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Local DAR Chapter Highlights Community Services


Last updated 2/20/2019 at 4:57pm

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DAR chapter members met at the WNC Military Museum to stuff and sew "heart" and "butterfly" pillows for the military veterans at the Charles George Medical Center in Asheville

For the second year in a row, the December and January meetings of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) were cancelled by the Waightstill Avery Chapter. The DAR members use the cancellation of school or the two-hour delay as the criteria for calling off their meetings.

With the December Tea being cancelled for the past two years, 2019's tea is predicted to be spectacular. There should be amazing fascinators and beautiful teacups to highlight the afternoon's delicious hors de oeuvres and choices of tea.

The strong committee structure in DAR ensures that the activities continue even if there is no formal meeting. In this age of email and Facebook, communication is swift and easy regardless of the distance or weather.

Supporting The JROTC Cadets

The Waightstill Avery Chapter proudly supports the Transylvania County Marine Corps JROTC program whose members are "outstanding role models" as students at Brevard High School and Rosman High School, according to Treasurer Charlene Nimer. Contributions made on behalf of the Corps will be matched dollar for dollar (to a maximum of $500) by a generous DAR member. Immediate and on-going needs are: activity fees for the marksmanship and drill teams, T-shirts and socks that require frequent replacement and must be purchased from the Marine Corps, dry cleaning and tailoring dress uniforms, and three-to-five uniforms that need to be added or replaced each year.

The DAR donation to the unit will be made at the March meeting or thereafter when Senior Marine Instructor Lt. Col Chuck Megown can schedule this event. It will be his decision about how to use the money. Those who are not members of DAR but would like to make donations in any amount to the matching gift challenge are welcome to do so. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Put JROTC in the memo line and mail your check made out to Waightstill Avery Chapter DAR to Charlene Nimer, Treasurer, 1661 Flat Creek Valley Rd., Lake Toxaway, NC. 28747.

Community Classroom Committee

This committee was established by President General Ann Turner Dillon as part of her administration's project. Locally, the committee has been very active under the leadership of Molly Tartt, chair, and Kathy Haehnel. The committee members recently voted to present a book to each elementary school library in Transylvania County. The book chosen was "A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women" by Lynne CheneyTartt was hostess at a luncheon in her home for all of the First Ladies and Sharon Jenkins, regent.

Service To Veterans Committee

Dayna Pollett, chair, reported that 14 chapter members met at the WNC Military Museum to stuff and sew "heart" and "butterfly" pillows for the military veterans at the Charles George Medical Center in Asheville. Many of the members had been snowbound the week before, so it was a treat to get together. Pollett stated that at the end of the session, 58 pillows were stuffed in two hours. After that was completed, Christmas cards were written to the veterans by Sharon Jenkins Charlene Nimer, Nancy Davis, Peggy Bridges, Sally Baker, Marty Wainwright, Mollly Tartt, Cindy Jadnezewski, Donna Bennett, Marcia Milla, Portia Odell, Sandy Briggs, Vickie Carpenter and Dayna Pollett.

The DAR members thank HODAR (Husband of DAR member) Phil Davis for opening the museum and helping with many tasks to make the room a very efficient production site.

Parliamentary Procedure Workshop

Martha Whitaker presented a very informative workshop in Asheville to those interested in learning more or refreshing their skills. It is highly recommended by NSDAR that all chapters have a Parliamentarian. Those attending from Brevard were Rosie Craig, Dayna Pollett, Peggy Bridges and Molly Tartt. The Brevard chapter is fortunate to have the Martha Whitaker providing her services at both the Executive Board meeting and at the monthly meetings.

Registrar's Activities

Waightstill Avery Chapter has seven new members since September and four more applications are now in Washington, D.C., pending verification. Locally, the registrar, Marty Wainwright, is currently working with five prospective members to get their applications ready to mail. In addition to new member applications, the chapter has 35 supplemental patriot applications awaiting approval. If you are a woman 18 years or older and can prove your direct lineal descent to a patriot who aided the cause of American independence in the American Revolution, you are eligible for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Contact Mrs. Wainwight at (828) 884-5798.


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The commemoration of the 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens had to be moved indoors in Gaffney. Those attending were (left to right) Peggy Bridges, direct descendant of Col. William Washington, Ruth Anderson, Dayna Pollett, Sharon Jenkins and Nancy Davis.

The shutdown made it impossible to have the 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens at the Battleground. The Sons of the American Revolution developed two contingency plans. Plan A was an outdoor site that would have accommodated more of the traditional activities. Plan B was indoors in case of rain. Plan B was the one selected and was held in a large room at the Cherokee County History and Arts Museum in Gaffney, S.C. Although the presentation of the colors and laying of the wreaths were modified, everyone took the changes in stride. The participant who came the longest distance was a DAR member from Houston, Texas. Attending from the Waightstill Avery Chapter in Brevard were Regent Sharon Jenkins, Dayna Pollett, Nancy Davis, Peggy Bridges and Ruth Anderson. HODARs who attended were Carroll Pollett and Phil Davis.

Upcoming activities will be the announcements of the Poster Contest winners from Rosman and Brevard high schools, winner of the 5th Grade American History Contest, and the Community Service Award recipient.


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