DAR Members Involved In Planning For Constitution Week


August 31, 2017

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Mayor Jimmy Harris reads the city's proclamation that designates Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week. He then presented the proclamation to Portia Odell, chairwoman of the Constitution Week Committee for the Waightstill Avery Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. Standing left to right are Publicity and Public Relations Chair Ruth Anderson, Recording Secretary Therese Zuccaro, 1st Vice Regent Dayna Pollett, 2nd Vice Regent Nancy Davis, Regent Sharon Jenkins, Portia Odell and Mayor Jimmy Harris.

At the Brevard City Council meeting on Aug. 22, Mayor Jimmy Harris presented to Portia Odell, Chairwoman of DAR's Constitution Week Committee, the proclamation which states that the City of Brevard will officially recognize Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

The Waightstill Avery Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution members thank Mayor Harris and the City Council for their continued support of Constitution Week activities each year.

DAR's Constitution Week plans are underway and the goal is to make all Transylvania County residents aware of the many freedoms we possess because of a document of approximately 4,500 words written on four large sheets of parchment paper.

Chairwoman Odell has planned many activities in an effort to bring about awareness of the Constitution, which was signed on Sept. 17, 1787.

There will be a Constitution Week exhibit on the second floor of the Transylvania County Library for the entire month of September.

There is currently an exhibit on two tables at the newly opened Western North Carolina Military History Museum.

Area churches, fire houses and colleges are being asked to ring their bells at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17, to celebrate the hour our forefathers began signing the great document. Churches are also being encouraged to add a patriotic hymn to their weekend services.

Elementary schools have been invited to join in Bells Across America, and the students will be provided with bells to ring throughout the week.

In 1965 the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law 915 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a patriotic service organization for women 18 years and older who can prove their direct lineal descent from an American patriot who furthered the cause of American independence from 1776-1783. Brevard's Waightstill Avery Chapter was established in 1921. Chapter meetings are at 11 a.m. on the second Monday of every month September through May in Miller Hall at St. Philip's Episcopal Church.

Go to DAR.org for more information.


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