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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lord Craven is selling North Carolina Wreaths

Lord Craven chapter is again selling the North Carolina  wreaths that we sold last year.  It was a successful fund raiser for us and we hope that members will again support this effort and encourage friends and family to purchase one or more of these beautiful wreaths.  Shipping costs have increased and the price of the wreath this year is $22. The price is right and they make lovely gifts.  The wreaths will be delivered to Mary Earp by Dec 6 for pickup at her home.

Attached are two flyer options to use as advertisement in selling the wreaths.  Even though one option shows a bow, they do not come with bows, so be sure to make that fact known to potential  buyers.  The other option shows one of last year's wreath as a door decoration.

Checks should be made out to Lord Craven Chapter, CD XVIIC & sent to Pat Elsaesser or bring them to our next meeting on Nov 15th.  Our deadline for getting the orders in is Nov 20.

Pat will keep a count of the number of wreaths ordered by each member.
Each member should keep a list of their people, their contact information & the number of wreaths each one ordered.

Thank you,

Carole Weiss


22 INCH WREATHS without bows    $22
Delivery the first week of December

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Schedule of Colonial Dames Meetings for 2014-2015

 Below is a schedule for our four Lord Craven Colonial Dames meetings for 2014-2015.
All meetings will be at the Carolina BBQ Restaurant on South College Ave. in Wilmington, NC.
The time will be 11:30 for all four meetings.

September 20  Emily Weil  "General Cornwallis"
November 15   Cynthia Avent, Carole Weiss et al "Sharing our Colonial Dames Ancestors"
February 21, 2015  Jeff Holcomb  "Eleanor of Aquitaine"
May 16, 2015  Gwen Causey  "Our Colonial Dames Headquarters"
Installation of New Officers

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