The Meridian Star
The program "Know Your DAR" highlighted the September meeting of Samuel Dale Chapter National Society of the Daughters of American Revolution (NSDAR)
Presented by Regent Glenda Thomas, the presentation made several points, including: “Why did you join the DAR?” Several members responded with answers such as other family were members and encouraged them to join and friends who were members told them about it. One member responded the she “joined because her sister pushed her, but she stayed because she loved the ladies.”
Other points brought out were about the history of DAR, which started Oct. 11, 1890, and was confirmed by Congress in 1896. Sons of the American Revolution was organized first and ladies were not allowed. When one lady was refused membership, a man said, “Organize your own group.” So she did!
Thomas noted there are many benefits to being a member of DAR, where “God, Home and Country” is the motto and all things patriotic are promoted. Thomas also distributed pamphlets about DAR.
The meeting was called to order and the Opening Ritual was led by Thomas. In the absence of the chaplain, scripture and prayer were led by Sarah Walters. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America was led by Janet Sinyard. The American’s Creed was led by Thomas.
Ethel McHenry read the President General’s Message from the DAR magazine.
Caroline Wilson presented the National Defense Report about the U.S. Coast Guard from the Navy League Magazine “Seapower”.
A Flag Minute reminded members not to have anything in either hand when pledging allegiance to the country's flag.
Thomas noted that the DAR instituted the tradition of Constitution Week, which is Sept. 17-24.
Becky Tomerlin reminded members that Rosalie is a home in Natchez owned by Mississippi DAR and is open for tour all year. The Fall Pilgrimage will be in October, with Rosalie Candlelight dinner on the Oct. 16 and Rosalie Day Oct. 17.
For the Indian Minute, Thomas said the Crow Tribe was one of the first tribes to have a treaty with the Colonists on Aug. 14, 1825.
During the business session, the minutes were read by Wilson. Treasurer Ruby Robinson presented her report and distributed new handbooks to members.
Members were reminded to fly their flag on Patriot Day, Sept. 11 and Citizenship Day, Sept 16.
New officers will be elected in January.
Members present were: Sarah Walters, Ruby Robinson, Bettye Compton, Frances Olander, Lynn Selman, Caroline B. Wilson, Sandy Gaddis, Ethel McHenry, Jacque Longmeier, Janet R. Sinyard, LoRita Mitcham, Elizabeth Kahlmus, Glenda Thomas, Pat Sharp, Becky Tomerlin. Phyllis Millett was a welcomed guest.
Refreshments were served by Ethel McHenry, Bettye Compton, Frances Olander and Caroline Wilson.
The meeting was adjourned by the regent.
The next meeting will be Oct. 3.