Tuesday, July 12, 2016


The RSVP Deadline is Approaching!

We need you to attend this
incredible, history-making event!

You Are Invited to Witness SAR History as We Charter the SAR's First African-American Chapter, Patriot Isaac Carter, on September 3, 2016 in Havlock, NC.

What an honor we have in North Carolina to charter the Patriot Isaac Carter chapter as our State Society's 27th chapter and 1st predominately African-American chapter in the United States.

Date:       Saturday, September 3, 2016

Time:      5:30pm - 8:30pm

Place:     Inside the air-conditioned Havelock Tourist & Event Center
               201 Tourist Center Drive, Havelock, NC 28532

Dinner:   Tickets are $25 and include a buffet supper of Good Ole Eastern Carolina Pork BBQ and Fried Chicken with all the fixings (cole slaw, potato salad, hushpuppies, banana pudding, pecan pie, and iced tea)!

Contact:   Guy Higgins at 252-327-7752 or emailguyhiggins@gmail.com

RSVP:   You can download the RSVP form and more information here on this website link: http://www.ncssar.org/events/patriot-isaac-carter-chapter-chartering-ceremony/

Hotels:  Hampton Inn, Havelock – Non-smoking rooms with either a king-size or two queen-size beds are available for $110 (not including tax) per night.  Discounts are also available for suites if desired.  Contact the Hampton Inn at 252-447-9400 (Fax 252-447-9455).

             Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Havelock – Single rooms are available for $99 per night; executive suites for $109.00 per night; family suites for $139.00 per night, and the Presidential Suite for $169.00 per night (all rate do not include tax). Contact the Holiday Inn at 252-247-5001 (Fax 252-247-5225).

Watch the video about the Patriot Isaac Carter chapter chartering and history here:


Monday, July 11, 2016

A Message From Ann Dillon, President General

Wirtten by Ann Dillon, President General

After an exciting and busy 125th Continental Congress, your newly installed executive officers took little time off before beginning our Executive Committee meetings at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 20, the very next day after the Installation Ceremony. We jumped right into informal discussions and formal reports and had lots of great dialog on plans for the future. We toured the DAR Headquarters Building top to bottom, from the roof to the storage area beyond the Yochim Gallery (where the DAR Museum staff is preparing its next exhibit and one you won’t want to miss!).  The faithful members of the Property Beautification and Hospitality Committee welcomed us for lunch each day and we all agreed it was a treat we could easily get used to.  We had a great time with a photo session on the South Portico and enjoyed getting better acquainted and better informed.

I hope that through the Today’s DAR Blog during this administration you will all get to feel better acquainted with me as well as better informed about our Society. Having served as Colorado’s State Regent while Mrs. Kemper was President General, many of you have known me through the years. I also had the pleasure of meeting so many more of you during my time as Registrar General during the Watkins Administration and as First Vice President General during the Young Administration.  But on a personal note, I was raised outside Dallas, Texas in the community of Irving where I met and married my husband, Bill.  He was a Navy pilot and was stationed at Alameda, California during his service.  He then flew for Continental Airlines until his retirement in 1997, the year I was elected Vice President General.

As a child, a family friend took me for a flight in his small plane and I was determined to learn to fly.  I settled for marrying a pilot until I turned the magical age of 50 and decided I needed adventure, so I took flying lessons and actually earned a single-engine rating.  It challenged me in ways I never imagined and was far outside my box.  Though I no longer fly my own plane, I cherish the accomplishment.  I feel much the same way about becoming your President General.  Never would I have dreamed of this exciting position.  The schedule and responsibilities can stagger me if I let my mind try to grasp everything all at once.
Chapters are where the work of this National Society happens and I want to see them strong and stable.  Our members are our most valuable asset and yet many do not understand the scope and the history of who we are and what we do.  My goal is for us to further impact our communities with service and patriotism, to see new members understand their membership and to train leaders in our chapters so we no longer hear, “We can’t find anyone willing to take the job.”

To learn a little bit more about what I envision for our organization, you may view my installation remarks go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fohBFgUb0I4&feature=youtu.be.

