Watauga Picture Archives
Please enjoy our stories and picture highlights from past events!
During our January Chapter meeting our speaker gave a talk on, "DNA Testing for Genealogy: How to Choose Tests to Meet Your Goals." Ms. Kathryn Graehl, a field genealogist for DAR, gave a fascinating program on how to find one's ancestors through DNA testing. Ms. Graehl told the chapter about the various genetic tests that are available, the type of information each test provides, and gave suggestions regarding the best tests to use for tracing one's ancestry.
In early December, several Chapter members attended Holly Springs, Mississippi's annual Christmas Home Tour. In addition to touring several historic homes, members enjoyed the Belles and Books Luncheon at the Kate Freeman Art Gallery. The luncheon was sponsored by the Town and Country Garden Club and the beautiful table decorations displayed their talent. Before returning to Memphis, members visited the Candlery at Hedge Farm in Red Banks, Mississippi. This 1840's farmstead produces lovely, hand-crafted candles that are quite distinctive. This Holly Springs day trip was a delightful way to get in the holiday spirit.
Our annual Christmas Tea was held at the home of our Chaplain, Jean Mc Swain. Her beautifully decorated home in Chickasaw Gardens was held to honor all the new and prospective members. Members of the Chapter come from all over Shelby County.
Members of Watauga Chapter attended The Massing of the Colors Ceremony held at The Church of the Holy Communion on November 9th. This event was sponsored by the Memphis Chapter of The Military Order of the World Wars. Christian Brothers High School provided the music.
Members of Watauga Chapter attended the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Veteran's Plaza in Overton Park on November 11th. Our speaker talked about plans for a West Tennessee Veterans Home in Shelby County. Watauga Chapter Regent Audrey Rainey laid a memorial wreath at the base of the Dough Boy Statue. Taps was played by a bugler, and Amazing Grace was played on bagpipes.
Watauga Chapter held our November meeting on November 24th Our speaker was the founder of Forever Young Senior Veteran Wish Organization. Forever Young is a non-profit organization supported totally by donations. Its mission is granting wishes to our military veterans - especially those 65 years of age and older. World War II veterans are a special focus. Forever Young has taken individuals and groups of veterans to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. and to places where many of them served such as Pearl Harbor and Normandy Beach. It is a privilege to be able to honor our veterans by fulfilling their dreams.
Members of Watauga Chapter joined members of nine other local DAR chapters to celebrate Constitution Day at the annual Constitution Day Luncheon. The luncheon was held at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Attorney and Bronze Star recipient Hal Rounds spoke to the group about the Constitution. An enjoyable time was had by all!
On August 25th, Watauga Chapter was pleased to present the prestigious DAR Community Service Award to Eva Miller, founder of Knightlife Ministries. Twenty seven years ago, this former high school teacher recognized a need among her students and decided to do something about it herself. She started a ministry called Knightlife. Knightlife serves at risk teenaged young men between the ages of 16 and 18 years old. Each Friday night Ms. Miller, along with other Knightlife volunteers, provides a place for these young men to gather, eat dinner, play basketball and hear a ministry message. Knightlife volunteers have picked up these young men in their own cars, paid for meals when donations were lacking, and helped these young men in other ways too numerous to mention.There is no way to measure the impact Knightlife Ministries has had on individual lives and on our community. Knightlife Ministries has served our community under the radar for 27 years and Watauga Chapter feels privileged to spotlight them publically.
Earlier in the month, Watauga Chapter also presented the DAR Community Service Award to one of their members, Marjorie Brown, and to her husband Paul Brown. The awards were presented at the annual Shelby County History Awards Dinner sponsored by the Shelby County Historical Commission and held at Hillwood Hall, Davies Manor Plantation. The Browns were given this award for their long-term work with Knightlife Ministries and Ms. Eva Miller
Local Watauga DAR junior member Dr. Melissa Tolene Rura traveled to join other junior members from all over the state of Tennessee for the 2nd annual Tennessee DAR junior retreat. They gathered on Saturday, August 26th, at the home of TN State Regent Susan Thomas in Monteagle, Tennessee, to work together on a service project for the Blue Monarch, a non-profit designed to serve the abused and addicted women along with their children. The TN DAR junior women worked along with the Blue Monarch residents and staff to revamp a playground for the resident children. The DAR juniors then spent Saturday evening and Sunday in fellowship and learning about the mission and work of a DAR junior with the National Chair of the DAR juniors, Cecil Wimberley. A DAR junior member is any DAR member until her 36th birthday, who has accepted the rights and responsibilities of service in DAR.
