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
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,
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
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
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
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
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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Revolution. Web hyperlinks to non-DAR sites are not the responsibility of the NSDAR,
the state organizations, or individual DAR chapters.