Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Community Service Award Winner for 2014

Phyllis Wilson, Herbert Pritchard and Kathy Miller at the December DAR meeting
Herbert Pritchard, Southport resident was selected by the Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution as the 2014 recipient of the Community Service Award. DAR members, Kathy Miller, Community Service Chair, and Phyllis Wilson, NC State Public Relations Chair presented Herb with the certificate and pin at the December 10, 2014 DAR meeting held at Island Way Restaurant in Oak Island, NC.

Herb is an artist who paints oil portraits for families that have lost a loved one in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. This is a special project and mission in Herb’s life to “Remember soldiers who died in recent wars.” He recently offered to paint portraits for families of suicide victims that have returned to the US after serving their country in these two wars. Herb paints a portraits for the families of these men and women, and gives it to them as gifts. He has done this for many appreciative people and will perform this service for anyone in the country who asks. What a unique and beautiful tribute for those who have sacrificed so much.

Herb does not charge a fee and will ship the portrait anywhere in the United States.   If you would like to contact Herb you can e-mail him at or by phone at 910-253-3240. All that is needed is attach a photo in jpeg format and provide your contact information. Herb has painted portraits for 45 families.

Herb volunteers with Lower Cape Fear Hospice and; LifeCareCenter in Brunswick County. His background in counseling and psychology brought added skills and talents that were helpful with all the patients he serves, especially in relating to those with special needs. Herb also volunteered with Southport/Oak Island Counseling Service, Southport Elementary School kindergarten, Hope Harbor Shelter and Stephens Ministry.  Herb’s patriotic contributions to the memory of fallen soldiers and his volunteer positions has earned him this distinction in his community.

The is a portrait painted by Herb Pritchard of
 Specialist David J. Payne USA Army, brother 
of Diane Payne Doyle. Diane lives
in Big Bear Mountain, CA.

                                    "Reprinted with permission by the StarNews." 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

January 14th DAR Meeting

The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their meeting on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at St. James Plantation, Rte. 211, Southport, NC at 10:00 AM. The chapter will be celebrating 39 years of service of our chapter. Norma Eckard will present a program on “The Twelve Madonna of the Trail Statues”, honoring the pioneer women of our nation. Please RSVP our regent to register you will be attending.  For more information contact regent, Jackie Craft at (910-755-7563) or registrar, Cindy Sellers at (910-457-6988.)
posted by Lorraine Lenkevich

Brunswick Town Chapter Donates Books to Ten Elementary Schools in Brunswick County, NC

In the picture the book selection committee, Norma Eckard, Historian, Diane Price, Genealogical Records Chair and Jackie Craft, DAR Regent, are preparing the books for delivery to the schools. 
 For the second year in a row during the season of gift giving the Brunswick Town Chapter of the National Society of the DAR is contributing four historical biographies to the libraries of the ten elementary schools in Brunswick County, NC.  In addition, by donating these books the daughters are commemorating Celebrate America, a major theme and focus of Lynn Forney Young, the National DAR President General. This year the focus is on famous women in history, namely, Abigail Adams, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and Harriet Tubman.  Last year the daughters commemorated several of the Founding Fathers, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and also Daniel Boone ( a NC local hero). 

Monday, November 24, 2014


Please bring items for Crossnore School’s Bird Cage and Veterans to our meeting on December 10th.  These gifts help make the holidays brighter for the veterans in Fayetteville and for Crossnore children from kindergarten to high school. Please  scroll down on this blog to visit the website section. 


The Brunswick Town DAR Chapter participated in the NC Blue Star State Book Drive Project this fall.  The Blue Star Families have either one or both parents in the active military, any branch of military and at any location.  By the donation of these books we help these children who move frequently, one or both parents absent for long periods of deployment and hopefully this will encourage reading throughout the year. Commemorative Events Chair, Dianna Conaty mailed to the state chair 62 books.  
posted by Jackie Craft
Information and photos by Dianna Conaty
Commemorative Events Chair

Friday, November 21, 2014

December 10, 2014 DAR Meeting

The December meeting of the Brunswick Town Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will be a Holiday Lunch on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Island Way Restaurant, 1407 E. Beach Drive, Oak Island.  Arrive at 10:00 AM for coffee and tea.  There will be entertainment by Coastal Harmonizers singing military hymns and holiday songs. Herb Pritchard is being honored as our Community Service Award Recipient this year. Please  RSVP our Regent for attendance count. For more information contact regent, Jackie Craft  at (910-755-7563) or registrar, Cindy Sellers  at (910-457-6988) 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

DAR Honoring Vets

Resident at Universal Health Care of Brunswick County celebrating Veterans Day

Regent Jackie Craft, center, Ella Maugans, left and Lisa English leading the residents in a patriotic song.

