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Daughters of Republic of Texas
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 • Posted May 26, 2010

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) will be organizing a new chapter in Llano named the Llano Pioneers Chapter. The mission of the DRT is to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas.

The DRT was started in Galveston, Texas in the summer of 1891 by Miss Betty Ballinger and her cousin, Miss Hally Bryan as a way to continue the memory of the Texas pioneer families and soldiers of the Republic of Texas by forming an association of their descendants, now known as The Daughters of the Republic of Texas or DRT.

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas is an association composed of over one hundred chapters, and each chapter is a part of the larger organization and must operate within the framework of Bylaws established by the Association. The new chapter will meet once a month except during the summer, and a District Workshop and State Convention will be held once a year.

Any female at least 16 years of age can become a member of the DRT who is a lineal descendant of a man or woman who rendered loyal service to Texas between the years of 1836 until February 19, 1846 when the Republic of Texas became a State of the United States. Examples of service are, but are not limited to: a colonist with Austin’s Old Three Hundred, an officer or private in the service of the colonies or Republic of Texas, a recipient of a land grant authorized by the Provisional Government of the Republic of Texas (there were several types of these granted), or a loyal male or female citizen regardless of age, who established residence in Texas prior to February 19, 1846, thereby aiding in its settlement.

The DRT are the custodians of the Alamo and the French Legation Museum in Austin. The State of Texas owns both properties but the DRT operates them both. The DRT does not receive funding from the State for their day to day operations of either sight and rely totally on donations, grants and purchases from their gift shops for funding. DRT Headquarters and Museum located in Austin and The Cradle located in Galveston are owned and operated by the DRT.

There are also organizations for men and children as well, Sons of the Republic of Texas and Children of the Republic of Texas (CRT) chapters. The CRT chapters are sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the DRT helps oversee their activities. The CRT holds regular meetings and also holds has a yearly convention. The Llano Pioneers Chapter of the DRT will be sponsoring a CRT chapter once there are enough children who qualify. This is a great opportunity for children to be involved in a local organization, gain leadership skills and have the opportunity to attend workshops and receive scholarships.

Anyone who is qualified to join the DRT or has any questions about joining, there are worksheets and an application preparation guide available to help you get started. Someone we will be happy to sit down with you, help with your research, review your proofs, type your application and submit it for approval. Everyone in Llano and surrounding counties are welcome to join, or if you are a member-at-large and would like to transfer to Llano’s active chapter we would love to have you.

For more information, contact Arlene Garey, Organizing President- 512-755-7081 pagarey@verizon.net or Wendy Jordan 325-347-7270 wendyjordan88@yahoo.com .

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