Friday, May 3, 2013

Young At Heart or "Pioneering Pages"

Brunswick Town Chapter DAR members, Ella Maugans, Rhonda Amato and Carol Jutte were  pages at the State  Conference this year. Below are their comments.

My experience as a DAR Page.

When asked if I would be willing to serve as a Page, my first response was “Are you kidding?  I’m just a bit older than a Junior!”  After much thought and discussions about my concerns, I agreed to try.  I am glad that I accepted the challenge, and it was a challenge.  One of the things that I most enjoyed was the opportunity to meet and to share with so many of our Executive Board and the Guests for the Conference.  They stay very busy!!!  As a Page, my first job was to help “man the doors.”  I now have new respect for anyone who accepts that job in the future and I will try to be more understanding of those Pages.   But seriously, everyone was wonderful to work with over the weekend.  Ladies who had served as Pages previously gave advice, offered encouragement and often provided help.  We laughed and shared our mistakes as well as our successes around the dinner tables and during breaks.  We shared experiences as DAR sisters.  The “Thank You” and recognition that we received as “Young-at-Heart” Pages from our State Regent, Peggy Troxell, during the last meeting was very meaningful to me.  It is my hope for the future that other ladies will also accept the challenge and the opportunity to serve in some of the “non-traditional” offices or roles that are offered. 
 Ella Maugans
 I was honored to have been selected as a “Young at Heart” Page. It was my desire to serve, to learn, and to experience the behind-the-scenes work of the state conference. As personal page to the state officers, I learned first-hand how dedicated and committed they are to their jobs. I am thankful that the Troxell administration has given me this opportunity to serve and to learn. I would sincerely encourage other women to join us next year for this wonderful experience.
Rhonda M. Amato

The excitement of being a Page started in January when I was asked if I would consider the opportunity.
After meeting with the State Page Chairman, I was given the responsibility of being a Page for the Honorary Regents.
The Honorary Regents were very nice and appreciative of the help. It was fun getting to meet new people, learning how busy the convention can be, even the hustling to be at our assigned locations was rewarding.
As a Page, you do not always have the time to mingle with everyone but we had lots of laughs. However, all the ladies I met at the convention were friendly.
It appears that; Ella, Rhonda and I were the first lady Pages over 40 years of age.  I guess you could call us “Pioneering  Pages” of the NC DAR.
Being a Page was a great experience, which I hope to repeat.
Carol Jutte

Carol Jutte was the personal page to Sue Anderson, past NC DAR State Regent.

NCSDAR 113th State Conference April 26-28, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina

Row 1: Ellie Ruth Maugans, Phyllis Wilson, Rhonda Amato, 
Nora Hickam and Carol  Jutte
Row 2: Gwen Causey, Betsy Pessetto, Jackie Craft and Lisa PomeranzThe 113th North Carolina Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference was held on April 26-28, 2013 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Conference Center in Durham, North Carolina

 Brunswick Town's DAR Chapter made donations to the Veterans, which placed us second in the state with total contributions! At State Conference we also learned that our Women’s Issues Chairman Nadine Bray and Publicity Chairman Phyllis Wilson have been selected as Southeast Regional winners for their respective committees. Also Phyllis Wilson’s Women’s Issues essay won a state award. She was named Outstanding State Public Relations & Media Chairman.  Nadine Bray, won first place in the essay contest and will be judged at National.  Also, our Brunswick Town Chapter Pamphlet was selected by Southeast Regional Winners. All of the winners will go on to National for judging award. The Brunswick Town Chapter’s yearbook received a tri-color winner.

The following State Awards were given at the State Conference this year by Phyllis Wilson, NC State Public Relations & Media Chair: Outstanding Chapter Outstanding Newsletter: Colonel Joseph Winston Chapter; Winston-Salem, NC, District IV –
Outstanding Usage of Chapter Website and Social Media: Colonel Joseph WinstonChapter; Winston-Salem, NC; District IV.  The chapter has their Facebook page linked to their blog.
Outstanding Chapter Fact Sheet/Brochure: Brunswick Town Chapter; Southport, NC
Outstanding Chapter Media Coverage Print; Rachel Caldwell Chapter; Greensboro, NC; District V.
Outstanding Chapter Media Coverage Broadcast; Rachel Caldwell Chapter; 
Outstanding Usage of “Today’s DAR Video“; General James Moore Chapter; Wake Forest, NC; District VI.
Outstanding Chapter Community/Commemorative Event Publicity; Richard Dobbs Spraight Chapter; New Bern, NC District IX.
 Outstanding Chapter Usage of Local Media Awards; Colonel Frederick Hambright Chapter; Kings Mountain; District II.
 Most Creative Usage of PR by a Chapter; Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Chapter; Charlotte, NC; District III.

The following chapters received Recognition Awards for the following areas:

Creative newsletter design and format:
Yates Mill NSDAR Tattler; Yates Mill Chapter in Cary, NC ;
Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Newsletter; Charlotte, NC
John Penn NSDAR 2056 Oxford, NC
General Davie News, Durham, NC
James Hunter Chapter, NSDAR, Madison, NC
Split Tea, Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter, Wilmington, NC
Guilford Battle Chapter, NSDAR, Greensboro, NC
General James Moore Chapter, Wake Forest, NC

Presentation of Chapter Coverage in Print;
Colonel Robert Rowan Chapter, Fayetteville, NC

Usage of to publicize information about DAR chapters
Brunswick Town Chapter, Southport, NC
Archibald  D. Murphey Chapter, Murphy, NC
Battle of Rockfish Chapter, Wallace, NC Chapter Battle of Rock Fish Chapter

Usage of Facebook sites to publicize information about DAR chapter

Presentation of Chapter Fact Sheet/ Brochure;
Moseley-Bright Chapter, Kinston, NC
Richard Dobbs Spraight Chapter; New Bern, NC
Yates Mill Chapter; Cary, NC.
Presentation of Constitution Week displays;
Old North State Chapter, Winston-Salem, NC
Use of the “DAR Video”
Joseph Mc Dowell Chapter, Hendersonville, NC

NC State Regent, Peggy Troxell and State Vice Regent: Elizabeth Graham

The Trailing Daniel Boone Forum

State Conference Forum guest speaker was Randell Jones the award-winning author and storyteller.Many Daughters attended the 9:00-10:00 workshop on Friday, April 26, 2012. Then, he was available at the display tables where you had the opportunity to ask him questions and purchase his books and CD.                                                                
His latest book is Trailing Daniel Boone, 1912-1915. 
Go to and visit .

Behind the Scenes at State Conference

AV Manager, Erik Hauge assisted many of
the ladies who needed to set up computers during the conference. He was a wonderful help to all of us

Cameron Baskin took all of the beautiful photographs during the state conference this year. He will have your photographs sent to you soon. If you would like to order prints from this memorable weekend go to  . You will be able to order photographs for another 50 days.