Friday, December 8, 2017

We Will Miss You Bonnie Becmer

Hello Ladies,
I am deeply saddened to pass on the news of the passing of Bonnie becmer today.

11:00am on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Our Lady Star of the Sea, 1100 8th Ave. North Myrtle Beach, SC. Ladies who plan to attend, we will be meeting at the church at 10:45 and sit together. Cards may be  sent to Raymond Becmer at 235 Rice Mill Circle, Sunset Beach, NC 28468. Please keep Bonnie's  family in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with their loss.
Carol Jutte

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Chapter Honors Veterans

On Veterans Day, November 11th Pat Gooding and Ella Maugans and Regent Carol Jutte visited Universal Health Care & Shallotte Autumn Care Nursing Homes and presented American flags and pins to the 18 veterans  there. Shown below holding a flag is Julian Maugans, WWII Navy Veteran.

Chapter Members Tour Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

On a beautiful, warm and sunny day in November, our chapter toured Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson. Jim McKee personally led the group through the grounds of this historic place explaining each historic stop along the way. Members were able to ask questions about the museum, church, ruins of the town and cemetery. Thank you, Jim McKee for a wonderfully informative tour! The group then enjoyed lunch in Southport.

Veterans Honored at November Meeting

At our November chapter meeting with 74 in attendance, we honored 12 Vietnam Veterans with certificates and pins. The veterans were from, NC, OH and Alaska with one of the veterans a Sentry War dog.

Jack Lambert November Meeting Guest Speaker

Mr. Jack Lambert, husband of member Cheri Lambert and a Vietnam Veteran, presented an informative slide- show presentation of life in Vietnam during the war. The pictures vividly captured his personal experience as a Commanding Officer in the Signal Corp.

Bill Hogue, Receives Prestigious Community Service Award

Stephanie Hosid presented the Community Service Award to Bill Hogue, Director of Southport-Oak Island Interfaith Fellowship Food Pantry. The award is given annually to individuals who have served our community in an outstanding way. Congratulations to Bill Hogue!

Brunswick Town Chapter Donates Books to Literacy Council

The Brunswick Town Chapter, NSDAR recently delivered the first collection of books donated by chapter members to the Brunswick Literacy Council to assist with their Holiday Book Share. Program. Literary Council Executive Director Dot Hoerr (shown on left), was presented with 106 books and 69 magazines by Carol Hart, DAR Chapter Literacy Promotion Chair.  The books and magazines were donated by Brunswick Town Chapter members and are given to children in local schools as Christmas gifts in connection with Brunswick Family Assistance.  Adults and children at Hope Harbor will also be recipients of the donated books.  The books will provide an enjoyable incentive to students and adults to engage in reading this Holiday Season!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Order a Wreath for Wreaths Across Use the Direct Link Listed Below to Buy a Wreath - Call Tomorrow Between 8:00-5:00

This above link is a direct line to our chapter to donate for Wreaths Across America.

The office will only be open between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on December 1st, which is our last day to order a wreath. You can order wreaths this evening too. Be sure to select Wilmington National Cemetery  (Location Code is (NCWNCEand put in our code for Brunswick Town DAR Chapter which id NC0009P.

Order a wreath for our Veterans at Wilmington National Cemetery.  Call  877-385-9504 and place an order. If you leave your name and number you will get a call back for sure. You can also click on the Wreaths Across America tab at the top of this blog.  There is a direct website for our Brunswick Town Chapter there.  You will still need the Code: NC0009P and the name of the cemetery. The code is below. We have never been this close to buying a wreath for every Veteran. Let's make this happen this year.

As of November 30th Wilmington National Cemetery has 
4,355 wreaths. We have just one more day to order a wreath. If you have until midnight to order a wreath on line. After 5:00 p.m. by phone on December 1st.

Let's put a wreath on every grave this year. There are 5,600 graves at Wilmington National Cemetery. You have all day December 1st to order a  wreath one online. 

