Our chapter participated in "A Heroes Welcome" with
Lakeshore Foundation. About 35 Iraq war wounded were brought to
Lakeshore from around the country for an intensive session of learning
to enjoy life in spite of limitations. Our welcome included much
flag waving and cheering.
We have five meetings each year, September, October, December, February
and May, on the third Wednesday of these months. Some of the
months we do not meet we go on field trips. Previously, we have
toured the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville and have seen the "Life,
Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of
Art. The highlight of this trip for us was viewing the John
Trumbull paintings of the Revolutionary War. Other trips we have taken
included the Governor's mansion in Montgomery, Alabama, the George Washington Museum in Columbiana, Alabama, and
The American Village in Montevallo, Alabama.
Two of our members raise monarch butterflies from eggs
collected in the wild. In the year 2010 more than one hundred
were released. This project each year is shared with school
children, some of whom are pictured here. The butterflies are
released by the
children from the
schoolgrounds. Some of the children also help feed the
caterpillars. This is a wonderful project to share with children
and their excitement is contagious.
Our chapter supports the
Adopt-A-Class program at NSDAR sponsored Kate Duncan Smith School
, promotes veterans projects, and contributes supplies and
stamps to Veterans Hospital. We are involved in Constitution Week
observances and other commemorative events during the year. We
also support the President General's project and look forward to hearing her
message read at each of our meetings. We enjoy having
guests attend our meetings and visitors are always welcome, as are
prospective members. If you meet the eligibility requirements of
the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and are interested
in joining a chapter, we would love to hear from you.
Children from Mountain
Brook Elementary school and
Green Valley Elementary
Each school year our chapter honors DAR Good Citizen selections from
local schools. We look forward to having these young people and
their parents or guardians as guests at one of our meetings.
Their contributions to society are always outstanding.
Our programs are varied and informative. Our last program was
brought to us by Peter Kirchikov, a native of Russia, who spoke to us about the oppression he and his family suffered under Communist rule. Future
programs will feature the director of the Birmingham History Center, a member of Sons of the American Revolution speaking about Daniel Morgan and the Battle of Cowpens, and a program on bravery helping Jewish and allied prisoners in Germany during World War II.
We will have the
honor of receiving our State Regent at our February 2014 meeting.
We are a group of dedicated women supporting
the goals of the National Society of the Daughters of the American
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