PB-John McAlmont DAR announces essay, scholarship winners at meeting

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

Norma Caldwell, regent, called the meeting to order with the DAR Ritual assisted by KarLynn Roberts, chaplain. The Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag was led by Cary Swanson. The American’s Creed was led by Eva Marie Pearson. The group sang the National Anthem and Joannye Crabb led the salute to the Arkansas Flag.

Lela Murray presented the National Defense Report.

Helen Campbell, program chair, introduced Donna Davis, DAR member, who was the speaker for the “Will You Be My Valentine?” event. Legend has it that Charles, Duke of Orleans, sent the first real valentine card to his wife in 1415, when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. He, however, was not beheaded, and died a half century later of old age.

There was a conventional belief in Europe during the Middle Ages that Valentine’s Day be dedicated to love, and people observed it by writing love letters and sending small gifts to their beloved. Several posters and albums of old valentines were displayed across the front of the room.

Greeters for the event were Betty Coles, Barbara Owen, Linda McNulty, Jaille McNulty, Betty Gannan, Ann Clark, Susan Brown and Denise Gray.

The American History Committee composed of Claire Holmes, Murray and Sheila Mitchell reported that winners of the DAR essay contest were Breanna Pennington, first-place, and Clay Woodyard, most creative essay.

Coles, SEARK scholarship chair, reported that Donna Hankins was this year’s scholarship winner.

Delegates for the July district meeting in Stuttgart were elected and they include Caldwell, Campbell, Roberts and Melissa Poe.

Roberts gave the benediction and the meeting was adjourned.