Rhonda entertaining the residents with her dance and representing Mrs. West Virginia
Members of Brunswick Town that attended the honoring of Veterans on Veterans Day along with Lisa English from Battle of Rockfish Chapter in Wallace at Universal Health Care: L to R: Rhonda Amato, Ella Maugans, DAR, Jackie Craft, Lisa English, Lois Ambler and Carol Jutte

Wreaths Across America 2014 - Let's Put a Wreath on all 5,000 Graves This Year!

                        Help sponsor a Wreath
Your support makes all the difference in making our mission a success. Help us place a wreath on all our fallen heros’ grave this December. Thank you for supporting Wreaths Across America. If you’d like to sponsor a wreath for a local fundraising group, please DONATE THROUGH OUR LOCAL FUNDRAISING GROUP  PAGES

Click on the website below:

NC0009P – BRUNSWICK TOWN CHAPTER 3 105 nc Daughters of the American Revolution Donation Form

If you have any questions about making a donation to place a wreath on a grave in the Wilmington Cemetery you can contact Fran Carlsen, our coordinator by e-mail her Fran has forms that she can give you or e-mail you to make your donation. All donations should be in by Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Veteran's Day November 11th

Tuesday, November 11th, VETERAN’S DAY  Brunswick Town DAR Chapter will have a “thank you” to our Veterans for their service at the Brunswick Universal Health Care Center located at 1070 Old Ocean Highway, Boliva.  Lisa English will be coming from the Rockfish Chapter along with our Chair for Veteran’s Ella Maugans and member Rhonda Amato for a short program.  Brunswick Town Chapter will provide cupcakes for the Veterans.  If you would like to join us please feel free to drop by.  The event will start at 3:00pm.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Carol Canales Presents Pocket Flag to SSG Carlos A Riveria United States Army

Carol Canales discovered, SSG Carlos A Riveria United States Army in full fatigues She presented him with a Chapter Pocket Flag. He is stationed in Denton, Texas as a Recruiter and had been in the Army ten years. He has served as a mechanic, Drill SGT and presently a Recruiter.  He said he gets handshakes but nothing as special as the pocket flag.

Friday, October 24, 2014

November 12, 2014 meeting on Conservation

The next meeting of the Brunswick Town Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at Brunswick Electric Company, 795 Ocean Highway (Rt. 17 N), Shallotte, NC at 10 AM. The program will be on farming oysters by Ted Wilgis of North Carolina Coastal Federation and  Pat Gooding will present the symbolism of the wreath in anticipation of Wreaths Across America. For more information contact regent, Jackie Craft  at (910-755-7563) or registrar, Cindy Sellers  at (910-457-6988).  Go to Our State Magazine for more information on The Oyster Way.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

National Defense Luncheon sponsored by The Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter NSDAR

The Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter NSDAR Invites you to our National Defense Luncheon.
Saturday November 1, 2014
Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington, NC
Time 12:00 , Lunch Served at 12:30

Guest Speaker: Marine Sergeant Major Robin Fortner who will speak about women in today's Marine Corps.

Lunch: Free range Grilled Chicken Breast served with Sautéed Greens, Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes, and Basil-spiked Tomato Relish, served with a House, Warm Bread, Tea and Coffee, Cake for Dessert

Rsvp with your check for $22 per person by October 22nd: 
Payable to: Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter
  PO Box 347
                Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter also invites you to help the 3/6 H&S Company at Camp Lejeune.  The Company is preparing to deploy and the Marines will be in need of a few items.
  You can bring any of the following items to the luncheon:
    Razors, Shaving cream, toothpaste, body wash, hand sanitizer,  DVD's, magazines, books, air fresheners, treats, letters and notes of encouragement!

