Tuesday, February 21, 2017

News From Today's DAR Blog - DAR Chapter Work May Be Included in Service to America Hours

Written By Sharla Luken, National Chair, Service to America Committee
As DAR continues “Moving Forward in Service to America,” it is a pleasure to share some exciting news with you.   After much discussion, the Executive Committee has decided that members can now include their DAR chapter work in their Service to America volunteer hours. 
Many members shared with this chairman and others their service stories and DAR work from this past year via their Chapter Master Report.   It is felt that this DAR work benefits our communities and needs to be counted as Service to America hours.   This includes genealogy research, American History contests, Good Citizens scholarships, conservation work, veterans work, community service awards and all other DAR work.  It also includes officers’ board meetings, planning and execution of DAR programs and other DAR work within the chapter.  It does not include travel to and from a DAR meeting or specific site or a member simply attending a meeting.  
As members log their hours in the Service to America Online Tally, there will be a check box for DAR work in addition to the three existing checkboxes of Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. By including DAR work in the Service to America Online Tally, we will be able to give every member a chance to participate and share their story of service to the community through DAR .
We hope that members continue to share their service stories with their chapter and prospective members.  It is through our DAR work that we can enhance the public’s appreciation of the relevant, dynamic nature of DAR and its benefits to our communities throughout America.  I am delighted with this decision and look forward to all our members now being able to participate in the Service to America initiative in additional ways.
The Service to America Committee website is updated to reflect these changes.  Please visit www.dar.org/servicetoamericacommittee for more information and contact me if you have any questions.
Remember to enter your volunteer hours in the Service to America Online Tally and send photos and stories to servicetoamerica@nsdar.org

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

March 8, 2017 Brunswick Town DAR Meeting

The March 8, 2017 DAR meeting will be held at 10:00 AM at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash Street, n Southport, NC. The guest speaker will be E Giford Stark. The presentation will be "Lighthouses Before, During and After the Revolutionary War.

Please start bringing Easter Baskets or Easter items for the students at DAR Crossnore School.(No nuts due to allergies). Our goal is for 85 baskets. For more information contact, Regent, Diane Kuebert (910-253-8853) or Registrar, Cindy Sellers (910-540-0301).

Be sure and visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Brunswick-Town-Chapter-NSDAR.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

NC State Librarian, Saundra Chang is the guest speaker for the February DAR Meeting

NC State Librarian, Saundra Chang gave a lovely program about our DAR Library in Washington DC and how to access the library on our home computers. 

We are wearing red for "Heart Health Month."
Martha Koletar, chairman of the Service Hours developed a  special fun award called the "Candle Wick Award," certificate for burning the candle a both ends, which was presented to the top four members who contributed the most hours of community service for Brunswick Town Chapter.

L to R: the winners are: Mo Stankard, Nancy Mazzei, Sandy Kotch,  and Martha Koletar

Barbara Pleasants signing membership documents with Regent, Diane Kuebert and Registrar, Cindy Sellers

Barbara Pleasants is a descendant of Major General James Clinton of New York. Both her mother and grandmother were early member of DAR and she is delighted to be joining Brunswick Town Chapter. Of interest is that the younger brother of her Patriot was Gen. George Clinton who late became Governor of New York and served as Vice President under both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

L to R:Vickie Elam, O J Willis, Mary Beth Losch, Jeannette Haas and Shawn Russell
New members being sworn in by Chaplain, Kathy Miller, with Regent, Diane Kuebert

Monday, February 6, 2017

DAR February Chapter Meeting Reminders

Subject: DAR February Chapter Meeting Reminders
Hello Ladies,
This is a friendly reminder that our February 8th chapter meeting is this Wednesday at the BEMC on Rt. 17 in Supply at 10:00 AM. Come early to sign in and to meet and greet each other. Please remember to
1       Bring a bag lunch (there is a refrigerator to keep items cool)
2      Wear something RED. We are wearing red for Heart Health month. A group picture will be taken with everyone wearing red.

The program will be presented by NC State Librarian, Saundra Chang, showing pictures of the DAR Library in Washington and how to access the library on our home computers.
We have a full meeting that you don’t want to miss. Martha Koletar, chair of Service of America will make a presentation of our chapter’s Candle Wick Award which is always a fun time.

DAR Service for Veterans – Please continue to bring in cancelled stamps, deodorant, double-triple bladed razors, white athletic socks and all sizes of underwear. Both Sandy Kotch and Jeannette Haas will be driving to the VA Hospital in Fayetteville before Valentine’s Day.