Notice some graves without wreaths. Wouldn't it be wonderful to take a photograph and have a wreath on every  Veteran's grave. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Brunswick Town DAR Meeting November 8th at Brunswick Electric

Don't forget to attend the November 8th DAR meeting, which will be held at Brunswick Electric - 795 Ocean Hwy W, Supply, NC at 10:00 a.m.  Be sure to arrive earlier to visit with others. Lunch will follow the meeting.You need to send a check to Carol Jutte. Check your e-mail for additional information from Carol. Please read the October Brunswick Town newsletter that Public Relations Chair, Martha Koletar prepares each month for additional information.

At the November meeting we will be honoring our veterans. The program, entitle "A Vietnam Veteran Experience," will be presented by Jack Lambert, a Vietnam Veteran. We will also be honoring 12 Vietnam Veterans and some of the wives will be present. The Veterans in attendance will be staying for lunch and it will be a chance to meet and greet them.

Please wear your Red, White and; blue to show our patriotism.

Also, at the meeting, Stephanie Hoisd, Community Service Chair, will be presenting an award.

In DAR Friendship, Carol Jutte, Regent

This will be one of your last opportunities to give Fran Carlsen a check for Wreaths Across America. You can also go to the tab at the top of the blog and order a wreath online up until November 27th.

Thank you Dale Spencer for the photo of the sparkling wreath.

DAR Wreaths Across America Chair and Former DAR Community Service Award Recipient Honored on Veteran's Day

The above articles and photographs appeared in the November 2017 issue of Cat-Tales magazine.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Deadline for the donations by check to Wreaths Across America Program is November 17th-21st. Order online up to November 27th. Follow Directions on the Wreaths Across America Tab on this Blog.

Fran Carlsen, Brunswick Town Chapter’s Wreaths Across America Chair and Phyllis Wilson, Brunswick Town Historian set up a display table for Wreaths Across America to make more people aware aware of this program at The Warrior Ride event on Oak Island on October 21st. We struggle every year to have people purchase a wreath to place on a grave of a fallen soldier at Wilmington National Cemetery. This Warrior Ride Program was publicized in newspapers, local newsletters, etc. Well, you often wonder who reads your newspaper articles, but Marcia Rowbottom, our DAR State Yearbook Chairman, who lives in Southern Pines, NC saw the article in The State Port Pilot that Fran and Phyllis would have a table at the Warrior Ride Event on October 21st from 9:00-4:00 at Middleton Park in Oak Island, NC. She and her husband drove down to visit the even and to visit Brunswick Town to plan an event later on next spring at Brunswick Town. It was wonderful to see Marcia again and to meet her husband.
L to R: Phyllis Wilson, Fran Carlsen and Marcia Rowbottom

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mayor Brochure Signs Constitution Week Proclamation

Oak Island Mayor Cin Brochure recently signed a Proclamation commemorating the 230th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution to be displayed in the Oak Island Town Hall. The Proclamation is part of the Brunswick Town Chapter of the NSDAR's Constitution Week Celebration. Pictured with Mayor Brochure, center, are DAR members from left: Sandi Winstead, Constitution Committee Member; Martha Koletar,  Public Relations//Media Chair; Carol Jutte, Regent; and Diana Fotinatos, Constitution Week Chair.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

DAR Meeting, Wednesday, October 11th at Brunswick Electric on Rt. 17

Hello Ladies,

The chapter meeting is this Wednesday, October 11th at Brunswick Electric on Rt. 17, Supply with the meeting to begin at 10 AM. Come early to socialize, pay your dues and pick up your yearbook. The program will be presented by Pat Sykes “Charters of Freedom”

