Seven central district chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a joint meeting on Sept. 17 at Lambert's Winery's banquet facility in Weston with the West Virginia State Regent Charla L. Nutter as the honored guest speaker. The seven WVDAR chapters were Blackwater, Daniel Davisson, Elk River, Elizabeth Zane, James Barbour, John Hart and Trans-Allegheny.
State Regent Nutter presented the keynote address titled "Through My Eyes," a story of the events and experiences of a child named Clarissa who lived during the time of the creating, adopting and signing of the Constitution of the United States on Sept. 17, 1787. Clarissa was a 13-year-old girl who ran errands for James Madison, often carrying segments of the Constitution from one delegate to another and back again to James Madison for revision.
After State Regent Nutter's vignette of Clarissa, she inquired of the members present, "What do children today need to know about the Constitution?" She encouraged the members to visit schools and present information about our living, breathing document.
Seven central district chapters of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently met at Lambert’s Winery in Weston. From left are, Barbara Tedford of the John Hart Chapter, WVDAR State Regent Charla Nutter and Nancy Smith of the John Hart Chapter.
She announced Pat Goodwin as the newly appointed WVDAR Commemorative Events chairperson.
Trans-Allegheny Daughters' Regent Theresa Blake presided over the joint-chapter meeting. James Barbour Regent Diana Davide, assisted by Trans-Allegheny chaplain Anna Lee Riddle, presented the DAR Ritual. John Hart Treasurer Barbara Tedford led the Pledge of Allegiance. Elk River Regent Ruth Mooney led the American's Creed. State Constitution chairperson and Trans-Allegheny member Erseline Rumbach led the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, ushering in Constitution Week, which was Sept. 17-23. Trans-Allegheny Regent Blake introduced the honorary guests, Nutter, WVDAR Constitution Week chair Erseline Rumbach, Col. William Lowther, Regent Fern Nutter and Chapter Regents Daniel Davisson, Elizabeth Zane, James Barbour and John Hart.
Following grace, presented by Blackwater Regent Betty Knicley, the staff at Lambert's Winery served a luncheon buffet.
Providing entertainment for the occasion was Tracy Alfred, a Lewis County school music educator. She sang patriotic selections of "American Tears," "God Bless America" and "God Bless the USA."
Daniel Davisson Regent Dorothy Sandy drew the winning tickets for the "Voices" basket and two door prizes.
Kelly Goodwin, Trans-Allegheny treasurer, presented WVDAR State Regent Nutter with a check from the proceeds of the "Voices" basket to be used for her State Regent's projects - renovations of the West Virginia room at DAR Continental Hall in Washington, D.C., and large print books for the veterans' hospitals.
Elizabeth Zane Regent Brenda Casto presented the benediction. Riddle led the group in singing "Blest Be the Tie that Binds."