Hemphill honored at Ladies of the Lakes 100th anniversary dinner
Awards to community organizations and individuals who partnered with the Ladies of the Lake in achieving Daughters of the American Revolution objectives were the highlight of the chapter's 100th Anniversary Dinner held recently at the Arrowwood Resort in Okoboji.
Special recognition was given to past Regent Doris Hemphill, Spencer, a former Milford and Spirit Lake civic leader and member of the Ladies of the Lake since 1966. She was named "Woman of the Decade" for outstanding service, including the successful tracing of genealogy to bring in new members.
The national awards presented to the Ladies of the Lake by State Regent Halpin were for their Patriot Projects, which includes sending boxes overseas to wounded military personnel; the outstanding celebration of Constitution Week, and ongoing efforts in support of education for young people.
Awards for outstanding support of DAR patriotic projects and the preservation of history were presented to multiple organizations including the following: Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Jerry Phipps; Dickinson County, Pam Jordon, supervisor; Dickinson County Historical Society, LeRoy Koep, president; Dickinson County Nature Center, Barb Tagami; Dickinson County News, Brian Hurley; Dickinson County Veterans Affairs, Ann Miller, director; Farmers Savings Bank, Joe and Rosa Simington; Okoboji Middle School, Mary Thunhorst, faculty; and several others.