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September – October 2022

Please join us for our next meeting on Thursday, October 6.
All meeting times are the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Come early and bring a bag dinner to enjoy during our social time at 6:00 p.m.

Our New Meeting Venue!

St. James Episcopal Church
25 S. 3rd Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Bishop Wright Room.

Parking and room location:
WLTW can park in the parking lot on the corner of 4th St and Dock St, the First Citizens Bank parking lot across the street or on street parking right in front of the building.
The Bishop Wright Room is on the second floor. We can enter the building through the Cloister.  Someone should be there to let you in or text Ann Moore at (910) 233-3780 and someone will come down to meet you. 

Upcoming Chapter Events

October Chapter Meeting

Chapter meeting: St. James Parish, Bishop Wright Room
Social: 6 pm
Program: 6:30pm NourishNC (Service)

Presentation and discussion: Katelyn Maddox, Program Director of NourishNC
Katelyn is an experienced program coordinator with a demonstrated history of success in government administration, community growth and engagement, and the social services sector. She is skilled in nonprofit organizations, volunteer management, public speaking, communications, development and fundraising, and grant writing. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree focused in social work from Appalachian State University. Katelyn’s accolades include 40 Under 40, Wilmington Biz100’s Rising Stars, and WILMA Women to Watch Nonprofit finalist.

NourishNC Service Project

Our DAR Day of Service project will be making snack packs for NourishNC.

You can sign up with this form.

If you have signed up please bring your items to our chapter meeting on October 6. We will be making the snack packs at the end of the program and meeting. Also, if you have our chapter shirt, please wear them.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can still help by donating any of the items below. Please contact Ann or Autumn to arrange to get you food items to the chapter.

  • GoGo Squeeze Yogurt (shelf stable)
  • Fruit Squeeze
  • Granola Bar
  • Meat & Cheese Stick
  • Quart Size Bags
  • Sandwich Cracker
  • Raisins
  • Bag of Dried Fruit
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Juice Box (no Kool-aid)
  • Water (small size)

Show your DAR spirit!

You can support our chapter and look sharp with a shirt that can be worn to local events and initiatives.

We are doing a shirt fundraiser again this year.  This year will be a polo shirt and you have two color options to choose from; red or blue.

Available in 6 sizes from small to 3XL

Pay by Check, Square*, or Zelle*.

Download Printable Order Form

*small convenience fee applies

Christmas Tea Decorations

Inspiration Piece

Christmas Tea centerpieces have been decided and we are now working to gather the materials needed.

Centerpieces will be milk glass bowls with glass ornaments. If you would like to donate items or know of places that have these items please let Autumn Leonard, Vice Regent, know. We are still taking volunteers to help with planning and decorating.

Get in Touch with Autumn

Chapter Highlights & Recent Events

Welcome Back!
New Meeting Venue, New Campaigns, New Members, New Yearbook

Welcome to a new year with the Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk, NSDAR.

We have a wonderful new historic venue, St. James Episcopal Church, for our meetings and events, including the Christmas Tea and the May Luncheon. It is in a great location and has plenty of parking.

Vice Regent Autumn Leonard has organized a truly fantastic year of engaging and educational programming, including a history of St. James Graveyard and headstone cleaning and preservation.

The new chapter yearbook is ready with a fresh look. Thanks to Autumn Leonard for her work on this project. The yearbook is where you can find meeting schedules with program information, the member directory, names and contact information for chapter, state, and national officers, bylaws, standing rules and more.

See the yearbook

Click on image to enlarge. All photos courtesy WLTWDAR Archives.

It’s Official!

Our Organizing Regent, Sandy McKeithan, has been working diligently to ensure we received official Lantern chapter status. It has now been approved and we are all eligible to purchase this new pin.

This is a wonderful way to kick off our 15th Year Celebration!

Chapters designation recognizes any chapters that have transferred an organizing regent or five or more members to organize a new chapter; or, transferred five or more members to revitalize a chapter in order to spread the light of DAR. The chapter that received the members will also receive the same designation. This designation will be retroactively
available to any chapter that can produce evidence or documentation of the relationship.

