The Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held two gatherings recently at Pine Bluff Country Club.
DEC. 10 MEETING
The program speaker, the Rev. CB Baker, was introduced by Chairwoman Helen Campbell. Baker, who prefers to be called “CB,” is the pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church, according to a news release.
He was a business man in Memphis before going to the seminary in 1991. He served at St. Mary’s Cathedral from 1994-2006 and was dean at the Cathedral from 1998 to 2006. He was rector of St. Luke’s in Hot Springs from 2006 until 2018.
Baker is now retired from the full-time ministry, but is serving as an interim pastor at Trinity Episcopal Church. He was selected as the National Conference of Community Justice “Memphis Man of the Year” in 2004. He also served as a member of the national Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Ecumenical and Inter-religious Relations for six years.
As a member of a Christian group and Inter-faith group, in 2005-2006, he participated in the peace process in the Middle East. During that time, he met with Yasser Arafat in his compound in Ramallah, as well as other Palestinian leaders, and members of the Israeli Kenesst and the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem, according to the release.
Currently, Baker serves on the board on Inter-Faith Arkansas and the board of Faith Voices Arkansas.
Baker spoke to the DAR on “The Season of Advent.” He described the journey of Joseph and Mary before the birth of Jesus, giving details of the difficult terrain they encountered. He told how they were not allowed to go through Samaria, which caused them to travel many additional miles to reach their destination. He ended his program by challenging the members to “slow down” and take time to ponder the true meaning of the Christmas season.
During the DAR meeting, Regent Carolyn DeVos opened the session with the DAR Ritual, assisted by Chaplain Cary Swanson. The Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag was led by Sue Smith; the American’s Creed was led by Linda Shultz; the National Anthem was led by Sharon Wyatt; and Elise Argue led the salute to the Arkansas Flag. Dorothy Lockhart was a special guest and introduced by Julia Beckham.
During the business meeting, Registrar Barrie Hardin reported that the chapter has two new members, with several others working on their membership papers. Donna Davis reminded members to turn in their volunteer hours. Linda McNulty asked for volunteers for the reading program in the local schools for the week of Jan. 20.
Sue Smith reported on the bridge games to be held in January to support the annual DAR scholarship award. Sandy Poore read a thank-you letter from Michael Dodd of the Veterans Administration for the 271 pairs of socks the chapter donated for women veterans. The meeting was closed with a Benediction given by Chaplain Swanson.
NOV. 19 MEETING
During the DAR November meeting, Regent Carolyn DeVos presented the guest of honor, State Regent Junelle Mungno, who was making her annual visit to the chapter.
DAR’s other guests seated at the head table at the meeting were: Jerri Townsend and Bethage, both honorary state regents; Sandy Poore, state historian; Barbie Pierce and Kathy Tines, national committee members; Chaplain Cary Swanson; Janet Sherm, from Arkansas Post Chapter in Stuttgart; and Mary Ford. After the introductions, lunch was served.
After lunch, Poore introduced Mungno as the guest speaker. Originally from Nebraska, she served six years in the Air Force and retired from the military after coming to Arkansas. During her term as state regent, she will visit all 42 DAR chapters in Arkansas. As a veteran, Mungno has chosen as her DAR project Women Veterans. She works with homeless female veterans by collecting clothing, bedding, and other items needed.
Before the program, DeVos opened the meeting with the DAR ritual, assisted by Chaplain Swanson. Pierce led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag; the America’s Creed was led by Bethage; the singing of the National Anthem was led by Poore; and Linda McNulty led the salute to the Arkansas Flag.
The theme of the luncheon was “Sock Hop” with tables decorated with memorabilia from the ’50s, and members brought socks to be given to the homeless veterans.
DeVos reminded members of the annual Wounded Warrior’s Deer Hunt luncheon Dec. 7 at the Pine Bluff Arsenal.
Townsend presented a memorial for a recently deceased member, Jean Pollard of Stuttgart. Pollard was a charter member of three DAR Chapters, and held several offices through the years. Pollard was a devoted member and was held in high esteem by everyone who knew her, according to Townsend.
McNulty gave a report on the RSVP reading program for local schools. Forms were available for members interested in participating in this program.
DeVos thanked Poore and the committee that decorated the tables. The meeting was adjourned and the benediction was given by Swanson.