The Mary Digges Lee Chapter is the newest DAR chapter in Maryland. It was officially organized on on Saturday, December 12, 2009, in the chapter house. The organizing regent, Jan Kalmus, conducted the organizing meeting. Nineteen of the chapter’s 32 organizing members were present, including 15 of the 25 who became members through application or reinstatement. The state regent conducted a “Welcome Service” for these 15 ladies and presented each with a holiday memento she had made to mark the occasion. Later, she installed the chapter officers and presented each with lovely rose bouquets.
In addition to State Regent George and three of her officers, the chapter was honored to have as special guests Sarah Horsey, a descendant of Mary Digges Lee, and Scott Dano, a representative of Melwood Parke Foundation, a group striving to restore Melwood Parke, Mrs. Lee’s childhood home in Prince George’s County. The chapter is excited about developing a partnership with the Foundation.
Organizing Registrar Pamela Zull served as the primary researcher for the chapter name, while providing expert genealogy assistance. Pamela presented a brief biographical sketch of Maryland First Lady Mary Digges Lee, highlighting her contributions in leading an effort in 1780 to raise supplies for Maryland Line soldiers. Correspondence with General George Washington regarding this effort survives. Mary Digges Lee is the fourth of Maryland’s 47 current chapters to be named for a woman patriot.