TEMPLE — The Colonial Daughters Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held the June meeting at the home of Melanie Farmer on Varnum Pond. There were 16 members and one guest present. A potluck luncheon was served at noon, followed by a business meeting with Regent Marcia White presiding.

Ann Thomas, a member of the Koussinoc Chapter in Augusta and associate member of Colonial Daughters, presented a program on “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Isaac Asimov. Asimov was born in Russia, and emigrated to the United States in 1923 as a young child with his parents. He became an American citizen in 1928.

“The Star-Spangled Banner,” which Congress designated as the official national anthem in 1931, presents unusual challenges for even the most native of native speakers. The first is mastering the lyrics written by the lawyer-poet, Frances Scott Key. Key wrote the verses in 1814 after witnessing the failed British bombing of Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the war of 1812. Asimov’s interpretation of the lyrics gives great meaning and perspective to the anthem and at the same time reminding people of the history behind the words.

On June 14, several chapter members attended the Flag Day brunch, hosted by the Koussinoc Chapter in Augusta. Later in the afternoon, the group and several family members attended the grave marking of Alice Steel at the Old Valley Cemetery in Greene. Steel was Regent of Colonial Daughters from 1910-12 and the only chapter member to go on and be a Maine State DAR Regent.

There will be a planning meeting in July to select the programs and meeting locations for the coming year. The next regular chapter meeting will be held in September, the location to be announced later.

Chapter members present were: Regent Marcia White, Lorraine Wing, Elaine Wells, Julia Nouvertne, Melanie Farmer, Tamalie Paradis, Barbara Titcomb, Connie Hiltz, Jeanette Stevens, Belle Foss, Jean Noyes, Theo Ross, Ann Thomas, Deborah Judkins, Wilma Rector and Joanne Page. Bonnie Landers was a guest.


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