The Pine Bluff John McAlmont Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The meeting was called to order by Regent Sandra Poore who led in the DAR ritual assisted by Chaplain Cary Swanson.
Swanson conducted a candlelit memorial service in remembrance of deceased members, Sonia Ingram and Diane Ayers. Swanson shared memories of each woman and their importance in DAR. The service was closed with prayer.
Helen Campbell, program chairwoman, introduced Bill Dobbins, retired U.S. Naval Commander. Dobbins shared his military experiences both in training and at sea. He discussed the importance of the military in the national defense programs. He shared insights into the current political scene and explained what they mean to the U.S. Dobbins encouraged all members to be aware of what is taking place in Washington and to be proactive in voicing their beliefs.
The chapter was congratulated on the large number of canned goods which were brought to the meeting for a community service project. These will be donated to Neighbor to Neighbor.
Poore told about the “Wreaths Across America” program. This program began 20 years ago when Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, began a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of the nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. In 2007, the Worcester family, along with veterans and others who had helped with their annual Christmas ceremony in Arlington, formed “Wreaths Across America” to continue and expand this effort. In 2016, volunteers laid more than one million wreaths at nearly 1,200 locations in the United States and beyond.
Sharon Wyatt told of the Arkansas participation in placing wreaths on the graves of veterans at the National Cemeteries in the state. She told that volunteers were needed to assist in placing these wreaths, first on the graves of the 400 unknown soldiers buried in Little Rock, and then at a later date for the remaining graves. December 16 was the official date for the completion project for Wreaths Across America.
Poore announced that the chapter has been invited to attend the Friday night dinner at the annual Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. As in the past, the chapter will provide gift bags and baked goods for the nine veterans who will be the honored guests. Chapter members and their husbands are invited to participate in this event.
Sue Smith and Betty Coles announced that the annual Bridge Party Fund Raiser Event will be held the last Monday in January. They explained that proceeds from this event are used to fund a $200 scholarship for a second-semester female student at Southeast Arkansas College.