Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter, NSDAR
Wilmington, North Carolina
September / October 2021 Newsletter
From The Regent
In 2008, the first Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk newsletter was introduced by our founding members. This month, the legacy of “The Spilt Tea “ returns with the relaunch of our chapter’s newsletter. We hope you enjoy using this bi-monthly, online tool to keep up with the latest chapter events and information. A link will be emailed to you at the beginning of every other month beginning in November.
DAR Day of Service
Monday October 11, 2021 is our Day of Service. Our members will be participating in two events on this day. To thank first responders, we will be delivering cookies to New Hanover Police at Cape Fear Community College Campus and also Wilmington Fire Stations #2 and #7. If you interested in delivering cookies to a fire station or police department near you, we encourage you to do so on behalf of our Chapter and have your picture taken.
Also, on October 11, we will be joining together to make “Snack Packs” for NourishNC. NourishNC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “Provide healthy food to hungry children, empowering them to succeed in the classroom and in their community.” Their goal is to enhance children’s health and well-being by preventing the devastating consequences of childhood hunger. They are committed to providing the community’s most vulnerable children with nutritious food.
We will meet as a Chapter Monday October 11, at 5 p.m. at Ann Moore’s house and together we plan to make about 75 snack packs to donate to this nonprofit organization. If you plan to attend and have a DAR t-shirt, please wear it! It’s a photo moment! Please join us for fun and sisterhood. We will take the snack packs to the food bank the next day for distribution in New Hanover County.
American Spirit Magazine
It’s renewal time for the American Spirit Magazine and the Daughters’ Newsletter. It is always informative with current national committee reports each month. You will always be surprised by what and who might find…Our own associate member, Honorary State Regent of Florida and National Vice President General, Kay Yarbrough was in a photo with President General, Denise VanBuren at Disney World. They were there to present a special proclamation in honor of the security team and three Orange County deputies who raised and lowered the flag daily while the park was closed due to Covid 19.
Please take a minute to go to the DAR website and renew your subscription. A great way to stay informed and it’s only $18.00.
State Regent’s Project
Photo Courtesy of NCDAR website
State Regent Anna Choi, has chosen the pine as the symbol of her administration. Like the North Carolina Daughters, the native pine tree is found in every corner of our state and though there are differences, they share many similarities. Also like our native pines, North Carolina Daughters are “evergreen,” working diligently throughout the entire year and giving so much of their time and resources in service to God, home, and country.
Mrs. Choi’s State Regent’s Project is two-fold, with deep ties to North Carolina. One of the project’s initiatives is to open a charter school for the Crossnore School Winston-Salem Campus much like the Williams Academy on the Avery County Campus. The State Regent’s Project will also focus on establishing a collections acquisitions fund with the sole purpose of enabling the NSDAR staff to acquire North Carolina-specific items that reflect North Carolina’s contribution to the cause for independence.
Read more about the initiatives in the State Regent’s Project here.
American Indian Committee
Native American Day is observed on the second Monday in October. It is a day that we commemorate the cultural contributions of Native American communities to our own state’s history, as well as to the overall country.
According to DAR archives the origin of our National American Indian Committee dates back to 1921. It began with a song at the 30th Continental Congress. Renowned Indian Opera Singer, Princess Tsianina Redfeather Blackstone sang a piece entitled “Canoe Song”. The words spoke to many Daughters. The committee became a reality as a subcommittee in 1936 and a National Committee in 1940.
Committee goals are to educate local communities and Daughters about Native American or Indigenous culture, heritage, history and current events. It continues to provide financial assistance and educational aid to Native American youth” through support of several schools and with a scholarship program.
On your next visit to our Library, take a look at the extensive collection they have been working on since 1987. There are over 2000 volumes of historical and genealogical information on first people across our country.
Visit our national committee page to see how you can help with scholarships, wish lists, camp, programs in your community and earn a pin. Learn More here.
DAR Schools Committee
Your purchases can generate donations that make a difference in children’s lives. If you make Amazon purchases, please think about using Amazon Smile to support Crossnore Communities for Children. Crossnore is a DAR School and a recognized leader in helping children who have experienced abuse or other trauma rebuild the belief in a safe, dependable home. Please consider making a donation to the school to help purchase items needed for the children or purchase something from their Amazon wish list. Find the Crossnore School Wish List here.
