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Green River Chapter NSDAR makes history

By Christine Porter Coleman

On Saturday, October 7, 2006 at the hour of 9:00 a.m., people from far and near came to celebrate the organization and founding of the new Green River Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of Aberdeen, KY. 87 women became Organizing Members of the new Chapter. The commons area of Butler County High School was the staging area.

Christine Porter Coleman had petitioned the National Society to become Organizing Regent for the new chapter and was appointed for that purpose on April 7, 2006.

At the June 26 meeting of the National Board of Management, the name "Green River Chapter" was approved but they could not use nor publish the name until the confirmation day on October 7.

Following several months of recruitment, Saturday, October 7 was the day appointed by the National Society for the confirmation to take place. During the meeting and surrounded by happy members and friends, Mrs. Coleman placed a call to Glenna Acord in the Organizing Secretary Generalís Office of the National Society for the purpose of finding out if the National Board of Management had confirmed the chapter. After the news was given that the Green River Chapter had been confirmed, the officers were sworn in by Claire H. Long, Honorary State Regent from Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

At that same time Mrs. Long gave the history of the organization entitled, "The DAR Story". She also gave a very informative talk about the DAR Insignia, what it represented, how to wear it and its importance to a DAR member.

Other chapter members participating in the program included Mary Elder, Chaplain who gave the invocation and benediction; Melanie Hunt, Flag Chairman who led the pledge of allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America; Lynda Knight, Recording Secretary led the Americanís Creed; Maxine Minton, Registrar read the names of the 87 members; Vickie Stovall, First Vice-Regent read the history of the Green River that she and her husband Mike Stovall had written for the purpose of submission to the National Society along with the petition to name the chapter.

Mr. Michael Elmore, BCHS Principal, welcomed the new chapter and guests and offered his assistance throughout the day. He gave an update of the progress being made at BCHS under his watch.

A color guard was provided by the JRROTC of Butler County High School.

The newly formed Green River Chapter Chorus was directed and accompanied on piano by Betty Brown, Chorus Director. They performed "The Star Spangled Banner", "Heal Our Land" and "Song for the Nations".

Following the introduction of local dignitaries, DAR members from around Kentucky, friends and guests, Regent Coleman thanked everyone in attendance, especially the officers and members of the Green River Chapter.

Alice Warner, of Greenbelt, Maryland attending college in Cleveland, Ohio drove all night to get there and the Hatfield sisters, Elaine Powell and Susan Green drove from Orlando, Florida and Alpharetta, Georgia to be present for this very historic moment.

Coleman especially thanked Maxine Minton, Registrar, for all of her hard work in completing the genealogy and application papers necessary for members to be verified and approved. Mr. Hurdel Minton presented a check for $100.00 as a donation to the new chapter in honor of his wife Maxine Minton.

A memorial tribute was set up on the speakerís table to honor prospective member, Mrs. Opal Amos who had just passed away. She was the sister of Mr. Hurdel Minton.

Following adjournment, Regent Coleman invited everyone present to remain and enjoy the brunch that had been provided by the chapter members.

The Green River Chapter NSDAR is still recruiting charter members and you may call toll free 888-526-4604 or 800-441-4786. Membership is open to any woman 18 and over who can prove lineal descent from a patriot or soldier who served in the American Revolution. The three main objectives of the National Society are to promote education, historic preservation and patriotism. The NSDAR motto is God, Home and Country.

On December 9, four additional members were verified and approved for membership in the Green River Chapter, making a total of 91.

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