Anita Ashcraft Pinder, Regent, 2017-2019
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's community service organization, composed of women whose direct ancestors supported the cause of American Independence. Daughters honor their patriot ancestors by promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism.
Estero Island Chapter was chartered on October 11, 1973, organized by nineteen ladies who lived on Fort Myers Beach. The chapter was named Estero Island to honor local history. The word “Estero” is derived from the Spanish word “astillero” which means shipbuilding place. Ponce de Leon is reported to have brought his ship into the sheltered waters around Estero Island to make repairs after being careened. The isolated spot, reached only through the Matanzas Pass, was ideal to repair, clean, and caulk a ship without the preying eyes of onlookers and attack from enemy forces.
Today, Estero Island Chapter is a dynamic, growing chapter of more than 200 members who live throughout Lee County and beyond, meeting monthly from October through May on the second Thursday in central Fort Myers.
We would love to talk to you about membership in the DAR and in our chapter!
Reference: “History and Roster, 1988-1998, Florida State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution,” Vol. VII.