Sunday, March 19, 2017

April 12, 2017 DAR Meeting at The View at Brick Landing Plantation, NC

The Brunswick Town Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at The View at Brick Landing Plantation, 1882 Goose Creek Rd SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC at 10:00 AM. A program on DAR Patriot Records will be presented by Holly Sweet, our State Chair of DAR Patriot Records Project. The luncheon is to honor DAR members' husbands who served during the Vietnam War. Reservations and prepayment of luncheon costs are required. Please send check to treasurer by April 4th. For more information, contact Regent, Diane Kuebert at (910-253-8854) or Registrar, Cindy Sellers at (910-540-0301). Please be sure to bring your Easter baskets or Easter items for the students at the DAR Crossnore School. (No nuts due to allergies) to the April meeting. Our goal is for 85 baskets. Vice-Regent, Carol Jutte and her husband plan to deliver the baskets to the Crossnore School.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

You Are Invited to attend the Opening of the Wardroom Exhibit on March 31, 2017

The Battleship North Carolina and the Stamp Defiance Chapter, NSDAR invite you to the opening of the Wardroom Exhibit sponsored by an NSDAR Special Grant for preserving WWII Artifacts on Friday, March 31, 2017, 3:00 p.m. at 1 Battleship Road, Wilmington, NC.  A reception and optional complimentary tour to follow.  RSVP Peg Clark, at or 910-383-0735 or Diane Kuebert by March 15, 2017.

April 6th at 10:30 a.m. at the WWI Rifle Range Pit, Caswell Beach

The Great War WWI Centennial - America declared war on the German Empire on April 6, 1917.  The National Society is asking chapters to recognize this important date and inform the community of its importance.  To partake in this endeavor chapter members are asked to meet on Thursday, April 6th at 10:30 a.m. at the WWI Rifle Range Pit, Caswell Beach with the assistance from chapter member, Norma Eckard. A group picture will be taken and sent to the newspapers to inform the public of this date. Members in attendance will name their family member who participated in WWI. Norma suggests parking in the parking area of the condos closest to the WWI Rifle Range Pit. Norma informed us the Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range has created a memory wall.  She invites all of us to submit pictures, stories and documents of our WWI Veterans for the memory wall. We can do so by emailing them to

Ron and Norma Eckart are shown here with Russell Barlowe, the husband of the late Harriet Barlowe, who was a member of our chapter and very active in the progress to stabilize the historical structure of the WWI Rifle Range on Caswell Beach that they discovered in 2011. Harriett and Russ have been very much involved in this project over the years. Harriett no doubt smiles down on the tremendous progress they have made to date on a project she so loved. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Constitution Minute for March 2017

March 8, 2017

            During the Supreme Court’s first term in 1790, it had no docket and made no decisions. When the nation’s capital moved to Washington, D.C. in 1800, it did not even have a courtroom.  Congress provided a small committee room in the basement of the Capitol, where the court remained until the Civil War.           
Only one U.S. President served as a Supreme Court justice.  Who was he?
CLUE – He was also the president known for his girth and the myth that he got stuck in the White House tub.

 William H. Taft
Information provided by Diana Fotinatos, Constitution Week Chair
Member Jane Johnson, answered the Constitution Minute Question correctly and received an informative US Constitution Book by Diana Fotinatos, Constitution Week Chair.

March 8th DAR Meeting

Diane Kuebert, Regent with guest speaker E. Gifford Stack

The March 8, 2017 DAR meeting was be held at 10:00 AM at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash Street, in Southport, NC. The guest speaker, was E. Gifford Stack, who gave a very informative presentation about  "Lighthouses Before, During and After the Revolutionary War."

Mr. Stack provided some interesting information on the history of Lighthouses in the United States.
Americans are enthralled, fascinated, and charmed by lighthouses since the first one was built in Boston Harbor in 1716.  At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, there 11 lighthouses scattered along the eastern seaboard. Some, including the battle weary Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey, are still standing today for us to admire.
     Once our new nation got underway, lighthouses were an integral part of our development.  Do you know what the first federal construction project was under our new Constitution?  Yes, a lighthouse - Cape Henry, at the southern entrance to the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, opened in 1792.
     Here in North Carolina, all of our lighthouses were built after the Revolutionary War.  Each of the prior and existing lighthouses have unique stories surrounding them, ranging from destruction by Mother Nature, to intentionally blowing up the structure to keep it out of enemy hands, to at one time shinning the brightest light in the US and second brightest in the world!
    We are fortunate to have such a rich history of NC lighthouses that today may still be visited - and in most cases climbed.  Lighthouses in 2017 continue a tradition of captivating our interest, not unlike that first one built some three hundred years ago in Boston.
By E. Gifford Stack
Secretary, Friends of Oak Island Lighthouse

Request to ask Mr. Stack to speak at one of their meeting should contact him at:  - Jim Johnson, husband of Vice-Regent Carol Jutte has written an interesting article about E.Gifford Stack on the Civil War Round Table Facebook page. Hope you all will enjoy reading it.

Please bring Easter Baskets or Easter items for the students at DAR Crossnore School.(No nuts due to allergies) to the April 12th meeting.  Our goal is for 85 baskets. For more information contact, Regent, Diane Kuebert (910-253-8853) or Registrar, Cindy Sellers (910-540-0301). Carole Jutte, Vice-Regent and her husband plant to deliver them to the Crossnore School.

Carol Jutte, Vice-Regent and Fran Carlsen, Wreaths Across America Chair holding awards that our chapter received from the director of Wreaths Across America in Wilmington, NC. Each year many organizations in our area work endlessly to have a wreath placed on each of the 5,000 graves at Wilmington National Cemetery. Each year we get closer to the goal. We need over 2,000 more wreaths to reach our goal. Start this month and go to
Type in NC0009P or Brunswick Town Chapter NSDAR. I started doing this in January and have already purchased 4 wreaths. When a friend of mine has lost a loved one, I send them a sympathy card stating that a wreath will be placed on a grave Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Wilmington National Cemetery. 

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The 117th NCSDAR State Conference

Monday, March 6, 2017

Hello Ladies,
Here is a notice from the District VII Director, Lisa Pomeranz (a member of Brunswick Town Chapter) telling us about the upcoming District VII meeting on August 1, 2017 to be held in Wallace, NC. The host chapter is Battle of Rockfish. See the invitation and registration form to fill out and mail to Meg Smith, District VII treasurer. Deadline is July 10th.
Diane Kuebert, Regent