I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.
Plans were discussed for organizing the chapter in December of 1960 at a tea in the home of Mrs. Thomas Giles, Sr., Florida State Regent Mrs. George Castleman Estill of Miami, Florida, and the Vice-Regent Mrs. Robert O. Angle of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, led the discussion.
In April of 1961, formal plans for the organizational meeting of a new Daughters of the American Revolution chapter were made at a meeting held in the home of Mrs. George Cackler, Deerfield Beach, Florida. The city of Boca Raton was designated as the chapter's location, and the name selected was "Estahakee," which is an ancient Seminole Indian name for Boca Raton meaning "Beautiful Scene".
The new officers for the chapter were installed on May 8, 1961, during a luncheon meeting at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, Boca Raton, Florida. The organizing officers were Regent Mrs. William H. McKenzie, Vice Regent Mrs. Frank W. Shober, Chaplain Mrs. Willard Machie, Secretary Mrs. Robert C. Vance, Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Reginald J. Decker, Treasurer Mrs. Joseph Meehan, Registrar Mrs. Donald Caker, Historian Mrs. Thomas D. Giles, and Librarian Mrs. George B. Fowler. The new chapter was comprised of fifteen members.
After over 50 years as an active chapter, the Estahakee Chapter, NSDAR, is growing stronger every day! Boasting over 130 members, we are looking forward to new members to join the Daughters of the American Revolution!
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