Sunday, May 17, 2015

50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

Michael David Erhart
Born December 3, 1948
Mansfield, Ohio
United States Army
Specialist Fourth Class, 7th Regiment – US Cavalry
Tour of Duty; South Vietnam, November 23, 1968
Died under enemy fire

 April 30, 1969 20 years 5 months of age

The Brunswick Town Daughters of the American Revolution recognized US Army Specialist 4th Class, Michael David Erhart during the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War at their May 13th DAR meeting, which was held at Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, NC.

Michael D. Erhart, a native of Mansfield, Ohio, is the cousin of Jim Johnson, husband of DAR Brunswick Town member Carol Jutte. Michael (Mike) Erhart was killed in action during the Vietnam War on April 30, 1969.

During the May 13th ceremony two certificates were presented; one from the DAR National and one from the DAR Brunswick Town Chapter, along with The United States Vietnam War Commemoration pin. The certificates were given in recognition of the ultimate sacrifice made by Michael Erhart during the Vietnam War. Jim Johnson accepted the DAR certificates and pin on behalf of Michael Erhart's father Joseph J. Erhart who still resides in Mansfield, Ohio.

Joseph J. Erhart is Jim Johnson's "Uncle Joe" Erhart. Following the presentation, Jim Johnson told of his early memories of growing up with his cousin Mike Erhart, long before his enlistment on the Army. He spoke of their youth together and his pride for this courageous young man, who gave his life while fighting the enemy in Vietnam.

Jim and Carol are both traveling to Mansfield, Ohio to attend Joseph Erhart's 101st birthday this May 22, 2015. While there, Jim and Carol will present both DAR certificates and commemoration pin  to" Uncle Joe" Erhart in the presence of the other Vietnam veterans, family and friends, including members of Jared Mansfield Chapter of the DAR.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Photographs of DAR Members and Guests That Attended the May 2015 Meeting

 Row 1: Martha Koeltar, Kathy O’Donnell and Kathy Miller
 Row 2: Cindy Sellers, and Jackie Craft
Kathy O’Donnell is signing her membership papers, Martha and Kathy Miller are signing supplementals.

Row 1-  Kathy O'Donnell, Cindy Sellers, Cindy Gulledge,
Brenda Harriss
Row 2 - Martha Koletar, Jane Johnson, Carol Johnert (prospective member), Emily Queener

Row 1: Betsy Pessetto, Mary Ann Davie (guest of Jackie Craft
from the Halpatiokee DAR Chapter in Martin Co, Florida 
and Fran Carlsen
Row 2: Pat Gooding, Jackie Craft and Bonnie Becmer

Row 1: Vicky Kay, Helen Taylor, Nora Hickam, and Carol Jutte
Row 2: Betsy Hamer, Phyllis Wilson, Aaron Fenninger, Diane Price and Jim Johnson

Row 1:  Vickie Elam, Lila Fordyce, Lisa Pomeranz, Ann Cranford, and Sandy Kotch. 
Row 2:  Jan Sponsler, Dianna Suttle, and Dianna Conaty

Row 1:  Kathy Miller, Pat Tucker, Mary Sands, Nancy Mazzei.
Row 2:   Chris Frazier, Leola Benjamin, Lucia Lister, and Carol Hart

Row 1 - Susan Hadenchuk, Lois Ambler and Lois’ Mother
Row 2 - Pat Steele and Lois Ambler's sister

Carol Jutte, Lisa Pomeranz, Jackie Craft, Gwen Causey, Betsy Pessetto, Pat Gooding and Phyllis Wilson all attended the State Conference in Durham, NC 2015

This is the certificate Brunswick Town received for a Tri-Color award for Chapter Achievement at State Conference this year.

The installation of new officers was held.  Gwen Causey filling in for Diane Kuebert, Chaplain, installed the following officers:  Carol Jutte, Vice Regent;  Kathy Miller, Chaplain; Nancy Mazzei, Treasurer; Cindy Sellers, Registrar; Pat Gooding, Historian; Diane Price, Librarian.  Diane Kuebert, Regent, will be installed at Continental Congress in June and Lynn Deen, Recording and Corresponding Secretary, will be installed at the first meeting in September.