On May 10th, Watauga Chapter honored long term member Mary Sanford Graham Myatt (Mary Sanford) with a reception celebrating her 83 years of continuous membership in DAR. Mary Sanford joined DAR on December 10, 1930, based on the record of her Revolutionary War ancestor, Major John Patten of South Carolina. As a result, Mary now holds three very distinctive titles. Mary Sanford is the longest standing member of Watauga Chapter DAR in Memphis and of the Tennessee Society DAR, having been a member of each for over 63 years. Based on her 83 years of membership in DAR, Mrs. Myatt is the second longest standing member in the DAR international organization and that is only by seven months.
Mary Sanford joined the Lydia Darrah Children of the American Revolution Chapter as a very young lady after encouragement from two DAR family members, her mother and her aunt. At age eighteen, Mary Sanford joined the Samuel Dale Chapter DAR in Huntsville, Alabama. When business interests moved the family, she transferred to General Sumpter Chapter DAR in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1951, when Mary's family moved to Memphis, she became a member of Watauga Chapter.
During Mary’s long membership in DAR she has served as chapter First Vice-Regent, Second Vice-Regent, Corresponding Secretary and Chaplain. Additionally she has served on numerous committees and has always been ready to help when called upon. About 60 people attended the reception, including members of Watauga Chapter and from several other DAR Chapters, Tennessee Society officers and members of Mary Sanford’s family. Mary Sanford was presented certificates of appreciation from Watauga Chapter and from the Tennessee Society, flowers and many cards of congratulations from DAR national officers, Tennessee Society officers and numerous friends. It was truly a perfect day to honor such a special person.
Honoree Mary Sanford Graham Myatt
Members of Watauga Chapter attended the 109th Annual State Conference sponsored by the Tennessee Society DAR held on Friday, April 4th, through Sunday, April 6th, at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin, Tennessee. Over 500 Members and their guests from across the state attended the annual event. Watauga Chapter members were proud to receive 28 awards at the State Conference. Members were especially honored to receive a Certificate of Chapter Excellence and the coveted Chapter Membership Award given for recruiting, engaging and retaining members.
The Watauga Chapter was honored to have one of its members present a program on One By One Ministries at the April meeting. The Memphis Regional Ministry Director of One By One Ministries touched on several of the ways that her organization ministers to Mid-South families by training volunteers from local churches to mentor new and expectant mothers through their outreach program. One By One Ministries volunteers work to train and educate families about the growth and development of their babies, teach parenting skills, and help prevent child abuse. This Christian ministry is supported through private donations and grants.
Our members of Watauga Chapter recently planted flowers at Memphis' Confederate Park as part of the Chapter's conservation and volunteerism efforts.
Our guest speaker for our January Chapter meeting was a local historian whose topic was "Memphis Memorials." His vast knowledge and wonderful video of statues and markers throughout Shelby County was enjoyed by all of our members!
Watauga Chapter's Christmas Tea honored new and prospective members. Everyone had a wonderful time!
Our speaker for our October meeting gave an excellent talk entitled, "Never Have So Many Known So Little About So Much; America’s Unsung Kamikazes."
The first Watauga Chapter Board meeting of 2013!
Our Watauga Awards and Recognition Luncheon honored Watauga Essay Winners, Watauga Good Citizens, and Our 50 and 50+ Year Members. Below are our Good Citizen and Rhodes College Scholarship winners!
Our speaker gave a presentation on “Religious History in Memphis”. The anecdotes were very amusing!
Our entertainment was excellent! The singing and piano playing were truly exceptional!
The Watuaga Chapter donated the book, Forgotten Patriots; The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War to the Tennessee Genealogy Center at the Memphis Public Library!
Everyone enjoyed our speaker during our February Chapter meeting. He spoke on the “History of the Wolf River and Greenway.” It was quite interesting!
We were honored to have our Tennessee State DAR Regent come and speak to us at the Constitution Day Luncheon!
Every Wednesday in September, Watauga Chapter volunteers helped serve the veterans at the VA Hospital.
Several Watauga Chapter members participated in the Chickasaw District Meeting and Awesome August Workshop in Jackson!
The Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday, the 26th. We honored our Watauga Essay Winners, Watauga Good Citizens, and our 50 and 50+ Year members!
Everyone had a great time at our Christmas Tea!
The Massing of the Colors was held on the 7th. It was a beautiful service!
The Veteran's Day Commemoration was held at the Doughboy Statue in Overton Park on the 11th. It was a beautiful Fall day!
During our November Chapter meeting, our speaker gave an excellent presentation on Elmwood Cemetery!
