Dietrich read the President General’s Message and encouraged members to fly the U.S. flag, especially on Memorial Day and Flag Day. This month marks the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day, and members were encouraged to recognize the Blue Star and Gold Star mothers whose sons and daughters have served our country.
June 6, 2014, marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. One can only imagine what it must have been like for the thousands of mothers who waited for word of their child’s safety.
Maggie Evans will provide the wreath to be laid at the grave of Revolutionary War Patriot Pvt. Joseph Lane by Ocoee Chapter members. The ceremony will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m., at the Old Lee Cemetery off White Oak Valley Road.
Vice Regent Laura Boyd introduced guest speaker Nancy Hemmrich, vice president general, National Society DAR. Hemmrich, a past Tennessee state regent and past insignia chairman, presented a program on the history of DAR insignia from the founding of the organization on Oct. 11, 1890, to the present.
The DAR motto is “God, Home, and Country” and its purpose is to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. During the Revolutionary War, brave American patriots risked their lives and sacrificed for the freedoms that we have today. DAR members honor and preserve the legacy of their patriot ancestors through membership in the society.
Jane Lucchesi reported the Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home Council is still working with the state on site preparation for the Cleveland/Bradley County state veterans home. The SETVH Council hopes to raise $15,000 to go toward construction at the June 7 golf tournament to be held at Chatata Valley Golf Course.
American Indian Chairman Joy Harden told the story of Cherokee Chief James Vann, a successful tribal leader and businessman. During the 1790s, Vann established a prosperous plantation covering more than 1,000 acres, and he owned approximately 100 slaves. He also owned taverns, grist mills, livestock and a ferry that crossed the Chattahoochee River in Georgia.
Vann brought European-American education into the Cherokee Nation with his support of the Moravian mission school. He also urged the Cherokees to adopt European-style “civilization” because of the positive aspects he had observed in that culture.
But Vann abused alcohol and could at times be cruel and ruthless. He was also paranoid about theft. It was said that he lived by the sword and died by the sword. Drinking at Tom Buffington’s Tavern along the Old Federal Road in North Georgia on Feb. 19, 1809, he was murdered while holding a bottle in one hand and a drink in the other. Though the person who shot him was never caught, it was suspected that someone whom he had wronged was his killer.
Vann’s death had a major affect on the matrilineal Cherokee society, which was structured around women, not men. Property passed through the wife when a Cherokee man died. But Vann, aligning himself with European law, left his inheritance to his oldest son, Joseph. The tribal council, attempting to reconcile the situation, gave some of the inheritance to his other children, but Joseph got the bulk. When he died at the age of 43, Chief Vann was one of the richest men not only in the Cherokee Nation, but in the United States. His home, the Vann House, is located near Chatsworth, Ga.
Jeannine Scott gave the National Defense Report explaining that the Medal of Honor was created by Congress during the Civil War and is America’s highest military decoration for valor. But it was never meant to be awarded to Confederate soldiers.
Feeling that those soldiers should have also been awarded medals, the Sons of Confederate Veterans now bestow the Confederate Medal of Honor on those whose bravery in battle during the Civil War can be proven. According to a spokesman, “These men were doing what we all did when we served our county or our cause — looking out for your fellow soldier and trying to bring him home safely.”
During the business session of the meeting, Gussie Ridgeway read the minutes of the previous meeting, and Linda Foster gave the treasurer’s report. Registrar Helen Riden reported on the progress of prospective member applications.
Conservation Chairman Ann Cherry suggested three easy ways to “go green” — buy local produce to reduce transportation, turn lights off when leaving a room, and use your pet’s stale water to water your plants.
After door prizes were given out, Dietrich thanked hostesses Bess Neil, Margot Everhart and Mary Margaret Stamper, then adjourned the meeting.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership in DAR.