November 11th Meeting. We will have a luncheon provided by the Purple Onion along with the Veterans we will be recognizing. If you want to pay for your lunch at this meeting, make a check out to Brunswick Town, NSDAR for $9.25 and save the postage.
Important: Please volunteer for “DAR Day of Service” at Brunswick Town on Oct. 16-19 from 9:30-1:00, lunch provided. Helping the teachers with the 4th graders to learn colonial times.  Pick a day as sign-up sheets will be at the meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting please contact Carol Jutte to sign-up.
 Committee Items you may want to bring to the meeting –
1. Coupons – DAR Project Patriot (active military) to Marian Stevens, Chair
2. DAR Schools - Box Tops for Education, used ink cartridges, give to Pat Tucker or Helen Radcliffe, Chairs. Pat also has “DAR Apple Pins” for sale.
3. DAR Service for Veterans – Please continue to bring in cancelled stamps and leave some of the envelope around the stamp for the veterans to cut the stamp out and use for therapy.
● Ongoing requests:  Men’s long sleeve t-shirts, (small, medium, 4XL, 5XL), Men’s sweatpants (4XL, 5XL) Men’s underwear (small, medium – brief), Women’s Sports Bras all sizes (one piece construction, not metal underwire), Disposable razor blades (double or triple bladed), Men’s & Women’s Deodorant, Shaving Cream, Body Wash, and Gift Cards (Wal-Mart, VISA Gift Cards) 
• Special Donations: Large Cans Coffee (regular or decaf), Sugar in Single Packets, Coffee Creamer 20oz or smaller, Single packets of Sweet & Low or Equal or Splenda
• Monetary Donations: Mental Health Intensive Case Management Fund, Christmas/Special Events Fund.  Please, no calendars. Give all items to Jeannette Hass and; Sandy Kotch who are collecting the items to bring to the VA Hospital in Fayetteville.
4. American Spirit Magazine – Bring any unwanted American Spirit magazines to Carol Sutter, Chair. 
5. Wreaths Across America – Order your wreaths. See Fran Carlsen, Chair. Date of Wreaths Across America at Wilmington is December 16, 2017 at 12:00 noon being there by 11:30 AM.
Check the October newsletter for other items or things to do.

See you Wednesday!
In DAR Friendship,
Carol Jutte, Regent

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Message from Ann Dillon, President General

Assisting Those Affected by Recent Hurricanes
Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
September 12, 2017
We continue to monitor the effects of the recent Hurricanes and subsequent Tropical Storms and communicate with State Regents regarding those in the affected areas. It has been devastating for so many of our fellow citizens and members, and we send our sincere prayers to all those affected by these tragedies so close on the heels of one another.

For those members looking to provide assistance to communities affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, we have updated previous assistance information that was sent out last week. We continue to encourage members who are looking for ways to help those impacted by the storms to support trusted national or local area disaster relief organizations providing assistance in the affected areas through monetary and other requested donations, or through volunteer opportunities arranged through these local organizations.

For those who are interested in supporting area veterans and schools affected by the storm, please see the updated announcement “Assisting Those Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.” At our upcoming Executive Committee and National Board of Management meetings we will be deciding how the National Society can best assist recovery efforts with donations toward DAR mission based relief initiatives.

Our members across the world continue to express concern for all those affected, and of course for our own members. Those of you hoping to show your support directly to your fellow Daughters in the devastated areas can contact the District Directors of the areas most affected in Texas and the Florida State Regent is still assessing the needs of members in her state. More details and their contact information can be found on the Members’ Announcement “Assisting Those Affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.”

It is a difficult time for many in the Southern region hit by these storms, as well those in the Northwest dealing with wild fires, and sadly we know we will continue to face future natural disasters. What brings my heart peace is knowing that our members are resilient and are passionately dedicated to helping one another in their communities. Thank you, Daughters, for your unwavering support of your communities in both good times as well as the most difficult times.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Constitution Week September 17-23

Constitution Week Chair Diana Fotinatos and Committee Member Sandi Winstead have been busy getting things ready for Constitution Week which is September 17-23. Activities planned  to commemorate when the Constitution was signed 230 years ago aree:

Constitution Week display at Harper Library in Southport during September. 

Churches and Fire Stations in Southport will be participating in Bells Across America on Sunday, 9/17 at 4:00 PM by ringing their bells.

Mayor Cin Brochure will be signing and displaying a Proclamation in the Town Hall of Oak Island for Constitution Week.
l     Elementary schools in Bolivia, Southport, and Supply have been contacted about our chapter making classroom presentations, decorating bulletin boards, and distributing bookmarks to the fifth-grade students who will be studying The Constitution as part of their social studies curriculum.

