Cheryl Whitt Rios, native of Lincoln County, Kentucky, is the daughter of the late Howard Gene Whitt and Sarah Mullins Whitt Baker. She is married to Vincent Rios, retired Assistant Regional Administrator, Regions IX and X, U.S. Department of Labor and medically retired United States Marine (Vietnam veteran – two tours). She has one child -Christopher, four step-children – Mitchell Rios, Michelle Rios, Frances Rios, and Pete Rios. She and Vince share 7 grandchildren.

Cheryl completed an AA degree with highest honors at Skyline College, San Francisco, CA and earned her BA in psychology, graduating Summa cum laude, from San Francisco State University. She has lived in Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, California, Alaska and now resides in Texas, a state to which she has always come home between her jaunts to experience life in other states. She worked as a fingerprint specialist for the Fort Worth Police Department (TX), as a Project Coordinator, Justice Policy Institute, and owned a medical transcription service.

Society Memberships

  • National Gavel Society
  • Baronial Order of Magna Charta
  • Crown and Sceptre
  • Colonial Dames of America
  • Descendants of Brian Boru (Founding Corresponding Secretary General)
  • Descendants of Colonial Mothers (Co-Founder)
  • Descendants of Sheriffs and Constables of Colonial and Antebellum America (Honorary President General; Founding Officer)
  • First Families of Kentucky
  • Flagon and Trencher Descendants of Colonial Tavernkeepers
  • Guild of Colonial Artisans and Tradesmen 1607-1783
  • Hereditary Order of the Descendants of Loyalists and Patriots of the American Revolution (Historian General, Recording Secretary General)
  • Hereditary Order of the Families of Presidents and First Ladies (National Vice President, former Recording Secretary General)
  • Hereditary Society of Teachers (charter member)
  • Hereditary Order of the Red Dragon (Charter member)
  • Kings and Queens of the Holy Lands (Charter member; National Chairman, Insignia)
  • Legion of Vikings and Valkyries (Co-Founder; Founding Vice President)
  • Military Order of the Southern Cross in the Pacific Theater
  • National Guild of Saint Margaret of Scotland
  • National Order of Blue and Gray (Commanding General)
  • National Society Children of the American Revolution (Senior Reorganizing President, Valentine Holt CAR Society)
  • National Society of the Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century (Councillor 2015-2018; Organizing President, Lone Star Chapter)
  • National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars (Honorary TX State President, member National Officers Club)
  • National Society Daughters of the American Colonists (former CA State Corresponding Secretary)
  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (former National Vice Chair, Southwest Division – Americanism Committee; DAR Speakers Staff; VAVS Deputy Representative; former CA State Recording Secretary, CA District III Director, CA District III Secretary, CA President Past and Present Chapter Regents Club, CA Corresponding Secretary State Officers Club, CA Vice President and Registrar Cameo Club; Honorary Chapter Regent)
  • National Society Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America (National Chair, Insignia; former Northeast Texas Chapter President)
  • National Society Daughters of the British Empire in the United States of America
  • National Society Descendants of Early Quakers
  • National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor (Honorary President General for Life, President General 2015-2017; former CA State President)
  • National Society of Saints and Sinners (Advocate)
  • National Society Sons & Daughters of Antebellum Planters 1607-1861 (member Advisory Council)
  • National Society Sons & Daughters of the Pilgrims (Corresponding Secretary General, former Organizing Secretary General, former Registrar General; former appointed Archivist; former California and Texas Branch Governor)
  • National Society Southern Dames of America (North Texas Chapter President)
  • Order of Alba (Charter Member)
  • Order of Americans Cousins of the Present and Future Sovereigns of Great Britain (Director; Charter Member)
  • Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry
  • Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America
  • Order of Descendants of Colonial Cavaliers 1640-1660
  • Order of Descendants of the Justiciars
  • Order of the First Families of Maryland
  • Order of the Founders of North America (former Deputy Viscountess General Western United States; former Deputy Viscountess General – French Colonists; charter member
  • Order of the Monarchs of Rheims
  • Order of Medieval Women
  • Order of the Norman Conquest (Charter Member)
  • Order of the Steel Magnolias (Charter member)
  • Order of the Vietnam War (Co-Founder; Founding Second Vice Commander)
  • Royal Society of Saint George
  • Society of the Descendants of Lady Godiva (Former Councillor)
  • Sons & Daughters of the Colonial and Antebellum Bench & Bar 1561-1861 (Honorary President General)
  • Sons & Daughters of Virginia Founding Fathers (charter member, Marshal General)
  • The IX (Founding Marshal)
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy
  • Member, P.E.O. Sisterhood
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary (Life Member; Former Trustee)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary (Life Member)
  • American Legion Auxiliary (Life Member)
  • Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (Life Member)
  • Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America (Past High Priestess, Phillaron Court)


  • National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
    • 2007 Outstanding State Chairman, DAR Schools Committee
    • 2003 Outstanding State Chairman, Americanism and DAR Manual for Citizenship Committee
  • National Society Sons of the American Revolution
    • Lydia Daragh Medal
    • Daughters of Liberty Medal
    • Martha Washington Medal
    • Medal of Appreciation


Wallace Bailey and Rosie Johnson Mullins Endowment for Adult Literacy – Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Kentucky


  • Former Editor/compiler, California Clarion (magazine) – California State Society, NSDAR quarterly publication, 2004-2006
  • Former Editor/compiler, Directory, California Society, NSDAC
  • Former Editor/compiler, Directory, California State Society Officers Club, NSDAR
  • Editor/compiler, Roster, National Order of the Blue & Gray