Reelfoot Daughters of the American Revolution meet
Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 8:00 pm
The Reelfoot Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution recently met in the Tennessee Room at First Citizens National Bank in Union City.
Special guests, members and friends of the late Virginia Dahnke; Tennessee state regent Nancy Hemmrich; Fulton’s Jacob Flournoy DAR Chapter regent Sallie Ferguson; Mary Vowell, past regent of the Reelfoot Chapter and current member of the James Buckley DAR Chapter in Martin; and prospective member Betty Whitesides were welcomed. A memorial service was conducted for Mrs. Dahnke, who had been an active member since October 1974 and served as chapter regent from 1986-89 and again from 1995-98. Her Revolutionary War Patriot was Peter Waterfield of Virginia.
The meeting was called to order by regent Mary Coleman. Assisted by Linda Lofton, she led the chapter through the DAR ritual. Gloria Howell led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag and Penny Hepler led the American Creed. Mrs. Lofton led in the singing of “America,” Ann Culp led the salute to the Tennessee flag and Ann Thompson led the recitation of the Preamble to the American Constitution. The minutes of the last meeting were approved.
New and old business were addressed. The chapter voted to contribute $50 to purchase small American flags used to mark the graves of veterans in Obion County as all these flags are purchased using private donations. Members were encouraged to attend the West Tennessee Fall Conference in Jackson on Aug. 11.
Mrs. Hemmrich brought greetings to the chapter. She updated the members on the status of the pledge by the DAR chapters of Tennessee to raise and contribute $40,000 to the president general’s Lay Light Project. The entire pledge was raised by Tennessee Chapters in less than three months’ time. This project involves repairing and restoring the lay lights and roof in the DAR library located in the DAR National Headquarters Building on D Street in Washington, D.C. The project is expected to cost in excess of $1.4 million. The meeting was adjourned.
After members and guests enjoyed a delicious luncheon and a period of fellowship, the group traveled to East View Cemetery, where a touching grave marking ceremony was held to mark the grave of Mrs. Dahnke with a bronze DAR emblem.
Published in The Messenger 6.28.12