Thank you Sandra and Diana for putting together this wonderful display at Harper Library in Southport.
Denise Ballard, Harper Library Branch Manager with Sandra Winstead and Diana Fotinatos

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

District VII Meeting Held on August 1st in Wallace, NC

Patricia Poe, the very talented State Editor of our Tarheel Patriot Newsletter was in attendance.
Gwen Causey, Lisa Pomeranz, Elizabeth Graham and Carol Weiss were in attendance at the District VII meeting.
District VII Director Lisa Pomeranz presided over the meeting which included DAR Chapters assigned to District VII.
DAR State Regent Elizabeth Graham with Brunswick Town Chapter Regent, Carol Jutte accepting an award.

L to R: Elizabeth Graham, DAR State Regent; Lisa Pomeranz, District VII Director; Kathy Benedict, District Secretary; and Ann Jones, District Treasurer were sworn in at the Wallace United Methodist Church by Regent Elizabeth Graham at the August District VII Meeting. These ladies will hold office for a three-year term.

Denise Peters State Projects Chair and her husband were on hand to sell items supporting the state project. Denise designed the blue shirt she is holding! To support the state project go to.  These items will be available at State Conference but make also be ordered on line at the above address.

Denise Peters, NC State Project Chair for 2015-2018 reported at the district meeting that the State Regent's Project was approved at the 2016 State Conference. She was pleased to report that participation had been outstanding to this point and expressed her thanks to the North Carolina Daughters from the "Mountains to the Sea" for coming.together to accomplish one of the important objectives, working together to help provide with the development of the Art-Therapy Studio at Tamassee DAR School where children will learn to deal with trauma through arts and crafts projects. 

She reported that the1843 Susan E. Shuford Sampler, donated by te NCSDAR to the National DAR Museum, has been designated as the basis for support of the Portable Education Program, North Carolina Daughters will bring this important piece of textile history alive for children ages 10-13. Susan lived in Lincoln County, NC! Thanks to Rachel Wilson & Candace Williams for completing a historical adaptation of the 1843 Susan Shuford Sampler. Pattern & Kits will be available at NC State Conference.

To purchase other items in addition to the Tee Shirts in support of the State Regent's Project, go to this website: where the below items may be purchased. They will also be available at State Conference.

· NC State Regents “From the Mountains to the Sea” pin.

· Bail Converter, converts pin into Necklace

· NCSDAR Custom Designed State Scarf

· NC & DAR Magnets

· Designer Shoe Clips

· Custom Design Christmas Ornaments

· NCSDAR Tee Shirt

· Custom Designed Star Burst Tee Shirts

· Custom Designed DAR Motto - God, Home & Country Tee Shirts

Congratulations Brunswick Town Chapter! 

DAR National Awards:

1. Service to America Committee, NC Southeastern Division, Outstanding Service 

2. DAR Museum Outreach Committee, NC Southeastern Division, Donating Books 

3. DAR School Committee, Special Project Recognition Easter Baskets to Crossnore 

4. DAR School Committee, NC Southeastern Division, Special Project Recognition 

Easter Baskets for Crossnore 

5. Registrar General Award, 100% Perfect Applications Verified in 2016 

6. Constitution Week Committee, NC Southeastern Division, Excellence in 

Constitution Week Leadership 

7. Brunswick Town Chapter, Chapter Achievement Award Level 1, 2016 

8. DAR School Committee, Red Apple Sponsor, awarded by Peggy Troxell, National 

Chair, DAR School Committee 

9. DAR Museum Outreach Committee, Southeastern Division, Carol Jutte, 

Meritorious Service to the Museum Outreach Committee 

10. Registrar General Award, Cynthia Sellers, Outstanding Service to DAR, Successfully Completing the GEP III Course

DAR State Awards

1. Tri-Color Level Award

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Brunswick Town Chapter, NSDAR to Meet Sept. 13

The Brunswick Town Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Brunswick Electric (Rt. 17) beginning at 10:00 AM. Our speaker will be Ms. Brooke Jackson, NCSDAR Director of Protocol. For more information, contact Regent Carol Jutte at 419/529-9433 or e-mail her at or Registrar Cindy Sellers at 910/540-0301 or e-mail her at

Sunday, July 30, 2017

District Meeting is Tuesday, August 1st.

