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Programs and special events for the new 2013 and 2014 year for Pike County Chapter NSDA began at the Sept. 4 meeting at First Presbyterian Church in Louisiana. Chapter Regent Louise Sitton welcomed the members and a guest, Lois Stark.
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution also begins a new three-year term led by President General Lynn Forney Young. She was installed at the recent Continental Congress held at the end of June in Washington, D.C. Sitton read Young’s message to the members.
Chapter Treasurer Anne Keller attended the Washington meeting and described many of the events including the installation of officers. Membership in the patriotic organization continues to grow with new members in 2012 being the largest increase since 1977.
Leigh Keno, well-known antiques expert and Antiques Roadshow personality, gave the opening night address and was later presented with the NSDAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award for his commitment to preserving American decorative arts.
Comedian Rich Little received the Americanism Medal, musician Don Henley of the Eagles received the Conservation Medal for work on the Walden Woods project and the Caddo Lake Institute in Texas and singer Connie Stevens was honored with the Founders Medal for Patriotism for her service to veterans and work with American Indians.
Regent Sitton announced that the chapter received several state awards: Literacy Promotion, American Indians Projects. Tammassee DAR School Boarding Scholarship, first place winner in the seventh grade American History essay contest, and MSSDAR Honor Roll Level 1.
Secretary Marilyn Johnson told of the establishment of Patriot Day as a holiday in memory of the nearly 3,000 people who died during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America and the heroes who responded. She read a tribute to honor the victims and to remind members of our individual freedoms and rights.
The chapter will join in the campaign to nominate John Brooks Henderson to be inducted in the Hall of Famous Missourians. Johnson presented the history of Henderson’s political career, saying that he was co-author of the 13th Amendment and cited other reasons that he should be honored. Each member will also send in a nomination.
Plans were made to attend the Northeast District meeting in Kirksville on Sept. 26. The regent will report on last year’s activities and plans for 2013 and 2014. Yearbooks were distributed to those present and will be mailed to out of town members.
The next meeting of the chapter will be Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. at the church. The 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam will be observed with Karl Dewey, a Vietnam veteran, speaking to the group. Gift bags will be made to be distributed to veterans in the area on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.