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January 2022 • Newsletter

Please join us for our next chapter meeting!

When: Thursday Feb. 3
6:00pm for social – 6:30pm meeting.
Where: CFCC – Union Station – 3rd floor conference room #343

Zoom Meeting Link

*links will be updated the day before each chapter meeting.

From The Regent

Ann Moore

Happy New Year!

What a relief to bid 2021 farewell and welcome another new year. January is the time we complete the CMR and CAA for National and State. It is always good to know the wonderful accomplishments of our chapter in a regular year, but amazing to see all that we accomplished in this crazy pandemic year. We celebrated seven new members, installed new officers and an executive board, co- hosted the in-person District VII meeting, participated in wreath laying at the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, as well as the Battle of Rockfish, and a grave marker dedication in Charlotte. We supported DAR schools through our donations and 75 books were donated to the DAR library.

Our long anticipated interactive communication toolbox went live and received State and National approval. The Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk web site is the place to find all the information you need. The new interactive yearbook is there with links to so much information. It is constantly updated with new and current information. The website is the home of “The Spilt Tea”, our long running newsletter as well as the minutes and links to all national and state information.

Many State and National workshops were virtually attended. At the virtual Continental Congress, Sherri Cane was awarded the National First place American Heritage Award for Craft-Dolls as well as the Evelyn Cole Peters Award for Excellence. This is the second year in a row one of our members has been honored with a first-place award in the American Heritage competition.

In service to America, we prepared 98 snack bags for NourishNC, cookies were delivered to fire and police departments, and goods were donated to the Ashley Center for homeless veterans. We adopted Castle Hayne Elementary School as our Community Classroom school and distributed pocket Constitutions and coloring pages to all their 5th graders. For the third year, the display window was decorated at the New Hanover public library for Constitution Week by our members.

We had a great time being together at social events; like a potluck dinner at Jen Sturm’s home …Wine and Design night and a Christmas tour of the Burgwin Wright House. We celebrated a Colonial Christmas at Cape Fear Country Club and were honored to have Carole Weiss, National VP General, Honorary State Regent to induct our newest members.

Sadly, we lost one of our founding daughters this year. Our hard working, dedicated, and much loved, Jo Campbell lost her valiant battle to cancer. She was an Honorary Regent, Treasurer, and longtime Registrar. Her knowledge concerning all things DAR is greatly missed as is her wisdom and gentle manner.

Ladies, it has been a busy and productive year. I suspect 2022 will be even better because we will all be together. I am honored to lead such an amazing group of patriots.

In DAR Sisterhood,
Ann Moore

Chapter Highlights & Recent Events Gallery

WLTW Christmas Tea. Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk gathered together for our annual Christmas Tea, held this year at the Cape Fear Country Club. An authentic colonial meal was served and a program by guest speaker Kimberly Sherman, PhD. was presented on Women in Colonial North Carolina. Thanks to committee chair Carolyn McCormick, Regent Ann Moore and everyone who helped make it happen.

Enjoy the gallery.

Burgwin Wright House Colonial Christmas Tour. On December 11, our chapter gathered together for a colonial Christmas tour at the Burgwin Wright house. Dinner followed at Michaels Restaurant on the river. Thanks to Social Committee Chair Autumn Leonard for organizing this event.

Enjoy the gallery.

Wreaths Across America . On December 18, our chapter participated in Wreaths Across America at the Wilmington National Cemetery on Market Street to honor our fallen Patriots. Pictured are Carolyn McCormick, Susan Blackburn, and Autumn Leonard (l-r).

CAR Continued Meaningful Work in 2021

In 2021, Jayden Sturm, CAR Society President, worked with a local senior living center to provide continuation wreaths for veteran residents. They are to hang on their room door and upon their time on earth coming to an end, the wreath is given to the veteran’s family to place on the grave for patriotic holidays, or how they see fit.

Jayden also led the Pledge of Allegiance for the virtual celebration and memorial of the Battle of Moores Creek.

Upcoming Chapter Events & News

WLTW Geneaolgy Club gets started in the new year!

Coming in February
Take an ancestry deep dive with the Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk.

If you have that special ancestor that you want to find out more about, learn interesting history about their era, and swap stories with the rest of us history lovin’ ladies, please join us.

When: Date Coming Soon
Where: The North Carolina Room
New Hanover County Public Library – Main Branch
201 Chestnut St, Wilmington, NC 28401

The first of what we hope will be many fun meetings focusing on the genealogy sleuth in all of us will be coming soon. If you love the thrill of the hunt when it comes to your family history, get ready to join us for our first meeting of the WLTW genealogy club – Daughters Researching Ancestors! The first meeting will feature the head of the New Hanover County North Carolina room who will guide us through using this local resource to find answers to the questions we have about our Tar Heel State Patriots!

