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,