With the help of Robert Ownbey, manager of the Montrose Walmart, the Uncompahgre Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution successfully applied for a Walmart Community Grant. The Walmart Community Grant program is highly competitive, with the Walmart Foundation receiving over 150,000 applications every year. Last year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed over $1.3 billion in cash and in-kind donations to communities.
The Uncompahgre Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution decided to use the money to meet a need at the Delta County Sheriff's Office. After talking the matter over with his deputies, Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee decided to use the funds to purchase stop sticks.
New-generation stop sticks are lightweight and easy for just one person to deploy, but run about $500 each. Sheriff McKee said deputies are not often involved in high speed chases, but when they are, the stop sticks are a valuable tool. They cause air to slowly leak out of the tire, so the vehicle comes to a controlled stop, minimizing danger for law enforcement, the driver and the traveling public.
The Uncompahgre Valley Chapter DAR is the local voice of the National Daughters of the American Revolution. Members, or daughters, share a common bond of an ancestor who helped contribute or fight to secure the founding of our nation. Ladies join to honor this heritage, to preserve our nation's history, to serve our communities, and to support those who have served our nation and those currently serving in our armed forces.
The local chapter is conducting a membership drive as part of a nationwide celebration to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Additional information is available at www.uncompahgrevalleydar.org.
"Our chapter, which was organized in 1993, has members from all across the Western Slope and beyond, and we are eager to welcome new members to our chapter. We can help them research and complete their genealogy in order to apply for membership," said chapter regent Irene Means.
Uncompahgre Valley DAR meets the second Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Warrior Resource Center in Montrose.