The Isaac Low Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas hosted the President General of the Children of the Republic of Texas at their summer District 2 meeting in Hurst.
Chapter president Betsy Smith welcomed more than 85 attendees from 11 chapters in the district. Among the guests was Reed Denton, president general of the CRT.
The CRT was founded in 1929 to bring young Texans into DRT activities. It has its own by-laws and the organization holds an annual convention. There are 1,500 CRT members statewide.
Denton announced to the group that CRT members are raising funds for the DRT Memorial Medallion program. Denton told the audience that the CRT 2013-2014 theme is “A Call to Honor.” The CRT project to support the theme is to raise funds to purchase medallions to mark the graves of Republic of Texas Veterans and Defenders.
For someone’s ancestor to qualify for a medallion they must meet the following requirements:
- Veterans must be documented as having served the Texas Revolutionary War 1820-1836, from state archives, DRT, or SRT.
- Defenders must be documented as serving in the military for the Republic of Texas between April 23, 1836 and February 19, 1846.
Denton urged attendees to help recruit new CRT members. The CRT is open to boys and girls under age 21. Female CRT members may transfer to the DRT after their 16th birthday and before their 21st birthday.
Approximately 7,000 women across the state are members of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas. There are 106 chapters. Founded in 1891, The Daughters of The Republic of Texas is the oldest patriotic women’s organization in Texas and one of the oldest in the nation.
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