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Local DAR members gather at museum

Local DAR members gather at museum

Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:02 pm

Local DAR members gather at museum | Reelfoot Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

The Reelfoot Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently met at the Obion County Museum in Union City.
The meeting was called to order by regent Mary Coleman, who led the members in the DAR ritual assisted by chaplain Linda Lofton. Hazel Williams led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. Gail McConnell led the American’s Creed, followed by Linda Lofton leading the song “America.” Martha Kendall led the salute to the Tennessee flag and Gloria Howell led the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Ms. Lofton presented the Flag Code by explaining how the colors of the American flag symbolize patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities. She also took this time to present an inspirational and touching tribute to the military heroes of this community beginning with Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, killed in action in Afghanistan, and including the Tennessee Army National Guard 913th Engineer Co., which recently left Obion County and will soon be deployed to Kuwait. She went on to describe how this community is a proud community and has involved its self in several recent activities honoring, remembering and demonstrating pride and appreciation for those who have served and who serve today to protect Americans’ freedoms. She ended her presentation by reminding all to fly the American flag and to say “thank you” to a veteran, any military personnel, first responder, firefighter and police officer.
The Indian Minutes were read by Ms. Howell, who presented an interesting report on the Cherokee women to support the fact that the Cherokee were a matrilineal society. The home, family, children, inheritance, family ties and clan membership were under the absolute control of the women. The women got their names and Clans from their female elders and kept that name for life. All children were members of the mother’s clan. The Scotsmen, English and Germans who married into the Cherokees, began the Anglo naming tradition for their children.
The president general’s message was read by Penny Hepler. The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution president general reminded all to remember the 10th anniversary of 9/11. She also reminded chapters to celebrate Constitution Week Sept. 17-23. She encouraged chapters to do their part in educating today’s citizens about our constitution as a matter of national security.
Ann Thompson gave a brief report from the National Defender telling how the military used female soldiers in Iraq to create a program known as the “Lioness,” whose mission it was to search civilian Iraqi women who posed a serious threat to U.S. forces by concealing contraband, weapons and explosives beneath their long black cloaks.  The U.S. program has now trained Iraqi women to take over this mission, and the concept has spread to Afghanistan.
The minutes were read by recording secretary Maggie Vaughn and approved as submitted.
Ms. Howell, corresponding secretary, read thank-you notes from DAR schools which had received shipments of school supplies from the Reelfoot Chapter. Ms. Coleman also reported on the large shipments of personal toiletry items shipped to Landstuhl Hospital in Germany from the chapter.
Old business and new business were addressed. Prospective members Jackie (Cunningham) Garner and Becky Arnett were welcomed. Several state recognition awards were issued by Ms. Coleman to some members, and a brief report concerning the Chickasaw District Workshop was given by those attending.
The program of the day, commemorating Constitution Week, was presented by Bill Dahnke, a member of Sons of the American Revolution. His program enlightened the group in regard to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, which insures religious freedom and a separation of church and state. He emphasized how important religious freedom has been to the success of this nation by referencing family letters dating back to the 1840s. He ended his presentation by enlightening the group on some of the surprising religious beliefs of America’s founding fathers and how George Washington felt religious freedom was crucial for the young nation to flourish.
The chapter presented the Obion County Public Library with two books — “Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots of the Revolutionary War” by NSDAR and “Historical Markers Placed by the Tennessee Society of DAR.” The books were presented to Dahnke at the meeting as he is also an employee of the library. The books are intended to be used for genealogical research.
The meeting was adjourned. Refreshments and fellowship were enjoyed by all. Hostesses for the meeting were Ms. Vaughan and Martha Kendall.
The next meeting will be Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.

Published in The Messenger 9.22.11

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