The Rio Grande Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently celebrated its 80th anniversary. Scrapbooks collected over the past 80 years were on display and a picture of the charter members was reproduced on the program.
Charter members were Martha Boysen, Charlotte Deans, Olive Gibbs, Alice Glendenning, Mary Hogan, Maude James, Mary Kriedler, Marie Louise Manhone, Edna Perkins, Nannie Sherwood, Grace Taylor and Mae Telford.
Grace Burrows Taylor was he organizing Regent when the Rio Grande Chapter was organized in McAllen on March 26, 1929. D.P. Germaine, Regent in 1969-1973, wrote that the name “Rio Grande” was selected because the “Big River” which forms this Valley is a living symbol of the continuity and timelessness of history. Much of the story of the great Southwest is the story of the constantly flowing, constantly changing Rio Grande River.
The chapter always strived to fulfill its obligations to God and country and its members served the city of McAllen with many projects. In the 1960s they contributed yearly to a three-day Americanism seminar conducted by the Texas Farm Bureau and to the recently organized ROTC at McAllen High School, the only high school in McAllen at the time.
Maymie Lammers, a member of the Rio Grande Chapter, was elected State Regent, 1940-43. The chapter’s pride was unbounded when she became Vice President General of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Another outstanding member of the chapter was Lucile Hendricks, who also served as Regent several times. She was known as McAllen’s “First Lady” because of her many community activities. The Rio Grande Chapter recently helped celebrate the naming of an elementary school in McAllen for the late Hendricks.
Some of the service projects of the Rio Grande Chapter are the presentation of DAR Good Citizen, ROTC, and Good Citizenship awards to deserving students. The chapter recognizes Constitution week each year with a display at the McAllen Library. It has generously contributed to the Veteran’s War Memeorial and gives a scholarship each year to the DAR Good Citizen winner. Stuffed Teddy bears are collected each Christmas and given to Mujeres Unidas.
Along with the Dubois-Hite, Sam Maverick, and Lt. Thomas Barlow chapters, the Rio Grande Chapter is a member of the Rio Grande Valley Regents’ Council and shares in hosting a Flag Day luncheon each year.
Recent Regents of the Rio Grande Chapter include Marilyn Hardison, Cheyanne Zink, Carolynn Nelson, Kathy Mills, Mildred Erhard, and Paula Moxley. The current Regent is Carolyn Weekly.
As the members look forward, they are determined to carry on the legacy of those who care before them.