by: Cortez Copher, Regent James K. Polk Chapter, NSDAR
After many months of searching her lineage back to an American Revolutionary War Patriot, Brenda Cunningham finally found the proof she needed for DAR membership. Both Brenda and her daughter, Amanda, became members of the James K. Polk Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution last October. Brenda helped the DAR Executive Board in October by making calls, mailing out DAR letters, delivering Constitution Books to Mena Middle School, and assisting in an interview with the James K. Polk Outstanding American History nomination. Brenda also planned a group service project helping residents paint pumpkins, and later helped judge Halloween costumes at the Peachtree Assisted Living.
For November, Brenda helped decorate the DAR first place winning float for the Veterans Day Parade, attended the Elks Lodge Veterans Memorial Service, helped put out flags for veterans in Whiteoak Cemetery, assisted the VFW Auxiliary place wreaths on veterans graves, and attended a meeting in Hot springs to help plan and make decorations for the DAR State Convention in March.
In December, she helped with packing Christmas gift bags for veterans in Mena, delivering of hats, gloves, and blankets to the Mena Veterans Clinic, and making decorations for the Mena James K. Polk Chapter 10th Year Anniversary Celebration December 12.
The James K. Polk Chapter appreciates Brenda and are lucky to have her as a member of our organization. Both Brenda and her husband, Dennis Cunningham are retired Mena teachers.