Cateechee Chapter NSDAR History
The Cateechee Chapter NSDAR was organized by Mrs. Lulah Ayer Vandiver on January 18, 1899, with twelve charter members. The Cateechee Chapter has more than 110 years of active involvement in the community. Below are some of the highlights of recent years:
1975 - 1977: The chapter celebrated the Anderson Bicentennial by sponsoring a float depicting "Cateechee Trail" and a booth at the County Fair that won a Blue Ribbon. During the year, the grave of Revolutionary hero Jehu Orr was marked at Old Rutledge Graveyard
1977 - 1982: Rev. John Simpson and Mary Remer Simpson's graves were marked at Roberts Presbyterian Church in Anderson.
1982 - 1988: More than 5000 persons attended a special observance of the Bicentennial of the United States Centennial of the United States Constitution, in a cooperative program with the Anderson School District students.
1989 - 1994: Chapter projects were expanded to include collecting labels to help purchase a bus for the Tamassee DAR School, raising money for books, playground equipment, and a scholarship for a T. L. Hanna High School cadet. Monetary donations were presented to the Tamassee DAR School and the National Constitution Hall Renovation Project.
1997 - 2001: On January 28, 1999, the chapter celebrated its 100th year with an Anniversary Tea, held at the home donated to the Anderson Women's Club. In preparation for this event, chapter members studied and updated the chapter's history with the founders' names and highlights of the chapter's history.
2001 - 2004: In 2002, the chapter donated funds to the S.C.S.C.A.R. Rebecca Motte project, which commissioned and then placed a statue of Rebecca Motte in the Old Exchange Building in Charleston. Special greetings were printed and taken to the veterans at Patrick B. Campbell Veterans Hospital thanking them for service to their country.
2004 - 2006: In June 2005, the chapter hosted a genealogical workshop at the Anderson Library conducted by State Vice Regent, Bonnie Scales Glasgow. Members attended many commemorative events including the laying of a wreath at the 266th Anniversary of Andrew Pickens in 2005. In February 2006, Sheila Hey Davis, SC State Regent, was the guest speaker at the George Washington luncheon hosted by the Cateechee Chapter NSDAR. In 2006, the chapter raised funds for the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for our troops wounded in Iraq. The chapter collected funds, as well as Campbell Soup Labels, used printer cartridges, several pounds of items for the Thrift Shop, and baked goods, which were provided for the Tamassee Founder's Day Breakfast. Members also volunteered to help serve the breakfasts as they have always done in the past. 2006 was the year the chapter went online with its own website.
Throughout the years, the chapter has always maintained an interest in and support of historical, patriotic and educational activities of the state and national organizations. Special emphasis has been given to conservation, veterans' hospitals, and the Tamassee DAR School. The chapter always meets its State and National requirements promptly. Attractive yearbooks are issued and an informative newsletter is sent to members before each meeting, acquainting them of upcoming events.