On July 1, 2022, as part of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s 131st Continental Congress, NSDAR President General Denise Doring van Buren presented George Washington Chapter member Don Francisco with the prestigious Mary Smith Lockwood Medal for Education. The DAR National Board of Management established the four Founders Medals in 1995 - in the categories of Heroism, Youth Achievement, Patriotism, and Education - to honor the four women recognized as Founders of the DAR and to recognize other outstanding American citizens who give unselfishly of themselves to their community, state, and Nation. The Lockwood Medal for Education honors an individual who has shown outstanding achievement through service and leadership in promoting education outside the formal education process. In her presentation remarks, President General van Buren highlighted - among many of Don’s exceptional achievements - his remarkable interactions with visitors (particularly of the younger generation) while on duty at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
The George Washington Chapter is extremely proud to count Don as an SAR, VASSAR, and George Washington Chapter member. Our membership has been blessed to have witnessed Don’s magic with audiences - young and old alike - as he uses music, humor, and a deep personal honesty to educate and entertain. Please congratulate him on receiving this award at your next opportunity.
NSDAR President General Denise van Buren pesents The Founders Medal for Education to Compatriot Don Francisco
Don serenading DAR Leadership and Guests at Constitution Hall during the 131st Coontinental Congress