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Patricia West, Regent of the Missouri State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, was the guest speaker at the annual area Flag Day luncheon held in Louisiana on June 14.
Pike County Chapter hosted the meeting held at First Presbyterian Church with Louisiana Flowers & Gifts catering the meal. The flag of the United States of America was presented by Louisiana Girl Scouts, who led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by repeating of the Daughters Pledge to the flag. The blessing for lunch was given by Marilyn Johnson, Pike County chapter recording secretary.
Anne Keller, Honorary State Regent and Pike County Chapter Registrar, introduced Susan Miller of Memphis, the MSSDAR Northeast district director and welcomed members of the following chapters; Bowling Green, Dorothy Quincy Chapter of Quincy, Ill., Hannibal Heritage, James Monroe Chapter of Paris, St. Charles Chapter and Susanna Randolph Chapter of Vandalia.
Each Chapter Regent introduced the members present from their group. Pike County Regent Louise Sitton introduced guests Lois Stark, Betty Allen and Linda Harmon, and member Cindy Blaylock. Regrets were received from several state officers.
Sitton announced that Lucas Strieker, a BONCL student, had been awarded first place in the state American History Essay contest and second place in the South Central Division contest. We were sorry he could not be present to read the essay.
State Regent West spoke of the outstanding accomplishments of this administration. She encouraged continued support of the DAR schools and the new Missouri Scholarship for Veterans.
Many projects have been completed for the maintenance and improvement of the MSSDAR State Headquarters in Boonville. The theme for her 2012-2014 administration is “Missouri Daughters STAR in historic preservation, education, and patriotism.” and she congratulated the chapters on being STARS this past year.
Joy Davis, of Susannah Randolph Chapter, invited the area chapters to meet in Vandalia on Flag Day 2014. A drawing was held for several patriotic door prizes. Tables were decorated in the patriotic theme and with red, white and blue stars. A display created by Sue Warzocha highlighted the Missouri State Flag and the story of the woman who designed the flag.