Ocoee Chapter DAR guest speaker John A. Clines, TNSSAR State Color Guard commander, poses with Vice Regent Joanne Swafford, left, and Regent Leigh Ann Boyd, right.
The Ocoee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its June meeting recently at the Elks Lodge.
The Tennessee SAR State Color Guard, led by Commander John A. Clines Sr., presented the Colors. Regent Leigh Ann Boyd presided and led in the Ritual. Chaplain Jane Rumbaugh led in prayer, and Katy Tippens led in the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Following the Retiring of the Colors, Cherokee District Director Teresa Rimer brought greetings from the Tennessee Society DAR.
Boyd reported on recent events in which Chapter members participated and announced the dates of several upcoming events.
Several chapter members attended the recent Flag Day ceremony at Brainerd Mission.
Three new members were inducted. They are Janice Rogers Duff, whose patriot ancestor is Col. Benjamin Cleveland; Patricia Rife-Beavers, whose ancestor is Abraham Rife; and Carmen Thurman, whose ancestor is William Burns.
Boyd thanked American Indian Chairwoman Joy Harden for her many years of service as the Committee chairwoman and presented her with a gift.
Boyd read outgoing President General Ann T. Dillon’s message to the Daughters which included the following: “I am also forever grateful for how each of you has found a way to make Moving Forward in Service to America a reality. Often, we downplay our individual efforts and accomplishments, but never forget that even the small contributions we make to those around us have an impact…”
Vice Regent Joanne Swafford introduced guest speaker John A. Clines Sr., Tennessee Sons of the American Revolution State Color Guard commander. He is a retired critical care paramedic and retired EMS captain at Bradley County EMS.
Clines presented examples of the different uniforms and equipment used by patriots during the Revolutionary War. He is the owner of “Ole Frog Accoutrements” and offers handmade goods that would have been used in the 18th century. Mrs. Clines accompanied her husband to the meeting, dressed in a reproduction 18th-century clothing.
National Defense Chairman Sarah Dorset featured first lady Dolley Payne Madison, wife of President James Madison, as part of her series on Patriots of the Revolutionary War.
Dolley Madison is famous for rescuing the portrait of George Washington from the White House fire that occurred during the War of 1812.
Born into a large, strict Quaker family in North Carolina in 1768, Dolley lived a simple, until she was around 10 when she spent two weeks with her Episcopal grandmother in Virginia. For the first time, Dolley saw bright colors and rich fabrics in clothing and inside a home. She was also treated to music, dancing, and desserts. She realized she “did not have the soul of a Quaker.”
Despite being Quakers, the Paynes owned a few slaves who had been acquired prior to becoming Quakers, and this became a great moral conflict to Dolley’s father. He freed his slaves at great financial cost to himself and moved the family to Philadelphia.
When her father died, their Philadelphia home became a boarding house to help support the family.
Dolley married a young Quaker lawyer named John Todd. Three years later, a yellow fever epidemic killed her husband, John, and their infant son Temple. Dolley and her 2-year-old son, Payne, returned to live with her mother and help with the boarding house. Dolley began receiving invitations to first lady Martha Washington’s weekly receptions, or “levees” as they were called. Six months after being widowed, Dolley Payne Todd was introduced to Congressman James Madison. Her outgoing personality complemented Madison’s introverted nature, and Dolley is considered by many as the most loved of all our country’s first ladies.
American Indian Chairman Joy Harden reported on a house built around 1826 in present-day Cleveland by Alexander Harvey Wilson for his Cherokee bride Jane Swan. The house now owned by Bob and Nancy Erwin is located on Walker Valley Road.
Known as the Wilson-Erwin House, it has been designated a part of the Trail of Tears by the National Park Service. In 1838, Cherokee people traveled through Cleveland on their way to holding camps in Charleston .
Librarian Gussie Ridgeway progressed in collecting money for the “Dimes for Seimes” project at the National DAR Library.
Conservation Chairman Katy Tippens reported on popular ground covers that often harbor snakes, mosquitos, and other pests as well as diseases carried by these pests.
Wide spread spraying to control these pests also harms the beneficial insects, such as butterflies and other pollinators.
DAR Schools Chairman Mildred Maupin read a letter from Tamassee DAR School thanking the Chapter for the recent monetary donation.
The minutes of the May meeting as recorded by Linda Foster were approved. Debra Hamilton reported the chapter’s balances as calculated by treasurer Carolyn Hendrix.
Registrar Helen Riden reported on the application progress of prospective members.
Chaplain Jane Rumbaugh reported Corresponding Secretary Nancy Guinn mailed get-well cards and contacted members during the previous month.
Members were asked to report their “Service to America” hours before the deadline.
The Women’s Issues report focused on ways to reduce food waste.
A Constitution Minute and a Monthly Flag of the United States Minute were presented.
Boyd, who was also a hostess, thanked hostesses Linda Boyd and Maggie Evans, and adjourned the meeting.
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