Jackie Craft, Regent said goodbye to Susan Hadenchuk, Librarian, Cindy Sellers, Registrar, and Betsy Pessetto,  Vice-Regent 

2015-2017 Brunswick Town DAR Officers Are Sworn in at May 13th DAR Meeting Held at Cape Fear Country Club

Gwen Causey, DAR State Registrar swore in the 
officers at the DAR meeting.

Carol Jutte, Vice-Regent; Kathy Miller, Chaplain; Nancy Mazzei, Treasurer;  Cindy Sellers, Registrar; Pat Gooding, Historian; and Diane Price, Librarian; missing from photo is Diane Kuebert, Regent and Lynn Deen, Recording and Corresponding Secretary.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Guest Speakers and Other Posts from May DAR Meeting

Martha Koletar's Grand Niece, Cassie McKee sang The Star Spangled Banner to begin the DAR Meeting/Luncheon held on May 13th at the Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, NC.

Photos of the ruins of St. Phillips Church at Brunswick 
Town/Fort Anderson

Be sure to visit the Brunswick Town website.

Jim McKee, Site Manager at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson was the guest speaker at the DAR May Meeting held at the Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, NC 

Battery Gun 55-Nickel

Betsy Hamer introduced Aaron Fenninger, Field Representative, Woodmen of the World, who presented a U.S. Flag and a North Carolina State Flag with staffs and stands to BrunswickTown-Fort Anderson. Betsy Hamer contacted the company when she discovered the historic site had no American or North Carolina State Flag.

L to R: Jackie Craft, Lori Sanderlin, and Betsey Pessetto

Lori Sanderlin, Curator of Education, for the Maritime Museum in Southport.  The Museum received a matching grant of $1700 from NSDAR that will be used for an exhibit “Along the Cape Fear”.  The exhibit will include a life size mannequin of a woman in authentic colonial costume and tell the story of the importance of tar and turpentine along the Cape Fear.  The exhibit will open in June 2016. The chapter sponsored the Museum’s grant for matching funds.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Memorial Day Wreath Laying

Plan to join The Richard H. Stewart, Jr. American Legion Post 543 at the Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday (5/25) beginning at 11:00 AM at the SJ Veterans Memorial adjacent to SJ Town Hall.  Colors will be presented by the Post 543 Honor Guard.  The ceremony will include guest speaker U.S. Representative David Rouzer, 7th Congressional District of N.C. and music performance by the Sea Notes Choral Society.  Seating will be available for all attendees.  Parking is limited and carpooling to the event is encouraged.  In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside the SJ Community Center.  Information from John Muuss(910) 253-3243.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Kings Mountain Little Theater Presents a Play About the Battle of Kings Mountain June 26 through July 28th

The Kings Mountain Little Theater has produced a play regarding the Battle of Kings Mountain called Liberty Mountain, written by Bob Inman, retired WBTV broadcaster whose ancestor, Col. Williams, died after the battle ended.

I request the NCSDAR to help promote this play scheduled for additional performances this June, July, and again in October.  Join the Colonel Frederick Hambright Chapter, NSDAR, in supporting this docudrama produced by the KM Little Theater, City of Kings Mountain, Kings Mountain Historical Museum, and countless other civic groups to share the story beyond our community.

Many of our own NC Daughters don’t know the significance this little battle had in the Revolution and upon the very course of American History itself.  We would love to have them visit Kings Mountain to get the full story.  It would make a wonderful summer trip or any chapter.

Here’s a link to the promotional video on YouTube. I saw the play last summer; it was very well done. The video shows the professional emphasis placed upon this production. As DAR members, we all need to promote local efforts to preserve our history.  If we don’t, the significance of our ancestor’s sacrifices will be lost forever.

Performance Dates:

June 26 and 27, and July 3, 10, 11, 17,and 18 at 7:30 PM
June 27 and 28, and July 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 3:00 PM

WTVI produced a short video describing the play and the significance locally, across the state, and to our nation. An interview with Bob Inman helps explain the significance of this battle in context to the entire Revolutionary Way.