Please Note date of meeting is Tuesday not Thursday.  The District VII Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1st at Wallace United Methodist Church (303 South College, Street, Wallace, NC.) Registration begins at 9:00 AM; the meeting starts at 10:00 AM.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fun Happenings at the Fourth of July Festival Week In Southport

The 4th of July Holiday Festival Week was a big one for the Brunswick Town Chapter that began with a Naturalization Ceremony where over 100 new citizens were sworn in as American Citizens. The event, sponsored by the NC Fourth of July Festival and the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Service, was kicked off with music from The Brunswick Big Band.

Co-Chairman, Naturalization Ceremony, Theodore T. Carlsen, husband of Brunswick Town Chapter member, Fran Carlsen welcomed a large crowd of dignitaries,  family, and friends. Both Fran and her husband have been an integral part of the ceremony for many years. Posting of the Colors was beautifully handled by the South Brunswick High School JROTC. (Our Chapter awards a scholarship to the outstanding JROTC student each year.)

The National Anthem was sung by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Quartet, followed by the Canon Salute by the Southport Historical Society & 13th Battalion NC Light Artillery. The Mayor of Southport, J. V Dove, spoke and announced with pride that Southport had been notified a few days before that the Festival was voted by Southern Living Magazine as the “Best Beach Town in America for the Fourth of July Celebration!”  

The Keynote Speaker was Jon Evans, Anchor/Reporter WECT/Fox Wilmington who related his own family’s experience with immigration and how opportunities exist. He praised the group saying that he realized how difficult the process is to become a US Citizen and thanked them for their hard work. Other dignitaries offered congratulatory remarks.

NC DAR State Vice Regent Carole Weiss, was an honorary guest. Carol Jutte, Regent and Pat Gooding, Vice Regent handed out American Flags and Constitution Bookmarks to each new citizen. It was thrilling to watch the broad and grateful smiles as they took their flag and bookmark.

All new citizens and their families were invited to attend a reception given by the Brunswick Town Chapter. Member volunteers made sandwiches, cookies and Lemonade.  

The next day, DAR Brunswick Town Chapter members proudly carried its DAR Chapter Banner, and walked in procession with other members who were riding in five golf carts, all decorated with red, white, and blue and American Flags in the 46th Annual 4th of July Parade! The parade winded through the streets of this quaint little town by the sea that was once a fishing village. The parade has been  a tradition in Southport that dates back to 1795 when local citizens held its first parade that was called,  “The Festival of Free Men.”

Members shouted “Happy Birthday” along the parade route and children of all ages shouted it back! The day was truly a rewarding experience and every member who volunteered said that they were looking forward to doing it again next year!
Carol Sutter, Anne Barnhill, Annetta Clark and Pat Steele make sure all the cupcakes are positioned just right!

L to R Brunswick Town Chapter Regent Carol Jutte, NC Vice Regent Carole Weiss, and Brunswick Town Chapter Vice Regent Pat Gooding

Martha Koletar, dressed as Betsy Ross greets new American citizens and their family at the reception sponsored by the Brunswick Town Chapter

Pat Tucker and Connie Hendrix take a moment out from making sandwiches to admire the food just waiting for new citizens and their families to enjoy!

Regent Carol Jutte puts the finishing touch on one of the golf carts!

L to R: YvonneBrown, Martha Koletar, Liz Collet, Kathy Johnson, Dianna Suttle, Lynn Deen, Jean Green, Mary Sands, Vice Regent, Pat Gooding; Regent, Carol Jutte; Diane Price and Pat Tucker

Pat Tucker, Martha Koletar, Carol Jutte and Pat Gooding get ready for the parade!

Diane Price and Yvonne Brown are probably discussing Diane's Library. Who knows what Carol Jutte is doing! She is always making or doing something constructive!