The 105th State Conference was held in Knoxville, Tennessee. Several Watauga members were able to attend!
The Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday, March 27th, and honored Watauga Essay Winners, Watauga Good Citizens, and our members with 50 or more years of DAR membership.
The Constitution Day Luncheon was held by the Memphis/Shelby County Regents Council on September 26th, at the Holiday Inn - University of Memphis. Our guest speaker was Janice Holder, Chief Justice of the Tennessee State Supreme Court. Everyone had a great time!
The 104th State Conference was held from the 24th - 26th in Franklin, Tennessee. Several Watauga members were able to attend.
Our Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday the 28th and honored Watauga Essay Winners, Watauga Good Citizens, and our 50 and 50+ year members. Our speakers had a presentation on "Family Tree Leads Back to American's Beginnings". Everyone had a great time!
Our first Chapter meeting of the new year was held on the 26th. Our speaker talked about "Conservation of DAR Values". We also had reports on the DAR Magazine, American History Awards, Rhodes Scholarship, and DAR Good Citizens.
Our Christmas Coffee was held the morning of the 13th and honored new and prospective members. A special thanks goes to the Executive Officers of Watauga Chapter for hosting. Everyone had a great time!
The Massing of the Colors was held on Sunday, November 9th. This patriotic, non-denominational, interfaith ceremony brings together different flags and organizational colors to commemorate those patriots who have served our country or are currently serving at home and abroad.
The Veterans Day Commemoration took place on November 11th at the Doughboy Statue in Overton Park.
The Watauga Chapter Founders Day Tea was held on Saturday, October 11th, at the Davies Plantation Manor, and was hosted by the Memphis/Shelby County Regents Council. Everyone had a fun time!
The Chickasaw District Meeting was held on Saturday, September 13th, in Camden, Tennessee. Many thanks go to Glover's Trace Chapter, DAR, who hosted it! Below are our Watauga Chapter members who attended.
Our Constitution Day Luncheon was held on Saturday, September 20th. Our excellent speaker was a Vietnam Veteran and former Top Gun Navy pilot.
Entertainment was provided by the Navy Band Mid-South Quintet, shown below.
The 103rd Tennessee State DAR State Conference was held May 1-4 here in Memphis. Everyone had a great time!
During the State Conference, Watauga Chapter received several awards. Congratulations to everyone!
AMERICAN HERITAGE1st Place: Chickasaw District Chapter Report The Best Overall Report of a Chapter for The State of Tennessee
CONSTITUTION WEEK1st Place: Chickasaw District Number of Constitution Week Events 1st Place: Best District Level Constitution Week Report 2nd Place, State Level: Greatest Number of Constitution Week Events 2nd Place, State Level: Best Constitution Week Report
DAR GOOD CITIZENS2nd Place (tie), State Level: New Schools Contacted
DAR SERVICE FOR VETERANSDonations Fisher House1st Place, Chickasaw District, Donation per member for Chapters with 100-200 Members
GENEALOGICAL RECORDS1st Place Tie: Chickasaw District, Best Overall Participation
JUNIOR AMERICAN CITIZENSThe students who won these awards were chosen from many entries from two schools.Watauga Chapter, Chickasaw District1st Place: Stamp 2nd Place: 3rd Grade Poster 1st Place: Picture Essay 1st Place: Banner 1st Place: Poem 2nd Place: Short Story 2nd Place: Stamp 1st Place: 4th Grade Poster 2nd Place: 4th Grade Poster
LINEAGE RESEARCHBest Lineage Research Committee Report, Chickasaw District 2nd Place Tie: Lineage Research Lookup Volunteers, Chickasaw District
MEMBERSHIPACE Certificate of Award for Participation
NATIONAL DEFENSE1st Place: Most Cash Distributed to NSDAR ROTC Award Program
TSDAR PROGRAMSOutstanding Program Reports, State LevelChapter Submitting Program to NSDAR
PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEDIAOutstanding Chapter Newsletter for Chickasaw District 100+ Members Outstanding Media Coverage Print for Chickasaw District 100+ Members Outstanding Media Coverage Radio and TV for Chickasaw District 100+ Members Most Outstanding TSDAR Public Relations Media Report 100+ Members, State Level
DAR PROJECT PATRIOTHonorable Mention
LITERACY PROMOTION3rd Place, State Level, Outstanding Chapter Service
TENNESSEE HISTORYRecognition for Participation in TN History Poster and Essay Contest
TSDAR YEARBOOK AWARD
The Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday, March 29th, and honored Watauga Essay Winners, Watauga Good Citizens, and our members with 50 or more years of DAR membership. We all enjoyed our musical presentation, "Take Note"!
