The Chattanooga Regents Council, Daughters of the American Revolution, led by Carol Rogers, chairman and member of the Chickamauga chapter, held its annual joint luncheon on Wednesday, at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.
One hundred fifty DAR members and guests were in attendance, the largest joint meeting held in Chattanooga. The program highlighted the Tennessee State regent’s project, Legacies of Our Great Grandmothers- Early Tennessee Women, a book being compiled by the TN daughters, consisting of documented genealogies and stories of Tennessee women before 1850.
The program was given by Linda Mines, Hamilton County Historian, member of the Chief John Ross chapter, and Chairman of History and Social Sciences department at GPS. She portrayed Tennessee pioneer woman, Bonnie Kate Sevier, wife of Tennessee’s first governor, John Sevier, while encouraging members to enter their female sketches for the book. This project is under the direction of the State Regent, Susan Thomas, who is a member of the Judge David Campbell chapter in Chattanooga and a resident of Monteagle, Tn.
Greg Vital, CEO of Independent Healthcare Properties, was awarded the DAR Historic Preservation medal by the Chief John Ross chapter for his efforts on behalf of the Blythe Ferry Cherokee Memorial Park in Harrison TN, as well as his work for the Chattanooga Military Parks and Moccasin Bend. His efforts in these areas are widespread locally and nationally, and cover many areas of Historic Preservation.
Twenty local DAR members of 50+ years were honored, as well as ten DAR member veterans.
The luncheon was followed by a Tea And Tidbits session, which allowed local members a chance to address the TNDAR state regent and board with questions concerning local, state and national DAR activities.
The Regent’s Council of Chattanooga is made up of the five regents of the local DAR chapters: Lee Parham, Chickamauga Chapter: Josephine Hill, Nancy Ward Chapter; Jan Perry, Judge David Campbell Chapter; Teresa Rimer, Chief John Ross Chapter; Sara Maloney, Moccasin Bend Chapter.
The DAR is a network of 175,000 women, worldwide, who honor their revolutionary ancestors, and promote education, patriotism, and historic preservation in their communities. Any woman interested in joining is encouraged to visit their website at www.DAR.org.