September 17, 2016 is the 229th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United State. The mayors of nine Best Southwest area cities issued proclamations to officially recognize September 17-23 as Constitution Week.
Old Chisholm Trail NSDAR Regent Patricia Thibodeau received the proclamation from Ovilla Mayor Richard A. Dormier at the Sept. 12th City Council meeting. Other cities whose mayors or city council members issued proclamations were Mayor Rob Franke, Cedar Hill; Curtistene McCowan, DeSoto; Mayor David Green, Duncanville; Mayor Micheal Driggars, Ferris; Mayor Leon Tate, Glenn Heights; Mayor Bill Houston, Midlothian; Mayor Bob Rader, Oak Leaf; and Mayor Alan Hugley, Red Oak.
Public Law 915 guaranteed the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the U.S., designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week. U. S. Citizens are asked to reaffirm the ideals of the framers of the Constitution in 1787 by “vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties, remembering that lost rights may never be regained.”
Old Chisholm Trail, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, celebrate the anniversary each year. Additional activities this year include attending the Dallas Area Regents Council Constitution Week luncheon September 19, and bell ringing at area churches.
Old Chisholm Trail chapter was organized April 16, 1977, by Organizing Regent Twila Bell Gauntt. Chapter members will celebrate their 40th anniversary with an afternoon tea Saturday, April 15, 2017.
Chapter activities include participating in the Junior American Citizen contests, flag presentations, ROTC awards, Patriotism medals, and DAR Good Citizen awards. The annual Christmas project is decorating Millermore Mansion at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park. Members also volunteer in their communities in a variety of other areas.
Old Chisholm Trail awards two scholarships each year. The Mattie Rae Fouts Scholarship goes to an outstanding senior history student at Duncanville High School. The Memorial Fund Scholarship is available for direct descendants of chapter members.
Old Chisholm Trail members are active in TXDAR and NSDAR, holding several statewide and national committee positions. They attend the annual TXDAR Fall Forum and State Conference as well as the NSDAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C.