At a recent meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Ocoee Chapter), Barbara Fagan spoke on “Genealogy.”
She presented her unique idea for making genealogy interesting by making each character of her family history come alive with favorite colors, personalities, hobbies and so forth in a play-like form at her family reunion. She read stories her family had created for the interest of the young people attending family gathers — as if ancestors had written them and passed them down to future generations. Those attending were assigned an ancestor as they read and re-enacted their character.
The Ocoee Chapter met at the Elks Lodge with Presiding Regent Linda Foster leading the opening ritual. Harriet Caldwell, chaplain, gave the response followed by Foster leading the Pledge to the American, Tennessee and Daughters’ flags. Maureen Jaggers led the singing of the National Anthem.
Hostesses Leigh Ann Boyd, Nelda Thompson, Linda Foster and Maggie Evans used a patriotic theme of American flags and jewelry on the table. Evans shared flag etiquette and gave the quotation: “The flag is how America signs its name.”
The meeting included:
— Foster’s reading President General Merry Ann Wright’s message and a thank-you to the chapter for supporting her project, the replacing and repairing of the Lay Lights in the Constitution Halls’s library.
— The Indian report by Joy Harding with a reminder of Recognition Day at Red Clay State Park on Aug. 3 and 4.
— The Conservation report by Ann Cherry, who encouraged members to use natural growth in their gardening — and not forget to recycle.
— The SETVA report by Jane Lucchesi stated when Clarksville’s Veterans Home is completed, Bradley County should be next on the Tennessee list.
— Past minutes read by Lucchesi in place of Mildred Maupin, secretary.
— The treasurer’s report by Ellen McReynolds and the registrar’s report by Helen Riden. Ocoee Chapter made the decision to continue to support Kate Duncan School.
— A moment in memory of the late Polly Donnelly and the late Ellen Ann Campbell.
Four prospective members were in attendance at the meeting: Debbie Riggs, Polly Morrison, Lisa Pritchett and Teresa Silver.
The chapter responded to the invitation to the flag-raising ceremony at the Brainerd Mission and Foster, as outgoing regent, thanked the chapter for its support and gave flags to those attending.
The nominating committee submitted the following for three-year offices: Mariann Dietrich, chapter regent; Laura Boyd, vice regent; Harriet Caldwell, chaplain; Gussie Ridgeway, secretary; Jane Lucchesi, corresponding secretary; Linda Foster, treasurer; Helen Riden, registrar; Mary Nelle thompson, historian; and Mildred Maupin, librarian. Pam McConnell, Cherokee District leader, officiated at the installation ceremony in June with leadership beginning in September.