BY: Brenda Cunningham
The first event that five members of the James K Polk Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, recently attended was the 16th Annual George Washington Birthday Observation and Luncheon held on February 20, 2020, at the Hot Springs Country Club. Twenty four Colonial Organization were represented at this annual event, some of which include The Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, National Society United States Daughters of 1812, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, General Society of Mayflower Descendants and Society of the Decedents of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge, just to name a few. Dr. Terry Carter, Associate Dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies at Ouachita Baptist University delivered an intriguing speech on “George Washington’s Religious Beliefs”.
George and Martha Washington, Charles and Pat McLemore, formerly of Mena, but now of Mt. Ida, took time from their busy schedule to visit with the DAR group.
Their second event the Mena DAR attended was a George Washington Tea given by the Diamond DAR Chapter in Ashdown on February 22. The entertainment for the tea was bagpipe music and a “visit by George Washington” who had a lot to say about how the government should to be run. He had led the new nation to victory in York Town, and presided over the Continental Congress to make sure the Constitution was written and ratified. He reminded everyone that without the U. S. Constitution, we would have no country…NO United States of America. Attending were Leighanna Guillet, First Vice Regent and Regent, Cortez James Copher
From left to right: “Maratha Washington”, Pat McLemore, “George Washington”, Charles McLemore,
along with DAR members: Brenda Cunningham, Jane Simmons, Era Looney, Shelly Collins and Ann Garrett.
Leighanna Guillet with her aunt, Cortez James Copher.
“George Washington” being played by Josh Morris, Texas District Judge.
Bagpipe entertainer, Dr. George English M.D., Texarkana.