DAR members attend meeting

Special to the Daily News

October 4, 2013

Maj. George Gibson Chapter DAR members were guests of the Kentucky Path Chapter at the Kentucky State (KSDAR) Fourth District meeting held on Sept. 20 at the Holiday Inn Express conference room in Middlesboro.

The district meeting opened with Karen Potter-Hughes, Kentucky Path regent, welcoming Barbara G. Zink, KSDAR state regent; Linda Closson, past state regent; Marsha Banks, state chaplain; Mary Jo Gibson, Fourth District director; Nancy Britton, Maj. George Gibson regent, and her chapter members; as well as chapter regents and members from nine chapters across southeastern Kentucky.

Potter-Hughes and Marsha Bratton, Kentucky Path registrar, led the assembly in the DAR Ritual, the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag, the American’s Creed and the Preamble to the Constitution. Kentucky DAR officials brought greetings to the group.

Debbie Fugate, of Debbie’s Kitchen in Virginia, catered a delicious luncheon.

Guest speaker Randell Jones, a writer and storyteller, was given a warm welcome. He spoke to the 47 attendees about one of the remarkable commemorations from the past — the marking of Daniel’s Boone’s Trail by the DAR in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky 100 years ago.

Daniel Boone is America’s pioneer hero, and his legacy was duly and dutifully recognized by the Daughters from 1912 to 1915. This trail-marking effort was a remarkable feat undertaken by a group of dedicated and stalwart women during a most interesting period of American history and is covered in Jones’ 2012 book release, Trailing Daniel Boone.

This book received a Kentucky History Award from the Kentucky Historical Society. Photographs of the DAR trail markers are shown throughout the book including the one embedded in the retaining wall of the Lee County Courthouse in Jonesville, Va.

Jones is also the author of In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone, which received the 2006 Willie Parker Peace History Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians. His 2011 book, Before They Were Heroes at King’s Mountain, also received a history book award, and he has served since 2007 as a member of the Road Scholars’ Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Following Jones’ presentation, the Maj.George Gibson attendees each purchased a copy of Trailing Daniel Boone. Jones will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Virginia State Regent’s Project, “Ferry Farm — George Washington’s Boyhood Home.”

The Maj. George Gibson Chapter members were honored to attend this Kentucky meeting.