The James K. Polk Chapter NSDAR honored women veterans at their Eighth
Annual Heritage Tea, Saturday afternoon, April 13, at the First United Methodist Church. Although there were many cancellations due to the weather, a total of 40 attended. Among these were 4 Arkansas State DAR officers, 4 out-of-area DAR members, 21 James K. Polk members and prospective members, and 9 lady veterans. The intent of the Heritage tea was to celebrate their heritage as Americans and members of the D.A.R.
Cortez Copher, Regent of the James K. Polk Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, welcomed everyone to the Heritage Tea including the attending women veterans. Following the theme of the Arkansas State Regent, Junelle Mongno, “Shining A Light on Women Veterans,” Cortez led the lighting of candles throughout the room, and asked everyone to thank the women veterans at their table for their service to the United States of America. Each lady veteran was introduced and asked to give a summary of her service. Dotty Kinnun served as mistress of ceremonies, Jane Simmons as chaplain, and Ann Garrett led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America. Mena’s own talented “Ouachita Strings,” led by Merribeth Christopher, played beautiful music for the occasion.
The speaker was Arkansas State Regent, Junelle Mongno, herself a U.S. Air Force lady veteran. Her presentation was “Celebrating Women Throughout Our American History Who Have Sacrificed for American Freedom.” The other lady veterans were: Lori Jarrett, US Air Force; Linda Johnson, US Air Force; Mary Meier, US Air Force; Rosanne Rob, US Air Force; Denie Westphal, US Navy; Sandy Wiggins, US Army; and the two James K. Polk DAR lady veterans, Mary Dixon, US Army; and Carroll Wilson, US Navy.
The James K. Polk Chapter will be celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary next December. Anyone interested in membership in the DAR may email Registrar Dotty Kinnun (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Regent Corkie Copher (email@example.com).