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Reelfoot DAR chapter holds meeting

Reelfoot DAR chapter holds meeting

Posted: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 9:13 pm

Reelfoot Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at the Obion County Museum on Edwards Street. After regent Mary Coleman called the meeting to order, guests were introduced and welcomed. All present participated in the DAR Rituals concluding with a prayer by chapter chaplain Martha Kendall. The National Defense Report was read by Linda Lofton. The report was a reminder that those who serve in all branches of America’s volunteer military make the greatest sacrifice to secure a free nation. It encouraged all to show appreciation to those who serve by flying the American flag, voting and honoring veterans. Gloria Howell read proclamations from Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire and Union City Mayor Terry Hailey proclaiming November as National American Indian Heritage month in Obion County and Union City seeing as how the history and culture of our great nation have been significantly influenced by the American Indian. These proclamations by local officials are aligned with a national proclamation of November as National American Indian Heritage month. Miss Howell also read the Indian Minutes highlighting the Hohokam tribe whose history has been traced back to 100 B.C. to 1500 A.D. then all traces of them vanish. This tribe built intricate canal systems in the desert in the area now known as Arizona. Their canals provided water necessary to support rich agricultural communities, and traces of these canal systems can still be found in Arizona. The President General’s Message was read by Ann Thompson. This report spoke of the history of Veterans Day, a day set aside by the nation to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. She also expressed her pride and appreciation to DAR chapters across the nation for their service and support of our veterans worldwide. Recording secretary Margaret Vaughan read the minutes of the last meeting. Minutes were approved and accepted by those present. Corresponding secretary Gloria Howell read a letter of thanks and appreciation from past regent Mary Dunavant. Old business and new business were conducted before the meeting was adjourned. Immediately upon adjournment of the meeting, Linda Harris of Memphis, who is the Tennessee state chairman of the National Volunteer Genealogists Committee, presented two brief but informative programs. The first program was entitled “Patriots” and the other was “Working Smarter Not Harder.” The programs provided helpful tips in tracing lineage to patriots of the American Revolution and how to begin and successfully complete the application for membership in the DAR organization. Mrs. Harris also offered her help in assisting any Tennessee DAR member in tracing their lineage to multiple patriots of the Revolutionary War. The next official meeting will be March 10 at the Obion County Museum at 4 p.m. However, members are encouraged to attend a traditional DAR Christmas Tea to be hosted by regent Mary Coleman and Penny Hepler in the home of Ms. Hepler on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. Published in The Messenger 11.19.08

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