Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
Alice Ridgway -

NSDAR Community Service
Awards for Volunteerism
Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
118th Anniversary Meeting
Saturday, November 4 , 2017
St. Michael’s Community House
25 South Street   Litchfield, CT

Ken Merz
          Ken served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Warner Theatre.  
He was co-chairman of the two capital campaigns, instrumental in the
 restoration of the main theatre, the purchase and renovation of an
adjoining building that became a Performing Arts Center
 and established the theatre Costume Shop.

          Ken co-founded the KidsPlay Children’s Museum across from
the Warner Theatre in the center of Torrington.  
He secured its non-profit status and assisted in purchasing
the two adjacent buildings that house the museum.   
One reference says, “He visited 68 children’s museums on 3 continents
in his research for this project….He is a kind, generous and
dedicated innovator and visionary who always seeks to help
improve the quality of life for all in our beautiful part of the world.”

          He was awarded the Torrington Register Citizen’s Person of the Year in 2014.  
This year he was recognized the Community Leader of 2017
by the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce.

          Ken is a member of St. Michael’s Parish in Litchfield.   
He has served in almost ever area of church leadership as
 Senior Warden, vestry member, treasurer, chairman of the
capital campaign and chairman of the building committee.

Peter Carpenter
Peter, known by all as Carpie, served for many years as president of the
Lions Club and continues as a very active member.  Recently he
worked as part of a Lions’ team doing vision screening for all
kindergarten and pre-K students in Morris and Litchfield.

The Litchfield Hills Road Race is the town’s largest event.  He has served on
the planning committee that meets all year long for years and volunteers in
many capacities during the race weekend and particularly on the day
 of the race.  One reference reports, “His contribution to that event is
one of the reasons that is has become so successful over the years.”

The Possum Queen Foundation uses many volunteers to raise money
for local families and community needs.  Peter has volunteered
with this group since the very beginning to support its causes.

          The Bantam Lake Protective Association and the Morris Land Trust
are both organizations dedicated to preserving the
 resources and natural beauty if our towns.  Peter works with
both groups as a volunteer to support their missions.

“Litchfield (and Morris are) truly lucky to have such an outstanding
and caring individual as part of the fabric of our lives in this community,
and one that, in his unassuming and quiet way, bring so much to so many.”

Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
P O Box 503,  Morris, CT 06763-0503

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Independence Day Service honoring
Oliver Wolcott, Sr. and Col. Benjamin Tallmadge
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
East Cemetery, Litchfield

An Independence Day service honoring Oliver Wolcott, Sr. and
Col. Benjamin Tallmadge was conducted by the Mary Floyd Tallmadge
Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution ~ BZ photos

and the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch
of the Sons of the American Revolution

along with the Charles Merriman Society NSCAR

and the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment

Oliver Wolcott, Sr. Tribute

Oliver Wolcott, Sr. gravesite in East Cemetery

Benjamin Tallmadge Tribute

Benjamin Tallmadge gravesite in East Cemetery

Christopher and Caroline Gardner of New Milford
hold the wreath they placed at the grave of Tallmadge.

At the conclusion of each tribute, there was musket salute by the
Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution

and a cannon salute  by the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment.

DAR Good Citizens Award Ceremony & Luncheon
Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter, DAR, Litchfield
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
@ St. Michael's Community House, Litchfield

Four outstanding students from local schools were recognized as
DAR Good Citizens by the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter, DAR, Litchfield.
L-R:  Sarah Loring, Susan Weimann, Michele Normandin, Jerry Ackerman,
Nancy Skilton, Mary Loyer, Susan Harrison, Mary Wescott, Susanna Shirlock ~ BZ photos

L-R: Melissa Brodeur (Litchfield), Kayla Cast (Wamogo),
Parker Durrah Broadnax (Forman), Kyra Cullerton (Housatonic)

Students selected as DAR Good Citizens must have the qualities of
Dependability (which includes truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality);
Service (which includes cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others);
Leadership (which includes personality, self-control,
and ability to assume responsibility);
and Patriotism (which includes unselfish interest in family,
school, community and nation) to an outstanding degree.

