Welcome to the Apalachee Chapter, NSDAR

Bonelle Lashley and Robin Towns were women on a mission. Passionate about all things DAR, they shared a vision to birth a chapter that met the needs of women in "Today's DAR." Desiring to reach working women with limited leisure time, who wanted to be involved in an organization that reflected their values - God, Home, and Country - they determined to organize such a chapter.

On July 1, 2012, the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, appointed Bonnell Lashley organizing regent. After hosting three preliminary organizing meetings, the Apalachee Chapter met for coffee on October 6, 2012, to hold their final organizing meeting. When the chapter regent placed a call to the Organizing Secretary General to report the meeting, it was a historical moment in the life of the fledgling chapter. This meeting marked the official organizing of Apalachee Chapter, NSDAR, with 98 confirmed members.

A Gala Celebration Luncheon was held on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at the Bogart United Methodist Church with 70 members attending. State Regent Virginia Lingelbach was the keynote speaker.

The Apalachee Chapter, NSDAR, organizing officers were as follows: regent, Bonnie Wheeler Lashley; vice-regent, Dianne Hammond Wright; chaplain, Martha Davison Henderson; recording secretary, Patricia Bridges Massey; corresponding secretary, Mollie Moran Carow; treasurer, Peggy Smith Gates; registrar, Robin Redfearn Towns; historian, Lynne Smith Yarbrough; librarian, Hazel Wheeler Everett; and parliamentarian, Tommie Elaine Perry Shattuck.

Apalachee Chapter, NSDAR, was organized with a total of ninety-eight members, a Georgia DAR record, including fifty-two new members by application, forty transfer members, and six reinstated members. Thirty members were Juniors. In the first year, the Apalachee Chapter, NSDAR, swelled to well over one hundred members, and won three National Society awards. They are as follows: First Place Overall for Most New Junior Members by application; Third Place Overall for Most New Members, and Third Place for Chapter Achievement.

The chapter continues to be awarded State and National Awards since the beginning. Whether the chapter hosts District 2 workshops or State Regent's visit teas, the tradition has been set for one of excellence for now and for the future in service to "God, Home, and Country."