Battle of the Bands, Fun Zone for Kids, gospel music, motorcycle show and many more special events fill the schedule for Louisiana’s Bicentennial Celebration as described by Celebration Committee member Michelle Niedner at the October 4 meeting of Pike County Chapter NSDAR.
The wife of Louisiana’s Mayor Bart Niedner, she also extended an invitation to the Mayor’s Ball to be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Masonic Temple.
The chapter plans to perform a flag-burning ceremony on July 4 as a part of that day’s activities, which include a lighted boat parade and fireworks.
Niedner also told of fund-raising plans for a Holiday Home tour in December and said t-shirts and several wooden memento items are for sale.
All are welcome at the Bicentennial Committee meetings which are held every other week at Louisiana’s American Legion Hall on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. beginning October 11.
Vice-Regent Louise Sitton presided during the business meeting, assisted by Chaplain Lois Stark, Secretary Marilyn Johnson and Treasurer Sandy Niemeyer.
The chapter is again sponsoring the DAR Good Citizens contest at Louisiana and Clopton High Schools. The National DAR Day of Service was October 12 and members worked at the Louisiana Food Pantry and donated food items.
On Veterans Day, November 11, the Missouri Black Gum tree planted at Veterans Park in Louisiana will be replaced with a brief rededication ceremony at 9 a.m.
The chapter will honor local Vietnam veteran Porter Elliott as Patriot of the Month for the Missouri State Society DAR. Another chapter veteran’s project will be raising funds to pay for a companion’s trip with an Honor Flight participant from this area.
Two items were donated for a booth at the Colorfest, an afghan and a framed patriotic picture, with members selling tickets. The booth will be located near the Louisiana Area Historical Museum.
The Museum is being honored by the chapter with a Community Service Award from NSDAR recognizing the importance of their recently developed children’s program and activities.
The plaque and medal will be presented to the Board on Sunday, October 22 at 8:30 a.m. at the museum. The public is welcome to attend.
Community Classroom chairman Liz Wallace announced that a representative of Junior Achievement would be at the chapter’s November 1 meeting at 2 p.m. to provide instructions for the sessions taught by DAR members at Louisiana Middle School beginning the end of January. Those interested in genealogy and/or DAR will be welcome.