Sylvia Ryder Regent of Va. State Society of DAC

Welcome to the Virginia Society Daughters of the American Colonists (VADAC).  We were organized April 7, 1922 in the Richmond home of Mrs. James Branch Cabell.  Since then the Society has grown and now has nine chapters meeting across the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Locate a chapter in your area and contact our Webmaster, Jean Hart (jhhart@hughes.net) for more information on chapter meetings and membership.  We pride ourselves on being a “Friendly Organization”.

I am honored to be the VADAC State Regent, and I would like to give you a little of my background so you can better know who I am.  My role as State Regent is the culmination of eleven years of experience with DAC.  It began as a member of the Norfolk Mace Chapter in 2004, and I later served as Chapter Regent 2006-2009.  On the state level, I served as State Recording Secretary from 2009-2012, and State 2nd Vice Regent 2012-2015.  National President Carole Rambo Holt asked me to serve as the National Chairman, Cape Henry Commemoration during her administration.

I retired from the Virginia Department of Health in 2014 where I spent many years as a Public Health nurse.  I love to read, work on my family genealogy, and garden.  My husband, Joe, and I have two sons, Chris and Andy.  We also have a special “son”, a precious White West Highland Terrier, Brodie.

The object of our Society states, in part, that we “shall be Patriotic, Historical and Educational; research the history and deeds of American Colonists and [to] record and publish and commemorate the deeds, [to] foster love of America, [to] obey its laws and respect the Flag of the United States of America, the emblem of its power and civic righteousness.”

Pending State Board approval, my State Regent’s Project will be to support the new National Museum of the U.S. Army, located in Fort Belvoir, VA and expected to open in June 2015.  Funds raised will be used to support the Veteran’s Hall Program, a unique setting to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans.

Thank you for your interest in the Virginia Society Daughters of the American Colonists and please do not hesitate to contact Jean Hart for more information.

With Best Regards,

Sylvia Gilbert Ryder, State Regent

Virginia Society, Daughters of the American Colonists