Dinner will follow at Copper Penny.

Coming in February
The 245th commemoration of the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge

You are invited to attend The 246th Commemoration of the Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge on February 26, 2022 10:00 am in Currie, NC The ceremony will be held beginning at 10:00 am at the Moore’s Creek Battleground, 40 Patriots Hall Drive, Currie, NC 28435. More details to follow in February.

Committee & Officer Reports

Conservation Committee

Jennifer Sturm
Please consider where you dispose of your life Christmas trees. 14 million trees will be disposed of from American homes and each tree contains about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide that it removed from the atmosphere over its lifetime. Burning it only releases those chemicals back into the air we breathe. Mulching allows that carbon to be returned back into the soil. Our New Hanover County Home Depots recycle our life Christmas trees for free at their Eastwood Road and Monkey Junction locations. Placing it on the curb for the garbage man to take to the landfill is the absolute worst possible way of disposing your tree as the trees end up underground where there is little oxygen. The bacteria that thrives in these places turn the carbon in waste into methane which does more than 20 times as much damage to the environment as the carbon dioxide.

DAR Library Committee

Megan Robertson

A reminder to everyone that it is our chapter goal to have everyone buy a book from the library. I am also working on getting the book club back up and running. Please let me know if you are interested in participating.

Social Committee

Autumn Leonard

This year, we will try to have a social event every other month. Starting in February, the plan is to meet at Axes & Allies for a fun night of ax throwing and possibly dinner afterwards. More details to follow.

Some ideas for future events are:
AR Workshop
Wine and Design
Movie Night
Going to a shooting range

If you are interested in helping plan these events, please let me know.

Media and Public Relations Committee

Sherri Colvin Cane

Hooray! Our website was reviewed by the NSDAR national committee and has been given the seal of approval. Thanks to everyone who patiently helped with the process.

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.

From Clare Marshall, DAR Genealogy Assistant Director, NSDAR, Applications & GEP Program Coordinator

The Genealogy Department is excited to announce that beginning January 1, 2022, GEP Courses 1-4 are now $75 each!

Recently, the Executive Committee approved the decision to lower the cost of the four main courses in the Genealogy Education Program (GEP). This decision was made to help encourage you, our members, to enroll in any of the GEP courses that might interest you.
The NSDAR Genealogy Department has created and maintains five Genealogical Education Programs (GEP 1 -5). The GEP courses provide the most complete and up-to-date information on the proper completion and documentation standards required by the DAR for the verification of Applications. The courses are available to all DAR members. The member is responsible for the cost of each course.

For any questions, please contact the Online Learning Team at [email protected].

Protocol Moment

Tips on DAR Etiquette & Protocol

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Events Calendar


Jan 1 District DAR Good Citizen winners due to State Chair
Jan 1 American History Essay District Winners due to State Chair
Jan 1  Literacy Promotion Committee Outstanding Service Contest entries due to State Chair
Jan 2 American Heritage — All entries (except for Fiber Arts) must be postmarked between January 2 and February 14.
Jan 8 American Heritage — All entries for Fiber Arts must be postmarked by January 8.
Jan 15 DAR Good Citizens supplies Order Form must be sent to State Chair
Jan 15  Commemorative Events CHAPTER folder must be received by State Chair
Jan 20 Complete State Chapter Achievement Award Form to State Chair, email by January 20.
Jan 20 Complete your National Chapter Achievement Award Form and Chapter Master Report online at e-Membershi
Jan 31 DEADLINE — DAR Scholarship applications due to State Chair

Chapter Reminders for January
Please remember to record your Service to America volunteer hours earned over the year.

Happy Birthdays, Joys, and Concerns

Happy Birthdays

Jan 5  • Amy Emerson
Jan 19 • Ann Moore
Jan 21• Sherri Colvin Cane

Congratulations to:

WLTW welcomes our newest members inducted by Carole Weiss, National Vice President General, NSDAR on December 4. Chausette Arenal, Gayle Bordeaux, Michelle Reavis, Christianne May, and Ginger Davis.

Visit these DAR publications and messages to see what’s happening on the state and national levels.

The Tarheel Patriot
President’s General Message
National Defender

The Spilt Tea is a bi-monthly newsletter of the
Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter, NSDAR
All photots courtesy of Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter, NSDAR,
photo archives unless noted otherwise.