DAR celebrates signing of the American Constitution


The Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met recently for a luncheon at Pine Bluff Country Club.

Norma Caldwell, regent, called the meeting to order with the DAR Ritual assisted by chaplain KarLynn Roberts. The Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag was led by Sue Smith. Melissa Poe led the American’s Creed and Teri Bethge led the singing of the National Anthem. Margaret Dawson led the salute to the Arkansas Flag. Roberts gave the invocation before lunch was served.

Sheila Moore Mitchell was the special speaker for the event. ‘North Carolina ‘Firsts’ and The American Revolution: What Textbooks Don’t Mention” was her topic. Mitchell addressed her subject as her husband, George Mitchell, assisted with the Power Point equipment.

Mitchell is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School and Mississippi University for Women. She did graduate work at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico and the University of Madrid, Spain. She taught school in Gulfport and Jackson, Miss., before returning to Pine Bluff High School, where she taught Spanish, western civilization and American history. She also taught Spanish at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas College. After retirement she filled in for 10 years teaching Spanish where there was a need — Oak Park Elementary, St. Joseph’s Catholic and White Hall Junior High.

Mitchell belongs to the Jefferson County Genealogical Society, The Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of 1812, Arkansas Pioneers, The Order of Charlemagne, The Dames and Barons of the Magna Charta as well as first families organizations of several states in New England and the South where her ancestors settled.

Donna Davis gave a report on a new DAR project, “Celebrate America.” The National DAR president general is requesting DAR chapters across the United States of America to commit to 1 million hours of volunteer service during this new year. Davis is the chair of this new project. Hours are reported to Davis each month.

The Flag Minute was given by Sandra Poore, vice regent. Sharon Wyatt, treasurer, presented the budget for the new year. Budget was approved. Janelle Powell was approved for reinstatement to the Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter DAR.

Caldwell announced that National Vice President General Sue Thompson from Fayetteville would be presenting a workshop on development and revitalization for the Pine Bluff- John McAlmont Chapter. All other chapters in the Wataseka District were invited to attend the event.

The regent announced that the Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter would serve refreshments to a group of 100 Wounded Warrior’s adaptive Bike Riders from the Clinton Presidential Library to the turnaround place at Plantation Museum at Scott.

Roberts reminded the DAR chapter about U.S. Constitution Week and that a celebration would be held at the end of the meeting by having cake and coffee. Roberts supplied a cake especially decorated commemorating the 226th year celebration of the signing of the American Constitution. She presented some interesting facts about the Constitution to the group before adjourning the meeting with the benediction.