The Cadron Post Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated its 30th anniversary Feb. 21.
A special tea was held at the home of University of Central Arkansas President Allen Meadors and his wife, Barbara, in observance of the anniversary. Barbara Meadors has been member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for more than 18 years.
More than 40 women representing nine chapters across the state and a majority of the state officers participated in the tea.
Lydia "Jo" Kilduff, the chapter’s vice regent and the only remaining charter member, was pleased with the turnout for the event.
"I thought it was outstanding," she said. "We really try to support each other."
The Cadron Post Chapter was organized and chartered Dec. 13, 1979. There were 15 organizing members, with Jane Mabry as organizing regent.
The Daughters of the American Revolution, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization.
The organization is not only involved in genealogy, it is also active in the community by providing scholarships for youth, providing comfort items for veterans, recognizing the achievement of ROTC students in the public schools and the University of Central Arkansas, preserving and restoring historical buildings and erecting markers at historical sites.
"While genealogy is important, it is not our main thing," Kilduff said. "DAR is active statewide, especially with the veterans. We are not just a little old lady society."
Susan Page Veal, honorary state regent, said she attended the event to honor the Conway chapter’s 30 years of success in the community. The chapter has illustrated the organization’s motto of motto is patriotism, historical and education, she said.
"I don’t think there is a DAR member in the world who does not love history or want a better education for everyone," she said. "We all have the same goals whether it’s a little chapter in Conway, Arkansas or the largest chapter in the world in Houston."
Dr. Mary Mosley, the chapter’s chaplain, said she is pleased that the chapter has reached the 30-year milestone.
"The reason our 30-year anniversary is so significant is because of the preservation of all of the historic landmarks and events in our American history," Mosley said.
The organization was able to place a marker at the survey point of the Louisiana Purchase near Helena, she said. A plaque was placed on a tree commemorating the historic event, she said.
Mosley hopes the chapter will be able to support other projects for many more years to come.
"That is one reason I am proud to be a member of an organization that knows that we need to celebrate and cherish our heritage as Americans and share that with our new Americans. New Americans in a sense of their family may not have been here very long or they may be a baby," she said.
The Cadron Post Chapter has worked towards the goals of the DAR, said Fern Taylor, who has been a member of the Cadron Post Chapter for 25 years. The chapter’s focus has mostly been on the veterans.
"We have really tried to recognize and support veterans," she explained. "The other focus is genealogy. That is part of my love. It is a good organization of quality people."
Caroline Wilson Smith, a member of the Marion Chapter in Fayetteville, has been a member of DAR for the past 12 years. Her aunt, Marguerite Hendrickson, was a life member of the Cadron Post. Two years ago, Smith and other women of DAR went to the Republican Cemetery in Greenbrier to place the DAR grave marker on her aunt’s grave. Smith said when she heard about the 30th anniversary of the Conway chapter, she had to come to help celebrate.
"We are all daughters," she said.
Sue Thompson is also a member of the Marion Chapter, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary later this year.
"We are not only striving for 30th anniversaries, we are also striving for new chapters to have their first anniversaries," Thompson said.