In the Beginning...


Plans were discussed for organizing the chapter in December of 1960 at a tea in the home of Mrs. Thomas Giles, Senior.  Florida State Regent Mrs. George Castleman Estill of Miami, and the Vice-Regent, Mrs. Robert O. Angle of Fort Lauderdale led the discussion.

In April of 1961, formal plans for the organizational meeting of a new “Daughters of the American Revolution” chapter were made at a meeting held in the home of Mrs. George Cackler, Deerfield Beach. The city of Boca Raton was designated as the location of the chapter, and the name selected was “Estahakee" which is an ancient Seminole Indian name for Boca Raton meaning “Beautiful Scene.”  The new officers for the chapter were installed May 8th during a luncheon meeting at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall.  The organizing chapter officers were Regent Mrs. William H. McKenzie, Vice Regent Mrs. Frank W. Shober, Recording Secretary Mrs. Robert C. Vance, Corresponding Secretary  Mrs. Reginald J. Decker, Treasurer Mrs. Joseph Meehan, Librarian Mrs. George B. Fowler, Registrar Mrs. Donald Cakler,  Historian Mrs. Thomas D. Giles, and Chaplain Mrs. Willard Machle.  The new chapter was comprised of fifteen members. 

Estahakee's Founding Daughters - 1961

Estahakee Chapter Organization Meeting - 1961

From Left to Right:

Mrs. George Castleman Estill , Mrs. William McKenzie (pouring tea), Mrs. Thomas D. Giles, Sr. (Hostess), Mrs. Frank Shuber (Co-Hostess)

Estahakee Chapter Installation of Officers - May 1961

From Left to Right:

Mrs. William McKenzie - Organizing Regent,Mrs. Frank Shuber - Vice Regent, Mrs. Willard Machle -Chaplain, Mrs. Robert Vance - Recording Secretary,Mrs. Reginald Deche -Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Joseph Mecham - Treasurer, Mrs. Donald Cakler - Registrar, Mrs. Thomas D. Giles - Historian

Estahakee Chapter NSDAR, Boca Raton, Florida