The Maj. George Gibson chapter NSDAR met April 26 at the Rose Hill Christian Church, Rose Hill, Va. Regent Nancy Britton called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. The group participated in the customary DAR Ritual and patriotic opening exercises.
Chaplain Manerva Watson gave the devotion, entitled “Learning to Wait,” based on Lamentations 3:26. Our desire for haste in getting the things we want often carries over into our prayer lives. We rejoice when God answers “Yes,” and we try to understand when He answers “No.” However, there is a third answer to prayer, and it may well be the most frustrating one of all, “Wait.” We should take time to thank God for his wisdom for making us wait, as He knows when we are not ready for a “yes” or “no” answer. Chaplain Manerva ended with a prayer for patience.
Agnes Marcum read the President General’s Message from the March/April 2014 Supplement to American Spirit Magazine. President General Lynn Forney Young cited the number of new DAR applications verified in 2013, breaking a record set in 1921, and thanked members for their efforts to recruit and assist new members. Forney also expressed gratitude for members’ community activities to “Celebrate America” and asked that we consider honoring a woman who has made a contribution or difference in the community with the DAR Women in American History Certificate.
Joy Burchett provided the National Defense Minute by reading from the April 2014 issue of the DAR online publication, National Defender. The “Celebrate America” chairman named ways of honoring soldiers and veterans who have gone before us. Some of these ways are to place wreaths and flags on gravesites, participate in memorial services and other commemorative events, and support the families left behind. Burchett also read about the Patriot Guard Riders, a group of motorcyclists who meet the plane carrying a deceased soldier and provide escort service, and about a DAR member living in England who has created a blog and a Facebook page about American soldiers who died in that country.
For the Flag Minute, Fay Ramsey asked, “What Star in the Flag are You?” Each star represents a specific state. Since our DAR members are from the Tri-State area, Ramsey reported that Virginia’s star is No. 13, Kentucky’s star is No. 14 and Tennessee’s star is No. 20.
The Indian Minute was given by Agnes Marcum. She reported on the drama, “Unto These Hills,” which started in 1950 and has become one of the nation’s foremost outdoor dramas. This drama remembers and commemorates the survival of the Cherokee people who were forcefully removed from their homeland in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee during 1838-1839. The Cherokee traveled by foot, horse, wagon or steamboat in their involuntary journey to Indian Territory, which is now Oklahoma.
Marcum also provided the DAR School Minute, stating she continues to send items to the schools (soup labels, box tops, ink cartridges, cell phones, etc.). The DAR supports three schools in the Appalachian Region, Kate Duncan Smith in Alabama, Tamassee in South Carolina and Hindman Settlement in Kentucky. There are two DAR Indian schools, one in Oklahoma and the other in Oregon.
Carol Rowlett began the Conservation Minute by reminding everyone that it is time to put out hummingbird feeders. Regent Britton noted that this week included both Earth Day and Arbor Day, stating that everyone should plant a tree. Charlotte Brooks mentioned that the Virginia State Regent has asked members to plant a pink dogwood sometime during this year. The pink dogwood is the State Regent’s symbol.
Regent Britton provided the Women’s Issue and Celebrate Good Women Minutes, stating that May is Stroke Awareness Month, Physical Fitness Month and Speech and Hearing Month. She reminded members to read up on these subjects. Mother’s Day is May 11, 2014, and a time to celebrate all mothers.
For the Veterans Minute, Britton announced that May is Military Appreciation Month and that 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. She also noted the Wounded Warrior Project. Several members have relatives who served in the Vietnam War as well as some currently serving in the Middle East.
The Sunshine Minute included remembrance of those who had experienced loss or illness in their families. Birthday wishes were extended to those with April and May birthdays. Hostess Carol Rowlett showed one of her grandmother’s tablecloths for the American Heritage Minute.
The secretary and treasurer’s reports were approved as printed. Several new business topics were discussed, including the recent Virginia State Conference during which our chapter received several Certificates of Appreciation. Other items covered included the Forest Preservation Project (planting trees), Wreaths Across America (decorating veterans graves at Christmas), and Rainbow Across America (wearing ribbons in support of breast cancer, heart disease and domestic violence).
Judy Hounshell provided the program, giving an interesting and informative presentation on the dogwood tree. Judy also told of the “Legend of the Dogwood” which is said to come from the relationship between the tree and the cross on which Jesus was crucified. She gave each member a copy of a poem and a post card containing this religious legend.
The group enjoyed the delicious refreshments prepared and served by Hostess Carol Rowlett.
The upcoming meetings began with the Wreath Ceremony at Wilderness Road State Park on May and will continue with the Flag Day Program on June 14.