The Coast News Group

Local woman honored for community service

RANCHO SANTA FE — Martha McCarter said she was “honored and surprised” to receive the Community Service Award from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for serving more than 20 years as a member of the San Dieguito Planning Group.
Joanne Murphy, regent of the De Anza chapter, recognized McCarter for her achievement Oct. 3 during the organization’s first meeting of 2009-2010 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.
In nominating McCarter, Murphy said her colleague worked “tirelessly and always with the community’s best interests in mind.”
“Martha has a way of working with great enthusiasm, professionalism and appreciation of those working with her,” Murphy said. “Martha will bring honor to this award.”
McCarter is a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution who served as a regent with the Los Angeles chapter before moving to San Diego in the early 1980s. But she received the award solely for her work with the San Dieguito Planning Group.
She was a member from the mid-1980s until 2006 and was the organization’s representative to the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority since its inception in 1989. McCarter was instrumental in refurbishing the Sikes adobe farmhouse before it was destroyed in the 2007 fires.
Because time spent as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution is not considered when selecting award recipients, Murphy said it is harder for its members to receive the award than other community members.
“This is a well-deserved award for Martha,” Murphy said. “She is a multitalented woman who makes people working around her feel comfortable and competent. She rarely criticizes, but when she does, she has a wonderful way of doing it so that it comes out as a compliment. She’s just a peach of a gal and is just a pleasure to be around and work with.”
Founded in 1890, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children.
Membership is open to women 18 and older who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. It is one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, with 165,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally.
For membership information for the De Anza chapter, contact Marti Meiners at