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Reelfoot Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution gathers

Reelfoot Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution gathers

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:00 pm

The Reelfoot Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently met at the home of member Beulah Wyatt in Union City.
Regent Mary Coleman and Margaret Vaughan led the chapter in the DAR ritual. Peggy Drerup led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, Ann Culp led the American Creed and Ann Thompson led in the singing of “America.” The salute to the Tennessee flag was led by Mrs. Vaughan and Mrs. Wyatt led in the recitation of the Preamble to the Constitution of the U.S.
Mrs. Vaughan read the last meeting’s minutes, one correction was made, and the minutes were approved. The celebration of events included the 90th birthday of Mrs. Drerup in February.
Mrs. Drerup delivered the Flag Code by reading an article that had recently been published in The Dresden Enterprise telling how the American flag came to be known as “Old Glory.” The large American flag with 24 stars was made by Cap. William Driver’s mother and some young ladies of Salem, Mass., to be flown from his whaling ship’s mast. Driver first hailed the flag as “Old Glory” when he left harbor for a trip around the world in 1831. This was the first flag to be named “Old Glory.” Driver retired from the sea in 1837 and moved to Nashville. When the Civil War broke out and Tennessee seceded from the union in 1861, Driver feared the rebel government would attempt to destroy the famous Old Glory. He had the flag sewn inside a comforter to conceal it. When Union forces retook Nashville the following year, he was able to bring out his flag and hoist it from the state capitol spire, the last time it flew from a flagpole. Today, it is housed at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
The Indian Minutes were given by Mrs. Vaughan and consisted of the naming and defining the Cherokee Indians’ moons and festivals.
The President General’s Message was read by Penny Hepler. NSDAR president Merry Ann T. Wright reminded members across the nation to use the NSDAR Newsletter as their guide to the 122nd Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., in July. The DAR Library Lay Light Restoration, the most ambitious project of Ms. Wright’s administration, will be completed by July 2013, and all chapters who participated in the restoration, including Reelfoot, will be recognized.
The National Defender report was given by Mrs. Thompson and consisted of a summary of Leon E. Panetta’s Legacy of Service. Panetta has served his country nearly half a century as a California congressman, chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget during Clinton’s Presidency, and as part of the President Obama’s administration, he has led both the CIA and the Defense Department. His own greatest accomplishment, he told a soldier who asked, was “being a part of something that really, I think, in the end, helped all Americans and the whole world to be safer.”
The treasurer’s report was given by Hazel Williams. The Conservation Minute was given by Ms. Coleman, who gave several ways people can limit the amount of natural resources they waste by making concise decisions when making purchases, and before discarding, asking if someone else could use the items. Members were encouraged to recycle and to purchase items made from recycled materials.
Correspondences were read from Black Oak School for flags donated in honor of the chapter; from LeEllen Smith for the opportunity to speak to the chapter regarding her new, non-profit business venture Outside-In; and from the Veterans Home in Humboldt for the box of supplies recently sent to them by the chapter. Old business and new business were conducted.
The program for the day was about DAR schools, which chapters support with money and supplies. The meeting was adjourned and refreshments and a period of fellowship was enjoyed. Hostesses were Mrs. Drerup, Ms. Culp and Mrs. Williams. The next meeting will be April 9.

Published in The Messenger 3.26.13

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