Daughters of the American Revolution, Anne Lee Chapter, Altus, met Tuesday, Dec. 1 for their quarterly meeting at the Jackson County Health Department.
Anne Lee Chapter Regent, Joy Grant, called the meeting to order and led the group in their Ritual, Pledge to the American Flag, and the American’s Creed. Mabel Blackwood, gave the Chaplain’s response and led in prayer.
A new member was introduced: Benita Elliott Adams, a transfer to the Anne Lee Chapter. She is the daughter of Edith Elliott, long-time member of Anne Lee Chapter. Guests were also introduced: Carolyn Shumaker, Mangum, and Clyde Blackwood, Altus.
Lucille Massey, a new member of the chapter from Granite, OK, gave an informative program on the Huguenot Society of South Carolina which was established in 1885. This Society is dedicated to the preservation of the history and genealogy of French Protestant refugees who left France prior to 1787. The origin and history of the Huguenots tells the history of Protestant religious persecution during the Reformation which began in the 16th century and lasted 200 years,. The French citizens were fascinated with the German monk, Martin Luther; they also followed the teachings of John Calvin, a French theologian. These leaders taught that ‘believers’ could find salvation through faith and faith alone. In the mid 1500’s, the French Reformed Church experienced rapid growth; they had their own churches, schools, garrisoned towns, manned castles and fortifications. Many conflicts and oppression from their enemies brought on wars with mass killings of Huguenots. By 1600, religious tolerance brought some peace to the Protestants within Catholic France. However, Louis XIV revoked this ruling of accepting Huguenots and they began leaving France by the thousands. Several hundred families settled in South Carolina and the Huguenot Church in Charleston, South Carolina, is the only active Huguenot congregation in the United States today, according to their literature. Ms. Massey thinks that Oklahoma City may now have a Huguenot Church. You may contact the society by internet if you are interested: www.huguenotsociety.org or 843-723-3235.
Karen Dill, Secretary, gave a reading of the minutes from the September meeting; they were approved as read. Treasurer/Registrar, Mary Holsey announced that all payment obligations have been met by the chapter at this time; treasurer’s report was approved.
Mary Holsey gave the President General’s message. The Chapter then voted to contribute to the Oklahoma DAR Veterans Fund; the National Constitution Hall maintenance fund and the Clinton Veteran’s Home.
District Director, Deborah Aldridge, may be reached by e-mail: [email protected] for further questions or help in becoming a member of DAR.
State genealogist, Linda Mann, member of the Lawton Chapter, is also available for ladies needing help applying for membership into the DAR. You may e-mail Ms. Mann at [email protected]
Mabel Blackwood, Chair of the Veteran’s needs, brought 50 cards that were signed for the Veterans housed at the Clinton VA Home. Joy and C. W. Grant will be delivering veterans’ gifts on December 18. Requests for needs should be addressed to Ms. Grant at [email protected] The Anne Lee Chapter NSDAR is a women’s service group for Altus and surrounding communities.
Members and guests attending were: Edith Elliott, Benita Elliott Adams, Clyde and Mabel Blackwood, all of Altus; Peggy Kite, Karen Dill and Jeanette Coaly, Hollis; Mary Holsey, Duke; Lucille Massey, Granite, Carolyn Shumaker and Joy Grant, Mangum.
The next quarterly meeting will be held Tuesday, March 8 , 2016, at 2 p.m., at the Jackson County Health Department lecture hall. State Vice-Regent General, Diane Hamill, of Ardmore, will be giving the program.
Anyone seeking membership is welcome to attend the quarterly meetings, time and places to be announced in the newspapers, by e-mail and/or telephone.
The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical women’s volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism.
Reach Joy Grant at [email protected]