Cobbs Hall Chapter, NSDAR, presents awards and outlines plans

From left are Dr. Cheryl Brown Davis, Robert Mason Jr. and Susan Hudson.

IRVINGTON—Cobbs Hall Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), recently held their first meeting of 2018 and regent Dr. Cheryl Brown Davis and surprised two very deserving individuals with special recognition. She also announced several chapter and state level initiatives of importance.

Chapter registrar Jude Degen was presented the prestigious DAR Women in American History Award and Medal. Davis recognized Degen’s lineage research which resulted in doubling the Cobbs Hall membership in the last five years.

During this period, Degen additionally assisted other DAR chapters throughout Virginia. Degen’s support went outside the DAR family as she volunteered in late 2017 to be the organizing registrar for the new USD 1812 chapter, “Rappahannock” #493 in Kilmarnock.

For the Lancaster County Chapter 1406, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Degen initiated the task to validate an additional 110 Confederate veterans in Lancaster County. She then accepted the challenge to validate hundreds of Confederate veterans who returned after the War in Northumberland County.

Additionally, she has assisted the Registrar for the Richard Henry Lee Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.

Presenting this award Davis shared “connecting hundreds of individuals with their heritage across different periods of our history exemplifies the spirt of what the Women in American History award represents and is why it is appropriate for Jude Degen to wear the medal.”

From the community, Robert Mason Jr. was presented a Cobbs Hall Certificate of Appreciation for his editorial leadership at the Rappahannock Record. With help from the paper’s general manager, Susan Simmons, Mason was asked to attend on behalf of the paper “to provide insights on the role the news media plays in rural communities’ DAR discussion.”

Instead, Mason was surprised to discover he was to be recognized for the paper’s 2017 coverage of Cobbs Hall events and activities….