Reelfoot DAR holds meeting, honors members
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 8:00 pm
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. Mrs. Coleman and chaplain Linda Lofton led the group in the DAR Ritual. Virginia Gibson led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag; Martha Kendall led the American Creed, while Linda Lofton led the singing of “America.” Peggy Drerup led the salute to the Tennessee flag and Ruth Weldon led the recitation of the Preamble to the Constitution.
Mrs. Lofton presented a program on the Flag Code highlighting information in the NSDAR’s Flag Code kit, which aids chapters in regular presentations regarding American flag code, etiquette and respect. She concluded her report by recounting interesting flag facts ending with June 14 being proclaimed Flag Day by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, but the proclamation did not receive its official Congressional designation until 1949, some 33 years later.
Gloria Howell presented the Indian minutes with a continuation of a history of the Cherokee tribe. She gave information pertaining to the Cherokee belief in the Raven Mocker or the most dreaded of all Cherokee witches who robs the dying of their life. When a Cherokee is dying, others will remain with the dying to ward off the Raven Mocker who wishes to steal the dying person’s heart.
Penny Hepler read the president general’s message wherein the president general told how she had enjoyed visiting several conferences in the eastern U.S. She commended chapters who were making a significant impact in their communities by working to fulfill the NSDAR’s mission. She encouraged all members to use the NSDAR’s website to stay updated on activities, promotions and upcoming events.
Ann Thompson read from the National Defender Report in which all were encouraged to exercise their right and privilege to vote in every election; otherwise, deferring to others whose choices they may not agree with. The article also reiterated how important it was for voters to be informed voters in order to understand ballot choices.
Treasurer Hazel Williams gave the treasurer’s report. The minutes of the last meeting were read by Margaret Vaughan and approved. The Conservation Minute was given by Mrs. Coleman, who asked the question: “How many tons of plastic and metal would be kept out of our landfills each year if we recycled ink cartridges?” The answer was 400,000 tons per year. She added that it takes an ink cartridge from 400 to 1,000 years to decompose.
Old and new business were addressed. In new business, the group celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Reelfoot DAR Chapter by reviewing the chapter history, naming charter members and listing all regents who have served. Mrs. Coleman gave everyone a water bottle labeled with anniversary information. She commented on the TSDAR state conference she attended in March. She enumerated the many awards presented to the Reelfoot Chapter at the state conference. Among the many chapter awards, Ms. Howell was recognized with several awards for outstanding chapter yearbook, and Mrs. Williams was awarded the 2011 “Terrific Treasurer” award.
The program for the day pertained to the battles of Lexington and Concord, early battles in the Revolutionary War in April of 1775. The battle of Lexington started with one accidental shot, and no one knows who fired that first shot. The minutemen, far outnumbered, fought and held their ground against the British. This was the first step towards winning this country’s independence from England. Included in the information provided was the “Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the poem “The Battle of Lexington” by Sidney Lanier and a description of April 18, 1775, in the little town of Lexington.
The meeting was adjourned.
Refreshments and a period of fellowship were enjoyed by those present. Mrs. Gibson and Mrs. Thompson were the hostesses.
The next meeting will be June 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Obion County Museum. This will be the annual Flag Day luncheon and a ceremony to respectfully destroy dilapidated flags will be conducted. Anyone who wishes to have an American flag which is tattered and worn destroyed in a respectful manner is encouraged to take the flag to Chuck Ashley at the Veteran’s Affairs Office at 622 South Depot St. in Union City in the Eddie Cox Senior Center. If the flag has a story the flag owner wishes revealed, a note may be left with the flag and the story will be related to the audience before the flag is destroyed.
Published in The Messenger 4.19.12