Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), officers for 2020-2021

MDW NSDAR officers for the 2020-2021 service year include (l to r) Treasurer Wendy Randolph, Librarian Katie Schmidt, Registrar Karen McFarland, Recording Secretary Karen Bible, Regent Jane Chambers, Corresponding Secretary Jane Busdeker, Historian Jamie Snyder, Chaplain Elizabeth Finchum, and Parliamentarian Ellie Betts. The photo was taken in the Revolutionary War Cemetery in Dandridge. – Photo by Jeff Depew

MDW NSDAR Second Vice Regent Janet Guyett and First Vice Regent Jill Evans will prepare to step into the office of Regent for future administrations. Their photo was taken at the Glenmore Mansion in Jefferson City. – Photo byJane Busdeker

The Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), officers for 2020-2021 are Regent Jane Chambers, First Vice Regent Jill Evans, Second Vice Regent Janet Guyett, Chaplain Elizabeth Finchum, Recording Secretary Karen Bible, Corresponding Secretary Jane Busdeker, Treasurer Wendy Randolph, Registrar Karen McFarland, Historian Jamie Snyder, Librarian Katie Schmidt, and Parliamentarian Ellie Betts.

In the accompanying photo, officers are dressed in yellow and white in honor of the suffragists who worked for the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which in 1920 gave women the right to vote. Yellow represents hope, and white represents purity. Those legislators who supported the amendment wore yellow roses in their lapels, while those opposed wore red.

The cords with which the ladies are adorned are of three colors. Gold is presented to those who have completed the Visions Course, a beta course for the current New Horizons Course. Red is awarded to those who have graduated from the previous New Members Course or the current Members Course. Finally, blue is bestowed on graduates of the New Horizons Course.

The courses employ online self-directed learning and DAR activities to help members to learn more about the organization and ways to become active and engaged. The Members Course explores “the many aspects of the DAR and what it means to be a Daughter,” while the New Horizons Course builds confidence and leadership skills in aspiring and current DAR leaders.

The MDW Chapter received a national award during the June 2020 NSDAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., for having the largest percentage of graduates from the New Members Course of all chapters in the entire society.

For information about the DAR, contact Registrar Karen McFarland at (865) 258-8670 or Regent Jane Chambers at (865) 591-3857.