The Martintown Road Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated increased membership and national and state recognition this year.
Twelve new members, four transfers and one reinstated daughter were welcomed.
Programs included a Constitution Week speech by retired North Augusta High School NJROTC Com-mander Dave Myers; a Christmas message by Father David Thompson of St. Bart’s Episcopal Church; a demonstration of 18th century foods and medicinal herbs by chapter member Gwen Spivey; and presentations by Elliott Levy, Executive Director of the Aiken County Historical Museum, on the keys to our heritage, and the Augusta Museum of History’s Amanda Klaus on preserving our personal treasures.
The chapter placed third in the state with the greatest increase in new members and with the highest percentage increase in membership. Chapter members Helen Bates, Lawren Hammond and Susan Robbins were recognized for outstanding chapter computer work, while Lawren was also DAR Membership Committee’s Southeastern Division third place winner for outstanding state report. Anne Sawyer received the Community Service Award for her adopt -a-pet volunteerism. 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 the Spread the American Spirit magazine subscription contest.
The chapter donated 800 pounds of clothing and household items to the DAR school in Tamassee, S.C., for resale; mailed 5,600 coupons to overseas military families; knitted 104 hats for deployed military personnel; collected $270 to purchase phone cards for wounded military at Germany’s Landstuhl Medical Center; and mailed 900 Gene-ral Mills box tops and 500 Campbell’s soup labels to various DAR schools.
Midland Valley High School senior Holly Brooke Rittenberry was the chapter’s Good Citizen Scholarship and Award winner. The American History Essay winners were: fifth grade – Katherine Poole, Our Lady of Peace; sixth grade – Pete Patrick Carroll, Our Lady of Peace; seventh grade – Tommy Touch Carroll, Our Lady of Peace; and eighth grade – Alivia John Brewe, LBC Middle School. Pete Patrick was also named sixth- grade state essay winner.
NJROTC medals and certificates were presented to Cadet Mindy Jett, North Augusta High School, and Cadet Sarah Kovacs, Silver Bluff High School. DAR Youth Citizenship medal and certificate recipients were Sarah Bigger, Paul Knox Middle School; Caroline Waldrop, North Augusta Middle School; and Alivia Brewe, LBC Middle School.