The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently celebrated Gloria Counts’ 50 years’ service to the DAR. The celebration took place in the home of Carol and Bob Rudder of Maumelle. Carol Rudder is the Regent of the Captain Robert Abernethy Chapter of the DAR, located in Maumelle and she recently received a 25-year certificate for service herself.

Arkansas DAR State Parliamentarian Betty Harp presented eight members of the Captain Robert Abernethy Chapter with twenty, twenty-five year, and thirty-year DAR membership certificates and presented the fifty year certificate to Gloria Lee Miller Counts.

Any woman over the age of 18 who is interested in learning more about DAR is invited to sign up by calling B. J. Saunders at 501-944-4311, Rudder said.

The DAR is a women’s service organization dedicated to family, our country, historic preservation, women’s issues, education, scholarships and patriotism. It is involved in veterans’ affairs, support of troops, historic preservation of objects, buildings, places, the arts, music, dance and women’s arts. The group is non-political and accepts all religions, and races.

Prospective members are aided by volunteer genealogists to trace their family back to a patriot in the American Revolution. DAR is one of the oldest and largest national women’s groups. The group expects an upsurge of members due to the ease of connecting to the American Revolutionary Patriot. Most of these records are on the Internet now and most genealogical research can be done on-line, Rudder said

Gloria Lee Miller Counts grew up in Bradley County, Arkansas and moved to North Little Rock with her family in her teen years. She joined the Centennial Chapter of the DAR in 1961, where she immediately became active in lineage research on both the chapter and state levels. In 1963 she became an organizing member of the new Prudence Hall Chapter in North Little Rock and helped a number of prospective members complete their applications.

She soon became a very capable researcher and a teacher of research as well. In 1966 she edited the well-received "Arkansas Genealogical Research Aid." In 1977, she organized the Heritage Seekers genealogy club for those interested in learning more about research, and this group still meets once each month at the Laman Library in North Little Rock. As a help for these members, she reprinted and improved "Learning by Doing: a Beginners Guide to Genealogical Research." She also published "A Compendium of Arkansas Genealogy."

Mrs. Counts was largely responsible for researching and publishing the listing of burials in Oakland Cemetery, which was established before the Civil War and is the second oldest cemetery in Little Rock, Rudder said,

Gloria Counts served as State Organizing Secretary during the State DAR Regent term of Betty Harp from 1984-86. The Warren Chapter of the DAR was formed during that term. Two other state DAR chapters were formed at that time: Lovely Purchase, in Bella Vista and Persis Lovely in Clarksville. As regent and state organizing secretary they traveled all over the state and to Washington, D.C. for the DAR Continental Congress numerous times to represent Arkansas at the national headquarters.

Carol Rudder said: " It is an honor to be the Regent who signs the certificates for these 10 charter members as they celebrate our 25th year. It is especially and honor to sign the 50-year certificate for Gloria Counts who inducted me as a charter member of the Captain Robert Abernethy Chapter of the National Society of the Daughter of the American Revolution twenty-five years ago."

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is revitalizing the Captain Robert Abernethy Chapter of the DAR, founded in 1986 and is actively seeking new members. It is now located here in Maumelle.

The DAR is a lineage-based-membership organization of women dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. DAR is a non-profit and non-political. Rudder said any woman 18 years or older — regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background — who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. DAR volunteers will help women who want to join to prove their lineage.

Counts said the goal of the group is to promote Arkansas women, education, scholarships and the economy of the area. Area goals include a college-age DAR group, and a DAR scholarship endowment for the area.