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Myers gets pin for 50 years in DAR
DAR honored its new 50-year member earlier this month with a commemorative gold pin. Pictured, from left, are Regent Carol Menth and 50-year member Bette Myers. - photo by Lacy Garrison

At the recent September meeting of the local Lt. James Sheppard Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Bette Myers was honored with a gold pin for her 50 years of membership in DAR. Bette, a McMinnville resident, has actively participated with the chapter and served in many roles including regent, treasurer and chaplain.

For Bette, membership in DAR is something of a family tradition. Her grandmother was involved in a Murfreesboro chapter along with her two great-aunts. Later, her mother and aunt joined. Then Bette became an official member in 1969.

 “My mother had been a member for 50 years and for some reason in our chapter it was overlooked and she never received her 50-year pin,” said Bette. “To me, I felt like I was accepting it for her and me.”

Over the years, Bette has been involved in several committees including the program committee to bring in outside speakers. Programs are educational and historic in nature.

“Our organization is grounded in history but it focuses on the present as well,” said Bette. “Another that always rings true is how important it is to be aware so that mistakes of the past are not repeated.”

When asked what has kept her dedicated to DAR, Bette mentioned there is always such a nice group of women in the organization. 

“I remember my mother said the same thing … that she became friends with people in DAR that she might not have ever known as well had she not been in the chapter,” said Bette with a smile. “The same is true of me. I have created bonds with people who have the same ideals.”

Along with all the work she has done for the Lt. James Sheppard DAR chapter, Bette is on the Magness Library board, member of Ben Lomond Garden Club and her family operates Myers Cove Nursery.  

As for future DAR projects, Bette explained members are going to get even more involved in the community by going to elementary schools to read about different historical figures in the Revolutionary War, help more veterans at the VA hospital and have more involvement in the Fisher House. 

The local Lt. James Sheppard DAR chapter has been an integral part of Warren County and McMinnville since 1936.

Membership is open to any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence. For additional information, contact registar Cheryl Watson Mingle at (931) 205-8358.