Ocoee Chapter of DAR meets

Posted 3/18/19

Ocoee Chapter DAR Meets

The Ocoee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its March meeting recently at the Elks Lodge.

Regent Leigh Ann Boyd presided and led members in the Ritual. Chaplain Jane Rumbaugh led the prayer, and Katy Tippens led the singing of the national anthem.

The Ocoee Chapter DAR and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 81 will host a pinning ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans on Saturday, March 30, at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post 81 in Cleveland. The event is to commemorate National Vietnam Veterans Day.

Boyd read President General Ann T. Dillon’s message to the Daughters. She also read the National Defense Message which focused on the experiences of Dr. (Colonel) Janet Southby, an Army nurse serving in the 85th Evacuation Hospital near the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam in 1965. Colonel Southby continues to serve her fellow soldiers as president emerita of the Walter Reed Society and as a past president of the Army Nurse Corps Association, and is a DAR member, as well.

Vice Regent Joanne Swafford introduced guest speaker and historian Robert George, who spoke about the Edenton Tea Party, a women’s political protest in Edenton, North Carolina, organized in response to the Tea Act, passed by the British Parliament in 1773.

The Edenton Tea Party took place after Penelope Barker gathered a group of 51 women at the home of Elizabeth King in Edenton, N.C., on Oct. 25, 1774. The ladies organized to support the colonists’ cause against “taxation without representation.” The women signed an agreement in support of the boycott of all British tea and cloth.

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Ocoee Chapter DAR Meets


The Ocoee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently held its March meeting at the Elks Lodge.
Regent Leigh Ann Boyd presided and led members in the DAR Ritual. Chaplain Jane Rumbaugh led the prayer, and Katy Tippens led the singing of the national anthem.
The Ocoee Chapter DAR and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 81 will host a pinning ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans on Saturday, March 30, at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post 81 in Cleveland. The event is to commemorate National Vietnam Veterans Day.
Boyd read DAR President General Ann T. Dillon’s message to the Daughters. She also read the National Defense Message which focused on the experiences of Dr. (Col.) Janet Southby, an Army nurse serving in the 85th Evacuation Hospital near the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam in 1965. Southby continues to serve her fellow soldiers as president emerita of the Walter Reed Society and as a past president of the Army Nurse Corps Association, and is a DAR member, as well.
Vice Regent Joanne Swafford introduced guest speaker and historian Robert George, who spoke about the Edenton Tea Party, a women’s political protest in Edenton, North Carolina, organized in response to the Tea Act, passed by the British Parliament in 1773.
The Edenton Tea Party took place after Penelope Barker gathered a group of 51 women at the home of Elizabeth King in Edenton, N.C., on Oct. 25, 1774. The ladies organized to support the colonists’ cause against “taxation without representation.” The women signed an agreement in support of the boycott of all British tea and cloth.

The Halifax resolution was later adopted by North Carolina in 1776. The adoption of the resolution was the first official action in the American Colonies calling for independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution.
Librarian Gussie Ridgeway continued to collect for the “Dimes for Seimes” project.
Corresponding Secretary Nancy Guinn reported that she has sent several get-well cards and birthday cards to Chapter members since the last meeting.

American Indian Chairman Joy Harden reported on Cherokee Nation citizen and women’s activist Fern Leona Holland, who was killed in Iraq 15 years ago while helping Iraqi women gain their freedom. Holland had gone to Iraq as part of the Coalition Provisional Authority when she and two others were stopped at a roadblock and shot to death.
Magazine Chairman Virginia Orr read excerpts from an article in American Spirit Magazine titled, “Fighting the King of Terrors.” In 1721, at the urging of the Reverend Cotton Mather, of Salem Witch Trial fame, it urged Boston physician Zabdiel Boylston to perform the first smallpox inoculations in the New World.
During the Revolutionary War, smallpox killed an estimated 130,000 Americans. In 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, that, “The Small Pox is 10 times more terrible than Britons, Canadians, and Indians together.”

George Washington encouraged inoculation after contracting the disease as a 19-year-old visiting Barbados in 1751. He described smallpox as worse than, “the Sword of the Enemy.”
Conservation Chairman Katy Tippens spoke about Arbor Day, observed on the first Friday in March in the state of Tennessee.
During the business session of the meeting, the minutes of the February meeting were approved (as recorded by Linda Foster). She also accepted reports of Volunteer Service hours by members.
Regent Boyd read the treasurer’s report provided by Treasurer Carolyn Hendrix. Registrar Helen Riden reported three applications have been approved.

Members voted by ballot for Chapter officers for the next term. Members also voted by ballot for delegates to represent the Chapter at this year’s Continental Congress.

Judy Drapac reported that wreaths purchased next Christmas for the “Wreaths Across America” project can now be designated for placement in the Veterans Cemetery at Fort Hill Cemetery.
Chapter members brought items such as K-cups and snacks that will be taken to the upcoming State Conference and then forwarded on to the USO in Nashville and the USO at Fort Campbell.

The Women’s Issues report focused on the importance of including broccoli in one’s diet on a regular basis, and included proper methods of cooking broccoli in order to maintain its nutrients.
A “Constitution Minute” and a “Flag of the United States Minute” were included in handouts to those present.
After thanking hostesses Ina Kagel, Laura Hixson and Jane Lucchesi, and after giving out door prizes, Boyd adjourned the meeting.

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