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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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April 12, 2017 DAR Meeting at The View at Brick Landing Plantation, NC

The Brunswick Town Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at The View at Brick Landing Plantation, 1882 Goose Creek Rd SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC at 10:00 AM. A program on DAR Patriot Records will be presented by Holly Sweet, our State Chair of DAR Patriot Records Project. The luncheon is to honor DAR members' husbands who served during the Vietnam War. Reservations and prepayment of luncheon costs are required. Please send check to treasurer by April 4th. For more information, contact Regent, Diane Kuebert at (910-253-8854) or Registrar, Cindy Sellers at (910-540-0301). Please be sure to bring your Easter baskets or Easter items for the students at the DAR Crossnore School. (No nuts due to allergies) to the April meeting. Our goal is for 85 baskets. Vice-Regent, Carol Jutte and her husband plan to deliver the baskets to the Crossnore School.

A special thank you to St. James resident, Chris McWade for donating this beautiful basket
 with a tag on it indicating it is for a boy ages 9-12.

St. James resident and friend, Pat Levin, was looking at our blog and saw that we needed Easter baskets. When Phyllis Wilson, DAR member was given this basket to give to a Crossnore child, she was thrilled. We sure hope all of our DAR members will bring beautiful Easter baskets to the DAR meeting on Wednesday at The View Restaurant. 


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Join the Commemoration Ceremony!

The Great War WWI Centennial April 6, 1917 – April 6, 2017
America declared war on the German Empire on April 6, 1917. The National Society is asking chapters to recognize this important date and inform the community of its importance.
To partake in this endeavor chapter members are asked to meet on Thursday, April 6, at 10:30 am at the WWI Rifle Range Pit in Caswell Beach. A group picture will be taken and sent to the newspapers to inform the public of this date.
We have planned a special gathering to remember this date in history. The chapter wreath will be presented at the wall of the WWI Rifle Range; have a special reading and a Time of Remembrance where members can name their ancestor that served in WWI. Chapter member Norma Eckard, who is also President of the Friends of Fort Caswell will be telling the history and significance of the Fort Caswell Beach WWI Rifle Range Target Pit, and conclude with a tour. Please contact Regent, Diane Kuebert to say you want to attend at .
      For those that would like to eat lunch after the event, Norma has arranged to eat at Duffers Pub and Grill at the Oak Island Golf Club at 12:00 noon. You will order off the menu. But please let Norma know you want to eat at Duffers, so she can give the restaurant a number count. .
      We suggest wearing sturdy and comfortable shoes as you will be walking a short distance from the parking area where Norma’s husband, Ron, will assist with parking.
Directions to the Fort Caswell Rifle Range in the Caswell Dunes Sub-division:
If you take the route of the NEW bridge - Swains Cut Bridge, from Route 211When you cross the bridge, take a LEFT turn onto Oak Island Drive
Continue until the 2nd traffic light and turn RIGHT toward Caswell Beach
If you take the route of the OLD bridge - BARBE, from Route 133Continue driving until the road turns LEFT (90 degree turn)
Pass the golf course on the LEFT where Duffers Pub and Bar are located
Turn LEFT onto Pinecrest Drive
Turn RIGHT onto Foxfire Trace and the Rifle Range is on your LEFT.
Park in the two condo parking areas on the RIGHT on Foxfire Trace
Park across from the Clubhouse on 45 Pinehurst Drive
Do not park on the grass anywhere – Thank you.

Tour France: "Celebrating the Franco-American Alliance

An Invitation to Tour France: "Celebrating the Franco-American Alliance"
Written By Gale Crafton, National Chair, DAR Tours Committee
Join the President General and the Dillon Administration as we travel to France in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War I with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles!
The 2017 France Tour, October 7-14, 2017, will include visiting the World War I Somme American Military Cemetery which honors the ultimate sacrifice of 1,844 American military men who lost their lives serving in World War I.  A visit to Chateau-Thierry Monument and Belleau Wood Marine Monument commemorates the 2,289 U.S. soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the Marne Valley during the spring and summer of 1918.
We will walk Fort Vaux, where the Battle of Verdun, the longest battle of the First World War on the Western Front was fought from February to December 1916.
Our 2017 France Tour will also include a trip to Tilloloy, France, where the Daughters of the American Revolution reconstructed the municipal water system after its complete destruction during WW I.
Joining with Rochambeau Chapter members in Paris, we will also visit the American Revolutionary markers along Place des Etats-Unis in Paris, the American Cathedral, and the tomb of Marquis de Lafayette in the Picpus Cemetery.  A tour of the gardens at the Palace of Versailles where the Treaty of Versailles which ended WW I was signed.
So, if you have always wanted to learn more about the historical connection of the United States and France, or see the Eiffel Tower, the Cathedral of Norte Dame, Arc de Triomphe, visit the Louvre Museum, or just have that leisure cup of coffee while sitting at an outdoor café along the Champs Elysees, this is your chance!
Visit the DAR Tours Committee page to download the Tour Brochure and detailed information.
Space is limited, so don’t miss out on this exciting France Tour!