The Twin Forks Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated an impressive feat on April 23—the chapter's 100th Anniversary.

DAR member Martha Shea hosted the celebration at The Hermitage.

Members turned out in their best 20s attire to celebrate the anniversary, as well as their honorees for the evening.

Every chapter in the country who belongs to DAR can give out two community service awards each year. Chapter Regent, Barbara Vonderheide, explained the two community service award recipients were nominated by someone in their chapter, and then a third reference is sought; this then goes to the state for approval and on to the national level.

The recipients for the evening were Sara Duffy and Richard Fain.
Nancy Ritchie, Indiana CSA Chair, provided the following statement on Sara Duffy:

“Sara Duffy created a weekly online county news service 10 years ago. The Franklin County Observer contains news and events from Franklin County, Indiana and is available for free to online subscribers. There is no advertising included in the reports. Sara has continued reporting factual reports of government meetings and community events without compensation. The issues are numbered; a recent issue was #1059!
The volunteer staff writers are all Franklin County residents who are committed to factual, impartial news reporting and are overseen by Sara Duffy. She also includes notices of local happenings for non-profit organizations and community groups.
Sara Duffy is deserving of the DAR Community Service Award.”

Duffy said the nomination was originally based on her reporting of COVID-19. She said it was a true honor and many other volunteer reporters were equally deserving.

The second recipient of the evening was Richard Fain, or more affectionately known as, “Dick the Donut Man.” Fain received this award for purchasing and delivering donuts to those around the county. Fain gave a little speech as to why he continues to deliver donuts and the answer was simple. “It makes me feel good.”

He first started delivering donuts when he retired from teaching, while two former teachers he worked with who were in a nursing home. He saw how much they enjoyed the donuts and decided to continue

“These are the forgotten people that I deliver donuts to, people that the world has passed by,” said Fain.

See related article about Fain on Page 4.

There were two recipients of the DAR Good Citizen Awards, as well.
Unfortunately, neither could be in attendance. The recipients were Mahlon Page of Union County High School and Zoie Pflum of Oldenburg Academy. Page was the recipient of the $500 scholarship and Pflum was the runner-up.

The evening concluded with a speech from the State Regent Charlotte Hurd Blair. Blair congratulated the chapter on its 100th anniversary and its rich history. Blair praised the camaraderie and strength of each organization they seem to obtain from having the same central beliefs and goals.

Vonderheide presented Blair with a donation to the State Regent Project.
“This is the best part of being the State Regent is visiting all the chapters,” said Blair.