Parker Durrah Brodnax
Senior at The Forman School
L-R: Susan Weimann (DAR), Dwayne Broadnax, Parker Durrah Brodnax,
Tracy Durrah, Jerry Ackerman (DAR)

Parents: Tracy Durrah and Dwayne Broadnax
National Honor Society
Pierce Merit Scholarship Award
Forman's Green Key Society
High Academic and High Effort Honor Rolls
President of the student body
Pursuing the Arabic language in his
time in the Ingenuity Program

Kyra Cullerton
Senior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School
L-R: Susan Weimann (DAR), Melanie Cullerton, Kyra Cullerton,
Keith Cullerton, Peter Vermilyea (History Teacher), Jerry Ackerman (DAR)

Parents: Melanie and Keith Cullerton
President of the Junior and Senior Class
President of the Junior and Senior Class Council
HVRHS nominee for the Governor's Scholar
Silver Medal on the National Spanish Examinations
Volunteered playing trombone at civic events
Worked at wildlife shelters
Participated in programs for the elderly

Melissa Brodeur
Senior at Litchfield High School
L-R: Susan Weimann (DAR), Samantha Brodeur (sister), Lisa Heuschkel (LPS Social Worker),
Melissa Brodeur, Wendy Brodeur,  Jerry Ackerman (DAR)

Parents: Wendy and Stephen Brodeur
National Honor Society
All School Student Council
National Foreign Language Honor Society
Change Club Leader - mentors younger students
Volunteer at Hebrew Healthcare Nursing Home,
charity runs, and day cares

Kayla Cast
Senior at Wamogo Regional High School
L-R: Susan Weimann (DAR), Kenneth Cast, Kayla Cast, Nathan Cast (brother),
Mark Yanaway (History Teacher) and Jerry Ackerman (DAR)

Parents: Audra and Kenneth Cast
National Honor Society
President's Award
Business Manager of the Wamogo Robotics Team
Member of the Morris Volunteer Fire Department
State-certified Emergency Medical Responder
Active church participant as Vacation Bible School leader,
 nursery volunteer and assistant teacher
Torrington Soup Kitchen volunteer

Jerry Ackerman, Good Citizens Chair
Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter DAR
860-567-2253 ~ Cell 860-387-3376

Connecticut Daughters
Have Been Revolutionary
for 125 Years
On February 4, 2017 at the Wallingford Hilton Garden Inn, the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution (CTDAR) celebrated one hundred and twenty-five year of community service and historic preservation at their 125th Gala. Connecticut was one of the first states to organize on February 20, 1892. The early members then also incorporated CTDAR 100 years ago on February 3, 1917 before they could vote.

The members of CTDAR work diligently to honor and support veterans and active duty personnel and their families, to promote education initiatives and offer scholarships, and to preserve history. Connecticut Daughters help to maintain seventeen historic properties many of which they own at the local chapter level or at the state level including the Revolutionary homes of Oliver Ellsworth (framer of the Constitution and Supreme Court Chief Justice), Jonathan Trumbull (Connecticut Governor before, during, and after the American Revolution) as well as Israel Putnam in Greenwich.

In addition to managing families and careers these descendants of American patriots provide over 30,000 hours of service to their communities annually.

Presiding over the event was CTDAR State Regent Alice E. Ridgway of Northfield, CT. Traveling from across the country to help celebrate this milestone include National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution President General Ann Turner Dillon of Colorado as well as the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution President Connor Jackson of New Hampshire and Senior National President Joanne Zumbrun of Texas.

One of the largest patriotic women's organizations in the world, DAR has more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and even in numerous foreign countries. DAR strives to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service, and more. For additional information about DAR and its programs, visit

Wreaths Across America a patriotic tribute (12-19-16)
Susan Harrison of Morris and the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter
of the Daughters of the American Revolution recites the pledge during the
Wreaths Across America ceremony at the All-Wars Memorial in Bantam on Saturday.
~ BZ photos

The heavy snow that fell Saturday morning stopped just in time for the
Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
to hold the local version of the Wreaths Across America
ceremony at the All-Wars Memorial in Bantam.

A tribute to those who serve and have served the country,
as well as a remembrance of those who died serving, Wreaths Across America
 is a national ceremony that was held in more than 1,100 locations Saturday.
More than 1 million wreaths were placed at war memorial and monuments during the day.

Susan Harrison of Morris and the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter
served as master of ceremonies for the noontime ceremony.
Had the snow continued to fall, the event would have
gone on as scheduled, according to Harrison.

"They don't cancel at Arlington National Cemetery if the weather is bad,
and neither do we in Bantam," Harrison said. "We do this for the men
and women in uniform, so there was no way we were going to cancel."

Seven local veterans in uniform placed wreaths at the All-Wars Memorial.
Wreaths represented the six branches of the military.
The final wreath represented the more than 90,000 servicemen
who have been classified as prisoners of war or missing in action.

Veterans await their turn to place wreaths at the All-Wars Memorial.
Wayne Wilson of Warren approaches the memorial.

Bill Duquette of Goshen prepares to place a wreath in a
 tribute to prisoners of war and those missing in action.

Air Force veteran Hunter Weik of Morris places a wreath.

Wreaths Across America
Saturday, December 17, 2016
@ All Wars Memorial, Bantam
Wreaths Across America is co-sponsored by the
Mary Floyd Tallmadge (MFT) Chapter DAR and the
Tyler Seward Kubish Post 44 of the American Legion.
It will  be held this year on Saturday, December. 17, 2016
at The All Wars Memorial in Bantam, CT at 12:00 Noon.

Portions of this memorial celebration
are supported by David St. John (sound systems),
Am Vets Post 24, American Legion Post 38, Torrington,  
The Marine Corps. League of Canaan, CT, General Wolcott’s Sixth Militia Brigade,
 of The Governor Oliver Wolcott, Senior Branch of the SAR,  
and the CAR (Children of the American Revolution.)

Wreaths Across America was started as a 501(c)3 non-profit in 2007,
after the first wreaths were donated to Arlington National Cemetery (1992)
 by Morrill Worcester and the Worcester Wreath Company.

In the last ten years, WAA has grown by 30 % annually,
with over 1,100 participating locations nationwide in 2016.  
2,500 fundraising groups will provide the money to place over a
 million wreaths in total this year —all in the mission to Remember the Fallen;
Honor those who serve (and their families); and Teach our children
about the high cost of the freedoms we enjoy each and every day.

Wreaths are placed on the graves of each fallen U.S. veteran and, locally,
at The All Wars Memorial. Each sponsored wreath costs $15,
with $5 being allowed to the fundraising program that is paid back to
our many fundraising partners including Legion Posts, VFW’s and Auxiliaries,
Civil Air Patrol Squadrons, school groups, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts,
DAR, SAR, and other national non-profits like Easter Seals.

The remaining $10 procures the wreath, delivered to a participating location,
and funds the Wreaths Across America in its year-round mission to
Remember, Honor, and Teach. Each wreath is a hand-made
(what they call mail-order quality) wreath using domestically grown balsam fir,
and hand-crafted right here in the United States. The wholesale
market price for an equivalent wreath is $12-15 per wreath.
It is intentional that a highest quality wreath was chosen as this gift
of remembrance for those who made sacrifices that can never be repaid.

