BY JACLYN ROSE –
Saturday, January 31, 2015, members and prospective members of the James K. Polk Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual Heritage Tea at Mena Mountain Resort. Honored guests were Mena Police Department Officers, Mena Fire Department Firefighters, Polk County Sheriff Department Officers, Polk County Rural Fire Department Firefighters, and Emergency Medical Technicians of Southwest EMS and Liberty EMS.
Presiding over the event was chapter regent Dorothy Kinnun. Giving greetings to members and their honored guests was Mena Mayor George McKee. Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison was guest speaker. Also present were State Regent Mary H. Deere, of Benton, and other officers of the Arkansas Society DAR and the Caddo District.
The tradition of hosting an annual Heritage Tea began in 2011. Others honored in previous years included descendants of members of the original DAR chapter in Polk County, as well as Polk County Retired Teachers and Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Society members.