January 1, 2009, to December 31, 2009
We were informed that the Nancy Ward Workdays were canceled this year by the State of Tennessee due to work being done at the park. To show our continued support for this project, our Chapter made a monetary donation for the genealogy room at the Cherokee Memorial Removal Park.
Between February 17-27 our Flag Committee presented flag etiquette lessons to the eight Roane County schools and one in Rhea County school. 42 classroom teachers were presented with 750 DAR bookmarks with the flag code, American Creed and the pledge of allegiance.
On February 28, 2009, our group held it's annual Genie Workshop at the American Legion Building in Harriman. The workshop was conducted by our own Marcia Pickel.
On March 6 our group celebrated Arbor Day by meeting on the lawn of the old Roane County Courthouse to dedicate a dogwood tree we planted earlier.
On March 10 our group presented The City of Kingston with a certificate of award for proper display and presentation of the flag of the United States.
On March 12 our Flag Chairman Dixie Mason presented a certificate of award to Bowers Elementary School principal for the school's proper use and patriotic display of the Flag of the United States of America as well as a new American Flag.
Our group always has fun at the State Convention. This year we had ten members who attended to represent Avery Trace Chapter.
On May 22 some of our members met on the lawn of the Historic Old Roane County Courthouse for a Memorial Day service to remember all the veterans who sacrificed in order for us to enjoy our freedom.
On Memorial Day we paid tribute to our fallen soldiers buried at Bethel Cemetery in Kingston. We are especially proud of our member Mary Burney (front row in uniform). She is a part of the Color Guard that will attend funerals in the area upon the request of the families. Our members were joined by Lindsey and Kinsey Clark (the daughters of proud mom Tina Clark) who read the names of the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom that we enjoy today.
Our group took first place once again in the Kingston July 4th Parade. The monetary prize will be put to good use with our various charities.
Members Janice Black, Rosemary Alexander and Bobbie Martin attended the NSDAR 118th Continental Congress from July 8 - July 12 in Washington, DC. One of their highlights of the trip was meeting our President General Linda Calvin.
Our group participated in the annual Rummage Sale at the Kingston Community Center on August 21st and 22nd. This is always our major fundraiser and the money we make enables us to contribute to many worthwhile DAR projects.
Avery Trace was well represented at the District Meeting in September. Our group enjoyed spending time with our friends from other chapters and sharing DAR stories.
This year our group recognized Constitution Week in various ways. Our Constitution Week proclamation was signed by County Executive Mike Farmer. The signing ceremony was followed with the traditional bell-ringing. This year we were able to add cannon fire to our celebration courtesy of Ft. Southwest Point.
On September 27 our group joined the City of Harriman in celebrating the 100th Birthday celebration of the Carnegie Library in Harriman. We placed a memorial marker on the library to the left of the main doors. Also in attendance were State First Vice Regent Linda Brown Jones, State Treasurer Charlotte Reynolds and State Librarian Carol Teeters.
Our group recognized November as Native American Month with a display at the historic old Roane County Courthouse. We also met with Harriman City Mayor Chris Mason to have him sign our Native American Month Proclamation.