The 83rd annual Georgia State Assembly of the Daughters of the American Colonists came to Statesboro over the weekend. The St. Philip’s Parish Chapter of Daughters of the American Colonists, the Statesboro chapter, is not only the largest chapter in the state, but also the nation.
Membership in the Georgia State Society of Daughters of the American Colonists depends upon proof of lineal descent from those men and women who were actual residents of America when it was under foreign government as colonies.
Before the candlelight dinner Friday held at the Holiday Inn banquet room, guests proceeded through a receiving line with the opportunity to greet Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal, Mayor Jan Moore and national and state DAC officers. Greeters included Statesboro’s Thelma Kilpatrick, who holds the office of State First Vice Regent and Jerry Singletary, who is the State Historian. St. Philips Parish Chapter Regent Kaye Tucker Stephens, who grew up in Statesboro, also greeted guests.
Mayor Moore welcomed attendees on behalf of Statesboro and commended members of the Georgia State Society. First Lady Sandra Deal addressed the members following the candlelight dinner.
Mary Emily O’Bradovich, Carrie Deal Wilder and Katie Deal Wright, daughters of the Governor and First Lady, are members of the Statesboro chapter and attended the event.
Statesboro’s Dr. Betty Lane, charter member of the Statesboro chapter founded in 1955, said she’s always been passionate about history and enjoys the patriotic and educational aspect of the organization.
Dr. Betty Lane’s niece, Mary Ann Robertson, said her aunt encouraged her to become a member four years ago and explained what it takes to become a member.
“You have to be interested in genealogy, interested in your lineage enough to research and prove that you had family living in one of the original 13 colonies,” she said.
Robertson said her participation in the group has been fascinating and educational.
“We meet quarterly and usually have a program that relates back to history,” she said.
Robertson recalled a program back in September in which costumed guest speakers from Macon gave a presentation, representing Martha Washington.
“They really made you feel like you were right there with her. The Daughters of the American Colonists is all about things of the days of yore.”
Through chapter activities, members encourage patriotic education of all citizens and youth of the state by presenting awards to youth in military JROTC and ROTC; by sponsoring children of the American Colonists; by making concerted efforts to honor veterans; and by preserving values significant to the stability of the nation.
In addition to the candlelight dinner Friday evening, DAC members from all over the state toured the Statesboro Welcome Center, enjoying a fascinating presentation on Spanish influence on Colonial Georgia, visited the Georgia Southern University Museum and convened for the state meeting.