The Maj. George Gibson Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) met April 29 in Jonesville, Virginia. Rebecca (Becky) Jones hosted this meeting at the historic Morgan House (also known as the Daugherty House). Mary Sprinkle was the program chairman and assistant hostess.
Other Maj. George Gibson members in attendance were Charlotte Brooks, Joy Burchett, Andrea Cheak, Dolores Ham, Agnes Marcum, Augusta Sinon, and Manerva Watson. Also present was special guest Frances Hines, a former Jonesville teacher. Hines is the mother of Mary Sprinkle and sister of Becky Jones. She is a member of the Maj. Joseph Bloomfield DAR Chapter in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
Prior to the start of the meeting, the group had a period of fellowship while enjoying the delicious food served by Hostesses Jones and Sprinkle.
Treasurer and Past Regent Brooks called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. She began the DAR Ritual with customary participation by Chaplain Watson and members. Watson gave devotion entitled “Quiet Amid Chaos.” The scripture was Psalm 46:10.
Mary Sprinkle arranged the program speakers: John Hartley, Southwest Region Operations Steward, Virginia Department of Conservation, Division of Natural Heritage; and Stephen Grayson, Southwest Region Steward, Virginia Department of Conservation, Division of Natural Heritage. Hartley is Mary Sprinkle’s son. He and Grayson gave a slide presentation about Virginia’s Natural Area Preserve System. These preserves include examples of natural communities from nearly all areas of the state, a strategy that helps protect both common and rare plants and animals. The Cedars Natural Area Preserve in Lee County contains karst (limestone) landscapes of sinkholes, caves, and underground streams. Members were very attentive and asked several questions about our Lee County natural areas. This enjoyable and informative presentation was very much appreciated.
The program was followed by a business meeting and birthday announcements. Members were reminded to log volunteer hours for Service to America, count recycled plastic bags, save Box Tops for Education, clip coupons for the military and save canceled stamps for a veterans’ stamp club.
At the time of this meeting, the next upcoming event was a re-interment service for the family of Samuel Howard, Revolutionary War patriot, on May 12. This re-interment was necessary due to erosion after relocation of the Cumberland River in Harlan County, Kentucky.
On May 13, members planned to participate in the Wreath Presentation Ceremony at Wilderness Road State Park.
The next regular chapter meeting will be the June Flag Day event. In September, the Virginia Districts IV and VII Fall Forum will be held in Richmond.
For more information about DAR, go to www.dar.org.