Bottony Cross Chapter was chartered in 1956 to a group of
Daughters in Kensington, Maryland.|
The chapter is named for the Croix Botonee which is
a prominent part of the Maryland State Flag and comes from the
quartered arms of the Calvert and Crossland families. The first
Lord Baltimore was a son of Leonard Calvert and married Alicia
(Crossland). The Croix is shown below in the Red and White of
The phrase comes from the manner in which the terminals of the
arms of a cross are in a bud or trefoil shape. Interestingly,
by state law, this Cross is the only finial allowed atop a flag
staff bearing the Maryland State Flag. (Article 60A, Chapter 862,
Acts of 1945, Annotated Code of Maryland)
In our 40+ years, we have been honored in having been able to
supply the National Society DAR with an Honorary Vice President
General, a Curator General, and numerous National Chairs.
Additionally, our members have served the Maryland State Society
in the capacities of State Regent, State Vice Regent, State
Librarian, and State chairs.
Other Important Events of 1956
- "Diary of Ann Frank" wins Pulitzer Prize,
- A gallon of ESSO cost 30 cents
- The Ed Sullivan Show was on,
- "Around the World in 80 Days" won an Oscar,
- A new FORD cost $1,877.
- Don Larsen pitched a perfect World Series game
- Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco
Meetings and Activities
Bottony Cross continues its tradition of luncheon meetings. This
year, we meet at 11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at
Alfio's Italian Restaurant, Bethesda, Maryland. Contact the VIS
Chair for additional details.
2006 - 2007 Chapter Activities
Please drop by our National Society,
DAR, home page. Or visit the DAR Library's Catalog
- Chapter Membership in DAR is by invitation.
- At-Large Membership in DAR is by application.
- In either case, the prospective Daughter must submit
an application form, with appropriate primary source documentation
of the facts stated.
- Costs? National Application fee ($105), the Chapter's annual dues,
and any costs for documentation. After one has been accepted,
annual costs are Dues (Chapter, State, and National a total of approximately $55) and the
costs of whatever contributions you wish to make.
- Eligibility: Any woman, over the age of 18, who can
prove/document direct LINEAL descent from anyone, male or female,
who supported the cause of Liberty in any of a number of ways.
The Patriot MUST be your direct ancestor, and may not be the
brother or sister or uncle of your ancestor, but may be on the
paternal OR maternal line. Decisions on eligibility are made by
DAR National Board of Regents, not by individual Chapters.
- Many DAR Chapters give morale services to veterans in the
Veteran's homes. Bottony Cross has a Christmas gift tradition at
the Soldiers and Sailors home in Washington DC as well as strong support
of Project Patriot for the wounded at National Naval Medical Center.
Other chapters have a Valentine's or Memorial Day, or 4th of July tradition at
- Bottony Cross, like other DAR Chapters, does NOT do lineage
research until a prospective Daughter has been approved for
- There are NO "Real Daughters" among the DAR members.
- The Headquarters Library is open, free of charge, to all
DAR, SAR, and C.A.R. members. Others pay $6 per day. The library
contains a great deal of information not available elsewhere and
much of it deals with periods well after the Revolutionary
Why would I want to join?
- You meet a lot of wonderful folks you might not otherwise
- You have an opportunity for community service.
- You teach your children that history and family are
important to you.
Speaking of Children
Bottony Cross members have served as Senior (adult)
leadership for the Ark and Dove Society, Children of the American
Revolution (Ark and Dove is sponsored by the Erasmus Perry
Chapter). Any child, male or female, under the age of 22, whose
parent is eligible for membership in DAR or SAR is eligible to
join C.A.R.. C.A.R. provides these boys and girls the opportunity for
leadership in a safe environment and frequently opens other
opportunities to them. The eligible parent need NOT belong for
the C.A.R. to be open to the child. Visit the N.S.C.A.R. website.
Have We Convinced You?
Then please contact our VIS
Chairman so you may begin the paperwork.
© Bottony Cross NSDAR, 1997, 1998, 1999,
2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Created May 1997 by Cheryl Singhal and Margie Garey
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