The Pine Bluff John McAlmont Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a luncheon at the Pine Bluff Country Club honoring State Regent Jerrie Townsend of Stuttgart.
Chapter Regent Sandra Poore opened the meeting with the DAR Ritual assisted by Chaplain Cary Swanson. Norma Caldwell led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and the American’s Creed was led by Donna Davis. Jennifer Lowrey led the chapter in singing the National Anthem. Lela Murray led the Salute to the Arkansas Flag.
Following lunch, Jennifer Lowrey accompanied on keyboard by her husband, Jeremy, entertained the chapter singing the traditional hymn, “We Gather Together” followed by a tribute to the recent Pulitzer Prize winner, Bob Dylan, in singing “Ring Them Bells.”
Poore introduced State Regent Townsend to the chapter. Townsend is a native of Pine Bluff who now resides in Stuttgart. She took the position of State Regent in July 2016 when she was officially sashed at NSDAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C.
Townsend told the chapter of her experiences while in Washington and reported the updates and changes taking place with the National Society. Townsend shared that her 2016-2018 Theme for Arkansas DAR is “Fanning the Flames of History.”
She told the history of the Old State House in Little Rock and how it had been restored to its present day glory through the hard work and persistence of women in the Arkansas DAR along with other historical societies.
She encouraged the chapter members to visit the Old State House and to particularly view the DAR Room on the first floor. This room is decorated with period furniture donated by various families throughout the state. There are pieces dating to the 1700’s on display in the room.
Poore reported that the chapter will again support the Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt, which is a project of the Arkansas Freedom Fund. This is an annual event held at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. This will be the third year that the chapter has provided baked goods and gift bags for the veterans participating in the hunt.
Jennifer Lowrey addressed the chapter about the Angel Tree Project which is a project of the Prison Fellowship Ministry. She asked for volunteers to assist with a calling committee to arrange for delivery of gifts for the children.
Donna Davis spoke about the “Celebrate America” project and encouraged members to report their volunteer hours. There have been over 970,000 volunteer hours reported by DAR members across the country. These are hours spent volunteering in community and civic organizations as well as in churches.
The meeting was closed with a benediction by Chaplain Swanson.