913th members attend DAC meeting
Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012 8:00 pm
Sgt. Theresa Bumpus and Spc. Chris Freeman, members of the 913th Engineer Co. of the Tennessee National Guard, were special Veterans Day guests and speakers at the November luncheon meeting of the Colonel Gideon Macon Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists held at Ryan’s Restaurant.
Chapter regent Mrs. Bobby Bland of Paris welcomed members and guests and conducted the meeting.
Mrs. Charles Miles, program chairman, introduced Sgt. Bumpus and Spc. Freeman, who gave talks about their work and duties during the recent deployment of the 913th in Afghanistan an Kuwait. They described the climate, the terrain and conditions under which they worked while building or re-building roads in that area. They commented that the military posts were somewhat improved between their first and second deployments, and noted that President Obama had recently issued an award to Tennessee’s 913th Engineer Co. as being the best engineering company deployed in the current Middle Eastern engagement.
Sgt. Bumpus has served for 20 years and Spc. Freeman for nine years with the Tennessee National Guard. Both expressed their pride in their service and their willingness to help the people of Afghanistan.
During the business meeting, the annual chapter budget was discussed and approved, and a special monetary contribution was made by the members to be given to a nearby veterans home. The members also discussed plans for a December tea to be held at the historic home of Mrs. Sam Tayloe in Paris.
A Chapter Memorial Service was conducted by chapter chaplain Mrs. Wayne Webb in memory of Mrs. Charles Adams, a chapter member, who died Aug. 8, 2012. A lovely memorial bouquet of yellow roses had been placed by Mrs. Robert Clendenin. Mrs. Boyd Rowland gave the tribute in memory of Mrs. Adams.
Members and guests received, as favors, jars of preserves or jelly prepared by the kitchen of the College of the Ozarks in Missouri. This college endeavors to give a college education to any student who will work part of each day in payment for their tuition, room and board. The Daughters of American Colonists give support annually to the College of the Ozarks.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mrs. Bland thanked Sgt. Bumpus and Spc. Freeman for honoring the chapter with a very special Veterans Day program.
She also recognized Mrs. Kenneth Sublett, Mrs. Coble Garrett and Mrs. Robert Currey, who were guests at the meeting.
She urged all to attend the December tea in Paris.
Published in The Messenger 12.3.12