Members of the Botetourt County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their triennial Installation of Officers meeting on Saturday morning, June 18, in the Family Life Center at Fincastle United Methodist Church. Family members, prospective members and guests joined the DAR ladies to celebrate this milestone in the life of this chapter.
Officers were installed by Patricia Honts, the current DAR District VII Director. Assuming their responsibilities on July 1 are JoElla John-Regent, Betty Holt-First Vice Regent, Carole Geiger-Second Vice Regent and Librarian, Dana Manos-Recording Secretary and Historian, Angela Coon-Corresponding Secretary, Alicia White Braxton-Treasurer, Cathy Cronise-Assistant Treasurer, and Emily Talbot-Guillote-Chaplain.
The guest speaker for the morning was Mary Bowser, a living history actor who portrayed Betsy Ross. Dressed in period attire, she related how in 1776 General George Washington and men from the Continental Congress came into her seamstress shop in Philadelphia and asked that she sew a flag for the Patriots. She is credited with designing the 13 stars in a circle on a blue background, along with 13 red and white stripes.
Attendees were treated to a message on the Oneida Indians, America’s first Indian allies, as well as information about Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July. Their collection of coupons, which are sent to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, has gathered almost $400,000 in coupons to date in 2022. After the meeting a buffet lunch prepared by Coriander Catering was served.
The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political organization open to any woman who has lineage to a Patriot who contributed to the success of the American Revolution. It is focused on service to the community, and it fosters patriotism, education and service. The motto is God, Home and Country. More than 1,000,000 women have joined the organization since it was founded over 125 years ago.