Ocoee Chapter DAR Meets
The Ocoee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its April meeting recently at the Elks Lodge. Regent Leigh Ann Boyd presided and led members in the Ritual and the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Linda Boyd performed the chaplain’s duties.
Boyd reminded members this is the 100th anniversary of the American’s Creed, which DAR members recite as part of the ritual at each meeting.
Boyd also reported on the National Society DAR’s “Service to America” project and encouraged members to log their volunteer hours.
Chapter delegates to the state conference in Franklin will be Boyd, Vice Regent Joanne Swafford, Virginia Orr, Jane Lucchesi and Linda Foster, with Helen Riden serving as alternate.
Boyd read President General Ann T. Dillon’s message to the Daughters, which included information on the May 1 rededication of the Revolutionary War heroine Margaret Corbin Monument at West Point and the news the DAR Museum Gallery, is nearing completion.
Boyd presented the Women’s Issues report on the importance of keeping blood vessels healthy. Ways to keep vessels healthy include eating anti-inflammatory foods, getting up and moving around at least once every 30 minutes, quitting smoking, and managing your blood pressure.
DAR Schools chair Mildred Maupin collected monetary donations for Tamassee School. Members will have another chance to donate at the May meeting.
National Defense Chairman Sarah Dorset reported on Dr. Joseph Warren in her continuing series on Patriots of the Revolutionary War. Warren was considered the best doctor in Boston and treated both patriot and British patients. His patients included Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who were Sons of Liberty members.
Warren also served as grand master of the St. Andrew’s Lodge of Freemasons of which Paul Revere was a member. His friendship with Samuel Adams and his Masonic connection with Paul Revere and others put him in the center of the Revolution.
After the passage of the Townsend Acts, Warren wrote a series of articles in the Boston Gazette under the pseudonym, “A True Patriot.”
While Samuel Adams was in Philadelphia in 1774, Warren assumed his leadership role in Boston to raise militias and procure arms and powder. He directed Paul Revere to warn colonists in the countryside that the British were coming.
After news of the skirmishes in Lexington and Concord, Warren spent the next six weeks readying the militia for battles to come. For his efforts, he was elected second general in command of the Massachusetts forces by the Provincial congress on June 14, 1775.
After learning that British forces had landed at Charlestown, Warren rode to the fortifications at Breed’s Hill. Taking the line as a regular volunteer, Warren was killed by a ball between the eyes on the third volley. In New England, every state has a town named in Warren’s honor, and Warren County, Tenn., is named in his honor.
Magazine chair Virginia Orr reported on Patriot Margaret Corbin, whose story is featured American Spirit. She took her husband’s place on the firing line at the Battle of Fort Washington in 1771. After being wounded in battle, she became the first woman to receive a lifelong pension for her service.
Public Relations chair Katy Tippens reported the chapter has a Facebook page under the name “Ocoee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.” The chapter’s ‘page’ will provide general information for anyone interested in DAR.
Tippens also gave the Conservation Minute reporting on the decline of fireflies or lightning bugs. Scientists encourage turning off outside lights, letting logs and leaf litter accumulate in the corners of our yard to give fireflies a place to grow, creating water features in our landscape, not over mow our lawns, and stop using lawn chemicals and broad spectrum pesticides.
American Indian chair Joy Harden reported the Cherokee tribe owns only about 3 ½ percent of the lands they originally owned. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the Cherokee are the most numerous of the 563 federally recognized Native American tribes. Of the registered Cherokee, only about 15,000 are full-blood Cherokee.
Veterans chairman Maggie Evans reported there is no space for donations of items for veterans until the Courthouse repairs are completed. Evans also gave updates on the Mary Louise Harle gravesite, DAR insignia and NSDAR’s quilt project.
Gussie Ridgeway read the minutes of the March meeting recorded by Secretary Linda Foster. Treasurer Carolyn Hendrix reported the Chapter’s balances, and Registrar Helen Riden gave updates on the applications of two prospective members.
Vice Regent Joanne Swafford introduced guest speaker and Master Gardener Linda Merritt whose topic was “Bee a Friend to Pollinators.” Merritt presented a slide show and handed out information regarding “pollinator gardens.”
“Best Practices for Pollinator Gardens” includes the following: do not buy plants treated with systemic pesticides, create a garden with season-long blooms, plant herbs and let them go to seed to produce flowers, plant 3-5 plants of each species that appeal to butterflies, wait until the end of April to rake leaves out of flower beds as butterflies and queen bumblebees spend the winter in garden debris.
The Chattanooga Area Pollinator Partnership, a project of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of Wild, provided a list of native plants for pollinators growing requirements. Many plants, shrubs, vines, and trees are suitable hosts for butterflies, bees, and other beneficial wildlife.
Following a drawing for large potted begonias as door prizes, Boyd thanked hostesses Joy Harden, Mary Nelle Thomason, and Jeannine Scott and adjourned the meeting.
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