The Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter of the DAR met Sept. 18 at the Pine Bluff Country Club.
Regent Carolyn DeVos called the meeting to order and led in reciting the DAR Ritual. Chaplain Cary Swanson gave the invocation. Sharon Wyatt led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.
DeeLois Lawrence led the American’s Creed. Betty Coles led the singing of the National Anthem and Rita Cash led the salute to the Arkansas Flag.
Sandy Poore introduced a special guest, Teresa Weaver, and her two granddaughters, Emily and Brittany.
“Ms. Weaver recently moved back to Pine Bluff,” according to a news release. “It has been her life-long dream to become a member of DAR, and her granddaughter, Emily, completed her paperwork for her. At the age of 91, Ms. Weaver was installed as a member of the Chapter.”
Poore also introduced two other guests, Lynn Milroy, a genealogy expert, and Alana Petrie.
Jeanette McGrew, conservation chairwoman, reported on the monarch butterfly, the most familiar butterfly in North America.
“Its food source is the milkweed and due to farming practices, the milkweed is destroyed in many places, leaving the monarchs little to nourish them,” according to the report.
Program Chairwoman Helen Campbell introduced the program speaker, Linda McNulty.
McNulty is a member of Lakeside Methodist Church, graduate of Hendrix College, and former kindergarten teacher. She and her husband, Ted, have five sons and 10 grandchildren.
“Mrs. McNulty’s program was on the American’s Creed. The resolution to adopt the Creed was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on April 3, 1918. It is a statement written in 1917 by William Tyler Page as an entry into a patriotic contest,” according to the release. “Page used words from the Preamble, the Constitution, The Gettysburg Address, The Declaration of Independence, and Daniel Webster to write the Creed. The award for winning the contest was one thousand dollars, and Page bought liberty bonds with the money and gave the bonds to his church.”
Also at the meeting, Poore reported that she and MarJo Dill had visited a local grade school where they spoke to the students about the Constitution during Constitution Week. Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington issued a proclamation for Constitution Week.
The meeting concluded with a benediction by Swanson, the chaplain.