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!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fourth of July Parade and Naturalization Ceremony July 3 and 4th in Southport

We have 20 chapter members signed up to ride or walk in the 4th of July Parade at Southport. Please contact Carol Jutte to sign up. The parade begins at 11:00 AM on July 4th!

Time is coming close to the Naturalization Reception at Southport Community Center on July 3, 2017. The Naturalization Ceremony is at 4:00 PM. 

We need your help. The committee will be needing help - before, during, and after the reception. Some of you have already signed up, and I thank you in advance and if you haven't, give Diane or Connie a call to help.

Please contact: Dianna Suttle, Chairman at 910-269-1810 or

Or Connie Hendrix at 910-278-6705 or

DAR Chapter Members Volunteer at Clean-Up

The Southport Historical Society and the Southport Beautification Committee sponsored

a clean-up of the Old Smithville Burying Grounds on Saturday, June 24. Carol Jutte & Peggy Harris worked racking leaves and sprucing up the graves. Carol & Peggy placed an American flag on the grave of Rev. War Veteran Simphronius Russ.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Great Project for Community Service

Volunteers to clean Saturday, June 24, 2017
Regent Carol Jutte writes, "The Southport Historical Society and the Southport Beautification Committee will sponsor a clean-up of the Old Smithville Burying Grounds, located at the corner of Moore and Rhett Streets in downtown Southport, starting at 9 am on Saturday, June 24. All are welcome to join in this annual clean-up effort in preparation for the town's Fourth of July festivities. Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, brooms, gloves, insect repellent.
      Those in attendance will also place American flags at grave sites. Water will be provided and any and all assistance will be greatly appreciated. More information call 910-454-0437 I plan to be there about 8:45 am. Come join me for DAR "Service to America" and placing flags on veterans graves."

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Newly Elected DAR Officers Installed at May Meeting

Newly elected Brunswick Town Chapter NSDAR officers were installed at the May meeting held at the Reserve at St. James. Congratulations to all, and a big thank you to our outgoing officers for your dedication and hard work.

Shown left to right are: Diane Price, Librarian; Phyllis Wilson, Historian; Annetta Clark, Treasurer; Lynn Deen, Recording and Corresponding Secretary; Kathy Miller, Chaplain; Pat Gooding, Vice-Regent; Carol Jutte, Regent; and Diane Kuebert, outgoing Regent. Missing from photo Registrar; Cindy Sellers.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Memorial Day Celebration at St. James

On Monday, May 29, 2017, the Richard H. Stewart, Jr. American Legion Post 543 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 11:00 AM at the Veterans Memorial adjacent to the St. James Town Hall on Route 211. All local communities are invited to attend. Colors will be presented by the Post 543 Honor Guard. The National Anthem will be sung, and a memorial wreath will be placed, followed by taps. Ms. Lois Moore, soloist, will be performing patriotic songs.

This year, our guest speakers are a husband and wife. They are active duty members of the U.S. Air Force; Chief Master Sergeant Shane Flint and Chief Master Sergeant Karen F. Beirne-Flint. Shane Flint is the Command Chief, 688th Cyberspace Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland, Texas. The 688th Cyberspace Wing is part of the new 24th Air Force. The 24th Air Force is the operational warfighting organization that establishes, operates, maintains and defends Air Force networks. As the Command Chief, Shane serves as the principal advisor to the wing commander on all matters of military readiness, morale, quality of life, professional development and effective utilization of resources for over 2,100 military, civilian and contractor members. Karen Beirne Flint is the Superintendent of the 8th Field Investigations Region of the Air Force, Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) at Peterson AFB, Colorado. She is the primary advisor to the region commander on all issues relating to discipline, health, welfare, morale and professional development of over 250 active duty, reserve and civilian AFOSI special agents and professional staff which supports the Air Force Space Command, Air Force Global Strike Command and the United States Air Force Academy.

Seating will be provided for all attendees at the Veterans’ Memorial. Parking is limited and carpooling is strongly encouraged. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside the St James Community Center. Light refreshments will be available in the St James Community Center, following the ceremony.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Grand Opening of the Museum of the American Revolution

