To the Members of my beloved Hendrick Hudson Chapter,
As a member of over 43 years, I enjoyed every minute of it. As a very young lady, I wrote a poem questioning a beautiful house in our city of Hudson NY. Many years later, I found out all I needed to know about this building, being one that I would spend more time in than in our own home!!! I ended up learning so much there, studying papers written by Frances Chester White Hartley, who, as its owner, presented this house as a place she spent part of her life, granting it to us.
I enjoyed every minute I spent behind those doors, in the beginning learning what it was all about, and never missing a meeting. And I did the best when called upon by Regent Esther French, and did my utmost to learn.
Before I knew it, I was an officer, grading papers for those wishing to become members, and when I was needed, helping those who needed help as to where difficult matters were needed. But remember too, it was a difficult time, and dates and places were hard to find.
When something went wrong, husbands were there to fix it, and Ralph put himself to work for us. Before I knew it, I was the top officer, and we made adjustments where needed. My sister-in-law Babs joined us with my help, and more changes were made. We helped to plan programs, and made plans for needed repairs with Ralph, Hank, and Jerry Fenoff. I cannot begin to write all that we accomplished, changing, moving and adding needed things. All we accomplished was all about fun!!! And I was the head honcho again. We had a part in a parade. I placed my white gloved hand on the Bible, the Bible that George Washington used when he took the oath as President, as it was brought up from New York for our use.
I’ll stop here with all we did do. But Gee! It was all in fun. Everyone helped everyone else when needed. But age was catching up with each and all, me included, which broke my heart!
This tells very little about 43 years as a member, but all in fun. I just want you to know I loved every minute of it.
All my love, and best wishes,
[The above is a letter that former regent Dorothy Avery wrote recently. At her request, it was read at the September chapter meeting, and we share it here for those who couldn’t join us at that meeting. It speaks so well about the chapter and the reasons why members join and remain over the years.
Dot was registrar (grading papers) and collections manager. She was regent twice 1987-89 and 2001-04. She also chaired a civil war reenactment, and provided the DAR planning for the joint SAR-DAR Flag Day float, "George Washington's Oath of Office."]