Constitution Week Committee
The committee dressed the display window at the Downtown New Hanover County Public Library this year in an updated theme. With a big new banner, balloons, a UPC code to the text of the US Constitution, the window looked fresh and patriotic! The head librarian also took pocket constitutions and bookmarks to hand out at the reference desk.
Community Classroom Committee
Our chapter donated 90 pocket Constitutions and 90 patriotic bookmarks to the 5th grade classrooms of Castle Hayne Elementary School in honor of Constituition Week. Thank you to Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk member and Castle Hayne Elementary School Principal Christianne May for facilitating this project.
Please remember to fill your Halloween bags for the Sgt. Eugene Ashley Transition Living Center of Wilmington (Ashley House) veterans. Sandy McKeithan has organized an effort to collect items for the Ashley House veterans and distributed Halloween bags at the September 2 chapter meeting. We will be collecting bags and items on the wishlist at our October chapter meeting. If you didn’t get a bag you can still help by bringing any of the items on the wish list.
Seargent Eugene Ashley Center Wishlist
DAR Project Patriot Committee
Many of you may remember the NCDAR supported the USS North Carolina submarine last year with contents for a Half-Way box. Did you also contribute to the Girl Scout’s Operation Cookie Drop? Do Packets4Patriots sound familiar? Find out more about what the Project Patriot team is doing and how you can help! See our state website for more details.
Continuing DAR Education
Keep up to date with your officer and committee roles and goals! Below are some of the classes, workshops, and webinars to assist in learning more about our DAR organizations and positions.
State Treasurer Rosie Craig will be leading Zoom training sessions on September 30 (7:00 PM) and October 3 (2:00 PM).
State Registrar Candy Roth will provide training (Application Basics) on October 7 (7:00 PM) and October 10 (2:00 PM).
If you serve as a chapter treasurer, registrar, regent, or district director, you will receive an email invitation to attend one or more of these sessions. The email invitation will provide instructions on how to register.
This fall we will be offering a series of basic training sessions for chapter officers. All chapter officers are encouraged to attend a Chapter Regent/Chapter Officer training session on Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. This training session will explore the responsibilities involved in serving on a chapter executive board and will focus in detail on the duties of the chapter regent. District officers are also encouraged to attend. Click here to register.
Susan Waldkirch, DAR Leadership Training Chair
- Sept. 2 – Chapter Meeting 6:00 pm – Learn more
- Sept. 5 – Marker Dedication NC District III Pineville, NC, 4:00 pm
- Sept. 6 – Labor Day
- Sept. 11 – 20th Anniversary of 09/11 and Patriot Day
- Sept. 17 – Citizenship Day, Constitution Day Bells Across America
- Sept. 17-23 – Constitution Week
- Sept. 19 – POW/MIA Recognition Day
- Oct. 7 – Chapter Meeting 6:00 pm – Learn more
- Oct. 7 – Anniversary of Battle of King’s Mountain
- Oct. 10 – National Society Day of Prayer
- Oct. 11 – National Society Founded, 1890
- Oct. 11 – National DAR National Day of Service
- Oct. 11 – Native American Day
- Oct. 12 – Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day
- Oct. 17-23 – Free Speech Week
- Oct. 19 – Anniversary of the Victory at Yorktown
Chapter Reminders for September / October
Wear a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness in October.
Please Remember to record you Service to America volunteer hours earned over the summer.
Attention all Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk committee chairs, please fill out your budget request form so we can fund your projects for this year.
Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Budget Increase Request Form
Happy September Birthdays
Sept 10 Kerrigan McAlarney
Sept 12 Sandy McKeithan
Sept. 24 Lane Dale Thompson
Sept 26 Amy Emerson
Happy October Birthdays
Oct 1 Susan Darr Blackburn
Oct 8 Linda Griffin Emmerich
Oct 17 Sherry Gardner Kuiper
Oct 21 Lyndsay Benson-Millard
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