Reelfoot DAR meets
Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012 8:01 pm
The Reelfoot Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at the Obion County Museum in Union City.
Regent Mary Coleman called the meeting to order. Ms. Coleman and Linda Lofton led the group in the DAR Ritual. Peggy Drerup led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag. Beulah Wyatt led the American Creed, while Ms. Lofton led the singing of “America.” Hazel Williams led the salute to the Tennessee flag and Martha Kendall led the recitation of the Preamble to the Constitution.
Penny Hepler read the NSDAR president general’s message wherein she reminded chapters that Oct. 12 marked the 122nd anniversary of the founding of NSDAR. The president general related how she would be joining the National Italian American Foundation to present the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest winner at the Columbus Day celebration in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Lofton presented the Flag Code, which pertained to American flag etiquette as stipulated by federal law. A discussion of flag etiquette ensued. Clarification was established regarding proper flag etiquette and having a flying flag lit at all times. The actual flag itself, or a portion of it, should never be used for any decoration in general or used as part of a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be used on the uniforms of military personnel, civil servants and patriotic organizations. The flag should be mended and cleaned when needed and destroyed with respect when beyond repair and it can no longer serve as a symbol of our country.
Gloria Howell delivered the Indian Minutes by reporting on the monthly moons, festivals and dances the Cherokee Indians celebrated. For instance, during the month of October, the Cherokee Indians celebrated the “Nut Moon” and held the “Ripe Corn Festival” to acknowledge the spirit of the corn, Selu. Also, during October, the “Brush Feast Festival” took place to celebrate the gathering of all the fruits and nuts to store for the winter.
Ann Thompson read another portion of the keynote address delivered by Gen. David Petraeus at the NSDAR Continental Congress in July. He spoke in regard to his service as the new director of the CIA and his privilege to work with some of the country’s very best and brightest men and women on the toughest, most consequential challenges to national security. Petraeus spoke of the CIA as an organization full of highly educated, motivated and experienced Americans. They have enormous capacity for initiative and independent action and have demonstrated extraordinary expertise in gaining the intelligence necessary to frustrate a resilient, adaptive, often barbaric enemy. The results of their hard work, along with the military, law enforcement and diplomatic partners, is the fact that there has not been another major attack in the country since 9/11.
Ms. Coleman brought the Conservation Minute by asking the question: How much food in American homes is never consumed? The answer was 27 percent or the equivalent to 350 million barrels of oil per year or 2 percent of the annual national energy budget. Members were encouraged to plan ahead, save leftovers and compost.
The minutes were read by Margaret Vaughn. They were approved as read. The treasurer’s report was given by Mrs. Williams, and correspondence was read by Ms. Howell.
Old business was addressed. Ms. Coleman commended the chapter on the well-attended memorial and grave marking ceremony held recently for Ethel Ogden Priestley, a former member of the Reelfoot DAR Chapter who died in 1979. Ms. Priestley’s daughter, Louise Simmons, and her granddaughter, Dr. Susan Opper, both of Kansas City, Kan., friends, members from Martin’s James Buckley Chapter and several Reelfoot Chapter members were in attendance for the beautifully planned and inspirational service.
New business was addressed. Ms. Wyatt was recognized for being a member of NSDAR for 30 years. The new handbook was distributed, and Ms. Howell was recognized for an exceedingly superb job of collecting and compiling the information in the book. Ms. Coleman presented her a NSDAR Lay Light pin for her efforts.
In the absence of Josephine Keightley, the program was presented by Ms. Vaughn, both of whom recently toured the Charleston Tea Plantation located on historic Wadmalaw Island in South Carolina. Ms. Keightley compiled the pictures presented for the program. It is believed that Capt. Robert Sanford and the crew of the Berkeley Bay landed on the shores of what is now known as Rockville, S.C., in June 1666 and claimed the land for England. Today, on what is considered one of Charleston’s most unspoiled islands, can be found America’s only working tea plantation producing the American Classic Tea, 100 percent grown in America. The plantation takes pride in its product as well as its methods of conservation, which includes the use of no pesticides and unique methods of irrigation and fertilization.
The meeting was adjourned and delicious refreshments and a period of fellowship were enjoyed by all present. Hostesses for the meeting were Ms. Howell, Ms. Kendall and Ms. Lofton.
Published in The Messenger 10.22.12