Gerald Amato of the Rose Hill branch of American Family Insurance was presented with a Excellence in Community Service Award for his involvement in Rose Hill. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Regional Director Cindy Sprenkle and Constitution Week Chairperson Mary Jo Jury of Rose Hill presented the ward to Amato in his office Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Amato is the Rose Hill Chamber of Commerce President who has grown the membership considerably. He is actively involved in the Rose Hill Fall Festival and a member of the committee who brought new and innovative ideas to the table which were integrated into the festival activities. The Party at the Pond was spearheaded Amato to bring back the dance night. The Rose Hill Music Fest of a few years ago was led by him and Andrea Dechaine, committing to sizable monetary backing. The Annual Hometown Christmas event also benefitted from ideas and donations over many years. He has also worked behind the scenes on many other projects to facilitate whatever needed to done. Amato is a very humble man who simply sees what needs to be done and makes it happen. He also initiated the Kindness Movement in Rose Hill.
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. With over 125 years of tradition, more than one million members have been admitted since its founding. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. DAR was founded October 11, 1890 and incorporated in 1896 by an Act of Congress. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Encompassing an entire city block, DAR Headquarters is one of the world’s largest buildings of its kind owned and maintained exclusively by women. Their objectives was laid forth in the first meeting of the DAR have remained the same in over 125 years of active service to the nation. DAR perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence.
Patriotism is emphasized to cherish, maintain, and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty. Their mission is too promote historic preservation, education and patriotism with the motto of God, Home and Country.