Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Welcome Merry Ann Thompson Wright

L to R: Harriett Barlow, ( Vesta Burroughs & Ruth-Ann Bolz of the Stamp Defiance Chapter) &Vicki Kay chat before meeting. Pictures on the right are: Gwen Causey, regent Brunswick Town Chapter & Fran Carlsen, 2nd vice-regent, review plans for the tea at the meeting.

The Stamp Defiance and the Brunswick Town Chapters of the DAR will co-sponsor a tea to introduce Merry Ann Wright, First Vice-President General to the District IX members on January 23, 2010 from 2-4p.m. The event will take place at the New Hanover Courthouse in Wilmington, NC. There are 100 ladies expected at the tea.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Commemorative Events

During the recent January meeting of the Brunswick Town Chapter of the DAR members donned a tri corner paper hat to honor the 275th anniversary of the birth of Paul Revere. In addition, those famous words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, on the eighteen of April, in severty-five; hardly a man is now alive who remembers that famous day and year", were read to the DAR members attending. Longfellow's poem, written 40 years after Revere died, made Paul famous. As most of us know from high school history classes, the Boston Tea Party led us to the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Colonists refused to pay the English taxes on tea and other products. Longfellow was inspired to write the poem after visiting the Old North Church and climbing its tower April, 1860. It is said he began writing the poem the following day. Many people, past and present, claim the poem has many inaccuracies but historians write that Paul Revere completed his mission of alerting the countryside and especially patriots, Adams and Hancock.

The commemorative events chair of the Brunswick Chapter identifies historically significant events connected to our founding fathers and during each month's meeting she delivers a short narrative about each event or anniversary. For example, "Lincoln Pennies for Charity", is an activity started in October and ending in February on the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Each member was encouraged to collect Lincoln pennies to be donated to an identified charity, in this case, the Brunswick Town Historical site.

National Wear Red Day February 5th

Too many women die each year because they are unaware of this vital statistic: Of the women who die each year, 1 in 3 dies from cardiovascular disease, which can strike women at any age. Nadine Bray, Women’s Issues committee chair of the Brunswick Town Chapter DAR states that 43 million American women are living with cardiovascular disease and 64% of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease have not presented symptoms of the disease.

Signs of a heart attack include:
Chest discomfort
Discomfort in the upper body
Shortness of breath
Cold sweats

Fortunately, cardiovascular disease is largely preventable. Lifestyle changes and the choices you make can prevent or at least postpone heart disease.
The Uncontrollable risk factors:
Increased age

Committee chair , Nadine Bray promotes the national awareness movement by suggesting everyone wear red on February 5th and encouraging your family, friends, and co-workers to do the same. Most of the time, selecting clothing isn’t that critical. But on Wear Red Day, it’s vitally important. That’s because wearing red on National Wear Red Day makes a statement about the No.1 Killer of American women: cardiovascular disease.

To learn more about The Heart Truth campaign, National Wear Red Day, and the Red Dress, the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness, visit (which is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition the American Heart Association has information available at the website.

January DAR Meeting

The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their January 13th meeting at Brunswick Electric on Highway 17 in Supply. The following information was provided by some of the committee chairman. Gwen Causey e-mailed the chapter’s newsletters containing the minutes of the meeting .The blog will give specific highlights of the meeting.

Ella Ruth Maugans and Jerry Odom, co-chairs for the DAR Service for Veterans Committee gave a report on the project of placing an afghan in red, white and blue on each veterans bed at the Fayetteville Veteran’s Hospital. There were 24 afghans turned in so far this year by one gentleman named Charles Brice from Southport, NC. Charles has been nominated by DAR member Nora Hickam to receive the DAR Community Service Award.

Many Southport residents have donated afghans for the veterans in Fayetteville. Many people who live surrounding areas have also crocheted or knitted blankets and donated yarn to the Brunswick Community Center for Charles.

The February 10th and March 10th DAR meetings will be held at Brunswick Senior Center, which is next to the Wingate by Windam Hotel in Southport. The address 1513 N. Howe Street Suite 1. Their phone number is 454-0583. Make a right turn onto Robert Ruark Dr. which is the street next to Go Gas and continue a short distance to enter the parking lot where you will find the center. It will be all the way down at the end of the strip of businesses right across from the hotel. You will need to sign in upon entering the building. The room is all the way down the hall on the left. The meetings will begin at 10:00.
After the meeting anyone can stop by to meet Charles. He is usually found sitting at a table in the dining room crocheting an afghan for our veterans. This would be a good opportunity to donate some yarn to Charles and give it to him personally.

On the left, Marci Currier, St. James resident proudly displays the knitted afghan that she made for one of the veterans. Julie Hackett and her mom, Elaine Kile crocheted the two afgans on the right. They plan to continue to crochet additional afghans this year.