We look forward to seeing you there!
Jo Campbell - Regent

Monday, October 13, 2014

Remember Christopher Columbus

The Things That Haven't Been Done Before                       
     by Edward Guest
The things that haven't been done before, 
Those are the things to try.
Columbus dreamed of an unknown shore
At the rim of the far-flung sky;
And his heart was bold and his faith was strong
As he ventured in dangers new,
And he paid no heed to the jeering throng
Or the fears of the doubting crew. 
The many will follow the beaten track 
With guideposts on the way; They live, and have lived for ages back,
With a chart for every day.
Some one has told them it's safe to go
the road he has traveled o'er;
And all that they ever strive to know
Are the things that were known before. 
A few strike out, without map or chart, 
Where never a man has been;
From the beaten paths they draw apart
To see what no man has seen.
There are deeds they hunger alone to do;
Though battered and bruised and sore,
They blaze the path for the many, who
Do nothing not done before. 
The things that haven't been done before 
Are the tasks worth while to-day;
you one of the flock that follows, or
Are you one that shall lead the way?
Are you one of the timid souls that quail
At the jeers of a doubting crew?
Or dare you, whether you win or fail,
Strike out for a goal that's new? 

Contributed by James Thomas

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Constitution Week 2014

Martha Koletar, Celebrate America chair and Sandi Winstead, Constitution Week Chair in period dress visited ten elementary schools in Brunswick Town, 

The Brunswick Town Chapter presented a special program to fourth and fifth graders at elementary schools throughout Brunswick County, NC. Constitution Week Chairman, Sandra Winstead presented a program addressing the political, economic and social aspects of colonial life in the thirteen colonies and summarized the contributions of the "Founding Fathers" to the development of our country. Member, Martha Koletar, dressed as Betsy Ross, gave a slide presentation, " The Life of a Child During Colonial Times" comparing today's children and children of colonial times. The presentation compared life in such areas such as schools, foods, clothes, toys, music and other social aspects and how the children played an important role in helping the family and even going into battle during the Revolutionary War. There was a display of replicated Colonial toys, a half-penny and a quill that the children were able to examine. Bookmarks were given to each student.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Two American Gold Star Mothers Were Guest Speakers at the October 8th DAR Meeting in Southport, NC

The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution were happy to have two special ladies as guest speakers at their October 8th DAR meeting which was held at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport, NC.  Norma Luther, National President, American Gold Star Mothers, Inc who is a Proud American Gold Star Mother of Capt. Glen P. Adams, Jr. 1960-1988, West Point USMA Class of '84. Vivian Scharver, Past National Officer of the American Gold Star Mothers. Both ladies are from the Azalea Chapter. Vivian is the Proud American Gold Star Mother of Lt. Jeffrey R. Scharver 1958-1983 USMC "Remember Grenade."

Norma Luther, National President AGSM, Inc. Vivian Scharver, Past National Officer of American Gold Star Mothers.

Please continue to donate books for this cause. 
Joan Hall, Genealogy Preservation chair, holds a photo album she made after attending the Naturalization Ceremony, at the Battleship NC on September 17th sponsored by the Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter. A special thank you goes to The Joseph Montford Chapter, Battle of Rockfish Chapter, The Otway Burns Chapter and The Brunswick Town DAR Chapter for their help with the program.

Brunswick Town DAR Chapter plans to donate additional historical children's books to the 10 elementary schools in Brunswick County. This time famous women such as, Abigail Adams, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and Harriet Tubman will be some of the chosen books.

Vice-Regent Betsy Pessetto, Chapter Historian, Norma Eckard and Regent Jackie Craft displaying the Commemorative Events Presentation Folder.

Registrar Cindy Sellers has new member sign papers to become a member of othe Brunswick Town DAR Chapter.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

DAR Meeting on October 8th

The next meeting of the Brunswick Town Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at the Trinity Methodist Church in Southport, NC at 10 AM. The program will be on the American Gold Star Mother, Inc. given by Norma Luther and Vivan Sharver. For more information contact regent, Jackie Craft  at (910-755-7563) or registrar, Cindy Sellers  at (910-457-6988.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Grave Marking

