History of the River Aux Sables Chapter


The River Aux Sables Chapter’s first official meeting was held on October 10, 1974, at Tawas City, Michigan. The previous summer was a busy time for Marilyn M. Zeder, past Michigan State Regent, along with Roxanne Kenyon and Iva Haley as they looked for women who wanted to become members of this new chapter. While waiting for the acceptance of the twelfth and thirteenth members that summer, discussions were held on the selection for an appropriate chapter name which could be documented prior to 1825.  Records showed that in 1823, a claim to land situated on the “River Aux Sables” or Ojibway for Sandy River, was entered by Louis Chevalier.  At that time, the American Fur Company maintained a post near the mouth of the river.  Chevalier was a trapper and traded furs for Joseph Campau.  The name, River Aux Sables, was a fitting choice because the river meanders through most of the counties that comprise the residences of our membership.


Marilyn M. Zeder was installed as the first Regent of the newly formed River Aux Sables Chapter on October 10, 1974. Fourteen ladies were founding members of our chapter.

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