The Bess Jenkins Club heard a recent presentation by Deena Burnett-Bailey, widow of Tom Burnett, who was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001, which crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.


The theme of study for the year is “Historical Events that Influenced and Changed America.” The guest speaker, Burnett-Bailey, has been a well-known voice for the victims’ families of Sept. 11. She has represented 9/11 families at the White House, Pentagon and Congress, according to a news release.


Burnett-Bailey’s book, “Living Life Beyond Ourselves: Fighting Back,” inspired the movie “Portrait of Courage: The Untold Story of Flight 93.”


In addition to volunteering, Burnett-Bailey also serves on the boards of the Tom Burnett Foundation, The Twentieth Century Club, St. Joseph Center of Arkansas, and on the advisory panels of NEFA and Everloop Inc. She is also the founder of The Tom Burnett Family Foundation, and the co-founder of Angels of Hope, two teen volunteer programs, according to the release.


Burnett-Bailey told how Burnett used every opportunity to encourage everyone he met. She said she received hundreds of letters after 9/11 from people who had met him and they told her how he had encouraged them and touched their lives. Burnett-Bailey encouraged the group to make a difference in someone’s life each day.


The Bess Jenkins Club meeting was held Sept. 13 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. President Lela R. Murray called the meeting to order with greetings and the reading of the club motto. Sue Merritt, secretary, called the roll and read the minutes from the last meeting. Connie Kitchens, treasurer, gave the treasury report. Linda Eubanks, yearbook chairwoman, presented each member with the new 2017-2018 yearbook.