Local daughters of Revolution mark 30 years

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A group of local women who pay homage to their ancestors' heritage through charitable work recently celebrated a milestone.

The Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded on April 19, 1982 after members applied to the national society for a charter. They named the new chapter after the daughter of local philanthropists Elisha Winn and Judith Cochran, who donated more than 200 acres on which to build Lawrenceville.

The Philadelphia Winn Chapter began with 29 organizing members 30 years ago. Today, the chapter has 167 members, many of which joined together recently to commemorate the anniversary date.

The group's media chair, Debbie Houston, said it was a good time.

"We had a big dinner and we just celebrated and fellowshipped with one another," Houston said. "We had some fun."

The local chapter, which meets the third Sunday of every month, aims to support veterans, promote patriotism and basically help out wherever they can.

"We show our love of country, and we believe that serving in a charitable way is very American, and so that's what we do," she said.

Houston encouraged those who wish to join but are unsure of their ancestry to visit them.

"We encourage membership. We have a lady who is an expert at genealogy, and she can find out a lot about the family of those wishing to join."

Added Houston: "Any lady can join who has a verifiable Patriot in her direct ancestry or if she has an ancestor who supported the Patriots in the Revolution in some manner."

According to its website, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization "dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education for children."

For more information, e-mail philwinndar@gmail.com, or visit http://philadelphiawinn.georgiastatedar.org.