The Pine Bluff chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met recently in the Hawthorne Room at Pine Bluff Country Club.

The Pine Bluff chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met recently in the Hawthorne Room at Pine Bluff Country Club.

The DAR Ritual was led by Regent Sue Smith.

Harry Sy Joe, a naturalized American citizen, received the very distinguished Americanism Award. Past regent, Claire Holmes, presented him with a certificate and medal. Joe came to America as an 8-year-old and lived in Pine Bluff and graduated from Pine Bluff High School. He recently celebrated his 100th birthday at Saracen Landing. Family members and guests present were Carolyn and son, Murray Joe, Rev. and Mrs. Fred Arnold, and caretaker, Elsa Vanuelos.

Major Joe Holmes was presented a Commemorative Event Award for Veterans by Kar Lynn Roberts for outstanding service in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Helen Campbell, program chairman, introduced Vatarie Goetz, a native born American Indian. The program she presented was entitled “A Story of Selflessness”. The life and contributions of a Native American Muskogee girl, Millie Francis, were portrayed. The story indicates that in 1813 the Muskogee Tribe was almost wiped out as they give up more than 2 million acres of land during Andrew Jackson’s relocation of Indians to reservations. Her own father, Josiah Francis, was hung at Ft. Marks, even though Francis had helped save an AWOL U.S. Private McCremon from being killed by her tribe. She survived the Trail of Tears, had many children, all of whom died except three, and lived out the remainder of her life in Oklahoma.

Leading the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag was Norma Caldwell. The American’s Creed was led by Sandra Poore and the singing of the National Anthem was led by Teri Bethege. Roberts gave the President General’s message. The November minutes were approved by committee. The treasurer’s report, given by Dona Davis, was approved. Ginny Haertlein was commended for the “beautiful” Christmas decorations on the tables. Smith presented door prizes.

Metal memorial plaques to be inserted into headstones were displayed by Tess Hill. Smith announced that a memorial for Helen Byrd will be sent to the Adopt-A-Door Project at the DAR National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., with approval by the chapter.

The annual Bridge Benefit will be held in homes on Jan. 30. Proceeds will fund the $200 Southeast Arkansas College scholarship. Community participation is encouraged. Reservations may be made to Betty Coles or Smith.

The 2010-2012 nominating committee is Coles, chairman, Roberts, Claire Holmes and Bethege. Hostesses present were Haertlein, Ruth Henry, Campbell, MarJo Dill and Poore.

After the benediction by Roberts, the meeting was adjourned and refreshments were served.