Ocoee Chapter DAR wins awards at state conference

Posted 5/16/18

OCOEE CHAPTER of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently met. From left are Regent Leigh Ann Boyd, Vice Regent Joanne Swafford and guest speaker Wendy Hamilton Martin.

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Ocoee Chapter DAR wins awards at state conference

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The Ocoee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its May meeting recently at the Elks Lodge.

Regent Leigh Ann Boyd presided and led the Ritual. Katy Tippens led the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” and Chaplain Jane Rumbaugh led the prayer.

Boyd introduced guests and prospective members Angie Wyatt, Leigh Ann LaRue Brown, who was visiting from Lakeland, Fla., Becky and Dr. David Chaffin, Betty Scott, Teresa Winter and Bobbi Liner.

The Ocoee Chapter received several awards during the 113th TSDAR state conference in Franklin. They included Cherokee District Awards for second highest amount donated to the National Society DAR Library in Washington, D.C., and second for number of U.S. history awards and medals presented.

Tennessee honors included a Silver Award-Chapter Achievement; Blue Award (highest level)-Yearbook; Outstanding Print Media Award for PR and media; certificate of excellence for Save Our Members (no one dropped out); Outstanding Community Service Award by Chapter-Service to America; and recognition award for Preserving Family Collections, Laura Boyd. There also several honorable mentions received.

Regent Boyd read President General Ann T. Dillon’s message to the members.

Boyd announced that construction on the local veterans home will soon begin, and reminded members that the Ocoee Chapter was the first to make a contribution toward the home, with its gift of $500.

National Defense Chairman Sarah Dorset spoke about Revolutionary War Patriot John Adams, who eventually was elected second president of the United States.

During the 1760s, Adams began questioning Britain’s authority over Colonial America. He came to view the British imposition of high taxes and tariffs as a tool of oppression, and he no longer believed England had the Colonists’ best interests in mind.

In 1774, Adams attended the First Continental Congress as a Massachusetts delegate. In 1775, as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, Adams nominated George Washington to serve as commander of the Colonial Forces in the American Revolution, which had just begun. As a congressional delegate, Adams later nominated Thomas Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence.

During the business session of the meeting, Linda Foster read the minutes of the April meeting. Carolyn Powell Hendrix gave the treasurer’s report, and Helen Riden gave the registrar’s report. Regent Boyd handed out new Ocoee Chapter.

Vice Regent Joanne Swafford introduced guest speaker Wendy Hamilton Martin, daughter of Bill and Debra Childrey Hamilton. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Martin has worked in the pharmaceutical sales industry for 14 years. She spoke to members about ways to stay healthy.

She encouraged members to take charge of their health by knowing what medicines they are taking and why, doing their own research, following national guidelines for diagnostic testing, and being informed about any condition or disease that they might have.

American Indian Chairman Joy Harden reported on Elias Boudinot, a formally educated Cherokee who became the editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, the first Native American newspaper in the United States. Boudinot played a crucial role during the years before the Cherokee Nation’s forced removal to the West.

He opposed the opinions of Chief John Ross, who was against removal. The New Echota Treaty was signed at Boudinot’s home in 1835. The Treaty required the Cherokee to relinquish all land east of the Mississippi River and it led to their forced removal to what is now Oklahoma. After moving west in 1839, Boudinot and two other Treaty signers were murdered by supporters of John Ross.

Conservation Chairman Katy Tippens encouraged members to allow the harmless and helpful opossum to dwell in their yards. This nocturnal marsupial is helpful to the environment by catching and killing ticks, cockroaches, rats, and mice. It helps gardeners, too, by eating snails and slugs, and since it is immune to poisonous snake venom, the opossum will even eat rattlesnakes.

Women’s Issues Chairman and retired dietitian Ellen McReynolds encouraged members to read the nutrition label on foods before buying. She debunked some of the myths about nutrition such as the idea that organic food is more nutritious than non-organic food. She stressed the importance of eating enough protein, drinking enough water, and getting necessary vitamins such as magnesium. 

DAR Schools Chairman Mildred Maupin collected $200from Chapter members during the April and May meetings for the Tamassee DAR School.

Boyd reported that Linda Foster would serve as Service to America Chapter Chairman. Each member was given a form on which to log volunteer hours.

Regent Boyd thanked hostesses Carolyn Powell Hendrix and Debra Childrey Hamilton.

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