The Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter of the DAR met April 16 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Regent Carolyn DeVoss called the meeting to order with the DAR ritual, assisted by Chaplain Cary Swanson.


The Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag was led by Sandy Poore. The American’s Creed was led by Sharon Wyatt. The singing of the National Anthem was led by Teri Bethge and Elise Argue led the salute to the Arkansas Flag.


Swanson led a memorial service for MarJo Dill, a beloved member who passed away recently, according to a news release.


Helen Campbell, program chairman, introduced Bethge who presented a program on “The Flags of the United States of America.”


Bethge told of the St. George Cross flag, dating back to the Crusades on 1277, which flew on the Mayflower. Other flags were the Kings Colors Flag, also named the Union Jack Flag; British Red Ensign Flag, or Queen Anne Flag; the Continental Flag; Gadsden Flag; the Grand Union Flag; Betsy Ross Flag; and the Bennington Flag. Today’s flag is the Star Spangled Banner and it inspired the National Anthem, according to the release.


New member, Emily Voss, was presented the Arkansas New Member Course award, a certificate, and a gold cord.


DeVoss announced that the chapter had won several Certificates of Award at the recent state convention. The awards were: Service to America, Recognizing Good Citizens of Our Community, Providing Scholarships, Essay Contests, American Indian Service of Excellence, Commemorative Events, Presentation of ROTC and JROTC Medals, Project Patriots and DAR Service to Veterans Special Recognition.


Karlynn Roberts introduced her sister and guest, Leita Porter, a former member who now lives out of state.