Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fun Happenings at the Fourth of July Festival Week In Southport

The 4th of July Holiday Festival Week was a big one for the Brunswick Town Chapter that began with a Naturalization Ceremony where over 100 new citizens were sworn in as American Citizens. The event, sponsored by the NC Fourth of July Festival and the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Service, was kicked off with music from The Brunswick Big Band.

Co-Chairman, Naturalization Ceremony, Theodore T. Carlsen, husband of Brunswick Town Chapter member, Fran Carlsen welcomed a large crowd of dignitaries,  family, and friends. Both Fran and her husband have been an integral part of the ceremony for many years. Posting of the Colors was beautifully handled by the South Brunswick High School JROTC. (Our Chapter awards a scholarship to the outstanding JROTC student each year.)

The National Anthem was sung by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Quartet, followed by the Canon Salute by the Southport Historical Society & 13th Battalion NC Light Artillery. The Mayor of Southport, J. V Dove, spoke and announced with pride that Southport had been notified a few days before that the Festival was voted by Southern Living Magazine as the “Best Beach Town in America for the Fourth of July Celebration!”  

The Keynote Speaker was Jon Evans, Anchor/Reporter WECT/Fox Wilmington who related his own family’s experience with immigration and how opportunities exist. He praised the group saying that he realized how difficult the process is to become a US Citizen and thanked them for their hard work. Other dignitaries offered congratulatory remarks.

NC DAR State Vice Regent Carole Weiss, was an honorary guest. Carol Jutte, Regent and Pat Gooding, Vice Regent handed out American Flags and Constitution Bookmarks to each new citizen. It was thrilling to watch the broad and grateful smiles as they took their flag and bookmark.

All new citizens and their families were invited to attend a reception given by the Brunswick Town Chapter. Member volunteers made sandwiches, cookies and Lemonade.  

The next day, DAR Brunswick Town Chapter members proudly carried its DAR Chapter Banner, and walked in procession with other members who were riding in five golf carts, all decorated with red, white, and blue and American Flags in the 46th Annual 4th of July Parade! The parade winded through the streets of this quaint little town by the sea that was once a fishing village. The parade has been  a tradition in Southport that dates back to 1795 when local citizens held its first parade that was called,  “The Festival of Free Men.”

Members shouted “Happy Birthday” along the parade route and children of all ages shouted it back! The day was truly a rewarding experience and every member who volunteered said that they were looking forward to doing it again next year!
Carol Sutter, Anne Barnhill, Annetta Clark and Pat Steele make sure all the cupcakes are positioned just right!

L to R Brunswick Town Chapter Regent Carol Jutte, NC Vice Regent Carole Weiss, and Brunswick Town Chapter Vice Regent Pat Gooding

Martha Koletar, dressed as Betsy Ross greets new American citizens and their family at the reception sponsored by the Brunswick Town Chapter

Pat Tucker and Connie Hendrix take a moment out from making sandwiches to admire the food just waiting for new citizens and their families to enjoy!

Regent Carol Jutte puts the finishing touch on one of the golf carts!

L to R: YvonneBrown, Martha Koletar, Liz Collet, Kathy Johnson, Dianna Suttle, Lynn Deen, Jean Green, Mary Sands, Vice Regent, Pat Gooding; Regent, Carol Jutte; Diane Price and Pat Tucker

Pat Tucker, Martha Koletar, Carol Jutte and Pat Gooding get ready for the parade!

Diane Price and Yvonne Brown are probably discussing Diane's Library. Who knows what Carol Jutte is doing! She is always making or doing something constructive!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fourth of July Parade and Naturalization Ceremony July 3 and 4th in Southport

We have 20 chapter members signed up to ride or walk in the 4th of July Parade at Southport. Please contact Carol Jutte to sign up. The parade begins at 11:00 AM on July 4th!

Time is coming close to the Naturalization Reception at Southport Community Center on July 3, 2017. The Naturalization Ceremony is at 4:00 PM. 

We need your help. The committee will be needing help - before, during, and after the reception. Some of you have already signed up, and I thank you in advance and if you haven't, give Diane or Connie a call to help.

Please contact: Dianna Suttle, Chairman at 910-269-1810 or

Or Connie Hendrix at 910-278-6705 or

DAR Chapter Members Volunteer at Clean-Up

The Southport Historical Society and the Southport Beautification Committee sponsored

a clean-up of the Old Smithville Burying Grounds on Saturday, June 24. Carol Jutte & Peggy Harris worked racking leaves and sprucing up the graves. Carol & Peggy placed an American flag on the grave of Rev. War Veteran Simphronius Russ.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Great Project for Community Service

Volunteers to clean Saturday, June 24, 2017
Regent Carol Jutte writes, "The Southport Historical Society and the Southport Beautification Committee will sponsor a clean-up of the Old Smithville Burying Grounds, located at the corner of Moore and Rhett Streets in downtown Southport, starting at 9 am on Saturday, June 24. All are welcome to join in this annual clean-up effort in preparation for the town's Fourth of July festivities. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, brooms, gloves, insect repellent.
      Those in attendance will also place American flags at grave sites. Water will be provided and any and all assistance will be greatly appreciated. More information call 910-454-0437 I plan to be there about 8:45 am. Come join me for DAR "Service to America" and placing flags on veterans graves."

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Newly Elected DAR Officers Installed at May Meeting

Newly elected Brunswick Town Chapter NSDAR officers were installed at the May meeting held at the Reserve at St. James. Congratulations to all, and a big thank you to our outgoing officers for your dedication and hard work.

Shown left to right are: Diane Price, Librarian; Phyllis Wilson, Historian; Annetta Clark, Treasurer; Lynn Deen, Recording and Corresponding Secretary; Kathy Miller, Chaplain; Pat Gooding, Vice-Regent; Carol Jutte, Regent; and Diane Kuebert, outgoing Regent. Missing from photo Registrar; Cindy Sellers.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Memorial Day Celebration at St. James

On Monday, May 29, 2017, the Richard H. Stewart, Jr. American Legion Post 543 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 11:00 AM at the Veterans Memorial adjacent to the St. James Town Hall on Route 211. All local communities are invited to attend. Colors will be presented by the Post 543 Honor Guard. The National Anthem will be sung, and a memorial wreath will be placed, followed by taps. Ms. Lois Moore, soloist, will be performing patriotic songs.

This year, our guest speakers are a husband and wife. They are active duty members of the U.S. Air Force; Chief Master Sergeant Shane Flint and Chief Master Sergeant Karen F. Beirne-Flint. Shane Flint is the Command Chief, 688th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland, Texas. The 688th Cyberspace Wing is part of the new 24th Air Force. The 24th Air Force is the operational warfighting organization that establishes, operates, maintains and defends Air Force networks. As the Command Chief, Shane serves as the principal advisor to the wing commander on all matters of military readiness, morale, quality of life, professional development and effective utilization of resources for over 2,100 military, civilian and contractor members. Karen Beirne Flint is the Superintendent of the 8th Field Investigations Region of the Air Force, Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) at Peterson AFB, Colorado. She is the primary advisor to the region commander on all issues relating to discipline, health, welfare, morale and professional development of over 250 active duty, reserve and civilian AFOSI special agents and professional staff which supports the Air Force Space Command, Air Force Global Strike Command and the United States Air Force Academy.

Seating will be provided for all attendees at the Veterans’ Memorial. Parking is limited and carpooling is strongly encouraged. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside the St James Community Center. Light refreshments will be available in the St James Community Center, following the ceremony.