DAR Presents Classroom Grant Award To Megown And Cadets - Brevard NC

 

September 20, 2018

Attending the awards ceremony were, left to right, Dr. Bryan Abernathy, principal of BHS, Lt. Col. Charles Megown, MCJROTC instructor, and Sharon Jenkins, regent of DAR chapter.

On Friday, Sept. 14, the JROTC cadets from Rosman and Brevard high schools assembled in the auditorium of the WNC Military History Museum. The 44 cadets were called to order by their commander, Hali Chapman, who then presented Lt. Col. Charles Megown. In addition to addressing the cadets, Megown introduced Sharon Jenkins, Regent of the Waightstill Avery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jenkins recognized the Daughters who were present and informed the cadets that she was going to have two surprises for them.

Before getting to the surprises, Jenkins told the audience some facts about DAR, which was founded in 1890 during a time that was marked by a revival of patriotic feelings and intense interest in the beginnings of the United States of America. Women felt the desire to express their patriotism and were frustrated by their exclusion from men's organizations founded to perpetuate the memory of ancestors who fought to make this country free and independent.


As a result, a group of four pioneering women in the nation's capital founded their own organization, and the Daughters of the American Revolution has carried the torch of patriotism ever since. The objectives penned during the first meeting of the DAR have remained the same during 128 years of active serviced to the nation. These objectives are historic preservation, education and patriotism.

Since its founding, DAR has installed more than 950,000 women 18 years or older who proved their direct lineal descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence.

"Many of the cadets here today are familiar to our DAR members because you participated last school year in the "Ladies First" presentations at our elementary schools," Jenkins said. "All of us who have worked with you have been impressed with your dedication, pride, love for your country, leadership qualities, politeness and desire to teach proper flag etiquette to younger students."

And now for the surprises.

After last year's presentations were over, Molly Tartt (historian and librarian) encouraged Megown to complete a National Society DAR grant request. The grants would be awarded two per state, so the competition would be fierce.

"I am so happy to announce that the Junior Membership Committee awarded the 2018 Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Grant to Lt. Col. Charles Megown," Jenkins said. "This Classroom Grant Award includes a certificate and a $500 cash prize. In addition to that $500 award from National, I am proud that the 140 members of the Waightstill Avery Chapter of DAR voted unanimously to match that amount. Therefore, we are here today to congratulate you on receiving a total of $1,000 specifically tagged for the purchase of additional dress blue uniforms. Congratulations, Cadets and Lt. Col. Megown for a job well done."


The Waightstill Avery Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was established in 1921. Membership in DAR is open to any woman age 18 or over who can prove her direct lineal descent from a patriot who furthered the cause of American Independence during the years 1778-1783. For more information, access the DAR national website at http://www.dar.org.

Company Commander Hali Chapman was proud of the 44 MCJROTC cadets who attended the awards ceremony. Chapman attends Rosman High School. (Courtesy photos)

 
 

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