The Meridian Star
Volunteer of the Year Award winner Scott Gray was introduced to members of Samuel Dale Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), at the club's May meeting.
Gray, was awarded the honor by the club in April, however was unable to attend the club's meeting. Introduced by Regent Glenda Thomas, Gray and Thomas discussed some of the reasons he was chosen for the award: Gray has been a coach since he was a teenager and continues to work with youth through the Optimist Club golf and T-Ball programs, West Lauderdale soccer, Boy Scouts of America and others.
The May 1, 2013, meeting was called to order by Regent Thomas. The opening ritual was conducted by Lynn Selman, who served as chaplain, and Thomas. Janet Sinyard led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. Thomas led the Salute to the Mississippi Flag and the American’s Creed.
The President General’s Message was presented by Ann Schroeder. The National Defense Message encouraging support of the nation's military was presented by Caroline Wilson.
The DAR minutes included a Constitution Minute, where Thomas told that Benjamin Franklin suggested opening the meetings with prayer and was told there was not enough money to hire a chaplain.
Jacquelyn Longmire presented an Indian Minute, describing the Sun Dance, known by different names but with the same quest, a vision.
Becky Tomerlin presented the Rosalie Minute, reminding members that the annual fall pilgrimage in Natchez will be Sept. 27-Oct. 14.
Minutes of the last meeting were read by Caroline Wilson and were approved as read. The treasurer’s report was also presented.
Regent Thomas requested members to sign up to serve as hostesses for next year, and to fill the slots where chairmen are needed for committees. She also announced that installation of officers will be held in September.
Thomas reminded members of special days coming up this month and to fly their flag on those days: National Day of Prayer, May 2; Mothers Day, May 12; Armed Forces Day, May 18; Memorial Day, May 27. On Memorial Day, the flag should be flown at half-mast until noon, then raised.
The program consisted of members sharing interesting information about their ancestors and service in the early days of this country.
Ann Schroeder and Becky Tomerlin received as hostesses at Rosalie during the Spring Pilgrimage in Natchez. It was a first for Schroeder, who said it was a great experience and everybody should do it.
Becky Tomerlin, LoRita MItchum and Lynn Selman were thanked for being hostesses and serving refreshments.
Members present at the May meeting were: Caroline Wilson, LoRita Mitchum, Ethel McHenry, Lynn Selman, Sandy Gaddis, Becky Tomerlin, Ann Schroeder, Bettye Compton, Glenda Thomas, Janet Sinyard, Jacqueline Longmeier and Ruby Robinson.