Below are pictures of our award winners. Congratulations to everyone!
One of our Tennessee State Regent's projects is the Family Bible Project on Preserving Records. Here are some of our Chapter members recording genealogy information from one of the family bibles. Thanks to everyone who helped!
Watauga Chapter held a theatre party on Valentine’s Day at Theatre Memphis. The show was “Hot ‘N Cole” which featured over fifty of Cole Porter’s songs. We all had a great time!
Our February Watauga Chapter meeting was held on the 18th. Our speaker gave an excellent presentation on "John Paul Jones, United States Navy". We also had reports on American Heritage, American Indians, Americanism and the DAR Manual for Citizenship, and the Genealogical Report.
Our Christmas Tea was held on the 8th, and honored new and prospective members. Pictures coming soon!
Watauga Chapter sponsored a free genealogy workshop for prospective DAR members on Saturday, November 3rd, at the Tennessee Genealogical Society. A TSDAR volunteer genealogist was on hand to assist in the search for Revolutionary War ancestors.
The Massing of the Colors was held on November 4th at the Church of the Holy Communion. The University of Memphis ROTC Color Guard did an outstanding job presenting the Colors.
The Tennessee Genealogical Society held a workshop on "Preserving your pictures without a Computer" on November 8th. Topics included how-to instructions on taking care of the original photo, properly storing the picture, and applying preserving material to increase the life span of the photo.
The Veteran’s Day Remembrance was held at the Doughboy Statue in Overton Park on the 11th. It was a beautiful fall day! The music provided by the bugler and bagpiper was excellent!
There was a DAR Symposium on "Revolutionary War Ancestors" at the Tennessee Genealogical Society on November 17th.
Watauga celebrated Constitution Week in a big way! The committee members planned many exciting activities for school children to educate them about our wonderful U.S. Constitution. Twenty Watauga members attended the Constitution Day luncheon at the Ridgeway Country Club on September 22nd. At the luncheon, Watauga members contributed a large amount to Fisher House, a home away from home for families visiting their wounded soldiers at Ft. Campbell!
Watauga members made about 450 calls during the month of September at the VA Hospital. We also made donations for gift cards for veterans who attended their health fair. Thanks to everyone who participated!
The Flag Day Luncheon was held on June 9th by the Memphis/Shelby County Regent's Council. Our speaker gave an excellent talk on law enforcement and the many roles of the FBI in Memphis!
Congratulations to our new Memphis/Shelby County Regents!
The 102nd TSDAR State Conference was held May 3-6 in Chattanooga this year. Several Watauga members were able to attend!
Our Watauga Chapter also received several awards during the State Conference! Congratulations to all of our award winners!
Best Service Through Community Outreach Programs with Youth Involvement
Outstanding Historical Preservation Project
DAR GOOD CITIZENS
Special Event Recognizing DAR Good Citizen Winners
2nd Place (tie)
DAR SERVICE FOR VETERANS
Descendant’s Index Project and Genealogical Records
JUNIOR AMERICAN CITIZENS
1st Place Grade 1
2nd Place Grade 4
ART CONTEST: BANNER
1st Place Grade 4
ART CONTEST: STAMP DESIGN
3rd Place (tie)
PUBLIC RELATIONS/MOTION PICTURE RADIO AND TV
District, 100+Member Category
1st Place (tie)
BEST CHAPTER NEWSLETTER/FACT SHEET
SPECIAL PUBLIC RELATIONS AWARDS
Watauga presented two Print Media Awards out of the 15
Chickasaw District Certificates
VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SPECIALISTS
2nd Place (tie)
DAR PROJECT PATRIOT
PROGRAM AND YEARBOOK
Yearbooks and Supplements
Certificates – No Errors
Certificates for Programs
Submitted for Consideration in National Catalog
“Role of U.S. Navy in National Defense"
Our last official Chapter meeting of the year was held on May 21st. Activities included our Installation of Officers. Below, our New Regent (far left) is congratulated by our Immediate Past Regent (center) and Past Regent (far right). Our New Regent is holding her official gavel, which has been passed down to each new Watauga Chapter Regent since 1918. Congratulations to all of our new officers!
Our April Chapter meeting was held on the 23rd. Our speaker gave a presentation on "Captain Samuel Earl, Revolutionary War Patriot and Statesman". We also had a Memorial Service and Flag Chairman Report.