Machpelah Presbyterian Church, Iron Station, Lincoln County, North Carolina
The North Carolina Society
 Sons of the American Revolution
The Mecklenburg & Catawba Valley Chapters
of the North Carolina Society, SAR
invite you to attend a Patriot Grave Marking Ceremony honoring
General Joseph Graham
and Captain Alexander Brevard
Historic Machpelah Presbyterian Church
Iron Station, Lincoln County, North Carolina
The church's address is:
Joseph Graham enlisted as a Private in the 4th Regt. NC, Continental Line. While at Bladensburg, Maryland, and hearing of the Battle of Monmouth on June 11, the 4th NC was sent south in late 1778 to meet the British threat in Georgia and South Carolina. He later served as Adjutant, Captain, and then Major in command of the Mecklenburg Country Dragoons from 1779-1781. Graham and his men fought in 15 engagements across North Carolina and in South Carolina during the American Revolution. He served as a Brigadier General with the North Carolina militia in General Andrew Jackson's "Creek Indian Campaign" during the War of 1812. Afterward, he was Major General of the 5th Division, North Carolina Militia. Graham Street, a major thoroughfare in Charlotte, is named in his honor. He is an ancestor of the Rev. Billy Graham.
Alexander Brevard served as Ensign in the 4th North Carolina, and later First Lieutenant in the 1st North Carolina, Continental Line, from 1776-1778, until ill health while at Valley Forge forced him to return to North Carolina. He served as Captain of the 1st North Carolina and Quartermaster to Gen. Gates, participating in the battles of Camden and Eutaw Springs, where he was cited for gallantry. Brevard had a total of 84 months of Continental service, and was an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati.
Both men were leaders of iron manufacturing in Lincoln County after the Revolution, partnering with their father in law, Major John Davidson, a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.  
Grave Marking and
Highway Marker Dedication
Patriot Jacob Plonk II
Sponsored by:
Mecklenburg Chapter, NCSSAR, and
Lincoln County Historical Association

 Plonk Family Cemetery
1550 Old Lincolnton Crouse Rd.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014


“I______do acknowledge the United States of America to be Free, Independent and Sovereign States, and declare that the people thereof owe no allegiance  or obedience to George the Third, King of Great Britain; and I renounce, refute and abjure any allegiance or obedience to him; and I do swear that I will to the upmost of my power support, maintain and defend, the said United States, against the said King George the Third, his heirs and successors, and his and their abettors, assistants and adherents; and will serve the said United States in the office of ____”

Those words were sworn to on May 30 1778 at Valley Forge by officers and soldiers in the Continental Army.  The oath was deemed a necessity to ensure that only those loyal to the cause of creating a new country were serving in the army.  Following the Battles of Lexington and Concord some states began forming state militias requiring all able-bodied men, usually beginning at age 16-21, and to drill on a regular basis. 

Earlier the Minute Men had sworn this oath:
“We trust in God that should the state of our affairs require it, we shall be ready to sacrifice our estates and everything we hold dear in life, yea, and life itself, in support of the common cause.”

Most states began requiring their own oaths in 1777.  They required everyone to take an oath of allegiance promising to defend the revolutionary cause with arms. Refusal often met with fines, prison sentences and confiscation of property.  Loyalists fled back to England or into Canada rather than take the oaths and members of pacifist religions struggled to hold onto their property.
Records of those who took the oath survive in many states and some court records show suits brought after the war to regain confiscated property.
Taking the oath of allegiance can be used as proof of a patriot for DAR.

Posted by Diane Price

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Star-Spangled Banner 200th Birthday Commemoration in Southport, NC

Cindy Sellers,  Coordinator for The Star-Spangled Banner 200th Birthday Commemoration at Fort Johnston Garrison in Southport, North Carolina on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 program also directs the Sea Notes Choral Society's 40th Anniversary Chorus. They represent "The Living Flag" as they sang The Star Spangled Banner.
Go to the 1812 blog to see more photographs.    

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Brunswick Town DAR Chapter September Meeting 2014

The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their meeting on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Trinity Methodist Church in Southport, NC at 10 AM.  The program was “Miracle of Philadelphia: Making of the Constitution” by Richard Powell in keeping with our celebration of Constitution Week this September. 

Dick Powell and Diane Conaty, Commemorative Events Chair  pose for a photo at the September meeting.

Regent Jackie Craft

Betsy Pessetto, First Vice-Regent
Gwen Causey  National Defense Chair

Dianna Conaty Commemorative Events Chair

Nora Hickam, Americanism Chair 
The DAR Americanism Committee presented Nora HIckam NC State Chairman for Outstanding Service 2014