The Maj. George Gibson Chapter NSDAR met Oct. 24. Fay Ramsey hosted the meeting at the Virginia home of Agnes Marcum. Past Regent Charlotte Brooks called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone. The group participated in the DAR Ritual and traditional opening exercises.
Chaplain Manerva Watson based devotion on “Putting Love First,” taken from Colossians 3:12-14. She read the Apostle Paul’s list of things our spiritual wardrobe should include: tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, and long-suffering. Above all, “put on love”; without love, we are never fully dressed. The devotion ended with a prayer and a blessing for the meal.
The meeting was temporarily recessed following the devotion for fellowship and the many delicious foods prepared and served by Hostess Ramsey and Co-hostess Marcum. Ramsey gave the American Heritage Minute by talking about the blue canning jars she used as table decorations.
Marcum read from the DAR President General’s October 2015 online message that the 125th anniversary of the founding is finally here. We are truly the beneficiaries of the founders’ incredible vision and have evolved into the world’s largest patriotic lineage society. The President General reported that members have reached 10 million volunteer hours; she hopes to reach 12.5 million by the end of this year. Marcum gave everyone a 125th anniversary commemorative pen, compliments of the Kentucky Path Chapter of Middlesboro.
For the Conservation Minute, Carol Rowlett reminded everyone to take down their hummingbird feeders and wash them in Clorox water. Rowlett also said she has 600 volunteer hours to report this year, all of which involved wildlife rehabilitation.
Joy Burchett read from the National Defender that Veterans Day is an opportunity to educate youth, giving several examples of patriotic activities. The chapter was invited to help with the Veterans Day program at Jonesville Middle School on Nov. 11. Sharon Harrell brought flags for members to place on veterans’ graves.
Fay Ramsey gave the Flag Minute by reading that DAR promotes and encourages a strong patriotic feeling and respect for the flag of the United States of America.
For the Indian Minute, Agnes Marcum tested members’ knowledge of some Indian facts. Marcum’s DAR School Minute included a brief history of Tamassee, the first DAR school.
As part of the Sunshine Minute, Joy Burchett mentioned that member Judy Hansard and her husband, Roger, have recently been approached by the North American Mission Board to become official missionaries. They were already involved in Regional Education Center Ministries which serves the Tazewell, Tennessee area.
Charlotte Brooks announced that the chapter received two certificates at the recent district meeting. The Celebrate America! Committee recognized the Maj. George Gibson Chapter for Serving Its Community. The second was a citation by NSDAR for outstanding accomplishments in Attaining Chapter Achievement Award Level 2- 2014.
Brooks gave the Women’s Issues Minute, stating that “Step It Up” is the Surgeon General’s call to action to get everyone to start walking for good health.
Members are once again participating in the Lee County School System’s plastic bag recycling project. Several bags were brought to the meeting.
Joy Burchett gave a program on “Defending Our Nation.”
Other chapter members in attendance at the meeting were Irene Hargraves, Rebecca (Becky) Jones, Linda Lawson, and Augusta Sinon. Also present was Myra Richardson, a member of the Kentucky Path Chapter.
The Thanksgiving Luncheon will take place on Nov. 14 and the Christmas Tea on Dec. 12.
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