Our Awards Luncheon was held on the 24th and honored Watauga American History Essay winners, Watauga DAR Good Citizen, and our 50 Year plus members! Congratulations to everyone! We also had an excellent musical presentation provided by "The Steamboat Strummers"!
Our Watauga DAR Good Citizen winner was from White Station High School. She is shown with our Good Citizen Committee Chairman and her Mom below.
This year to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, the students were asked to write on the topic "Jamestown Colony is Settled" for the American History Essay contest. Shown below from left to right are Our American History Essay winner from Briarcrest Christian School, our Watauga American History Committee Chairman, and our winner from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School.
Receiving a rose and a certificate are our 60 year member, and our 77 year member of Watauga with our Regent.
Our excellent February speaker talked about "The Role of the Coast Guard in Homeland Security".
Our speaker has graciously permitted us to post his presentation online for downloading. If you would like to view his presentation, you may download the Adobe version. If you need a copy of Adobe Reader software to view the file, click here.
Click here to download the Adobe version of the presentation.
For our first Chapter meeting of the year, our excellent speaker talked about the "Wolf River Conservancy". Everyone enjoyed it!
We are very proud of our Junior American Citizen Winners from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School!
The Christmas Tea was held on Saturday, December 9th, at Hawthorne Place in Mason, Tennessee,
and was hosted by the Executive Officers of Watauga Chapter in honor of New and Prospective Members.
The DAR Historical Marking and Dedication of the Meriwether Lewis National Monument was held on Friday, November 10th in Lewis County, Tennessee, right off of the Natchez Trace. The site includes a reconstruction of Grinder's Stand (where Lewis died), gravesite, and monument. It was a beautiful fall day! Below, our Watauga members with our Tennessee State Regent in front of the new monument.
The Tennessee National Guard color guard retires the colors at the end of the ceremony.
During our October meeting, our guest speaker gave an interesting and informative talk on "Tracing Your Genealogy through Records and Land Grants".
The Constitution Day Luncheon was held at the Chickasaw Country Club on Saturday, September 16th. Our Tennessee State Regent was the guest speaker, and she gave an inspiring talk on the United States Constitution! Watauga Chapter had a great turnout with the most members attending! After the luncheon, our State Regent presented our Volunteer Information Specialist with a certificate from National Society DAR for "Outstanding Service - Web Site Development."
The Chickasaw District Meeting was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Jackson, Tennessee, on Friday, August 11th. Our Tennessee State Regent was the guest speaker. Several Watauga Chapter members attended!
Getting ready for Constitution Day! Our Constitution Week Chairman holds this year's poster.
The 115th DAR Continental Congress was held June 28th - July 2nd in Washington, D.C.
On National Defense evening, Watauga Chapter was represented in the Tennessee State Regent's box.
Our Watauga Chapter Regent and one of our Chapter members getting ready to attend the Continental Congress.
The unfurling of the Flag during the Continental Congress was spectacular!
Saturday,June 10th was our Flag Day Luncheon sponsored by the Memphis/Shelby County Regents Council.
Watauga Chapter had several members who attended!
101st Tennessee State DAR Conference
Watauga Chapter won several awards during the 101st TSDAR State Conference held in Kingsport, Tennessee, April 21-23!
American Heritage - First Place Chickasaw District
American Heritage - Honorable Mention - State Winner
Outstanding Historical Preservation Project Honorable Mention
Certificate for Programs - First Place for Guest Speaker - "Col Isaac Hayne - South Carolina Martyr of the Revolution" - (This will now go to the next level for judging.)
Certificate For Excellence - Chapter Achievement Award
State Regent Project - Markers - Reporting 100% by Watauga Chapter
Yearbook - Tri-color - Second Place
Best Chapter Newsletter - Third Place
Genealogical Records - Second Place - 16 Pages
Literacy Challenge - Most Books Donated - First Place
Literacy Challenge - Most Hours Tutoring Adults - Second Place
Constitution Week - Greatest Number of Letters to the Editor
DAR Good Citizen Award - Special Events Recognizing Winners - tied Second Place
Public Relations - Print Media - Second Place
Special Public Relations Award - Presented Certificate to the Germantown News
2005-2006 Volunteer Information Specialist (VIS) Award - Outstanding Use of Technology
Website and Newsletter
Yearbook and Membership
Sending of Information
Our March Awards Luncheon Honored our 75 and 50 Year Members!
Our February speaker gave an excellent review of His Excellency, George Washington!
It was a beautiful day for our tree planting in front of the Memphis Library!
Our January meeting speaker gave an excellent talk on National Defense!
We all had a good time at our Christmas Tea in honor of our New and Prospective Members!
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