PB-John McAlmont DAR holds meeting at Country Club


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

Regent Norma Caldwell called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m., opening with the DAR Ritual assisted by Chaplain Kar Lynn Roberts. The Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag was led by Helen Campbell. Claire Holmes led the American’s Creed. Teri Bethge led the singing of the National Anthem. Shelia Mitchell led the salute to the Arkansas flag. Sandra Poore displayed the new Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter flag.

Helen Campbell, program chairman, introduced Jim Bacon, who presented the program entitled “A View of Areas of our National Defense.”

Bacon retired form the Department of Defense in 2002 after 42 years of military, civilian engineering, supervisory and senior executive management, beginning at the Pine Bluff Arsenal in 1960 and retiring in 2002 at the Pentagon and Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. His local volunteer affiliations have included president of the United Way of Southeast Arkansas Board of Directors, 4-H Foundation of Jefferson County Board of Directors, Southeast Arkansas Chapter of American Red Cross and Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff. He retired in 2012 as pastor of Center Grove United Methodist Church at Sheridan. He is married to Diane Winans Bacon and has one daughter, Dr. Lori Bacon.

Poore gave the flag minute, asking everyone to display the flag at their homes.

Bethge presented the changes to the bylaws from the combining of the Pine Bluff and John McAlmont chapter. The Pine Bluff-John McAlmont Chapter start date is April 14, 2012. A motion for the adoption of the bylaws was made by committee chairman and a vote approved the bylaws.

Committee reports were given:

• Membership report by Jeanette McGrew, setting a membership goal of 175 members.

• American History by Claire Holmes, wants to honor a woman from this town, area, or state who is outstanding as far as American history. Sue Smith give a report on women’s issues, working on a pending project.

Caldwell recognized Mary Dotson for her outstanding committee work. She also announced that the November meeting will be in honor of Arkansas State Regent, JoAnn Cooper.

Poore introduced her guest, Phyllis Tucker from Rison, and Roberts introduced her guest, Dr. Elizabeth Ferguson.

Roberts gave the benediction and the meeting was adjourned.