The Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Feb. 18 at the Pine Bluff Country Club.


Regent Carolyn DeVoss opened the meeting with the DAR Ritual, assisted by Cary Swanson, chaplain. Jeanette McGrew led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. The American’s Creed was led by Julia Beckham. Elise Argue led the singing of the National Anthem and Merry Tom Dorris led the salute to the Arkansas flag, according to a news release.


Helen Campbell, program chairwoman, introduced the speaker, Christie Bonds, who presented a program on the Suzuki method of teaching music. The method was created by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki, who believed that children could be taught discipline and good habits through musical training, according to the presentation.


Bonds was a music teacher in the Pine Bluff area schools for many years, where she taught the Suzuki method. Students who start the training at three or four years old have an advantage over students who start later on, according to Bonds. She said the students learn to play the violin by ear before learning to read music.


Betty Coles announced that Monica Marks was the winner of the Southeast Arkansas College scholarship. The award is presented to a deserving student each year by the DAR. Marks is working toward a degree in nursing. The DAR has given $3,200 in scholarships to local students since 2005, according to the release.


DeVoss announced that Chaplain Swanson had been awarded a Letter of Appreciation from the state chaplain committee with a thank-you note for her outstanding work for the chapter, according to the release.


Donna Davis, volunteer hours chairwoman, announced that 3,998 volunteer hours to the Service to America program had been reported by chapter members.


Barrie Harden reported on two new member applications, which are in the process of being approved. She also said she recently completed an online registrar course.


Sue Smith, who is chairwoman of the Veterans Administration project, reported she had received a letter from the VA thanking the chapter for the items donated by members for the year 2019.


DeVoss announced she will be attending the state board meeting, along with the following delegates: Barbie Pierce, Sandy Poore, DeeLois Lawrence, Sharon Wyatt, KarLynn Roberts, Betty Coles and Barrie Hardin.


Linda McNulty gave a report on the Reading Across America program for the first week in March. Chapter members participate in the program by volunteering to read a book to students in schools in the Pine Bluff area.


Swanson gave a devotional prayer and DeVoss adjourned the meeting. The members were served dessert and coffee by the hostesses of country club.