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Shelby Chapter attends DAR school

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Front row, from left, are Gay Mixon, Tennessee State Regent Nancy Hemmrich and Shelby Chapter Regent Dixie Parker. Back: Alene Hall, Executive Director of KDS Heather Green and Vickie Lilly.
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Kate Duncan Smith (KDS) DAR School was opened by the Alabama Society Daughters of the American Revolution in 1924, and in 1928 the National Society DAR joined in their support. Today more than 1,400 students K-12 living on Gunter Mountain in northeast Alabama attend this DAR school.

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From left are Tennessee Society DAR Regent Nancy Hemmrich, Vickie Lilly of Shelby Chapter and National Society DAR Vice President General Judith Chaffin.
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Now, instead of the original 4 classrooms, it has grown to 240 acres of land and 40 buildings, 11 of which are faculty residences. The KDS campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, and is home to several area landmarks.

The schedule of events was full, starting with an orientation, patriotic programs performed by the children, meetings, ceremonies, a very enjoyable lunch in the school with the students, a bus tour of Gunter Mountain with Executive Director of KDS Heather Green as our guide, and an arts and crafts show. The Kate Duncan Smith DAR school truly is the gem of Gunter Mountain.

DAR members visited between events, during lunch, and at the arts and crafts show. Members of the Shelby Chapter visited with two important DAR officers at the school. One of which was Tennessee Society DAR Regent Nancy G. Hemmrich is currently running for the National Society DAR position of Vice President General.

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A portrait unveiling and dedication was held in honor of the late Marie Hirst Yochim, President General of DAR from 1989 to 1992.
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Hemmrich has been a very busy Regent here in Tennessee, attending DAR meetings and events throughout the state. DAR delegates will vote at the DAR National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. at the 122nd Continental Congress in June 2013.

National Society Vice President Judith H. Chaffin is also a Tennessee Daughter from Germantown. She has had a very time-consuming position, but has had the opportunity to attend many meetings and events throughout the country. The Shelby Chapter DAR are very proud of both DAR officers and whole-heartedly support them.

A portrait unveiling and dedication was held in memory of Marie Hirst Yochim in the 10-classroom building that was opened last year and named after her. Yochim passed away on April 19, 2012 at 92.

From 1962 to 1977 she was an administrator in the office of the Corresponding Secretary General at the DAR's National Society Headquarters. She was the President General of the National Society DAR from 1989 to 1992.

Yochim held a great interest in the DAR schools. Her name and portrait is highly respected at KDS.



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