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DAR Martintown Road Chapter increases in membership

Posted: June 18, 2014 - 9:08am
DAR officers are Susan Robbins (from left), Katie Johnston, Karen Catchings, Frances Wilkinson, Lawren Hammond, Frances Johnson, JoAn Smith, and Paula Morgan.  Pam Schmidt and Nila Wicker are not pictured.      SPECIAL
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DAR officers are Susan Robbins (from left), Katie Johnston, Karen Catchings, Frances Wilkinson, Lawren Hammond, Frances Johnson, JoAn Smith, and Paula Morgan. Pam Schmidt and Nila Wicker are not pictured.

The Martintown Road Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated increased membership and national and state recognition.

Four new members and a transfer daughter were welcomed.

The chapter received national recognition for 100 percent participation in the President General’s Project of restoring the DAR headquarters in Washington, D.C., and silver level in Spread the American Spirit magazine’s subscription contest.

State awards included outstanding achievement in a Constitution Week event and SCDAR Preamble Honor Roll.

The chapter donated 7,500 pounds of clothing and household items to the DAR school in Tamassee, S.C., for resale, collected more than $350 to purchase phone cards for wounded soldiers at Germany’s Landstuhl Medical Center, mailed 7,700 coupons to overseas military families, and collected 975 Campbell’s soup labels and 600 General Mills box tops for various DAR schools.

Chapter members logged more than 1,200 community volunteer hours in the Celebrate America! campaign.

Member Joyce Meyer received the DAR Community Service Award for initiating and continuing University Hospital’s Born to Read program.

Member Helen Bates was recognized for over 25 years of volunteering with the Augusta Genealogical Society, while member Gwen Spivey received the award for her volunteerism as a Revolutionary War re-enactor and 18th century living history interpreter who brings the Colonial period to students in middle and high schools across South Carolina.

Chapter Regent Susan Robbins wrote an article about Spivey’s award, which recently appeared in the DAR national Daughters of the American Revolution newsletter.

Four members achieved milestone membership anniversaries: Cathryn Hardman, 10 years; Jeanie Goodwin-Karow, 20 years; Kathryn Baker and Susan Robbins, 30 years.

Midland Valley High School senior Brandon Corley was the chapter’s Good Citizen Scholarship and Award winner.

The American History essay winners were: Ryan Shiley, fifth grade, Hammond Hill Elementary; Josh Mentrup, sixth grade, Our Lady of Peace; Shanleigh Wahl, seventh grade, Our Lady of Peace; and Chloe McGee, eighth grade, North Augusta Middle School. Chloe was also named the state winner for the eighth grade.

Eighth graders presented with the DAR Youth Citizenship award were: Sarah Crews, North Augusta Middle School; Murphy Branson, Our Lady of Peace; Devin Hansard, Victory Christian School; Ansleigh McIntosh, LBC Middle School; and Elizabeth Wall, Paul Knox Middle School.

Cadet Ensign Monique Holmes from Silver Bluff High School, Cadet Sarah Jean Zorn from Midland Valley High School and Cadet Senior Chief Petty Officer Mahalia Browning from North Augusta High School received the ROTC award and medal.

At the May luncheon, Capt. David E. Myers, U.S. Navy retired, was presented the DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal for his 26-year Navycareer, 15-year career as high school NJROTC commander, and current leadership position as Jesse C. Lynch Memorial American Legion Post 71 commander.

The following were installed as 2014-16 officers: Pam Schmidt, regent; Susan Robbins, vice-regent; recording secretary, Katie Johnston; corresponding secretary, Karen Catchings; treasurer, Frances Wilkinson; registrar, Lawren Hammond; chaplain, Frances Johnson; Historian, JoAn Smith; librarian, Paula Morgan; and parliamentarian, Nila Wicker.

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