Any member of a chapter that has received the Lantern Chapter designation is eligible to purchase and wear this gold plated pin on her official ribbon.

Find it in the DAR Insignia Store

Committee & Officer Reports

Registrar’s Report

Kristin Bedford

I am happy to report that we are busy working on applications for prospective members. We are extremely lucky to now have a Volunteer Genealogists helping us. Laura Earp is the State Membership Chair, so we couldn’t be luckier than to have a VG that can share words of wisdom, training, tips and advice on applications and membership. Laura has already been hard at work researching one of our applications. I am looking forward to working with Laura as we work through all our prospective member’s applications. In addition to our prospective members, we have several woman moving to the area and transferring into our chapter, plus we have several young women that were members of Children of the American Revolution that will be joining our chapter as Junior DAR members. It is so exciting to see the chapter grow!

If any other members are interested in learning more about the application process there are Application Basics Training Seminars coming up in October! You may choose from three different dates: October 6, 2022, at 7:00 pm, October 9, 2022, at 2:00 pm, or October 20, 2022, at 7:00 pm.
Anyone can register and it a great opportunity, especially if you are considering researching a supplemental or would like to volunteer to help a prospective member.

Social Committee

Autumn Leonard

Reminder the book for this quarter’s book club is I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott.

The meeting will be October 19th.

We are in need of a location, if anybody has a good place, let Autumn Leonard know.

Conservation Committee

Jennifer Sturm

In conjunction with the CAR president, Jayden Sturm, a beach sweep day is being planned with the hope of another for the spring. We will be gathering and ridding our beach of debris to promote a thriving refuge for our area wildlife. Debris left on the beach harms physical habitats, transports chemical pollutants, threatens aquatic life, and interferes with human uses of coastal environments. Of all trash, plastics cause the greatest potential harm to the environment, wildlife, and humans. When visiting our beaches, we encourage everyone to place trash in its proper receptacles, if it’s yours or left by careless others.

Public Relations and Media:

Sherri Colvin Cane

In order to celebrate America 250!, our Facebook page has started a new campaign to recognize each of our chapters Patriots. If you are a member of the Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk your Patriot ancestor will be spotlighted.

Every week, for 67 weeks, we highlight a different American Revolutionary War Patriot. Don’t miss yours!

Click here to go to our Facebook page.

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.

Upcoming Seminar

Join us for the Application Basics Training seminars in October! You may choose from three different dates: October 6, 2022, at 7:00 pm, October 9, 2022, at 2:00 pm, or October 20, 2022, at 7:00 pm.

Registration is open to all interested daughters. Registrars taking this class will provide their chapters with a point on the CAA! Join us for the latest on application preparation and submission.

The Registration link is provided below:

Protocol Moment

Tips on DAR Etiquette & Protocol

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Events Calendar


  • Oct 6 – Chapter meeting: St. James Parish, Bishop Wright Room
    Social: 6 pm
  • Oct 7 – 1780 — Anniversary of Battle of Kings Mountain

  • Oct 9 – Battle of Shallow Ford, celebrated
  • Oct 10 – NSDAR Day of Prayer

  • Oct 11 – NSDAR Birthday; NSDAR Day of Service

  • Oct 14- 1780 — Anniversary of Battle of Shallow Ford, Yadkin Co, NC
  • Oct 19 – Book Club Meeting

  • Oct 19 – 1781 — Anniversary of Victory at Yorktown
  • Oct 25 – 1774 — Anniversary of Edenton Tea Party, Chowan Co, NC

  • Oct 29 – Berkeley Battlefields Tour, Moncks Corner, SC

Chapter Reminders for October

  • Please remember to record your Service to America volunteer hours earned.

Logging your hours makes you eligible for a D.A.R. Service to America Pin.

Happy Birthdays, Joys, and Concerns

Happy Birthdays

Oct 1 • Susan Darr Blackburn
Oct 4 • Linda Hart
Oct 8 • Linda Emmerich


Our own Librarian and C.A.R. Society President, Megan Robertson, is moving with her family to Washington State this month. Megan will remain in her current positions in our chapter until May. She will be greatly missed and we wish her success and all good things. We love you, Megan.

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.