Thursday, November 17, 2011

Commemorative Events in History


Norma Eckard, the DAR Commemorative Chair presented several events to be aware of during the November 9th DAR meeting.  First, October 28, 2011, the Statue of Liberty celebrated its 125th anniversary.  A gift of friendship from the people of France in 1886, the statue is a symbol of freedom, democracy and recognition of our friendship and support during the Revolutionary War.  A naturalization ceremony swore in 125 immigrants from 46 countries.  Miss Liberty holds a tablet in her left hand that reads "July 4, 1776" (in Roman numerals) and the seven rays on her crown symbolizes the seven seas and seven continents.  She will be closed for a year to be renovated.

The second event honored Veterans Day which this year is celebrated on 11/11/11.  Veterans of all the armed forces are honored at this time.  Red, white and blue pins were presented to all DAR members.

The last event honored was Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941, "a day which will live in infamy", "a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech to Congress on December 8th, 1941 when he asked Congress to pass a declaration of war on Japan. The 70th anniversary is recognized this year.  DAR members were asked to complete an index card stating what they remember, where they were or what family comments were passed down at that time and bring the card to the December meeting. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Crossnore School




Posted by Diane Kuebert The DAR Schools chairman

American Spirit Magazine

Vicki Kay is the chairman of the DAR Magazine committee. You can contact her at 910-575-4687 for information on purchasing a subscription to Spirit Magazine. Let's try to get every member to sign up for a subscription.

All DAR members are encouraged to view "Today's DAR" video at this web site:
http://www.dar.org/natsociety/todaysdar.cfm

Veterans Hospital in Fayetteville, NC Needs Help

The Veterans Hospital has been one of the project supported by our DAR chapter. It serves both inpatient and outpatient veterans, as well as patients in the nursing home facilities. Working with the volunteer department, we can do several things to help support those men and women who have given so much for our freedom. Below is a list of items that should be brought to the December 14th DAR meeting at Brunswick Electric.
1. Coffee and hot chocolate for Outpatient waiting areas and the Prosthetic Therapy areas.  ( Large cans of decaffeinated coffee for perking. Large non-dairy creamers - but not institutional sizes. Packets of hot chocolate
2. Small containers of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap. (Save from hotel samples) No mouthwashes. These contain alcohol. These containers are packaged to be given to the Homeless Program for distribution.
3. Hydrating body wash by Dial. (Not Scrub- The nurses in the nursing home have found that this is the most gentle on the skin of bed patients.   
4. Sweat pants and solid color Tee Shirts (  S, M and L for both sexes. No patient is allowed to leave the hospital wearing pajamas. It has been confirmed that Soffe Outlet Stores will work with us to see these at a discounted price.     
5. Paper back books (New or used if in good shape. Any type, even romance novels.
6. DVDs Must be rated PG-13 or under. They cannot use VHS any more.
7. Magazines (Newer editions-no guns, weapons or such.
8. Christmas Gift Bags (Socks, Tee shirts, briefs, wallets, small gifts, etc. Playing cards, puzzle books, games, Soft mint candies only.
9. Lap robes or coverlets: These are given to every patient at Christmas. Any designs are welcome. February 14th is National Salute to Veterans Day and every patient is given one. These are RED, WHITE and Blue)  45" X 45" or 60" make good sized coverlets. They may be quilted, knitted or crocheted. Any are welcome.
10. Sponsor a group cook out ($125-150 - Nursing Home patients and long-term patients for special outings.
Contact Norma N. Fraser, Chief, Voluntary Service at 910-822-7027 or e-mail: Norma.Fraser2@va.gov
Brunswick Town  Chapter contacts: Ella Ruth Maugans 910-269-7680 and Jerry Odom 910-488-0778