“Remember this.... In truth a person dies twice, once when he stops
breathing, and a second time when somebody mentions his or her name
for the last time. Join us in December when over one million volunteers nationwide,
will say the names of a million fallen out loud, to make sure they will never be forgotten.”
Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America

NSDAR Community Service Awards Ceremony
hosted by the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
Saturday, November 12, 2016
@ St. Michael's Community House
NSDAR Community Service Award for Volunteerism
were presented to Barbara Putnam and John Lilley

Barbara D. Putnam
Barbara has been an active leader at St. Michael’s Parish for many years.   
She has served as Junior Warden, Parish Clerk and is currently the treasurer.  
In addition she has organized the church’s soup kitchen volunteers and heads up a
committee to oversee the design and installation of a new stained glass window.
Mary Loyer (left) presents the DAR Community Service Award to Barbara Putnam.

 She was instrumental in working toward a pedestrian connection between Litchfield and Bantam.
 She is the president of the East Litchfield Village Improvement Society.  She is the clerk
 for the Litchfield Community Emergency Response team and is a licensed amateur
 radio technician.   As a CSA farmer, she was active in the reviving of the Litchfield Grange.   

She is the webmaster for the Litchfield Democratic Town Committee and with the
Connecticut Democrat Committee as a receptive and hardworking volunteer.   
 One recommendation says, “…one of those rare volunteers
 who embraces the challenge of community development.”

John P. Lilley
John is a member of the Morris Board of Finance; the Morris Scholarship Committee
and Republican Town Committee.  He is a long standing member of the
American Legion Post 44 in Bantam and currently serves as the commander.   
Every month John researches and writes the eulogy for the Veteran of the Month honoree.
 He devotes countless hours on behalf of veterans to the Legion Post 44 in Bantam
and recently joined the AMVET EAD Post 24 in Torrington.
Mary Loyer (left) presents the DAR Community Service Award to John Lilley.

He serves as the finance officer there. In addition, he serves as M.C.
for the Red, White and Blue Church service, transports veterans to
appointments and delivers dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

John is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Governor Oliver Wolcott Sr.,
branch and serves as its Registrar.  John is a skilled and tireless worker
for the organizations that he is involved with.  One recommendation says,
“In the Veterans community he is held in high regard because of his loyalty
 to his fellow veterans and they know that what he starts he finishes.”    
Another  says, “I have found John to be completely
dedicated to whatever task he has undertaken.”  
John Lilley is surrounded by family members.

Litchfield marks Independence Day with a bang (07-05-16)
The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment fires one of its cannons during an
Independence Day tribute in East Cemetery in Litchfield on Monday. BZ photos

The cannons of the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment rang in Independence Day
 in Litchfield on Monday, first during a service at East Cemetery and later on the Green.

The service at the cemetery was held at the graves of Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr.
and Col. Benjamin Tallmadge, two key figures during the Revolutionary War.
Wolcott signed the Declaration of Independence and was a brigadier general
during the war and Tallmadge directed an espionage unit for Gen. George Washington.

The graveside service was organized by the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch
of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Mary Floyd Tallmadge
Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

On the Green, the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment fired its cannons
13 times in a tribute to the original 13 colonies.
The cannon fire was followed by a ringing of church bells at 2 p.m.,
the moment the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776.

Members of the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Ryan Delmore of the Charles Merriman Society of the Children of the American
Revolution prepares to place a flag at the grave of Col. Benjamin Tallmadge.

L-R: Ryan, Alexis and Jackson Delmore of the
Charles Merriman Society of the Children of the American Revolution

Members of the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution
 stand at attention, above, and fire their muskets, below, in East Cemetery.

The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment fires one of its 13 cannon volleys on the Green.

Members of the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the
Sons of the American Revolution on the Green.

Reggie Harrison of the First Litchfield Artillery Regiment speaks to the crowd on the Green.

The flags of the original 13 colonies were displayed on the Green.

Ken Buckbee of the Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr. Branch of the Sons of the American Revolution
and his wife, Judey, of the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Ziggy the Flag Man talks with First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. right,
and Town Treasurer David T. Wilson.

