2011-06-02 / Personalities

Kettle Creek Chapter DAR members travel to Philomath, hear history of community


DAR members and guests gathered in front of the historic Philomath Presbyterian Church are (front, l-r) Phyllis Scarborough, Barbara Roberts, Millie Arnold, Laura Toburen, Hilda Wright, Garvin Aycock, Amanda Aycock, Jane Burton, Nancy Sisson, Anna Gunter, Don Thomas, Gene Pollock, David Chesnut, Joanne Pollock, Linda Chesnut, Suzette Kopecky; (middle row) Betty Slaton, Carol Faz, Pat Thomas, Ginny Broome; (back) Patsy Bailey, Carol Cartledge, Oleta McAvoy, Jane Owen, Winston Bailey and Rita Harwood. DAR members and guests gathered in front of the historic Philomath Presbyterian Church are (front, l-r) Phyllis Scarborough, Barbara Roberts, Millie Arnold, Laura Toburen, Hilda Wright, Garvin Aycock, Amanda Aycock, Jane Burton, Nancy Sisson, Anna Gunter, Don Thomas, Gene Pollock, David Chesnut, Joanne Pollock, Linda Chesnut, Suzette Kopecky; (middle row) Betty Slaton, Carol Faz, Pat Thomas, Ginny Broome; (back) Patsy Bailey, Carol Cartledge, Oleta McAvoy, Jane Owen, Winston Bailey and Rita Harwood. The Kettle Creek Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution enjoyed a “Ramble to Philomath” on Monday morning, May 16.

Members and guests gathered at the historic Philomath Presbyterian Church where they were greeted by John and Sue Ellen Buckman and Jim Carter of Philomath and Hilda Wright of Washington and Philomath.

Mr. Buckman and Mr. Carter gave an account of the history of the community of Philomath, its Presbyterian Church and a boarding school which once was located there.

From there members went to a home owned by Hilda Wright and toured the home plus the log cabin next door and continued on to tour the Buckman home next door.

After the tour, members and guests enjoyed a picnic lunch in the Buckman’s barn.

A short business meeting, led by Regent Laura Toburen, was held after lunch during which time plans for the upcoming year were discussed. A tentative date for the tree planting and program in recognition of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was set for Friday, September 9, at 10 a.m. at the local high school.

Mrs. Toburen gave a report on the State Conference held in Augusta in May. Pat Thomas and Jane Owens were hostesses at the conference representing the local Kettle Creek Chapter. The Chapter tied for third place in having the most new mem- bers in the state for this past year.

A contribution was given to the VA Clinic in Athens toward the purchase of weather ban radios for veterans who are patients at the clinic. Rita Bryant Harwood, a RN at the clinic, spearheaded the project for the Chapter.

It was announced that Dr. Lee Aston will be presented the Gold Medal Good Citizenship Award by the SAR on June 2 in Elberton and members were invited to attend the event.

Members were reminded that the upcoming grave marking for Micajah Williamson is planned for July 7 at Resthaven Cemetery in Washington.

The next scheduled Chapter meeting will be Monday, September 19, with Col. (Ret.) Andy Anderson as guest speaker.

Members were encouraged to show appreciation to all veterans in honor of Memorial Day, May 30.

The meeting was adjourned at which time all who wanted were invited to stop by the home of Dr. Tom Nash, father of Suzette Nash Kopecky, and tour the grounds surrounding this lovely old home.

Present for the ramble were members, Oleta McAvoy, Amanda Aycock, Nancy Sisson, Rita Harwood, Linda Chestnut, Jane Owen, Ginny Broome, Millie Arnold, Pat Thomas, Barbara Roberts, Betty Slaton, Joanne Pollock, Suzette Kopecky, Carol Cartledge, Katherine Sanders, Laura Toburen, Phyllis Scarborough, Patsy Bailey, Jane Burton, Carol Faz and Anna Gunter, and guests, John and Sue Ellen Buckman, Hilda Wright, Jim Carter, Pete Kopecky, Preston Sanders, Garvin Aycock, Winston Bailey, Thad Broome, Gene Pollock, Don Thomas, David Chesnut and Marvin McAvoy.

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