Our chapter took root from the vision of founding members
of the Captain William Hilton Chapter on Hilton Head Island - they hoped
there would be sufficient members to support a chapter in rapidly developing Bluffton.
Our growth as a chapter has mirrored Bluffton's growth as a community.
We started with just 23 members and are now over 150 members. We continue to attract
active, interested, and dedicated women in Bluffton and the Lowcountry.
Our chapter is the third in South Carolina to carry the Emily Geiger name. Barbara Beach Anderson, a member of the Captain William Hilton Chapter, Hilton Head Island, agreed to form a new chapter in Bluffton. She recruited 23 members who created the structure and decided on chapter and committee leadership roles. The organizational meeting and installation of officers was held on September 18, 2005, at the River Bend Lodge in Sun City.
Over the next decade, the chapter made awards to outstanding high school JROTC students, sponsored the annual essay contest for middle school students and conducted genealogy workshops. Later, fundraising events, scholarships, and the DAR Good Citizens and Community Service awards were added. Members became involved in state level committees and offices. The chapter began awarding the Outstanding American History Teacher and Women in American History awards. Members also entered a variety of crafts in the American Heritage contest with several state level winners.
The chapter received the Young Administration Golden Eagle Award for increasing membership by 10% each year and became a partner in an effort to honor Vietnam Veterans during the ten-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of the war. The first commemorative event was a celebration for more than 300 Vietnam Veterans leading to the chapter winning the State Commemorative Events award. Chair Bonnie Wade-Mucia was subsequently awarded the first South Carolina Outstanding DAR Member Volunteer, Service to Veterans Award. The chapter has placed a historical marker and has marked three Revolutionary War patriots' graves.