James Buckley Chapter meets on Presidents’ Day
Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 8:01 pm
JAMES BUCKLEY CHAPTER HONORS PRESIDENTS’ DAY – Members of the James Buckley Chapter of the D.A.R. met at the home of Emily Shore last Monday. A few of the members include (from left) Aline Roberts, Regent Emily Shore, Mary Vowell, Rita Glover and Mary Dunavant. Present but not pictured is Janey Tyner.
The James Buckley Chapter met at 10 a.m., Feb 21, at the home of Emily Shore in Martin. Shore welcomed everyone and gaveled the table to begin the meeting.
Chaplain Janey Tyner, led the DAR Ritual. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Rita Glover. Aline Roberts read The American’s Creed.
The Preamble of the Constitution of the USA was said in unison followed by the group singing the Star-Spangled Banner.
The minutes were approved as read. The treasurer’s report was filed.
Under new business, Shore announced she had received a letter from Wanda Powell stating that the DAR Good Citizen winners would be in the local papers soon.
The best over-all student selected for Weakley County was Laura Croom of Greenfield High School
Shore announced that the Tennessee DAR 106th State Conference would be held May 12-15, at Cool Springs Marriott Hotel in Franklin. Delegates elected to represent the chapter were Mary Vowell, Rita Glover, Mary Dunavant and Emily Shore.
National Conference will be held June 29-July 3. Shore asked who could attend these meetings this year. Members were undecided at this time.
Due to the recent death of Honorary Tennessee State Regent, Pat Rhoton, on Feb. 17, the state wished to honor her in some way. The National Curator General Beverly West had recently found a sampler of ABC’s made around 1832 by Margaret Ann Campbell of Davidson County and contacted the Tennessee State Regent. The Tennessee State Board decided to purchase it for $2,200 and asked any DAR member to contribute to this fund to help pay for the item. This sampler will be placed in the Tennessee Room at National Headquarters in Washington, DC in her memory. The chapter voted to take part in this activity
Rita Glover spoke as registrar in announcing that we should have a new member soon.
Shore gave the program on “Things You Should Know.” In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are “limbs,” therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence, the expression, “Okay, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.”
In the late 1700s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board was folded down from the wall and used for dining. The
“head of the household” always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Once in a while, a guest (who was almost always a man) would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. Sitting in the chair, one was called the “chair man”. Today in business we use the expression or title, “Chairman or Chairman of the Board.”
At local taverns, pubs and bars, people drank from pint- and quart-sized containers. A bar maid’s job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in “pints” and who was drinking in “quarts”, hence the term “minding your “P’s and Q’s” came about.
Following the meeting all enjoyed a delicious pound cake, cheese and crackers brought by Mary Dunavant and fruit punch served by Shore.
Several ladies stayed to make lap rugs for the Veterans.