Brief Historical Background

Liberty Mountain: A Revolutionary Play
 1780. The American Revolution has dragged on for five wearying years, and is now at a stalemate. There have been victories and defeats on both sides in the New England colonies – Bunker Hill, Saratoga, Lexington, Concord, Trenton, Monmouth. But victory eludes the combatants. The British under General Clinton firmly hold New York, but little else. George Washington’s Continentals are unable to force a decisive battle.

The new British strategy: invade South Carolina. Capture Charleston and drive north, establishing strongholds, attracting what’s expected to be an outpouring of loyalist sentiment and arms. Once South Carolina is subdued, continue into North Carolina, then to Virginia. Trap George Washington’s army between the British forces moving north and those coming out of New York in a decisive battle that will end the revolution.

It almost worked, and would have except for Kings Mountain – a story being re-told 234 years after the fact in a new stage drama.

Contact Loretta Cozart for additional information about purchasing tickets. Buy your tickets right away since last year's show sold out months in advance.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Brunswick Town Chapter Members Attend State Conference 2015

Seated: Betsy Pessetto, Vice-Regent, Jackie Craft, Regent, Lisa Pomeranz, Geneology Preservation State Chair, Pat Gooding, Treasurer; Standing: Carol Jutte, Membership Chair, Gwen Causey, State Registrar, and Phyllis Wilson, State Public Relations and Media Chair

May 6, 2015

Brunswick Town Daughters:
Ladies, I wanted to give you an update on the 115th State Conference where we celebrated our “Scottish and Irish Heritage” held in Durham from April 30th through May 3rd.

A few notes from Conference:
  • 6,796 total membership, 463 junior members and 105 NC Chapters
  • Over 185,000 hours for Celebrate America in 2014
  • Genealogical Records Report – Diane Price was mentioned for the number of bible records that she sent in Historical Preservation Report 
  • Rifle Pit Project on Caswell Beach was mentioned.
  • No Fall Forums in 2015 because of new State Officers
Regent, Jackie Craft

   L to R: Phyllis Wilson, NC State Public Relations and Media Chair, Anderson Smallwood, Scholarship Winner, Judith Parker, NC State Scholarship Chair, and Jackie Craft, Regent of the Brunswick Town Chapter. 

Judith Parker, NC State Scholarship Chair presented the Cordon/Street Scholarship Award to Anderson Lane Smallwood at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, May 2nd. Anderson was sponsored by the Brunswick Town DAR Chapter. She was an Endowment Scholarship Winner. Anderson is a senior at South Brunswick High School. Anderson placed 2nd in her graduating class with a 4.87 GPA.

She is a member of South Brunswick High School's marching band, is a member of the National Honor Society and is the 2014 queen of the Southport-Oak Island Pageant.In addition, she participates in extracurricular activities such as Students Against Drunk Driving, Key and Spanish clubs and regularly volunteers at the Dosher Nursing Center as well as community events. Anderson lives in Oak Island,  consistently placed gold at dance competitions for clogging and worked during the summer.  

Anderson plans to attend Wake Forest University, which is a private, independent, nonprofit research university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Phyllis Wilson, State Public Relations & Media Chair was photographed by the photographer at the conference holding one of 23 presentation folders that won  a merit award for having the most "Patriotic Cover." This was submitted by Fran Farrell, the regent from the General Davie Chapter. Fran is also State Regent's Project Chair.
Below are the four SE Division Awards that were sent to National for Judging in the Public Relations & Media Area by Janet Deaton, SE Division Chair

