Reelfoot DAR holds meeting

Reelfoot DAR holds meeting

The Reelfoot Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at the Obion County Museum. After the annual summer luncheon, the slate of officers to serve for the coming year was sworn in by chapter chaplain Martha Kendall. Mary Dunavant, out-going chapter regent, presented pineapple pins, the official DAR symbol for hospitality, to select members to express her appreciation for their assistance during her six-year tenure. The meeting was officially called to order by new chapter regent Mary Coleman followed by prayer led by Mrs. Kendall. Ms. Coleman requested members to observe a moment of silence in memory of two recently deceased members, Vera Wehman and Shirley Fox. All members present participated in the NSDAR rituals dedicated to preserving the American heritage of freedom through education and patriotism. Gloria Howell read the Indian Minutes reporting on the work of the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association to preserve, promote and perpetuate early American Indian basket weaving traditions before the culture and art are lost for good. The NSDAR president general’s message was read by Ada Martha Cleek updating members regarding current NSDAR projects and patriotic emphasis. The American Defense report, given by Josephine Keightley, highlighted the purpose of the United Service Organizations to serve military personnel and their families worldwide with many new USO having been established to meet the growing needs of military personnel and their families. Flag Day was commemorated by Sue Blackley and Mrs. Coleman who gave reports about the history of the flag as well as many other interesting facts about the national holiday on June 14th as established by President Harry Truman in 1949. Linda Lofton’s report on flag codes described how to respectfully display the American flag. To contribute to the national project of emphasizing the lives and contributions of former U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson, Mrs. Coleman provided printed biographical information on both men for the reading pleasure of members. Minutes of the last meeting were read by recording secretary Margaret Vaughan and approved by members present. Old and new business were discussed before adjourning the meeting. Published in The Messenger 6.18.08

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