The Fort Lewis Chapter of the National Society Daughter of the American Revolution (NSDAR) recently awarded their 2020 Community Service Award to Carey Harveycutter and Meg Hibbert, two prominent figures in the Salem community. Due to the pandemic, the presentation for the 2020 awards were delayed until 2021.
Harveycutter is a prominent figure in Salem and in many other places across the country due to his work as a member of the Salem Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. The long list of his contributions and recognitions took a while to read.
To name just a few, he is a tireless worker at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, he is a life member of the Salem Rescue Squad, he is a member of the Virginia Mountains Region of Virginia Tourism, he is a member of the Board at the Salem Food Pantry.
As Regent Cynthia “Ricki” McKinney was reading this very long list of his contributions and awards, Carey commented, “this is embarrassing.” Actually, it is our chapter who was embarrassed that we had not recognized this giving man sooner. The chapter was acquainted with Harveycutter, since for many years, he has rung the old fire station bell and provided snacks and drinks for the chapter’s annual event every July 4 at the Salem Civic Center where members “ring the bell” for every individual who signed the Declaration of Independence. The chapter is hoping to hold the event this year. If it happens, the public is invited.
Hibbert gives of her time at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in many activities. She is a member of the Salem Gardening Club and the Salem Choral Society. Her work with the Salem Rotary Club includes reading books to elementary children. She is an avid supporter of veterans and is very proud of the community in which she lives. As far as our chapter is concerned, one call to Meg is all that needed to happen.
“Our chapter is very appreciative of her help in promoting our work and our events down through the years and getting our name out into the Salem community,” McKinney said. “Without her willingness to do so, the Fort Lewis DAR may not be 90 members strong.”
The Fort Lewis Chapter, NSDAR was honored to present the certificate for Community Service, signed by Virginia State Regent LeAnn Turbyfill, the National Chair of the Community Service Committee Holly Schmidt, and the Regent of the Fort Lewis Chapter to both of these well-deserving individuals.
- Submitted by Cynthia “Ricki” McKinney, Fort Lewis Chapter Regent