Marguerite Horton, ASDAR, Alabama State Regent,

Spreads the Message, Hand and Hand in Service and Friendship

By Diane Lehr
February 14th, 2012

The John Wade Keyes Chapter of The Alabama Society of The Daughters Of The American Revolution, recently had the honor of hosting a meeting that included keynote speaker, Marguerite Horton, ASDAR, Alabama State Regent. She spoke to the local chapter about a few of the DAR ideals and about some of the successes of her Alabama administration. The Alabama Society was organized in 1894, and has over 4,000 members in 71 chapters across the state.

(L to Rt)  Newest member of John Wade Keyes DAR chapter, Mona Aycock, with John Wade Keyes DAR Regent, Doris Estes, and special guest speaker, Marguerite Horton, ASDAR, State Regent, next to Judy Rew, John Wade Keyes DAR, Vice Regent.

Hand and hand in service and friendship, is a primary message of the administration of Marguerite Horton. During the local John Wade Keyes meeting, she spoke about many of the projects of the DAR, including a few that seemed especially close to the hearts of the local group that attended the February meeting.  She spoke eloquently of the DAR traditions of service to community and country, preserving American history, honoring our patriot ancestors, and promoting patriotic values.  The 2009-2012 administration’s state theme, To serve the present age, was echoed throughout her presentation. She offered congratulations to the John Wade Keyes Chapter on its many successes. She told the attendees of the accomplishments of our local regent, Doris Estes, and of her service during the 120th Continental Congress in Washington, DC. Doris was busy in the Media and Public Relations Offices during the Continental Congress, as she is National Vice Chairman, SE Division, of Public Relations and Media.

  John Wade Keyes Regent, Doris Estes, and Marguerite Horton, ASDAR, State Regent. Mrs Horton resides in Huntsville and has served as Alabama State Regent since 2009.

 The Alabama State Regent‘s Project has been to raise the funds to restore the foundation of the Jacobs Building and the Pennsylvania Log Cabin at the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, located on Gunter Mountain in northeast Alabama. To date, Alabama Daughters have contributed more than $40,000 to this project. The sale of this administration’s specially designed Hand and Hand pin, represents ASDAR hands, serving with whatever they have received. The proceeds from sales of the pin provide funds to restore the historic and educational buildings at the DAR school. The Alabama Society DAR established the school in 1924 and named it in honor of Kate Duncan Smith, who had been an instrumental participant and leader of the Alabama Chapters for over twenty-one years.  In 1928, the Alabama Daughters were joined in their efforts along with the National Society DAR, in support of the historic preservation and educational pursuits of the school. The school serves grades K-12 and provides opportunities for children in a large, rural area in the Appalachian foothills. The school serves to teach American ideals while the students obtain a superior academic education. There is strong emphasis on patriotic values throughout the curriculum.  A spirit of dedication to achievement, high morals, and service to country exists on the campus today, just as it did in the early years of this unique DAR school. Merry Ann Thompson Wright, President General announced at Continental Congress that the NSDAR Executive Committee approved a donation from the DAR Schools Fund for the restoration of the foundation of the Jacobs Building at Kate Duncan Smith DAR School. This additional donation from the DAR Schools Fund will provide generous assistance to meet the needs of the renovation project. 

 DAR Members Across the Nation Join Hands
to Provide Alabama Tornado Assistance

Hand and Hand pin that serves to raise funds in support of historic preservation project at Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, in northeast Alabama.

After the tornadoes struck Alabama on April 27, 2011, many Daughters across the country were asking what they could do to help the victims of the tornado outbreak. Lucy Willis, member of Sunset Rock Chapter knew that many families of the 20th Special Forces Group of the Alabama National Guard were affected by the tornadoes. This military unit was deployed and unable to be home to help their families. A decision was made to provide gift cards for groceries, home supplies, gas, and phone services to the families of the soldiers serving our country. The Family Services Representative of the 20th Special Forces Group was contacted, and told of the desire to help. While coordinating the details of the project from the Colorado State Conference, Mrs. Horton, Alabama State Regent, was continually being asked what the Colorado Daughters could do in order to help. In 45 minutes, following a conversation regarding the planned assistance, Colorado Daughters donated almost $4000 to the victims of the Alabama tornadoes. Since that time, from the generosity of Daughters from states including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Kentucky, Nebraska, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Virginia, funds have been received totaling over $14,000. One Pennsylvania DAR member who is over 90 years old, knitted 18 dolls to be given to the children of the military families. The gift cards were purchased and given to the military families affected by the Alabama tornadoes.

Alabama State Regent, Marguerite Horton concluded, “ I am so grateful to be part of such a dedicated organization. The Daughters across the nation have used their hands in service to reach out and help. DAR members are generous, caring women who truly support God, Home and Country.” 

By: Diane Lehr
Member, John Wade Keyes, ASDAR
Board of Directors, President, Art On The Square Arts League
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