Grand Opening of the Museum of the American Revolution
Written By Ann Dillon, President General
Last week, on the 242nd anniversary of the “shot heard ‘round the world,” I was delighted to join with distinguished guests and the general public for the grand opening celebrations of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The museum has been many years in the making and DAR was pleased to support its efforts along the way.
The festivities began in the morning at Washington Square Park for a reflective and reverential tribute at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider of the American Revolution. After a performance by the 3rd US Infantry Regiment Fife and Drum Corps, Michael C. Quinn, President and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution, along with Cynthia MacLeod, Superintendent of Independence National Historic Park, welcomed those gathered. General John P. Jumper, Chairman of the Museum of the American Revolution, placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Joining us at the Square were historically outfitted regiments from each of the original 13 colonies. Following the service everyone processed in a grand parade down 6th Street to Independence Hall.
The ceremony in front of Independence Hall included remarks from the Governor of Pennsylvania as well as Governors, or their representatives, of each of the 13 colonies. Each had a chance to proclaim their state’s greatest contribution to the Revolution followed by a rousing “Huzzah” from those of us in the audience. The procession then continued a few blocks more on Chestnut Street to the Museum of the American Revolution.
At the Opening Ceremony, we sat on the plaza in front of the new Museum and soaked in the beautiful spring sun. The ceremony included remarks by David McCullough and Cokie Roberts among others. We were treated to a musical performance by Sydney James Harcourt from the original cast of the Broadway musical Hamilton, who was accompanied by the extremely talented students from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered the keynote remarks prior to the official dedication and ribbon cutting.
You can watch a video of the Opening Ceremony on C-SPAN American History TV here.
Prior to touring the Museum I had the pleasure of meeting Pennsylvania and New Jersey Daughters who were equally as enthused as I was to tour the Museum. I also had a chance to visit with the Museum of the American Revolution President and CEO, Michael Quinn, who very kindly asserted that if not for the dedication of the Daughters of the American Revolution carrying the torch for the past 125 years we might not have gotten to this exciting day celebrating the history and spirit of the American Revolution. He expressed his anticipation of being with us at Continental Congress and telling members more about the Museum during his presentation at Service to America Night on Friday, June 30.
Walking into the Museum and approaching the grand staircase leading to the galleries, I was struck with awe seeing the large Siege of Yorktown painting at the top of the stairs. I appreciate the support the DAR gave to the creation of this Museum and our sponsorship of the conservation and installation of this magnificent painting. I hope that you all are as touched as I was by the prominent recognition of the National Society, by the location of this art in the main atrium of the Museum.
View the photo slideshow here.
Prior to going upstairs, visitors begin their museum visit with a beautifully done film that explores the origins, experience and ongoing legacy of the American Revolution. Upstairs, before entering the galleries, visitors watch an immersive film that follows General Washington’s remarkable journey and then reveals his original Revolutionary War headquarters tent.
The Museum’s four main galleries explore the early days as the roots of the rebellion took hold; the darkest days as the fragmented colonies entered an uncertain war; the final years of the War for Independence from the many perspectives of the diverse people who lived through them; and then the immense task of creating a nation founded on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The visually engaging exhibits have a rich collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, letters, diaries and works of art combined with immersive galleries, theater experiences and re-created historical environments.
It was a wonderful experience being able to celebrate the opening of the Museum of the American Revolution with so many who are passionate about preserving the history of the Revolution as well as those who were possibly just beginning their journey of understanding more about the founding of our nation. It made me appreciate being able to claim membership in our great organization that has kept alive the memory and spirit of the American Independence for more than 125 years. Huzzah!
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Brunswick Town Chapter DAR Meeting Scheduled for May 10th

The May 10th, 2017 Brunswick Town Chapter DAR meeting will be held at The Reserve Club at St. James Plantation in Southport, NC. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM with lunch to follow. The guest speaker is Dot Hoerr, Executive Director of the Brunswick County Literacy Council. Dot will be speaking on the support and bringing the literacy skills needed to our adult students throughout Brunswick County.  Check for lunch should be given to Diana Fotinatos by May 3rd. Call her at 253-8869 or e-mail her at Checks should be made out to St. James Plantation. For more information, contact Regent, Diane Kuebert at (910-253-8854) or Registrar, Cindy Sellers at (910-540-0301).

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 12th DAR Meeting

The Brunswick Town Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, held their meeting  on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at The View at Brick Landing Plantation, A program on DAR Patriot Records was  presented by Holly Sweet, our State Chair of DAR Patriot Records Project.

The DAR members' husbands who served during the Vietnam War were honored at the luncheon. They were given a certificate and pin to honor them.  For more information, contact Regent, Diane Kuebert at (910-253-8854) or Registrar, Cindy Sellers at (910-540-0301.

L to R:  Jack Lambert, Clifford Johnson, Walter Sands, Woody  Johnson, and Gilbert Green

Diane Kuebert, Regent presenting Gilbert Green with his certificate of recognition for serving in the Vietnam War.

Joan Hall accepted the certificate for her husband, Robert Hall.
Elizabeth Harrelson accepts certificate for her husband Richard.

