Jones addresses KSDAR district meeting

Special to the Daily News

October 1, 2013

Kentucky Path Chapter, NSDAR hosted the Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution fourth district meeting on Sept. 20 at the Holiday Inn Express conference room, with guest speaker Randell Jones.

Jones spoke to the 47 attendees from KSDAR about his 2012 release, Trailing Daniel Boone, which received a Kentucky History Award from the Kentucky Historical Society. The book describes the marking of Daniel Boone’s Trail by the Daughters of the American Revolution in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky.

“Kentucky enjoys a remarkable reputation for its history. Our state is rich in stories about people, places, and events that set us apart from all other states. And we have been home to some notable Americans whose lives have become part of the fabric of America’s story. These are exemplary lives that many others have celebrated and acknowledged over the years. Today we will hear about one of those remarkable commemorations from the past—the marking of Daniel Boone’s Trail by the Daughters of the American Revolution 100 years ago. Daniel Boone is America’s pioneer hero, and his legacy was duly and dutifully recognized by the Daughters from 1912 to 1915. The trail-marking effort was a remarkable feat undertaken by a group of dedicated and stalwart women during a most interesting period of American history,” Jones remarked.

Randell Jones is a writer and storyteller. He is the author of In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone, which received the 2006 Willie Parker Peace History Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians. His 2011 book, Before They Heroes at King’s Mountain, also received a history book award, and he has served since 2007 as a member of the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council. He has made North Carolina his home for the last 28 years since graduating from the MBA program at UNC-Chapel Hill. He now lives in Winston-Salem with his wife. He has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

The district meeting opened with Karen Potter-Hughes, Kentucky Path Regent, welcoming Barbara G. Zink, KSDAR state regent; Linda Closson, honorary state regent; Marsha Banks, state chaplain; Mary Jo Gibson, fourth district director; Nancy Britton, regent of the Maj. George Gibson Chapter, Rose Hill, Va. and her chapter members; and chapter regents and members from nine chapters across southeastern Kentucky.

Potter-Hughes and Marsha Bratton, Kentucky Path registrar, led the assembly in the DAR Ritual, the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag, the American Creed and the Preamble to the Constitution.

Greetings were brought by Zink and Gibson. A delicious luncheon was catered by Debbie Fugate from Debbie’s Kitchen in Virginia. The meeting concluded with a drawing for door prizes, donated by Kentucky Path members.