Here is a message from Brooke Triplett, Chair of the Project Patriot Committee:
Brooke will not be at either the February and March meetings, so save your items and bring them in April and May.
Cinderella’s Closet:  located at the Marine Barracks in Washington, DC: Needs Ball gowns and accessories such as purses and shoes, plus men’s formalwear.
Coupons:  Each month manufacturers grocery store coupons will be collected to send to military families abroad.
Care Packages: Brooke will resume collecting items for Care Packages as the need arises. At this time she does not have any war zone active service personnel relative of our members in the pipeline. Please contact Brooke at mermaid3333@gmail.com if you have a qualifying relative in active service and provide an address and what the individual would like to receive in a care package.

Lunch with Genie – Presented by Chapter Registrar, Cindy Sellers – Monday, February 20th from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the BEMC. Lockwood Folly will provide bag lunches at $12 each. Selections are below:
1      Roast Beef with cheddar cheese and lettuce and tomato on white bread
2      Signature sandwich wrap with turkey, bacon white American cheese, lettuce and cranberry mayo
    Ham, turkey, bacon, American cheese on wheat bread with deli mustard and mayo
Make checks payable to Brunswick Town Chapter, NSDAR and give to Chapter Treasurer, Nancy Mazzei.

Member Norma Eckard had a Canon MG5320 printer that did not last and has about $80 or $90 worth of ink that someone may be able to use.  Please contact Norma if you think you can use the ink at normaron@mindspring.com  Norma also has a list of other Canon printers that the ink may work, too.

Diane Kuebert, Regent

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Brunswick Town DAR Chapter Will Meet on Wednesday, February 8th

The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their meeting on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at Brunswick Electric Company, 795 Ocean Highway (Rte 17), Shallotte, NC. Our program speaker will be NCSDAR State Librarian, Saundra Chang, who will talk to us about DAR Library at headquarters in Washington, DC.For more information contact regent, Diane Kuebert at (910-253-8853) or registrar, Cindy Sellers at (910-540-0301).

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Brunswick Town DAR Chapter Highly Recommends Richard M. Powell as a Guest Speaker

Trying to find guest speakers for DAR meetings can be a difficult task. Below is some information about an excellent guest speaker named Richard M. Powell. Mr. Powell was a guest speaker at our Brunswick Town DAR chapter twice. Both times at a September meeting just in time to celebrate Constitution Week. He does an excellent job.  You will find his resume very impressive. The great part is he will travel to any DAR chapter meeting throughout the state of North Carolina.
 Richard M. Powell
I specialize in giving historically accurate and entertaining talks about the founding of America. My talks focus on the making of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, and the creation and ratification of the Constitution.

I use recorded music, artwork from the National Archives, original source documents, and the recorded voices of such famous founders at James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams and Abigail Adams to make these presentations come alive and be inspirational to any audience.

The title of some of my talks are:
  * We Hold These Truths: The Meaning of the Declaration of Independence
  *  From Lexington to Yorktown: The Fight for Independence
  *  Miracle in Philadelphia: The Making of the Constitution
  *  The Voice of the People:  Ratifying the Constitution in the States
  *  The Framers" Gift: Restoring the Constitution using Article V
  *  The Better Half:  Influential Women in Colonial America
  *  Turning Points:  The Revolutionary War in the Carolinas
Other talks can be created to suit your particular interest. There is no fee for any of these talks.

The length of these talks can be tailored to fit your group's time limits, from twenty minutes to sixty minutes, or longer with an intermission. They can also be scheduled as a series of talks, in historical or topical sequence. I am available for extra discussion after each talk.

These talks have been given to such groups as the Southport - Oak Island Kiwanis Club, Southport Trinity United Methodist Church Mens Club, St. James Community Center , and We The People of NC. I have given talks to The Brunswick town and The Battle of Rockfish Chapters of the NSDAR. I am also scheduled to talk to The Carolina Patriots Chapter in Mt. Olive in September, 2017.

I tutor high school students on the Constitution, and I have been a Judge for two years in the American Legion Constitution Oratorical Contest.

Call, write, or e-mail me if you want to schedule any of these presentations.

Richard M. Powell
BS, MS: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Course in American History: Hillsdale College
Graduate courses: University of Tulsa; Oklahoma State University; University of Minnesota
2681 Four Oak Road
Southport, NC 28461
910-253-9253 (Home)
910-297-8399 (Mobile)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DAR Members Attend SAR Commemoration and Grave Marking Ceremony

On December 11, 2016, Brunswick Town Chapter members attended a Commemoration and Grave Marking Ceremony provided by the Lower Cape Fear Chapter, NCSAR at Brunswick Town to honor Patriots Gov. Benjamin Smith and the Honorable Alfred Moore.

Attending the ceremony from the Brunswick Town Chapter were: Yvonne Brown; Carol Jutte, Vice Regent; Diane Kuebert, Regent; Cindy Sellers, Registrar; Brenda Harriss; Jane Johnson; Linda Lashley, and Connie Hendrix,  (not pictured.)

DAR State Vice-Regent Carole Weiss spoke at the SAR Commemorative Event.