Clifford Johnson  accepts his certificate from Regent, Diane Kuebert.
Woody Johnson accepting his certificate from Regent, Diane Kuebert.
Walter and member Mary Sands
Member Cheri and Jack Lambert

Woody and  member Kathy Johnson
Gilbert and member Jean Green

Clifford  member Linda Johnson

Row 1: Diane Kuebert, Regent, Fran Carlsen, veteran, Mary Sands, member, Joan Hall, member, Cheri Lambert, member, Kathy Johnson, member, Jean Green, member, Linda Johnson, member, Clifford Johnson, veteran, Carol Jutte, Vice-regent
Row 1: Elizabeth Harrelson, Walter Sands, Jack Lambert, veteran, Woody Johnson, veteran, and Gilbert Green, veteran

Diana Fotinatos, Constitution Week Chair poses with Cindy Sellers, Registrar the winner of the Constitution Minute at the April DAR meeting.
The Constitution Questions was which 2 Presidents signed the Constitution?
 Answer was George Washington and James Madison. The prize was a book,  
"The Constitution and Fascinating Facts about it, a double US Flag pin, and a dark chocolate treat!"
Annetta Clark, Membership Chair gave information about "The Missing Man Table Ceremony."

This honors ceremony symbolizes that these fallen soldiers are with us, here in spirit.
Some were very young when they went into combat; however all Americans should never forget the brave men and women who answered our nation's call to serve and served the cause of freedom in a very special way.

I would like to explain the meaning of the items on this special table:

The table is supposed to be round - to show our everlasting concern for our missing men and women, but unfortunately this facility couldn't provide a round table so the table cloth is round.

The tablecloth is white - symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and the loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.

The vase is tied with red ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.

A slice of lemon on the bread plate it to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.

A pinch of salt symbolized the tears endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.

The glass in inverted - to symbolize their inability to share in this ceremony.

The chair is empty - they are missing.

Take just a moment to remember them.

Thank you all for coming today.
Information provided by member Annetta Clark.

Congratulations Ladies and those who donated Easter Baskets !!!!
There were 94 children at the Crossnore School in need of Easter baskets and we collected 94 baskets. Thank you Carol Jutte, Vice-Regent and your husband Jim for delivering all of the Easter baskets.

Future Regent, Carol Jutte and Future Vice-Regent, Pat Gooding load Easter baskets into Carol's SUV. They will be installed at the May DAR meeting, which will be held as St. James Plantation at the Reserve Golf Club.
Seated; Donna Agopsowicz and Jeanne Nelson. Also joining, but not present, 3rd sister Amy Harrington in Florida
Standing; Cindy Sellers, Registrar, Martha Koletar, Public Relations Chair and Diane Kuebert, Regent

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Great War WWI Centennial Commemorative Event was changed to April 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM.

America declared war on the German Empire on April 6, 1917. The National Society has asked chapters to recognize this important date and inform the community of its importance. 

Brunswick Town Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range Commemorated the the Centennial Date The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917, and the commemoration was detained due to inclement weather by two days.

The two organizations planned a special gathering to remember this date in history. The chapter wreath was presented at the wall of the WWI Rifle Range; the special reading and a Time of Remembrance where members named their ancestor that served in WWI. Chapter member Norma Eckard, who is also President of the Friends of Fort Caswell gave the history and significance of the Fort Caswell Beach WWI Rifle Range Target Pit, and concluded with a tour. 

Norma Eckard, DAR member and President of the Rifle Range Target Pit, introduced Carl Mauney, a renactor dressed in authentic uniform worn in World War I. He explained every aspect of the uniform and what items were carried during that period of time during the war.

Cindy Sellers, Registrar, offered a "Special Reading" from a bible owned by her great grandparents.

Diane Kuebert, Brunswick Town Regent, provided information about World War I and the NSDAR.

This was a "Time of Remembrance" program from attendees and DAR members to "Name Ancestors that Served during WWI.

After the program people took the time to visit the Rifle Range Target Pit and the Storage Room.

L to R: Reenactor, Carol Mauney; Rifle Range Target Pit President, Norma Eckard; Brunswick Town DAR Regent, Diane Kuebert, behind her,  The Project Engineer for the WWI Rifle Range Target Pit, Paul Shivers;
 Lisa Pomereanze,  DAR District VII Director,  Registrar, Cindy Sellers,  Lineage and Membership chair,  Annetta Clark,

Paul Shivers, Project Engineer for the WWI Rifle Range Target Pit and Storage Room gives historical background to those attending the ceremony on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Paul gives the ok for many of the structural things done there due to his engineering background.  Everyone appreciation his donation of time and effort to make this project so successful. He is also President of Friends of Brunswick Town/Ft. Anderson. 

L to R: Norma Eckard, Diane Fotinatos, Mary Sands, Jeanne Nelson, Lucia Lister, Donna Agopsowicz, Connie Hendrix, Maxine McCullar, Peggy Harris, Regent Diane Kuebert, District VII Director Lisa Pomeranz, Pat Gooding, Cindy Sellers, Martha Koletar, Annetta Clark, Joan Hall, and Phyllis Wilson

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