University of South Carolina Chapter
Columbia, South Carolina
September, 2014 – USC Chapter presented the Historic Preservation Recognition Award to the Lexington County Museum. Major General Bradley C. Becker, Commanding General of Fort Jackson, was the guest speaker at theSept. meeting. He spoke to chapter about patriotism and Ft. Jackson’s history in Columbia. The chapter was invited and toured Ft. Jackson in April, 2015.
October, 2014 – USC Chapter members attended Tamassee DAR School Founders Day activities. Donations of clothing, household items, etc. were given to the Tamassee Thrift Store which raises money for the school.
November, 2014 – USC Chapter attended a Veterans’ Day program at Dorn Medical Center Auditorium at which chapter members presented US flags to the veterans and thanked them for their service.
December, 2014 – USC Chapter donated toiletry items, bathrobes, slippers to the women veterans at Dorn Veterans Medical Center. The chapter also donated cellphones for veterans.
January, 2015 – USC Chapter presented the NSDAR Community Service Award to Mr. Glenn Neeley, a volunteer at the Lexington County Museum.
February, 2015 – USC Chapter had its annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Spring Valley Country Club. James O. Lechner, Lieutenant Colonel Retired, shared his personal story in a program entitled “Experience of an Army Ranger with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia.” (“Black Hawk Down”) Husbands of chapter members were invited for this special event and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. The chapter also presented the DAR Distinguished Citizen Award to Lt. Col. James Lechner.
March, 2015 – USC Chapter presented NSDAR certificates to the Lower Richland Veteran Formation in Hopkins, SC, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and in recognition of the veterans’ valor, service, and sacrifice during the Vietnam War. In May and July, respectively, Vietnam Veteran Appreciation Certificates were given to Petty Officer Second Class David O. Weigle, U. S. Navy, and Col. Mary E. Bailes, U. S. Air Force, Nursing Corps.
The chapter also presented JROTC medals to students at four high schools.
April, 2015 – USC Chapter presented two books to the Camden Archives, Camden, SC; and a gold ROTC medal was presented to a graduating senior at the University of South Carolina.
The guest speaker at the April chapter meeting was Chief Gene Norris, Chief of the Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation in SC, who presented a very interesting and informative program on his tribe through slides and artifacts.