If you ask any Georgia member of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America about Ann Claiborne Christian, they’d tell you that she is a model Dame.
The 78-year-old Augusta resident was named to the National Roll of Honor by the State Society for her service, devotion and outstanding leadership in dedication to the ideals of the Colonial Dames and the local community.
The recognition is a distinct and special honor given for service above and beyond. A recipient’s name is embossed on a parchment page in the dark blue leather Roll of Honor book kept at Dumbarton House in Washington, D.C., the national headquarters. Recipients also receive the Roll of Honor insignia, which is worn above the heart and on The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America badge.
Martha Long, chair for the Augusta Town Committee, said Christian has been active on the local, state and national levels.
“She has been a driving force in our group and has led us in her quiet, intelligent and thoughtful way,” Long said as she gathered with a few members at Christian’s home Tuesday.
Christian’s service with the committee includes her positions as chair, vice-chair and co-chair of the 2008 annual meeting, the Andrew Low House representative and chair for Historical Activities.
She lists her involvement in projects as a significant accomplishment that keeps her “keen with ongoing interest.”
One of those ongoing projects is a fully integrated curriculum for 4th, 5th and 6th graders entitled “Why America is Free.” The six-week course, which was initially endorsed at Bethesda Chapel in Savannah and implemented in Augusta at Westminster Schools in 2012, “brings to life the foundational history of the U.S. and the civic principals upon which this nation is based, in a way that educates, unifies and transforms the students and promotes responsible citizenship,” Christian said.
She is pleased to learn that the program is scheduled to launch at Lake Forest Hills Elementary School this fall.
“It fits with our mission to bring the Colonial Period in focus to students,” Christian said.
Another active role for the recipient involved her “resourceful and effective action” in securing the purchase of a Noah’s Ark which remains on display in the Children’s Room at the Andrew Low House in Savannah. Long added that this is of “much interest to the children that visit the home.”
Christian, who was surprised with the special honor in April, dedicated her accomplishments to her continuous involvement as part of the Augusta Town Committee.
“You learn a lot the more involved you are,” she said.