Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

April 22, 2013

Reflections

on a way for local women to be patriotic


Mineral Wells Index

— I know I have mentioned Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) on more than one occasion, but here I go again. And, yes, we would like to have more women in our Ralph Ripley Chapter, here in Mineral Wells.

I find that DAR is one of the best ways I know for women to be patriotic and to demonstrate that patriotism in ways of learning, friendship and service. There are over 3,000 chapters around the world and Mineral Wells is fortunate to have an active one right here!

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit, nonpolitical women’s volunteer service organization, dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. It’s an organization that makes a difference in the lives of many people, both nationally and here in Palo Pinto County.

We are women, a lot like you, who come from diverse backgrounds and hold a variety of interests. Our common bond is the lineal descent from patriots of the American Revolution. And any woman, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove this lineage is eligible to join. DAR members are very active women who balance careers, families, community service, working with schools, veterans and a variety of activities.

We learn about American history, research genealogy, coordinate with local community service projects, share family traditions and participate in commemorative events. We care about fostering good citizenship, honoring our ancestors, educating our youth and we want to preserve our past for future generations.

We meet, here, once a month from September through June. We usually meet on the first Saturday of the month, often in homes or churches, but sometimes we go on field trips.

We provide a local college scholarship each year for a Mineral Wells High School senior girl, and we support the national DAR scholarship programs.

We honor our veterans, and we actively endeavor to be a part of our community and county activities.

Anyone who is interested is welcome to visit our chapter. You can contact me at sue_seibert@att.net and you can find us on Facebook by seraching for “Ralph Ripley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.”

I am the registrar, which means I see to your application forms and assist you in proving your lineage to a Revolutionary War patriot. Your patriot may be either male or female and does not have to have been a soldier.

I look forward each month to meeting with my DAR friends, to hearing something new about our American patriots, to studying about native America, to honoring people in our community who have given service in many different fields.

Next month we are traveling to Hamilton, Texas, to visit a member whose town does not have a chapter. We will hear a program on the local history of the area and we will meet new friends from other chapters who are joining us.

This month several of us went to Fort Worth for a meal a Joe T. Garcia’s where heard Suzie Humphries speak. The color guard for this event was from the Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. There is always something going on in the area for us to attend, if we wish, and through these activities we connect with women around the state.

Most of all DAR is a chance for me to show my patriotic side, while at the same time enjoying, with my daughter and my friends, learning about the history of our town, our county, our state and our nation. Come a join us!