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Local DAR chapter honored at state conference

Local DAR chapter honored at state conference

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 8:02 pm

The Reelfoot Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was recently represented at the 105th State Conference of The Tennessee Society of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Knoxville at the Crowne Plaza Hotel by Maria Baddour and vice regent Mary Dunavant.
Ms. Dunavant worked at the credentials desk, while Mrs. Baddour attended the meetings.
At the opening session, the guest speaker was NSDAR president general Linda Gist Calvin. She spoke about “DAR — Yesterday and Today.” She told the audience all that was accomplished during her three years in office.
Lee H. Hunt presented the media award to Ted “Gunner” Ousley, who did so very much for the men and women in service to our country.
After the session, a reception was held honoring state regent Judith H. Chaffen, vice president general Martha S. Willis and distinguished conference guests, Ms. Calvin, Alabama state regent Reta P. Horton, Mississippi state regent Polly H. Grimes, New York state regent Gretta B. Archer, South Carolina state regent Marilyn D. Altman and Virginia state regent Bana W. Caskey.
During the DAR school breakfast, directors from Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Tamassee DAR School, Crossnare School and Hindman Settlement School gave “Words” about things their schools were doing throughout the year and the things the DAR had done for them.
During the awards luncheon, monetary awards and certificates were given to the Outstanding Teacher of American Historian; American History Essay Contest winner; Christopher Columbus Essay Contest winner; DAR Good Citizens, with Allison Bruff representing the Reelfoot Chapter and the Chickasaw District; TSDAR American History and E.D. Rogers/Zachareah Davis Scholarship winners; and Tennessee History Award winners.
At the chapter regents’ banquet, Ms. Dunavant represented Reelfoot Chapter. Mrs. Baddour attended as a guest.
The keynote address was given by author Peyton Cockrill Lewis about her book, “Perilous Journey.”
A video by Susan Thomas “Hands of Friendship, Hands of Service,” was shown. The video told about what happened during the three years of Ms. Chaffin’s administration.
During the memorial service on that Sunday, Reelfoot Chapter member Allie Stone was remembered with a white rose.
During the Juniors’ Garden Party Brunch, “The Garden in Full Bloom” was narrated by Ms. Thomas.
Mrs. Baddour attended the Lineage Workshop, Chapter Officers’ Work-shop, Chapter Regents Club Meeting, New Daughters, Today’s DAR Workshop and DAR School Workshops. Both Mrs. Baddour and Ms. Dunavant attended the Camoe Society meeting.
Reelfoot Chapter received the following awards: honorable mention TSDAR Chapter Achievement Award, Save Our Members, 100 percent participation in the Presidents General’s Project, “Open Doors of Hospitality,” Outstanding Usage of Media Awards and Outstanding Print Coverage (one to 49 members) and honorable mention press coverage for DAR Good Citizens.
The local DAR members were honored for their Outstanding Flag Day event. Ruth Weldon and Penny Hepler each received a certificate of appreciation for VIS Committee — use of technology. Certificates of merit were given to the club for a new chapter website and for outstanding online participation — 72 percent.
The club received third place for its special event of recognizing DAR Good Citizens winners and a certificate for its 2009-10 yearbook/supplement and was a Top Three winner for most creative cover.
Other awards included Gloria Howell for use of technology; Chickasaw District third place for most outstanding programs presented; Ann Thompson for use of technology; 2009-10 Constitution Week TSDAR; fifth-grade participation; honorable mention for Chickasaw District TSDAR Schools; and Chickasaw District Winner DAR Good Citizens Committee.
Ms. Chaffin also recognized Mary Coleman’s service as regent of the Reelfoot Chapter and Mrs. Dunavant for her credentials committee vice chairmanship and her service as regent in 2007-08.
The Cameo Society also presented Mrs. Dunavant and Ellen Gay Riley Provience with lifetime member certificates.
Published in The Messenger 5.25.10

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