National President  Pat McAteer and Keystone President Paulette Werni get ready to participate In the Lebanon Pa Memorial Parade.

Membership in Daughters of '98

Alexander Quinn SSAWV Lebanon, PA

Secretary Sue Dieffenbach plays taps at Mt. Gretna's 125th Anniversary  remembrance of the Spanish American War.  Held on May 6, 2023

Applications are available at or email

Officers: Paulette Werni, Captain, Sandy Jones First Lieutenant, Edie Salladino Quartermaster,  Sue Dieffenbach Adjutant, Carol Edris Chaplin, and Past fort Captains,  Nancy Rinehart and Pat McAteer. We will be meeting quarterly. We hold meetings in July, October, January, and April at 1 pm. Email: or  for more information

On July 28, 2015 the Keystone Commonwealth Fort #173 was chartered in Lebanon, PA.  Pat McAteer was elected the first Captain. Current Captain/President is Paulette Werni.

National 1st VP Karen Burkhimer and National Trustee Nancy Rinehart at the 2019 Daughters of 98 Convention in Lebanon, PA.

National Fort Daughters of 98 can be seen on Facebook as Daughters of Spanish American War Veterans.

We are on Facebook as Daughters of 98 Keystone Commonwealth Fort # 173

Hereditary Membership. The membership of the Daughters of '98 is composed of daughters, granddaughters, great granddaughters, legally adopted daughters, stepdaughters, foster daughters, daughters in law, grand daughters in law, nieces and grand nieces, nieces-in-law and grand nieces-in-law, cousins and cousins-in-law of anyone eligible for membership in the United Spanish War Veterans, who have reached the age of five (5) years.

Real Daughters. Any prospective member submitting proof of membership qualifications and lineage that shows they are a Daughters, Daughters-in-law, or step daughter, of a veteran of the Spanish American War, the Philippine Insurrection, or the China Relief Expedition, may be granted a Real Daughters membership, with all the same rights and privileges as any other member.

Associate membership.  Ladies having an interest in history, but not hereditary may join as associates with full voting privileges.