The newly merged Pine Bluff- John McAlmont Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met recently in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff.
Regent Norma Caldwell opened the luncheon meeting with the DAR ritual, accompanied by the chaplain, KarLynn Roberts. Joannye Crabb led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag and Betty Coles led the American’s Creed. Teri Bethge led the singing of the National Anthem and Susan Railsback led the salute to the Arkansas flag.
Yvonne Humphrey, tax assessor for Jefferson County, presented a proclamation from Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb in observance of Sept. 17, 2012, as the 225th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America and marking Sept. 17-23, 2012, as Constitution Week.
After the potluck salad luncheon, a proclamation from Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr., was read by Caldwell proclaiming September 17-23, 2012, as Constitution Week in Pine Bluff.
Sandra Poore, vice regent, introduced the special guest speaker in the absence of program chairman, Helen Campbell.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ed Monk, co-owns and operates Last Resort Firearms Training just north of White Hall. He is also a part-time White Hall police officer. In 2007, Monk retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel and battalion commander after 24 years of active duty in the U.S., Europe and Iraq. Immediately after his Army retirement, he taught U.S. government and U.S. history at the high school level for four years and was a deputy sheriff in Kentucky. He has been a professional firearms instructor in Ohio, Kentucky, and now Arkansas. Monk has a bachelor of science in U.S. history from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master of science in education from Kansas State University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Monk presented a very in-depth and informative program on the history of the Constitution of the United States.
The regent reported that she, Roberts and Sue Smith had placed 200 copies of “I will Read The Constitution” Proclamation in schools for students and their parents to sign. They were to return the proclamations to their teachers as a witness to the signing.
In a brief period of business, Betty Coles, chair of the Nominating Committee, presented four officers to be elected by acclamation — Brenda Doucey, second vice regent; Sharon Wyatt, treasurer; Susan Brown, corresponding secretary; and Jennifer Lowrey, librarian.
Donna Davis gave the treasurer’s report and copies of the proposed budget for 201-2013 were handed out. A recommendation that the budget be adopted was approved.
The Flag Minute was presented by Poore and copies of bylaws for the newly merged chapter were handed out to members. Those who had worked on the bylaws during the summer months were Bethge, Wyatt, Smith and Railsback.
Doucey and Poore were thanked for the neat, professional look and accurate information contained in the 2012-2013 yearbooks.
The meeting was adjourned until Oct. 16 when Jim Bacon will be the speaker. Bacon spent many years at Pine Bluff Arsenal where he became the senior civilian officer. He was then promoted to Washington where he was in charge of chemical destruction for the entire U.S. military.