DAR Chapter Presents Community Service Award to SPARQ

The South Pittsburg Area Revitalization Quest held its inaugural meeting in February 2020. Little did they know that just a month after that meeting, a pandemic would shut down the world. That hasn’t stopped their efforts, however, and since its inception, the SPARQ Board of Directors has done things to bring arts and culture to South Pittsburgh. As area leaders work to entice more industry to locate in the Sequatchie Valley, SPARQ is working to help cultivate South Pittsburgh’s social, economic, and cultural heritage in the hope to encourage even more growth.

Their hard work, community surveys and activities culminated in a beautiful mural that transformed a dirty alley into an engaging work of art, inspired community residents to participate in artistic activities and created events for showcasing and nurturing talents that had not been discovered before. .

SPARQ works hard to create a welcoming and engaged community that will encourage new businesses, the development of artistic opportunities, and foster an environment that honors their city’s heritage and that of all community members. They achieve their community development plans through donations and successful grant applications. Some of these plans focus on ways to use and develop the potential of the beautiful waterways to which South Pittsburg offers unique access. Other plans include creating trails and connecting to regional hiking, biking and other recreation networks.

The news and notable impacts of the group’s efforts caught the attention of Meegan Burton, Regent of Justice David Campbell’s Chapter, NSDAR, who submitted an application in the fall for SPARQ to receive the NSDAR Community Service Award. .

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political service organization whose members are vibrant, active women who are passionate about community service, preserving history, promoting patriotic education , as well as the honor and support of those who serve our nation. DAR members come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, but all share a common bond of having an ancestor who helped secure the independence of the United States of America. As a society, they also actively seek to recognize worthy individuals and organizations for outstanding volunteer service.

After receiving endorsement from the Tennessee Crown Corporation, Ms. Burton and other chapter members attended SPARQ’s final community mixer to present the group with the NSDAR Award for Outstanding Community Service in recognition of their hard work and for their dedication to the South Pittsburg area.

More information about SPARQ can be found by visiting www.sparqsp.org. Additional information about the DAR can be found by visiting www.dar.org and www.tndar.org/~davidcampbell/.

Jill E. Washington