Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Honoring British Heritage `Daughters' Chapter Will Meet Tuesday

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Honoring British Heritage `Daughters' Chapter Will Meet Tuesday

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Just a spot of British blood will get you into the Daughters of the British Empire. Lacking that, an appreciation of all things British will do.

The DBE was formed in this country in 1909 by Canadian born Josephine Meredith Langstaff as a way for women of British heritage to forge a common bond in their adopted country.

The nonprofit, nonpolitical organization is open to women who were born in any of the Commonwealth countries, which include Australia, South Africa, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and New Zealand. Those whose husbands, parents or grandparents are from Commonwealth countries are also eligible.

There are six DBE chapters in the Greater St. Louis area. The newest - the King James I Chapter - was organized in St. Charles last May by DBE state board member Peggy Flynn of St. Louis and Julia Colthorp of St. Peters.

Colthorp serves as regent of the 12-member St. Charles chapter. The group meets in members' homes on the first Tuesday of the month. English food is served and guest speakers and discussions center around the social, cultural, political and economic climate in Great Britain. DBE members also celebrate British holidays such as the queen's birthday and Guy Fawkes Day.

Members socialize regularly with other area chapters and attend national and international conferences.

The motto of the DBE is: "Not Ourselves But The Cause."

"We raise money for retirement homes and for British people in this country who are retired. Our chapter has adopted a British-born man and woman living in a retirement home in Chicago. We write to them and acknowledge their birthdays, holidays and so forth," said Colthorp.

After Colthorp moved to Canada from England in 1957, she formed the Canadian Housewives Register for young mothers whose husbands were transient.

She has lived in the St. …

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