Members of the South Branch Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution have enjoyed a year of celebrating freedom, commemorating history, remembering servicemen, saluting veterans, and honoring a local woman of history.
Newly elected Chapter Regent JoeAnn Eye opened the 2016-2017 meeting year in September to conduct the usual business followed by an informative program prepared by Annabelle Vance on the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights.
In October, Rachel Davis of EWVCTC gave a presentation on working with the college to assist non-traditional students. November’s meeting featured the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor prepared by Carmen Silliman and featured some photos from the collection of newest member Betty Runion.
After breaking for the winter months, members met in March 2017 at Valley View Golf Club and honored the late Betty Head Baker as a “WV Outstanding Women in History” nominee to the West Virginia DAR State Society.
[private] Hardy County Sheriff Bryan Ward was the speaker for the April meeting with his topic being “God, Home and Country” which is the motto of the National Society.
On May 5-7, members travelled to Charleston for the 108th West Virginia DAR State Conference. Notable speakers included Kent Leonhardt, Secretary of Agriculture and Joe Geiger, WV State Archives Director. On display was the tribute to Mrs. Baker, one of five recognized for “WV Outstanding Women of History.” The 2016-2017 year’s meetings concluded with a Memorial Day message from local veteran Hannah Heishman, who shared information on local programs to assist veterans.
Other highlights this year included sending care packages to servicemen overseas, distributing items at the Veterans Hospital in Martinsburg, sponsoring the annual American History and Christopher Columbus essay contests, and recognizing DAR Good Citizens in each high school in Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, and Pendleton counties.