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DAR members gather at museum

DAR members gather at museum

Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:58 pm

The Reelfoot Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at the Obion County Museum in Union City. After the meeting was called to order by Regent Mary Coleman, Ann Thompson opened the meeting with prayer. Ms. Coleman welcomed prospective members Ruth Coleman Weldon and Gail Lyons McConnell. All those in attendance were asked to participate in a moment of silence in memory of the late Sue Blackley, a long-time Reelfoot DAR member. Members then participated in the DAR rituals. Linda Lofton led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States. Penny Hepler led the reading of the American’s Creed. Gloria Howell led the group as they sang “America.” Ann Culp led the salute to the Tennessee flag. Beulah Wyatt led the recitation of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. Mrs. Thompson read the DAR President General’s Message, followed by Mrs. Dunavant’s reading of the National Defense Message. Ms. Lofton gave the Flag Code report, explaining the symbolic design of the American flag and noting the current 50-star United States flag became the official flag on July 4, 1960, following Hawaii’s recognition as the 50th state. Ms. Howell read the Indian Minutes, providing a short report on the Seminole Native American tribe, which was made up of several tribes who joined together for protection and pushed into an area now known as Florida in the 1700s. Many Seminoles died from diseases introduced to the continent by European immigrants and many were forced onto a reservation in Oklahoma in the 1800s. However, Seminole people still live in Florida. Ms. Coleman provided information and facts about the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson. To commemorate the 118th anniversary of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, she also provided a history of the founding of the organization in 1890. It was undertaken by women desiring to express their patriotic feelings who were excluded from men’s organizations formed to perpetuate the memory of ancestors who fought to make this country free and independent. Minutes of the September meeting were read by Margaret Vaughan and approved. The treasurer’s report was given by Hazel Williams. Ms. Howell, corresponding secretary, had no correspondence to report. Old business and new business were discussed. For her many years of dedicated service to the chapter as regent, Mrs. Dunavant was presented a past DAR chapter regent’s pin by Mrs. Williams. To allow members to focus on women’s issues, guest speaker Vikki Stevenson, instructional supervisor with the Obion County School System, spoke on the various roles women have played in the making of this nation. She highlighted several key women who have changed the destiny of this nation by their wisdom and acts of courage. She challenged every member to find where they and their talents fit best in maintaining a strong democratic nation and making a difference in the lives of those whose paths they cross daily. The meeting adjourned and members enjoyed refreshments and a period of fellowship. Hostesses for the meeting were Ms. Howell and Ms. Lofton. The next meeting will be Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Obion County Museum on Edwards Street. On this day the chapter will host the “Good Citizens Tea” for high school students who have won the citizenship essay contest and their guests. Published in The Messenger 10.22.08

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