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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Lord Craven Chapter is Invited to the Star Spangled Banner on Tuesday, September 9th at 11:00

A Commemoration of the 200th Birthday of the Star Spangled Banner will be held on Tuesday, Sept 9, at 11am on the Garrison Lawn at Fort Johnston on the river, downtown Southport, and all NC Society Daughters are invited to attend.   Commissioner Charles Gause Chapter President Betsy Hamer will give a welcome and make introductions.  Southport Mayor Robert Howard will bring greetings.  The Proclamation from Governor McCrory will be read.   Jim McKee, Historic Interpreter at Brunswick Town State Historic Site, will be the keynote speaker.   The cannon Thor belonging to the Southport Historical Society will fire, and the Sea Notes Choral Society will form a Living Flag.  All verses of the National Anthem will be both read and sung.   Event is rain or shine, so bring an umbrella if weather looks threatening and hope for clear skies.  Bring a lawn chair if you wish.  Carpooling is encouraged.  Program should not last more than 45 minutes. 

The  anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner is the morning of Sunday, Sept 14th.   We have chosen to host our celebration at Fort Johnston because it was an active fort during the War of 1812.  Online exhibition
Star-Spangled Banner Website (  Copy and paste into your browser.

Betsy Hamer, President
Cindy Sellers, Event Chairman
Comm. Charles Gause Chapter, US Daughters of 1812

Lord Craven May 17th Meeting at the Carolina BBQ 2014

President Carole Weiss and special guest NC State President Dottie Fiddleman

Mark Fryar was the guest speaker. He is with Cynthia Avent 1st Vice-President of Lord Craven Chapter.

                            President Dottie Fiddleman and Lord Craven member Carol Jutte

Sunday, July 13, 2014

HERALDRY WORKSHOP SPONSORED BY THE Mary Coffin Starbuck Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century


Mary Coffin Starbuck Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century
Maureen McGowen-Singer
National Chairman for Heraldry and Coats of Arms

Monday, July 28, 2014
9:30 am – Noon
In the Kaplan Auditorium of the Henderson County Public Library 
301 N. Washington Street, Hendersonville, NC 28739

We are very fortunate to be able to secure Maureen McGowen-Singer to present this workshop for our members and prospective members, and anyone interested in genealogy and history.
Open to anyone who might be interested in taking genealogy to another level. It is a great recruiting tool for Colonel Dames.
President General Fran Davis is promoting this program as one of her President General’s Projects.

To reserve your spot for this free workshop please contact Martha Whitaker, President Mary Coffin Starbuck Chapter at 828-329-3655 and leave a message or e-mail by July 24th.  

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Lord Craven members are Celebrating the Life of James D. “Dick” Thompson

The Lord Craven members of Colonial Dames are Celebrating the Life of James D. “Dick” Thompson born September 3, 1916 and died June 5, 2014.  Dick was the husband of Doris Thompson one of our Lord Craven Colonial Dames Chapter members. Her husband Dick was a guest speaker at the February 21, 2009 meeting which was held at the Carolina Bar-b-cue in Wilmington. Dick resided in Brunswick County and had been recognized for his efforts to restore the 1756 gristmill, which is the centerpiece of Historic Yates Mill County Park. It is located on Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh.

Dick had served as a member of the Board of Directors since 1997. The Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only restored operational automatic mill in NC and only a few in the country. For more information call (919) 856-6675 or visit

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Flag Retirement Ceremony

There will be a Flag Retirement Ceremony at Oakdale Cemetery on 14 June  at 1:00 PM  sponsored by the Lower Cape Fear Chapter, NCSSAR. The ceremony would be to properly retire US Flags at the cemetery entrance near the flag pole.  
posted by Judy Caison

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wreaths Across America and NC Grown Frazer Fir Wreath Fundraiser

Just a word about Wreaths Across America...It's spring and your thoughts are not about Christmas or wreaths, however, we want to remember our Veterans in a big way at the wreath laying in December.  Placing the wreaths on their graves shows the support we have not only for their service and sacrifice, but for those men and women currently serving.  It must be great comfort to Veterans' families and to the families of our active military to see those beautiful wreaths in the National Cemetery.  Let's start now thinking about those who've served and are still serving and honor them by sponsoring a wreath to be laid on soldiers' graves in our National Cemetery in December. We can sponsor wreaths all year long--don't wait until the Christmas rush is on and you don't have time.  …. Think about it now -- on Memorial Day, Flag Day, July Fourth, Veteran’s Day -- whenever you remember someone -- whenevery someone dies.  Any member desiring to sponsor a wreath may send a WAA form and their check directly to WAA as we have been doing.  Additionally, this year the Lord Craven Chapter will send a letter of acknowledgement at your request to someone for you when you sponsor a wreath in their honor or to the family when you sponsor a wreath in memory of a veteran.  It’s a lovely way to let people know you appreciate their service or the service of their loved one.  We will have a Chapter Acknowledgement form at our May meeting.  After you have sent in your WAA form and check to WAA, fill out the chapter’s form and give it or mail it to Pat Gooding  (at 234 Baroney Place Drive, Sunset Beach, NC 28468).  See Fran Carlsen and Becky DeSilva for forms and details.

Tremendous thanks to all those who supported our NC Grown Frazer Fir Wreath Fundraiser. You can see from our proposed budget how much the additional funds helped us achieve the purposes of Colonial Dames 17th Century. Let's plan to start in September and do even better this time!
Posted by Carole Weiss
Lord Craven, Colonial Dames President

Monday, May 12, 2014

Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 26th at 3pm in Southport, NC

American Legion Memorial Day Ceremony
American LegionThe Richard H. Stewart, Jr. American Legion Post 543 will hold a Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at 3pm on Monday, May 26 at the Veterans Memorial adjacent to the St. James Town Hall on Route 211. All local communities are invited to attend. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Ilario Pantano, Director of the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs. Colors will be presented by the Post 543 Honor Guard, a wreath will be placed at the Veterans Memorial and Taps will be played.

Seating will be provided for all attendees at the Veterans Memorial. Parking is limited and carpooling is strongly encouraged. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside the St James Community Center.