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Reelfoot Chapter DAR gathers

Reelfoot Chapter DAR gathers

Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2011 8:01 pm

Reelfoot Chapter DAR gathers | Reelfoot Chapter Daughters of American Revolution

The Reelfoot Chapter Daughters of American Revolution met recently at the Obion County Museum in Union City.
Regent Mary Coleman called the meeting to order and led the chapter through the DAR Ritual, assisted by Margaret Vaughan, Ann Culp, Ruth Weldon, Linda Lofton, Gail McConnell and Peggy Drerup.  
The Flag Code report was given by Mrs. Lofton. The report emphasized that the purpose of the code was to be used as a guide to display, honor and care for the flag, a living symbol of a living nation.
Gloria Howell presented the Indian minutes with a continuation of a history of the Cherokee tribe. On the eve of the American Revolution, the British scrambled to negotiate treaties with the Cherokee by giving the Cherokee land that had already been taken from them by the white colonists. At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, the Mohawk, Shawnee and Ottawa tribes tried to get the Cherokee to join them against the colonists, but the majority of the Cherokee decided to remain neutral in the white man’s war.
Ann Thompson read an article from the National Defender reminding all that without the Constitution, America would most likely be separate states, each going its own way trying to exist without co-existing. Without the Constitution, the American people would not be assured of being fairly represented in any decision made and individual rights would not be protected.  
The minutes of the last meeting were read by Mrs. Vaughan. Old business was addressed and members were reminded to register for the upcoming state DAR conference in Franklin during May. New business was addressed, new chapter officers were nominated by the nomination committee and elected by acclamation. The slate of officers for the next three years are Mrs. Coleman, regent; Mrs. Thompson, vice regent; Hazel Williams, treasurer; Penny Hepler, registar; Mrs. Vaughan, recording secretary; Ms. Howell, correspondence secretary; Mrs. Weldon, historian; Mrs. Lofton, chaplain; and Josephine Keightley, librarian. Mrs. Drerup was appointed by the regent as parliamentarian.
The chapter observed its 79th anniversary by the reading of a brief history of the chapter, the names of charter members and past regents of the Reelfoot Chapter.
Carolyn Strickland, Tennessee Society DAR’s corresponding secretary and former regent of the Reelfoot chapter who is now a member of the River City Chapter in Millington, where she currently resides, presented the program. Ms. Strickland began the program by relating how she had been inspired by reading “The Tall Woman” and “Tennessee Woman: An Infinite Variety,” both written by Wilma Dykeman Stokely. After reading Ms. Stokely’s books, she felt there were Tennessee women not mentioned who had contributed significantly to the state’s history. From her own research, she gave a brief summation of the lives of 12 other Tennessee women whose lives meaningfully influenced the shaping of the state and nation as it is today.
The meeting was adjourned and refreshments and a period of fellowship were enjoyed by those present. Mrs. Lofton and Ms. Howell were the hostesses. The next meeting will be June 14 at 11 a.m. at the Obion County Museum. This will be the annual luncheon to observe Flag Day.

Published in The Messenger 4.21.11

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