New Atagi DAR Chapter Established in Prattville
April 21, 2012 was a festive day for 32 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Prattville with the establishment of a new DAR chapter, the culmination of nine months of work. The Atagi Chapter was approved by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution board of management at 11:10 am, Saturday, April 21, 2012. The new members along with Alabama society (ASDAR) officers, fellow DAR members from the area, family members, friends, local government officials, and representatives from the General Richard Montgomery and General John Archer Elmore Chapters of the Alabama Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) awaited the notification, then followed the news with a celebration. ASDAR officers and members in attendance were: Mrs. Rita Horton, Regent; Mrs. Constance Grund, Vice-Regent; Mrs. Lisa Bucklin, Membership Vice-Chairman; Mrs. Anne Parramore, Organizing Secretary; Mrs. Susan Matthews, South Eastern District Director; Mrs Linda Graham, National Defense Chair , Regent, Chief Tuscaloosa Chapter, Tuscaloosa;
Mrs. Nancy Billings, Regent, Twickenham Chapter, Huntsville; Mrs. Linda Moreland, Peter Forney Chapter; Mrs. Joan Erickson, Peter Forney Chapter Chaplain; and Mrs. Elizabeth Fricke, Emassee-Robert Grierson Chapter , Dothan.
Mrs. Hazel Phillips, organizing regent of the Atagi chapter, presided over the day’s events. Mr. Richard Wells and Mr. Tom Smith, members of the SAR color guard, presented the colors. Mrs. Rita Horton, Alabama society Regent, presented a program on “what influenced you to join the DAR”. Prattville Mayor, Bill Gillespie,Jr., presented a proclamation to Regent Phillips. Ms. Ginger Jones, a new Atagi chapter member, who was dressed in period clothing, presented a scroll containing a history of the name of the new chapter to State Regent Horton.
The Prattville DAR members selected the name Atagi for their new chapter because of the significance to the history of Autauga County. Autauga County was established on November 21, 1818, by an act of Alabama Territorial Legislature (one year before Alabama was admitted as a State). As established the county included present day Autauga, Elmore and Chilton counties. Autauga County takes its name from the Indian village Atagi, which means “pure water”. Atagi was located on the north side of the Alabama River, at the junction of the river and Autauga Creek.
Following the program and presentations, Mrs. Constance Grund, Alabama society Vice-Regent, installed the officers -- Hazel Phillips, Regent; Mary Buehler, Vice Regent; Sarah Crane, Secretary; Carol Crowley, Treasurer; Nadine Clark, Registrar; Athenia Tanner, Chaplain; Carol Jahns, Historian; and Joyce Van Valkenburg, Librarian. The chapter will meet the 3rd Saturday of each month, September – May with no meeting in December. The 32 members of the new Atagi chapter are: