Helen Riden, chapter regent, led the DAR ritual with Rinehart Lackey reciting the Chaplain’s Response. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag, the pledge to the Tennessee Flag, the American’s Creed, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Daughters’ pledge to the flag and the singing of the National Anthem.
Katy Tippens, vice regent, introduced Robin Ramsey who spoke on “Herbs and Bouquets of Early America.” Ramsey works at the University of Tennessee Extension office and is a master gardener.
She demonstrated how to make a Tussie Mussie flower bouquet. Tussie Mussies are small arrangements of flowers and herbs that convey a special message. The color of a flower has a special meaning — for instance, white generally means innocence and purity. The type of flower also has meaning — ivy stands for fidelity and friendship. Ramsey concluded by saying flowers have always been an important part of American society — from the founding of our nation to today.
Riden presented Gail Williams with a Past Regent pin for her dedicated service.
Mildred Maupin presented the National Defense report which addressed the voting laws concerning military service personnel overseas. Leigh Ann Boyd read the minutes from the September meeting. Linda Foster gave the treasurer’s report.
Regent Riden reminded the members to collect box tops for the DAR schools. She announced that gifts for Veterans will be collected at the November meeting to be delivered to the VA home in Murfreesboro.
Mary Margaret Stamper and Harriett Caldwell promoted Constitution Week by submitting a press release to the paper and creating a display in the window at Stampers. Dietrich presented the report on American Indians and discussed the history of the Cherokee Chieftain in Cleveland.
The next meeting will be held at the Elks Lodge on Nov. 5.