Virginia Chapter

National Society

Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America

 

 

 

 

State President Carla Whitehurst Odom

Mrs. Charles Robert Odom

and our State Officers welcome you to the

Virginia Chapter web site

 

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MOTTO

 

Honor shall be accorded to our forefathers who founded America and to

their patriot descendants who served to aid the independence of this great Nation

 

 

CHAPTER FORMED

 

May 13, 1907

Tri-Centennial of Jamestowne

 

 

 

HISTORY OF THE VIRGINIA CHAPTER  

 

The Virginia Chapter was formed at Falls Church, Virginia.  It was the sixth Chapter of the Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America

to be established and the first founded in the South.  The Chapter

was organized by Mrs. Charles C. Gibson.  The earliest officers were President,

 Mrs. Eleanor W. Nelson; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. M. Dulany Ball; and Treasurer, Mrs. Sallie Ball Hunton.  The Chapter was first represented

at the 1908 General Court by Mrs. M. Dulany Ball. 

Two Virginia Daughters have served as National Presidents,

Mrs. George Humphrey Bryan, Jr. and Mrs. Peter Weaver Squire, Sr.

 

 

 

 

STATE FLOWER & TREE

The Dogwood

 

 

 

 

 

VIRGINIA BIRD

The Cardinal

 

 

 

STATE SONG

Carry Me Back to Old Virginia

 

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VIRGINIA FLAG

 

 

 

COLORS OF THE SOCIETY

 

The ribbon of the National Society shall be divided into equal lengthwise stripes of three colors, red, buff and blue.  Red symbolizes the Colonial period of American history. 

Buff and blue depicts the uniforms of soldiers who served in the War for Independence. 

 

 

OBJECT OF THE SOCIETY

 

1.  To associate congenial women whose ancestors struggled together for life, liberty home and happiness in this land when it was a new and

2.  To teach reverent regard for the names, history, character, deeds, and heroism of the founders of this country and their descendents, to inculcate patriotism in the present and succeeding generations, and to commemorate events of the history of the Colonies and of the Republic

3.  To discover and preserve family and history, otherwise unwritten and unknown, of the first Colonists, their ancestors, and descendents.

4.  In time of war to obtain and forward supplies for Arm and Navy hospitals.

 

 

 

CHAPTER OFFICERS

 

                   President                           Carla Whitehurst Odom, Mrs. Charles R.

                   Vice President                    Margaret “Marge” Ruth Richards

                   Chaplain                             Lettie Genung Groshel, Mrs. Lyle R.

                   Recording Secretary           Jennie Harris Palacios, Mrs. Ernesto H.

                   Corresponding Secretary    Martha Bass Giovanelli, Mrs. Robert A.

                   Treasurer                           Nancy Barker Squire, Mrs. Peter Weaver, Sr.

                    Registrar                            Mary “Marty” Wheeler Lyman, Mrs. Myron E., Sr.

                    Historian                           Kathryn Nicholas Winslow, Mrs.

                    Color Bearer                     Carole Ware Featherston, Mrs. Charles A.                    

                    Councillors                        Martha Bass Giovanelli, Mrs. Robert A.

                                                              Carole Ware Featherston, Mrs. Charles A.

                                                              Lacey Sanford Hudgins, Mrs. William L., Jr.

                    Parliamentarian                 Carole Ware Featherston, Mrs. Charles A.

 

 

 

MEETINGS

 

Chapter meetings are held in the Fall, Winter and Spring at different sites, usually in the Tidewater.  The Winter Meeting is the Annual Meeting.  Guests are invited to the luncheon and program. 

 

 

 

 

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP

 

Membership in the Virginia Society is by invitation only.

 

 

 

ELGIBILITY

 

Any woman of at least eighteen years of age and of good moral character and reputation who is in sympathy with the object of this society is eligible to membership, provided she is descended in unbroken paternal line of either father or mother from an ancestor who settled in any of the Colonies now included in the United States of America during the period from the settlement of Jamestown, May 13, 1607, to May 13 1687, and provided that, in this unbroken line, is an immediate ancestor who, by personal service in a civil or military capacity or by any other acts proving his unfailing loyalty, assisted in establishing American independence during the Revolutionary period, 1775 to 1784.    

 

 

 

OUR MAIN PURPOSE

 

Our main purpose is limited to promoting patriotic and historical projects. 

Some examples are:

 

Patriotic:

 

Aiding hospitals during time of war

Awarding medals to outstanding ROTC students

Presenting awards for excellence to graduate of Service Academies

Promoting respect for our American Flag.

 

Historical

 

Awarding achievement of students in American History

Commemorating special historical events by erecting memorials.

Remembering outstanding individuals in American History

Collecting, restoring and preserving our records.

 

 

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