Daughters of the American Revolution meet at library

March 29, 2014

Daughters of the American Revolution, Anne Lee Chapter, Altus, met Thursday, March 13 at the Southern Prairie Library. Guests were Pat Miller McFall, State Regent and Norma Hughes, State Organizing Secretary, both of Edmond.

Regent Mary Holsey called the meeting to order and led the group in their Ritual, DAR Pledge and the Pledge to the American Flag. Mabel Blackwood, Chaplain, gave the Chaplain’s response and led in prayer. Karen Dill gave the secretary minutes and treasurer’s report.

Mabel Blackwood gave the Indian Recognition report. Edith Elliott gave the Constitution Minute about executive powers. Regent Holsey reported from the National President General Young regarding several issues. The year 2013 was the highest application year since 1921, for ladies applying to join the DAR through a Revolutionary War soldier or participant. The DAR National meeting will be June 25-29 in D.C. Ms Holsey reported that the Anne Lee Chapter Essay Winners placed at the state level the past two years.

State Regent McFall, spoke about different methods to help the small DAR chapters survive in outlying communities. She led a discussion and with input from Ms. Hughes, the local chapter members will be looking at changes in scheduled meetings which will help working women be more active in the chapters. Ladies interested in becoming members need to attend meetings while starting their research of direct lineage to the Revolutionary War.

New business included voting on new officers and meeting times throughout the year. Officers elected and installed for 2014 - 2016 are: Regent: Joy Grant; V-Regent: Edith Elliott; Secretary, Karen Dill; Treasurer-Registrar, Mary Holsey, and Mabel Blackwood, Chaplain. A new meeting schedule was approved for four meetings a year instead of ten times a year. Meetings will vary on different days of the week starting with a Saturday in June.

Other members attending were: Marion Stephens, Janet Wright, Mabel Blackwood, Marian Chaney, Edith Elliott, all of Altus; Joy Grant, Mangum, OK, Karen Dill and Peggy Fite, Hollis.

The next meeting will be held June 14, Flag Day. It will be held at Friendship Inn in Altus, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be self pay from the buffet. The DAR meetings are open to guests with a desire to trace their heritage back to the Revolutionary War. Help will be given to get research started. Any lady wishing to join this chapter by researching your ancestry back to the Revolutionary War should contact or State Regent, Pat McFall, is willing to answer many questions about this organization through her e-mail.

This is a non-political women’s service organization, whose motto is God, Home and Country. We promote Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism.