The Maj. George Gibson chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was represented by Linda Lawson and Charlotte Brooks at the District IV Regent’s Club meeting at the Food City Community Room in Bristol on April 8.
The meeting was called to order by President Elinor Farmer, of the Count Pulaski chapter. During the opening ritual, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bobbie Jo Wampler, the American’s Creed was led by Rose Lester and the National Anthem was led by Donna Thornton.
Chaplain Barbara Hale gave the devotional. President Farmer welcomed everyone and made several introductions. Secretary Linda Lawson, of the Maj. George Gibson chapter, called the roll of the chapters. There were 34 members and four guests present.
Dr. Stewart Harris, law professor at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, was the guest speaker. He gave a very interesting and enlightening talk about the life and times of Patrick Henry. Patrick Henry was the first elected governor of Virginia. Dr. Harris also has a weekly radio program on the U.S. Constitution, “Your Weekly Constitution.”
Mattie Clear was the winner of the District IV DAR Good Citizen. She is a senior at Chilhowie High School and was sponsored by the Royal Oak Chapter, NSDAR. Mattie read her winning essay for the group. Mattie is very active in school activities as well as community activities. Mattie hopes to attend either the College of William and Mary or the University of Virginia where she plans to major in psychology and biology.
During the business session, the minutes were presented by Linda Lawson, secretary, and approved as written. Mary Conner, treasurer then presented the treasurer’s report which was also approved as printed.
Items of new business included reports from Kathy McClelland, District IV director, and Patricia Hatfield, NSDAR vice president general and honorary state regent. McClelland told the group State Regent Virginia S. Storage has asked that each chapter plant a pink dogwood during the year.
She also presented useful information about the Fall Forum that will be held Sept. 19-20 in Roanoke. At this time there will be several workshops of interest on a variety of subjects for members to attend. Each lady gave useful information about their activities.
Chapter regents or their representative gave a report on each chapter’s activities for this year. Some activities were: Work with and for the veterans and veterans hospitals, care boxes for active duty military personnel especially women, clipping coupons for military families, Flag Day programs and ceremonies, support for the DAR schools, essay contests, plus many more projects.
The group enjoyed a luncheon catered by Food City. Grace was given by Chaplain Barbara Hale.
Several announcements were made and the next meeting for the District IV Regent’s Club will be Aug. 26 at the Food City Community Room in Bristol. At this time there will be a memorial service to honor deceased members of the Regent’s Club.
The meeting was then adjourned with the benediction given by the Chaplain Barbara Hale.