The Captain David Philips Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution met Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Gafford Chapel United Methodist Church on State Highway 11 with Regent Marynell Bryant presiding. After Regent Bryant called the meeting to order, the opening ritual was held which included the Pledge to the United States Flag and the Pledge to the Texas Flag, and the reciting of the American’s Creed. Chaplain Gail Boles offered “Why We Should Pray for Our Nation” and scripture for the inspirational moment.
Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom presented a Proclamation to the group honoring Uncle Sam Day Sept. 13 and Star Spangled Banner Day Sept. 14. The group expressed their appreciation to Newsom for his encouragement for being involved in the community. Newsom also stressed the importance for everyone to vote in the upcoming election.
Associate member Charlotte Abbott presented the National Defense Report which was taken from the July/August National Defender. The “American Women’s Voluntary Services (AWVS) was the largest women’s service organization in the United States during World War II. The organization was formed to support the armed forces and civilians on the home front. Joan Crawford, Hattie McDaniel and Jeanette MacDonald were among the Hollywood contingent serving in the AWVS,” the article read.
The minutes from the February meeting were presented by Secretary Barbara Cockrum. There being no additions or corrections, the minutes were approved as read. Treasurer Debra Wood presented the treasurer’s report, stating a balance of $2,805.36. Wood also presented the proposed budget for the year. A motion was made by Michelle Arnold and seconded by Registrar Sandy Boyd to accept this budget. The motion passed and was adopted. Dues were collected and yearbooks distributed.
Boyd reported that paper work has begun on Kay Kennedy’s daughters and also Martha Ivie’s. Guest Twonette Evans is beginning the application process. It was also announced that Sharon Gafford Ritz from Tennessee is an associate member. Various reports were
Various reports were given by various chairmen. Commemorative Events Chairman Jan Kimmel reminded the group of the Day of Encouragement is Sept. 12; Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23; andColumbus Day and Election Day on Nov. 3.
Constitution Week Chairman Gail Boles will set up a display at the Sulphur Springs Public Library, 611 North Davis St., and items were collected for the display.
Veterans Chairman Cockrum advised that due to the COVID outbreak, there were limited items to be donated to the Veterans’ Hospital in Bonham. Those items will be collected at the November meeting.
Lynda Bynum requests everyone record hours of Service to America and the day of service in October was discussed as to what the chapter could do. Abbott is serving as Insignia chairman and is willing to answer any questions.
Refreshments were served by hostesses Bryant and Laurie Lewis to members Elner Pettit, Michelle Arnold, Patsy Bolton, Wood, Elda Mitchell, Sandy Noe, Glenna Haynes, Kimmel, Kennedy, Laurie Lewis, Boles, Cockrum, associate member Abbott and guests Newsom, Makayla Moreland, Ivie and Twonette Evans.
The next meeting will be Nov. 14 with guest Dena Loyd, bringing the program on Wreaths Across America. Hostesses will be Wood and Cockrum.
Bryant presented Kennedy with a rose, welcoming her as a new member of the chapter.
—Submitted by Barbara Cockrum