PB-John McAlmont DAR holds Christmas brunch

The Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met recently for a Christmas Brunch in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church at Pine Bluff.

The delicious brunch was catered by Zelda Hoaglan. KarLynn Roberts gave the invocation.

Norma Caldwell, regent, called the meeting to order, opening with the DAR Ritual assisted by chaplain Roberts. The Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag was led by Susan Railsback. MarJo Dill led the American’s Creed and Sue Smith accompanied on the piano the singing of the National Anthem. Linda Schultz led the salute to the Arkansas Flag.

Helen Campbell, program chair, introduced Col. Hal Lovett, retired U.S. Army, as the guest speaker for the event.

Lovett’s father was a career Naval Officer, so he lived all over the United States growing up. Lovett was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in August 1970. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Regents College and a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Army War College.

Lovett’s command assignments included platoon leader, company commander and battalion commander. His duty assignments included numerous states in the United States, South Korea, Southwest Asia, Germany, Belgium, Alaska, and he was the inspector general for Puerto Rico. He retired from the regular Army in 1996 as a full colonel after 26 years of service.

In his retirement years, Lovett served as adjunct professor at Phillips College of the University of Arkansas in Stuttgart and DeWitt for 10 years. He has also worked as a corporate consultant in business management, supervisory management and industrial safety for the last 10 years.

Lovett’s wife is the former Sherry Bracewell, originally from Almyra. They have a son, Zack, now 37, who has a wife and four children and live in Little Rock. Their daughter, Allison, now 34, also lives in Little Rock.

Lovett talked about “The Valley of Freedom” and all those present sat on the edge of their chairs soaking up his inspiring delivery. He strongly urged all to value the freedoms we have in this country because they are to be found nowhere else in the world. He encouraged the group to start speaking out about how fragile our freedoms are becoming and the danger of their being lost if they are not safe guarded.

Sharon Wyatt, treasurer, presented the financial report. Sandra Poore, vice regent gave the flag minute. Smith gave a report on the Women’s Issues Committee and Virginia Haertlein was complimented on how beautiful the decorations were for the meeting.

Hostesses for the meeting were Haertlein, DiAnn Jones, Campbell, Dill, Jane Lucky, Jeanette McGrew, Edie Gill, Dabney Rich and Rosalee Scott.

Roberts gave the benediction and the meeting was adjourned.