Matters" in Killeen, Texas.

Loretta Woehrle and Veterans Committee Chairman Mary Helen Ralston,
show one of the many handmade quilts to be given to local veterans.
Our chapter is teaming with the Crossroads of Texas
Quilt Guild who have made many of the quilts.

Loretta Woehrle, chapter secretary, shows off one of her
handmade American Revolutionary period dresses.

Gail Prestigiacomo, chapter regent, reads the proclamation for Constitution
Week that was signed by Mayor Timothy Hancock of Killeen.


Our First DAR Medal of Honor Ceremony

Robert L. Bearden, WWII Army sergeant, paratrooper, and winner of
Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, was presented with the DAR
Medal of Honor on Sunday, July 24, 2011. Mayor Timothy Hancock
presented Mr. Bearden with a proclamation declaring July 24, 2011
as Bob Bearden Day. This day of honor was shared by many friends and
dignitaries of the community. Mr. Bearden and chapter members are pictured.



Heart of Texas Chapter, Sons of the American
Revolution, Color Guard


Robert (Bob) Lawrence Bearden wearing his
DAR Medal of Honor

On September 8, 2011, Sergeant Amy Peterson received
the Ft. Hood NCO of the Year Award. This is just one of many awards
 Sergeant Peterson has received during her Army career. Honorary
 Chapter Regent Jackie La Monte congratulated Sergeant Peterson
on her accomplishments.

On September 8, 2011, Specialist Jason Villar
received the Ft. Hood Soldier of the Year Award.
Jason adds this award to many more that he has
received during his Army career. Honorary
Chapter Regent Jacquelyn La Monte is shown
congratulating Specialist Villar and
presenting him with a special gift.

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