People attending a 14th annual Georgia Day program hosted by the Archibald Bulloch Chapter of The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Thursday, were given extra cause for celebration.
The local group, which always sets aside a date to commemorate General James Oglethorpe’s Feb. 12, 1733 landing on what would become the nation’s 13th colony, were able to honor an anniversary of a different sort.
All of the approximately 40 guests attending the luncheon at Statesboro’s Holiday Inn gave a standing ovation to Sarah Hines, who celebrated 50 consecutive years as a member of the history-based organization.
Hines was announced a recipient of the rare honor and provided a commemorative plaque and pin from the national headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) by Archibald Bulloch Chapter Regent Jan Anderson.
“(The achievement) means a great deal to me,” Hines said. “I have always loved DAR work. I believe in what we stand for — supporting patriotism, veterans and the men and women currently in uniform.”
For Hines, the group has almost always been a part of life.
“Sarah grew up knowing about the DAR, because her mother joined the Swainsboro chapter in 1950,” Anderson said. “Then, in 1955 and 1956, Sarah attended two state DAR conventions as a personal page. She officially joined the David Emanuel DAR in Swainsboro Feb. 1, 1962.”
According to the chapter regent, Hines’ 50 years have been well spent.
“Sarah is a really, really wonderful member of our chapter. She does a very good job,” Anderson said. “For as long as I can remember, (Hines) has been the Women’s Issues Chair. We are all very proud.”
Hines said her commitment to values the organization holds dear is what made her tenure possible.
“To me, this is just a wonderful organization,” she said. “I believe in DAR’s principles and am very proud of my heritage.”
The annual event also featured a program by guest speaker Barbara Powell Fincher.
Fincher, a member of the Lt. James Monroe Chapter DAR, gave a presentation — titled “Miss Cameo: Customs, Attitudes, and Mores in the Era of Opulence — that served as a bit of an etiquette class for high society in revolutionary-era Georgia.
Fincher passed along tips on how one should eat (with at least 100 pieces of silver for use during their ten-course meals), dress (corsets are a must) and even walk (using small steps instead of strides, and always pulling a trailing dress to the side in lieu of lifting when facing a puddle).
She conducted the presentation in a Colonial-era dress of her own.
Jeff Harrison can be reached at (912) 489-9454.