This is the most incredible organization of women I know.  There is a place for everyone to serve and we can do so much more when we focus on working together for the greater good.  Let’s make a difference in this nation and be a reminder of all that is good about America.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Naturalization Ceremony July 3, 2016 at 4:00 and Flag Retirement Ceremony at 6:00 in Southport, NC

Be sure and attend the naturalization ceremony which is open to the public from various counties who take the oath to become United States citizens on the lawn at Fort Johnson in Southport, NC  at 4 PM on Sunday, July 3, 2016.

Carol Jutte, Vice-Regent and Diane Kuebert, regent of the Brunswick Town DAR Chapter will present flags to all  new new citizens and host a reception for them, their families and friends, and invited guests immediately after the ceremony.

Ceremony welcomes approximately 120 new citizens

At 6:00PM there will be a flag retirement ceremony. Old flags are properly destroyed at the flagpole, corner of Howe and Moore Streets (event of American Legion Post 543 and Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts of America.)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Visit the Southport Maritime Museum to see "Along the Colonial Cape Fear" Permanent Exhibit

A dedication ceremony was held in June at the NC Maritime Museum in Southport, followed by a reception to celebrate the addition of a new exhibit, “Along the Colonial Cape Fear River.” The special exhibit was the fruition of a grant application sponsored by our Brunswick Town DAR Chapter and submitted to the NSDAR Special Projects Grants - Mission for Education.

The effort to secure the grant began in 2014 when Lori Sanderlin, Curator of Education, at the Museum spoke to chapter member, Connie Hendrix about the possibility of the Brunswick Town Chapter securing a grant for the museum. Connie passed along the request to Jackie Craft, Regent at the time. Jackie and Betsy Pessetto, Vice Regent, met with Lori to discuss the grant.  In these new exhibits, Brunswick Town is a big part of the Museum’s attraction and so appropriate to our chapter since Brunswick Town is our namesake.

The exhibit features interactive educational elements including a touchscreen that delves deeper into colonial culture including, Did You Know? Flip Panels for the naval stores industry; sliding doors for delicate paper artifacts such as Royal Governor Josiah Martin’s signature; and a talking mannequin depicting Ms. Janet Schaw, a Scottish loyalist, who shares important details of the colonial Cape Fear from her Journal of a Lady of Quality.

We were honored to have in attendance at the celebration, Merry Ann Thompson Wright, Honorary President General; Dianne Biggs Janis, National Chairman of Special Projects Grants; Carole Weiss, State Vice Regent; Cricket Crigler, State Organizing Secretary; Lou Walker, State Registrar and her husband, Jerry; Anne Hobbs State Special Projects Grants Chairman; and Meg Smith, District VII Treasurer. Also, in attendance were many chapter members.  Following the dedication and reception, a dinner was held at The Reserve Restaurant in St. James Plantation hosted by our Regent, Diane Kuebert, for our honored guests and members.

L to R Mary Strickland, Museum Manager; Lori Sanderlin, Curator of Education, NC Maritime Museum; Diane Kuebert, Brunswick Town Regent; Merry Ann Thompson Wright, Honorary President General; Diane B. Janis, National Chairman of Special Project, Grants

Diane Kuebert, Brunswick Town Regent; Merry Ann Thompson Wright, Honorary President General; Diane B. Janis, National Chairman of Special Project, Grants; Museum Manager; Lori Sanderlin
Front Row (L-R):  Jamee Vassil Rose, Exhibit Designer, NC Maritime Museums; Mary Strickland, Museum Manager, NC Maritime Museum at Southport; Back Row (L-R) Joseph Schwarzer, Director, NC Maritime Museum System; Bob Springle, Administrator, Friends of the NC Maritime Museum at Southport; Lori Sanderlin, Curator of Education, NC Maritime Museum at Southport; Meredith Jones, Museum Store Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, NC Maritime Museum at Southport.
Gwen Causey, Brunswick Town Chapter Parliamentarian and State Volunteer Genealogist and Carole Weiss, State Vice-Regent

