The Ocklawaha Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution were honored to have Will and Patty Baker-Palemik as their guest speakers. The couple came in period costume dressed as Benjamin Franklin and his wife Deborah.
Benjamin Franklin was the first Post Master General of the newly formed United States of America and was seventy years old when he signed the Declaration of Independence. His closest friend was John Adams, the second President of the United States.
During his lifetime he had many accomplishments. Born into a Quaker family, his mother hoped he would become a minister. Instead, he became a successful printer, writer, scientist, inventor, politician and diplomat. He practiced thirteen virtues with the goal of improving himself. Those goals were: Temperance – Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation; Silence – Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation; Order- Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time; Resolution- Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve; Frugality- Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing; Industry- Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions; Sincerity- Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly; Justice- Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty; Moderation- Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve; Cleanliness- Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation; Tranquility- Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable; Chastity- Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation; Humility – Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
“I really enjoyed learning more about one of our founding fathers,” said B. J. Hauserman. “What an impact he had on our lives, even today, like bifocal glasses.”
The next meeting will be held on Saturday, March 9th. Guest speaker is Ms. Cynthia Staifer Addison, the Florida State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Historian. She will be giving a program on the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Prospective members are always welcome to attend. For more information, please go to: http://ocklawahadar.com.