Daughters of American Colonist meet
Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:02 pm
Patriotism, history and education were the focus for the meeting of the Colonel Gideon Macon Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Colonists held recently at Sassafraz Restaurant in Union City.
Mrs. Terry Sykes of Paris, chapter regent, presided at the meeting and welcomed members and special guests from the Obion County Public Library staff: director Michele Barnes, Tennessee Room librarian Sandra Bagwell and supervisor of computers and cataloguing Bill Dahnke.
Following a devotional, given by chapter chaplain Mrs. Bobby Bland, Mrs. Sykes led in the opening ritual assisted by Berdie Foy, Patricia Boals and Mary Whayne Miles. Mrs. Tom Wood gave the treasurer’s report and also reported on chapter contributions and the fact that the National Society had approved the marking of Henry County Courthouse. Mrs. Boals read the secretary’s minutes of the last meeting and they were approved. Mrs. Sykes thanked Mrs. Robert Clendenin for the four beautiful vases of yellow roses and old-fashioned mums which graced each table. She read a short National Defense article concerning the great debt which citizens owe to those who serve and have served in our military to defend our national freedoms.
During the business session, the chapter’s annual budget was discussed and approved for the next year. During this particular meeting each year, the chapter members collect a special contribution for an area hospitalized veteran’s home and $90 was thus collected. The chapter also reported that $175 worth of produce had been purchased by the chapter from the kitchen at College of the Ozarks in Missouri. A jar of jelly or preserves from that kitchen was a party favor for each of those attending the meeting. The National Society contributes to the support of College of the Ozarks as one of its national projects. At this particular college, every enrolled student must work part of each day either on the college farm, in the kitchen or in a campus industry in order to pay their tuition and help sustain the college. It is said the students affectionately call the college “Hardwork U” and feel proud and privileged to be a part of that educational program.
The guest speaker for the meeting was Dahnke. He gave a most interesting review and overview of a timely new book of history entitled “Seven Miracles That Saved America: Why They Mattered and Why We Should Have Hope,” by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart. He explained the authors wrote each chapter regarding a turning point in the history of America, delineating a situation and giving many researched facts and reasons. He noted that even in the beginning indicated facts that the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus was unlikely and said that never, at any of the seven critical junctures of our history (which authors have investigated) was a positive outcome certain or even likely at times. And yet, America prevailed. Why? The authors go on to show what they believe was “divine intervention” at those seven tipping points in our history and tell why Americans should have hope today.
The chapter presented copies of “Seven Miracles That Saved America,” “The Miracle of Freedom: Seven Tipping Points That Saved the World” by Chris Stewart and Ted Stewart and “Be the People” by Carol M. Swain, PhD. to Mrs. Barnes for the Obion County Public Library and a volume entitled “Markings and Grave Locations of Tennessee Soldiers, War of 1812,” to Ms. Bagwell for the Tennessee Room of the library.
Following the meeting, Mrs. Sykes and members adjourned to Magnolia Place, where she presented a certificate of appreciation from Tennessee State Society State Regent Mrs. Thomas Dorman and a 50-year membership certificate from the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists to Evelyn Long Quarles. Mrs. Sykes spoke of Mrs. Quarles’ service to the society and congratulated her for being a loyal, devoted member for the past 53 years.
The next chapter meeting will be in February in Paris.
Published in The Messenger 11.30.11