Martha Koletar, Public Relations and Media Chair for Brunswick Town Chapter,
Jackie Craft, State Americanism Chair; Cindy Sellers, Registrar for Brunswick Town Chapter

Carole Weiss, NC State Vice-Regent;  Lou Walker, State Registrar; Bonnie Becmer, Brunswick Town DAR member; Cricket Crigler, State Organizing Secretary; and Pat Gooding, Brunswick Town Chapter Historian
Anne Hobbs, State Special Projects Grants Committee Chair and Carole Weiss, State Vice Regent

Display of Boxed Pine, tar & turpentine

Talking mannequin depicting Ms. Janet Schaw reading from her Journal of Lady of Quality
North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport 
Address: 204 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461
Open today · 9AM–5PM

Friday, June 3, 2016

Liberty Mountain - The Revolutionary Drama

Invited to Attend!
It's our 1st SAR/DAR/CAR Night at "Liberty Mountain" in Kings Mountain for an evening of BBQ and Revolutionary War drama!

Date:  Saturday, June 25, 2016

Time:  Covered tent BBQ buffet begins at 6:00pm

            "Liberty Mountain" drama begins at 7:30pm

Where:   Kings Mountain Little Theatre, 202 S Railroad Ave., Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Costs:   Tickets are $15 each for "Liberty Mountain" and $10 each for the BBQ Buffet! (you will pay for your tickets and BBQ meal the night of the event.)

RSVP:   Please RSVP to Jay Joyce jay@mecklenburgsar.org
or Doyle Campbell doylecampbell@carolina.rr.com.

We want as many DAR/SAR/CAR members to attend the festivities as possible. We already have 50+ people signed up! Come be a part of this huge Revolutionary War social, BBQ and group viewing of "Liberty Mountain!"

The Catawba Valley Chapter and the North Carolina SAR invite you and your guests to attend a Friday and Saturday full of special events to honor the 236th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill.

The 236th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill begins at 10:00am in Lincolnton, NC.

2016 Ramsour's Mill
Event Schedule

Friday, June 10 -
SAR National Reception
(Hosted by the Catawba Valley Chapter and the North Carolina SAR)

Date:  Friday, June 10, 2016
Time:  5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location:  Hampton Inn, 129 Roper Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092
RSVP:  Please rsvp to Jack Bowman at jack9431@yahoo.com

Saturday, June 11 -
236th Anniversary of the Battle of Ramsour's Mill
Date:  Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time:  10:00am
Location:  F D Jack Kiser School, 301 Jeb Seagle Dr., Lincolnton, NC 28092
RSVP: Please RSVP to Jack Bowman at jack9431@yahoo.com
Saturday, June 11 -
Lunch Following Ramsour's Mill

Date:  Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time:  11:45am
Location:  Nearby Restaurant!
RSVP:  Please RSVP to Jack Bowman at jack9431@yahoo.com
Saturday, June 11 -
Patriot Grave Marking in Kings Mountain

Date:  Saturday, June 11, 2016
Time:  2:00pm
Location:  701 Long Creek Rd., Bessemer City, NC 28016
RSVP:  Please RSVP to Jack Bowman at jack9431@yahoo.com

Please attend these great ceremonies during the 2016 Ramsour's Mill Weekend!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Memorial Day Ceremony on May 30th in Southport, NC

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Memorial Day Ceremony 
May 30

The Richard H. Stewart, Jr. American Legion Post 543's Memorial Day ceremony will begin at 11:00 AM on Monday (5/30) at the Veterans Memorial near St. James Plantation Town Hall on NC 211.  The ceremony will include patriotic pieces performed by soloist Lois Moore.  The Post 543 Honor Guard will present colors and a memorial wreath will be laid, followed by the playing of "Taps."  Chaplain Randy Cash will be the guest speaker.  Click here for additional details.  Seating will be provided but parking is limited (carpooling is strongly encouraged). In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside the SJ Community Center.  Submitted by Joe Kennedy, (910) 253-9674.
This article appeared in This Week St James.