The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment with one of its cannons.

Russell Wirtalla of the Sons of the American Revolution appeared as Gov. Oliver Wolcott Sr.

38th Annual Independence Day Ceremony
Monday, July 4, 2016
East Cemetery, Litchfield

First Litchfield Artillery Regiment
Independence Day Cannon Salute
Monday, July 4, 2016
Litchfield Green

125th Anniversary of DAR Continental Congress
Daughters of the American Revolution Convene in Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, DC) The Daughters of the American Revolution will welcome more than 4,000 of its members to the nation’s capital this week as they celebrate the 125th anniversary of their annual Continental Congress. As members celebrate 125 years of service to America, DAR continues to be an active and vibrant women’s service organization focused on promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. Highlights of the week-long event will include commemorative celebrations as well as honoring respected speakers and award winners during the gala evening ceremonies.

The evening ceremony dedicated to education will include a celebration of the National Parks Service Centennial Anniversary, as well as recognition of the Broadway sensation “Hamilton: An American Musical,” which will be presented with the DAR Media and Entertainment Award. Other honorees include exceptional students and those committed to education such as the national American History Essay Contest winners, the DAR Good Citizens, the American History Scholarship winner and the Outstanding Teacher of American History.

DAR will welcome respected genealogist and co-host of Genealogy Roadshow, Mary Tedesco, as she discusses behind the scenes stories of the PBS television show as well as her own journey to becoming a DAR member. Attendees will also learn more about the new DAR DNA Group hosted on the Family Tree DNA website, with a special appearance by President and CEO of Family Tree DNA Bennett Greenspan.

On National Defense Night, an evening that honors our nation’s military personnel and veterans, the keynote speaker will be Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald. DAR will also celebrate the 75th anniversary of the USO and welcome President and CEO Dr. J.D. Crouch along with the USO Show Troupe. Additional awards that evening will be presented to the Army Nurse of the Year, the Margaret Cochran Corbin Award for distinguished women in military service and outstanding volunteers for veterans. The evening celebration will be capped off when DAR will learn if it succeeded in its attempt at a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDTM for “most letters to military personnel collected in one month.”

"It's inspiring to see more than 4,000 members travel to Washington to celebrate the 125th anniversary of our annual gathering  and all of the accomplishments of the past year to honor our heritage, focus on the future and celebrate America," said Lynn F. Young, President General. “It has been an incredible year for the DAR as we continue to welcome record numbers of new members, while also donating thousands of dollars to preservation, education and patriotic endeavors and serving our communities through millions of hours of volunteer service. The reports given at our Continental Congress make it clear that the DAR is playing an important role in cities and towns across America."

Alice E. Ridgway

In attendance at Congress is Alice E. Ridgway, Connecticut’s State Regent-elect and member of the Mary Floyd Tallmadge Chapter in Litchfield, Connecticut. She will portray Elizabeth Barney Buel on stage as part of the Opening Night Ceremony. Her character, Mrs. Buel of Litchfield, served as the Connecticut State Regent from 1909 to 1922. During her administration, she compiled the NSDAR Manual for Citizenship. Ridgway will be installed as the State Regent on Sunday, June 19, 2016.

The DAR Continental Congress is a time-honored tradition that has been held in Washington, D.C. as the annual national meeting of the membership since the organization’s founding. National, state and chapter leaders as well as other members from across the country and around the world meet at the DAR National Headquarters to report on the year’s work, honor outstanding award recipients, plan future initiatives and reconnect with friends. The week-long convention consists of business sessions, committee meetings, and social functions, and is topped off with formal evening ceremonies at which national DAR award winners are honored.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 183,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. Commitment to volunteer service is a cornerstone of the organization and a highlight of the administration of President General Lynn Young. DAR members contributed to a more than 12.5 million community service hours over the past three years. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit or connect with DAR on social media at, and