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John Reily Chapter, Hamilton, Ohio
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John Reily Chapter was organized on February 15, 1896. The first Regent was Mrs. Josephine Campbell Rathbone. The founders chose the name John Reily because he was "A servant to his country in war and in peace." He served with Nathaniel Greene during the American Revolution; and he was the first Butler County Clerk of Courts. He opened a school in the area and taught English for many years.

Today, our chapter members participate in National and State activities through the VIS, Genealogical Preservation, and Lineage Research committees. One member has served on the Board of Trustees of the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School; she is now an Honorary Member of the Board. Another member is the Southwest District Director; while others are on the Board of Trustees for the OSDAR historic property and museum, The Christian Waldschmidt Homestead. Locally members are especially involved in educational projects and activities in support of our veterans and active duty military personnel.

Now in our third century of service, John Reily has approximately 70 members. We actively seek and welcome new members and encourage participation in activities which support our Society's objectives. Our goal is to be the friendliest and hardest working chapter in the State.

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Our Meetings

Meetings are generally held on the second Saturday of the month from September through June. Exceptions to this are joint meetings held at the convenience of the hosting chapter. Prospective member meetings precede all "at home" meetings. The prospective member meetings are from 9:30 AM to 11 AM; regular monthly meetings follow from 11 AM to 1:30 PM. Each meeting includes a luncheon provided by three chapter members serving as hostesses. During the summer months and the months in which "away meetings" occur, special prospective member meetings are scheduled. The time and date of these meetings is announced through the Prospective Member Updates via email.

In addition, the Registrar is available for one-on-one assistance with the application process. This includes assistance with online research and application preparation in her home for prospective members who do not have computer access.

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Interested in membership in the DAR? Please feel free to contact us via email.


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