Wednesday, October 24, 2012

November 14th DAR Meeting

The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their Wednesday, November 14, 2012 meeting at the Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Southport, NC at 10:00.  Dr. Clarence Willie, Lt. Col., USMC, retired, and resident of Winding River, will be the guest speaker. His subject will be the Montford Point Marines. These marines were African Americans who enlisted and served in WWII. They were segregated and trained at different facilities than white troops.

Please bring Christmas cards for the Military, gifts for our Veterans,  a collection for our “Wounded Warriors,”and gifts for the Bird Cage. These gifts should be marked for a girl or boy and should not be wrapped. Gwen Causey will be accepting the Bird Cage items and will be taking the gifts after the December DAR meeting to Crossnore School.

Women's Issues

Nadine Bray, Women's Issues chair from the Brunswick Town Chapter

The early legal foundations of the United States separated the sexes into two
spheres, public and private.  This legal basis stemmed from English common
law, the legal system based on tradition, customs, and precedent.  Men
represented the public sphere and women the private sphere.  This separation,
usually based on patriarchal notions, resulted in men being the sole delegate for
issues outside of the household, including voting rights.  The early founders of
the United States saw politics as an exclusively male domain. 

Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were powerful advocates for women’s political rights during the 1800’s and early 1900’s.  In 1913, the day before Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as president – 5000 or so women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue hoping to gain support for women’s suffrage.  Lining the parade route were many who thought the idea of women voting was outrageous and who proceeded to ridicule the marchers.  Troops were brought in to stop the violence.

 In July 1917, women picketed outside the White House to protest President Wilson’s continued refusal to support women’s suffrage.  They were arrested and jailed in the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia.  Wilson eventually relented, and in January 1918, he announced his support of a constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote.  It would take until July 1919 for Congress to send that amendment to the states for ratification, and it was in  August 1920 that the required ¾ of the states would approve the 19th Amendment.

 After a long struggle, women had garnered the right to vote.  But even after women were able to cast a ballot in local and national elections, many women did not exercise their right.  The initial lack of voter turnout by women has been attributed to a number of factors.  Women may have needed some time to learn how to incorporate voting as a behavior into their lifestyle.  Also, strong gender-role expectations encouraged women to view voting as something their husband or father was in charge of and did not see their vote as an important part of their role.

 However, among the seeds of the woman’s suffrage movement was the seed of broader social participation.  For example, women began to organize around issues they cared about, particularly civil rights, prohibition, domestic violence, and the welfare of children.  Early women’s organizations, such as the National American Woman Suffrage Association and the League of Women Voters, spearheaded women’s direct involvement in domestic and international public policy issues and organized women to vote across the country.

 Decades later, women’s voting percentages are alarmingly low   For example, in the 2008 presidential election;  60 percent of the approximately 115 million women eligible to vote – cast a ballot.  The most recent census showed that only 46.2% of female citizens 18 and older reported voting in the 2010 congressional election -- 66/6% reported being registered to vote.  Clearly, the right for which American women fought so courageously for so long – and for which women in other parts of the world are bravely fighting today – is taken for granted.  That said, women do exercise the right to vote in much greater numbers and greater percentages than men.  In every presidential election since 1980, the proportion of female adults who voted has exceeded the proportion of male adults who voted.

Elizabeth Dole, North Carolina’s first female US Senator who later served as US
Secretary of Transportation, US Secretary of Labor, and president of the
American Red Cross recently stated:  “Each time we vote, we celebrate the
advances made by these brave women and others who came before us.  Every
woman in American should commemorate those achievements by casting a
ballot on Election Day.  We owe our forbearers nothing less.” 

 Visit the NC State Board of Elections ( and check the status of your registration.  You can also view additional information such as the sample ballot for your district.

submitted by Nadine Bray Women's Issues chair

Woven Items For Sale from Crossnore School

This is a close up of a weaver from the Crossnore School.
Diane Kuebert, DAR Schools chair was able to bring many woven items from Crossnore School where they were made and offer for sale to the DAR members at the October 10th DAR meeting at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport.

Ann Warren, Diane Kuebert and Ginny Cannon hold up two of the woven capes
from the Crossnore School weaving room were sold to other members that day.


The Crossnore School Bird Cage Gifts

The Crossnore School

Bird Cage Gifts: Please bring these items to the Nov. &  Dec. DAR  meetings. These gifts should be marked for a girl or boy and should not be wrapped. Gwen Causey will be accepting the Bird Cage items and will be taking the gifts after the December DAR meeting to Crossnore School.

 Socks, Underwear & Pajamas

Dolls, Trucks & Games

Balls & Sports Equipment

Gift Cards   (Biggest need for the Holiday Season)

Educational Toys

Stuffed Animals

Duffel Bags & Suitcases

Wallets & Handbags

Digital Cameras

Watches & Jewelry

Photo Albums

Picture Frames

Radios / Jam

Boxes / Cassettes

Lego Blocks

 New Items for 2012

Twin and Full Sheet Sets for the Cottages
submitted by Diane Kuebert, DAR Schools Chair