It was through the dedicated time and efforts of our beloved State Regent, Mrs. Warder Lee Braerton, that our chapter came to exist. Mrs. Braerton's daughter, Emily Louise Braerton Peters, was named organizing regent on June 7, 1951. Our charter was issued on June 10, 1952, and our first meeting was held on June 17, 1952, at the home of Mary Olive Abott Shutts.
Founding Members of the Blue Spruce Chapter
• Emily Louise Braeton Peters / Regent
• Mary Frances Fowler / First Vice Regent
• Phyllis Wallace Phelps / Second Vice Regent
• Nannie Amazetta Miles / Chaplain
• Dorothy C. Taft / Recording Secretary
• Loraine C. Kehl / Corresponding Secretary
• Margaret Letitia Morrow / Treasurer
• Nell N. Capps / Registrar
• Vesta Irene Scott Tyler / Historian
• Adeline S. Anderson Draper / Librarian
• Frances M. Spaulding Anderson
• Lillian Joan Braerton
• Norma S. P. Dougherty
• Lisbeth G. Fish
• Kathryn Ruth Kaufman
• Margaret Mitchell Leaverton
• Julia Frances Murray Luning
• Bernice Tuttle Slockett McKune
• Leah Ann Pape
• Leah Ann Pape, Jr.
• Mary Susan Peters
• C. Lillian Smith Rhodes
Above: Emily Louise Braeton Peters.
Organizing Regent for the Blue Spruce Chapter.
The Blue Spruce Chapter offers a wide variety of opportunities to get involved in activities that promote the core values and mission statement of the NSDAR: historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Because this is such a vital and extensive topic, please see the COMMITTEES link on this web site for comprehensive details.
Our Current Blue Spruce Leadership (2018-2020)
Regent: Karen Schilling
First Vice Regent: Elisabeth "Bitsy" Cohen
Recording Secretary: Marion "Mur" Hiltenbrand
Corresponding Secretary: Linda Ferentchak
Treasurer: Beverly Mendicello
Registrar: Elaine Sawin
Historian: Sherry Coulter
Parlimentarian: Joyce Edstrom
Our Chapter Patriots:
Members of the NSDAR share a unique bond in that the blood of an American patriot runs through our veins. We're so very proud to trace our ancestry back to these brave souls, many of whom gave their lives, to fight for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Our Chapter Flag:
At the Colorado State DAR Conference in 2006, it was noticed that other chapters had flags. It was then decided that the Blue Spruce Chapter should also adopt a flag.
LaVaun Baldwin, an art teacher in Jefferson County Schools, offered to design the flag. She came up with the design of a Colorado Blue Spruce tree surrounded by the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She drew it up on paper, which her son Douglas then converted into a computer image. Douglas sent the image to the Custom Flag Company in April of 2007. Felicia O’Brien, another Blue Spruce chapter member, had a connection with the flag company to have it made professionally.
Later, at the State Conference, LaVaun proudly carried the Blue Spruce Chapter flag at the flag presentation ceremony.
About Our Chapter's Name:
Organizing members chose the name "Blue Spruce" as a tribute to Colorado's state tree, which is indigenous to a limited area within the Central Rocky Mountain region. Although growth is frequently slow, the Colorado Blue Spruce tree can live for hundreds of years, and can rise to heights of more than 100 feet--creating a spectacular sight with its magnificent blue/green branches.
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