The Battle of Sugartown Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Franklin held an unusual new member induction ceremony on March 9, when two new members were inducted, one from the other side of the world.
Pictured (LR) are Shelah Portoukalian, Chapter Regent; new member Susan Fritz (center) from Franklin; and, Judy Hughes, former Chapter Regent and Margie Keener, Chapter Registrar, who officiated at the ceremony.
Shelah is holding a cellphone using a video chat application to enabling new member, Melanie Ham, to Ham participating at 12:30 a.m. local time in China.
Ham, originally from Highlands, now lives in Shanghai with her husband and two children. She returns to Highlands each summer with her family.