Brochure or Fact Sheet - Joseph McDowell
Electronic Media/Social Media/Websites - Brunswick Town
Innovative Use of PR by a Chapter - Abraham Kuykendall
Best State Report - North Carolina - Phyllis Wilson
Public Relations and; Media: Exceptional Activities in 2014 - Hugh Rogers Chapter.  First Place Outstanding Newsletter- Colonel Joseph Winston. Second Place - Mary Slocumb. Third Place -Merit Awards - Waightstill Avery, Micajah Pettaway, Abraham Kuykendall, Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, John Penn, Liberty Hall, General Davie, Mayor Benjamin May, Brunswick Town, Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk, Davie Poplar, Piedmont Patriot – flyer.
        Joseph McDowell Chapter, First Place Chapter Fact Sheets/Brochure - General Davie Chapter, Second Place - Yates Mill Chapter, Third Place – Merit Awards - Mary Slocumb, Major Benjamin May, Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, Brunswick Town, Abraham Kuykendall, Edward Buncombe, Piedmont Patriots – Fact Sheet.  Brunswick Town Chapter  First Place Outstanding Media Coverage/Print -Griffith Rutherford Chapter, Second Place – Print, Colonel Joseph Winston Chapter, Second Place – Social Media, Edenton Tea Party Chapter, Third Place – Print,  Merit Awards - John Penn, Archibald Murphey, Daniel Boone, Battle of Sugartown, Abraham Kuykendall, Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, Edward Buncombe, Colonel Robert Rowan Chapter, William Chronicle, Hugh Rogers Joseph McDowell Chapter. First Place Outstanding Chapter Use of “Today’s DAR Video - Mecklenburg Chapter Second Place -  Griffith Rutherford Chapter - Third Place - Merit Awards - Daniel Boone, Major William Chronicle, Thomas Hadley, John Knox. Abraham Kuykendall Chapter, First Place Outstanding Radio/TV Coverage Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter,  Second Place - Daniel Boone Chapter, Third Place - Merit Awards - Micajah Petaway, Rachel Caldwell, Alfred Moore. Mary Slocumb Chapter, First Place Outstanding Commemorative Event - Daniel Boone Chapter Second Place - John Penn Chapter, Third Place – Merit Awards - Colonel Joseph Winston, Davie Poplar. Chapters that turned in Presentation Folders: Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, Mary Slocumb, Mayor Benjamin May, Alfred Moore Colonel Robert Rowan, Waightstill Avery, Edward Bucombe, Brunswick Town, Piedmont Patriots, Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk, Abraham Kuykendall, Davie Poplar, Edenton Tea Party, General Davie, Liberty Hall, John Hoyle Chapter, Micajah Pettaway, Daniel Boone, William Chronicle, Yates Mil,l Colonel Joseph Winston, John Penn Chapter, James McDowell. Chapters with Facebook pages: Battle of Rockfish, Brunswick Town, Colonel Joseph Winston, Edward Buncombe, Greenlee, Guilford Battle, Hugh Rogers, John Hoyle, Liberty Point, Mary Slocumb, Micajah Bullock, Micajah Pettaway, Otway Burns, Piedmont Patriots, Smith-Bryan, Virginia Dare, Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk. Chapters with blogs: Battle of Rockfish, Brunswick Town, Colonel Joseph Winston, John Hoyle, Mary Slocumb, Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk.
Outstanding Merit Awards for Exceptional Activities:
Wilmington Ladies Tea Walk Chapter for their Naturalization Ceremony and a Merit Award for outstanding restoration of the home of Veteran Jay Swartz.  Edward Buncombe Chapter – award to Luann Nelson for outstanding management of the National Daughters of the American Revolution and the North Carolina Society Daughters of the American Revolution Facebook pages and for outstanding coverage on Social Media in the American Spirit Magazine. Colonel Arthur Forbis Chapter – for presenting Braille Flags to the Lions Club. Colonel Joseph Winston Chapter – for nominating Luis Lobo for the DAR Americanism Medal. Colonel Frederick Hambright – award to Loretta Cozart for nominating Ron Howard for the 2015 DAR National Society Media Award for the PBS show “Unsung Heroes: The Story of America’s Female Patriots. Colonel Joseph Winston Chapter award to Robyn Rutledge for nominating Luis Lobo for the DAR Americanism Medal. Mayor Benjamin May for showing the NCSDAR CD “DAR Membership: A New Beginning: and having a pizza party for new members to get acquainted. General Davie Chapter- for the most patriotic presentation folder. Davie Poplar Chapter - for an outstanding fundraiser to support Services for Veterans. Joseph McDowell Chapter – award to Shannon Coffey for an outstanding design of the “Correct Placement of Basic Chapter Pins” flyer and presentation folder cover. Waightstill Avery Chapter- most attractively presented patriotic presentation of information.  Piedmont Patriots – outstanding radio coverage during Constitution Week.