Meridian Star

February 23, 2014

Daughters of the American Revolution

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Deborah Bryant shared highlights of her role as First Lady of Mississippi at the February joint meeting of Pushmataha and Samuel Dale Chapters, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

    Nervous about her new position, Bryant said she asked the Lord to help her, " ... and everything began to fall into place."

    The First Lady discussed her platform, H.O.M.E., and explained the meaning of each letter.

    • The H stands for healthcare. Bryant is active in working with individuals with mental and physical disabilities. She works with the children from Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson.

    • The O stands for outdoors. Bryant encourages everyone to spend time outdoors with their families.

    • The M stands for mansion and military. Bryant is active in the preservation of the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion. Built in 1841, it is the second oldest consecutively occupied governor’s residence in the United States. Bryant encourages everyone to salute the country's military for all they do for our country.

    • The E stands for education. One of Bryant's goals is to “read across Mississippi.” She is visiting all the state's counties and reading to students. Also, she tells them a little history of the governor’s mansion and talks about her family. 

     Bryant concluded her presentation saying that being First Lady is a blessing, and God answers prayers every day.

    The Feb. 13, 2014, meeting was held at Northwood Country Club. Regent Julia Porter called the meeting to order. Glaniece Roberts and Porter led the group in the DAR Ritual. Angela Howington, secretary/Pushmataha Chapter DAR, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Lynn Selman, first vice regent/Samuel Dale Chapter DAR, led the group in the American’s Creed.  Sue Thompson, treasurer/Pushmataha Chapter DAR, led the Salute to the Mississippi Flag.

    The President General’s message was presented by Sara Walters, secretary/Samuel Dale Chapter DAR. In her message, the President General encouraged members to continue to grow their membership and increase subscriptions to the DAR magazine, as well as increase their community service hours.

    Kay Wolfe, vice president/Pushmataha Chapter DAR, presented the National Defense Report. The report discussed the Purple Heart, which is the most recognized and respected medal awarded to members of the U.S Armed Forces. It is also the nation’s oldest military award.

    Linda Thomas, regent/Samuel Dale Chapter DAR, presented the Constitution Minute. The history of Constitution Week was discussed. The week was officially declared by President Eisenhower on Aug. 2, 1956. It is celebrated annually the week of Sept. 17.

    Regent Porter introduced two special guests attending the meeting: Dr. George Thomas, president of the Meridian City Council, and Brigade Cmdr. Van McCarty, 59th Troop.

     Porter thanked the meeting's hostesses: Sue Thompson, chair, Julie Rowell, Kay Wolfe and Betty Lou Jones.

    The meeting was adjourned.


• Submitted by Angela Howington, secretary Pushmataha Chapter DAR.