The Maj. George Gibson Chapter NSDAR met on July 19 at the Rose Hill Christian Church in 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 gave the devotion based on Psalms 84:5-6.
Thomas R. Coker, president of the Martin’s Station Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR), presented Maj. George Gibson Chapter member Agnes Marcum with a Medal of Appreciation on behalf of the Martin’s Station SAR Chapter. He said the SAR appreciates Marcum’s contributions and that this award is in recognition of all the things she has done over the years for veterans and for the chapter.
Andrea Cheak presented a program on the 1890 founding of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). She named the four founders, Eugenia Washington, Mary Desha, Ellen Hardin Walworth and Mary Smith Lockwood, and gave a short biography of each one. The single resolution of the society’s first Continental Congress was that the Star Spangled Banner be adopted as our National Anthem. The society passed this resolution every year until 40 years later, in 1931, when the United States Congress officially made it our National Anthem.
Cheak also gave a brief history of the founding of the Maj. George Gibson Chapter some twenty-seven years after the founding of the national society and an overview of the wearing of DAR insignia.
Becky Jones performed a “Lighting of the Candles Ceremony” by lighting three candles, the first in memory of the founders of the NSDAR, the second in memory of the organizers of the Maj. George Gibson Chapter in 1917 and the third in memory of the charter members of the Maj. George Gibson Chapter.
Agnes Marcum presented the NSDAR president general’s message from the July/August 2014 edition of the Supplement to the American Spirit Magazine. President General Lynn Forney Young wrote about the first year of her administration, noting some of the many accomplishments. Included were the number of 2013 community service hours reported by members (4,760,000), the new Sustaining Supporter program in which gifts to benefit DAR projects may be deducted automatically from bank accounts or credit cards, installation of fiber optic cable and other improvements at DAR headquarters, and approval of member applications monthly. Young also noted that all issues of the DAR Magazine published between 1892 and 2010 are now archived on the Members’ Website.
Joy Burchett provided the National Defense minute by reading an article from the DAR online publication National Defender.
For the Flag Minute, Agnes Marcum reported that the U.S. flag does not fly because the wind moves past it, the U.S. flag flies from the last breath of each military member who has died protecting it.
Carol Rowlett gave the conservation minute, noting that we have had a tremendous amount of rain recently and that hard rains wash the pollen off flowers that hummingbirds depend on. Since these birds can die within three days without supplemental food, it is especially important that they be fed at this time. Rowlett also commented that she is currently rehabilitating several young wild animals and that Lee County now has another licensed individual to help with animal rehabilitation.
The Indian Minute, presented by Agnes Marcum, was a reading of the Native American Ten Commandments.
Marcum also gave the DAR School Minute. She noted that we only have two official DAR schools, Kate Duncan Smith founded in 1924 and Tamassee founded in 1919. The others are DAR-approved schools, i.e., Berry College, Crossnore, Hillside and Hindman Settlement. At one time, the NSDAR supported as many as 35 schools. The number was later limited to seventeen, a decrease that was accomplished through attrition. The DAR Schools Committee is responsible for coordinating DAR projects at the schools.
The next chapter meeting will be the “Freedom Picnic” on Aug. 23 at Wilderness Road State Park in conjunction with the Kentucky Path Chapter of Middlesboro. The theme will be “Vietnam Veterans.” The group, “Vets Helping Vets,” will be attending. Several Vietnam veterans are also expected.
The Regents Club meeting will be held on Aug. 26 in Bristol, Va and the Fall Forum is scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Roanoke, Va.
For more information about today’s DAR, visit the national website at www.dar.org or the Virginia site at www.vadar.org.