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Manatee Chapter NSDAR


October 20, 2001


Manatee Chapter NSDAR celebrated its fiftieth anniversary of its founding. The tea was held at the home of Regent, Mary Lou Williams, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2001. Serving on the tea committee were: Charlotte Cavendish, Linda Farley, Helen Fishel, Betty Hamrick, Alice Harrell, Mary Anne Humphrey, Nancy Mathers, Carol Mills, Priscilla Reeder, Mary Wildes, and Mary Lou Williams.

Twenty-six special invitations were sent, and the following were among the recipients: Florida State Officers, Manasota Council Regents, prospective members, and Manatee Chapter members being honored for their 25 years of membership in DAR. A colonial dame in costume representing the era first greeted the attendees. Handmade orchid corsages were pinned on the visiting dignitaries and the chapter members being honored. Those in attendance were as follows:

Florida State Regent, Mary Lou James

Honorary Florida State Regent, Jeanette Frey

Florida State Chairman 2

Manasota Council Regents 3

Members from other chapters 3

Manatee Chapter Members 23

Interested prospective members 13


Manatee Chapter Regent's Daughter

Total Attending 49

The tea table was covered with an army/navy cloth with blue underlay, which suggested the DAR blue. Single blue candles were on either side of a centerpiece of baby orchids. Silver trays held sandwiches of seven or eight varieties of cookies and petit fours, and last but not least, dishes of spiced nuts and mints. At the end of the table, the silver tea ensemble completed the table setting. On a tea cart to the side was a beautiful silver punch bowl with refreshing fruit punch for those who preferred a cool drink.

At 3:00 p.m. at the sound of a ringing bell, a short program began. First to be introduced was Mary Lou James, Florida State Regent, and followed by Jeanette Frey, Honorary State Regent of the Florida State Society. Also representing the Florida State Society were Bettie Fleming, Florida State Flag Chairman - and Ramona Glenn, Special Projects Chairman for the State Regent. It was indeed an honor to have these Florida State officers attend our celebration. Visiting chapter regents and special invited guests were introduced.

Members present who received certificates for twenty-five-or-more years of membership were Virginia Rhoads, and Virginia Nolan. Neva Coleman and Jane Woods, recipients who were absent, received their certificates by mail.

Regent Mary Lou Williams read a short history of the Chapter's fifty years up to the present time. Monetary gifts totaled slightly over $111.00. It was not the intent to raise money but the $50.00 realized after expenses, was a nice surprise.

Manatee Chapter can be truly proud of its past accomplishments, and looks forward with great expectations to the future. If the enthusiasm at the anniversary tea is any indication, Manatee Chapter is well on its way to the next fifty great years.

Mary Lou Williams, Regent

Photos of those who attended the tea

Left: Dr. Lucy Cole, Manatee member. Right: Valerie Hietala, guest reviewing application paper.

50th Anniversary Tea Buffet Table.

Betty Hamrick, receiving 25- year Certificate, Mary Lou Williams, Chapter Regent.

Martha Lavender

"Grand Dame" of Manatee Chapter.

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