BY MELANIE BUCK –
James K. Polk Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution hosted guest speaker Bonnie Lyda at their monthly meeting on March 18. Lyda gave the history of military background in her family, going back several generations. Lyda has traced her family military history back to her great (times 6) grandfather, Samuel Campbell Clegg, who fought in the American Revolution and died being hung as a ‘tory’ in 1779.
Other happenings in the meeting included Kathy Hagler being inducted as the 1st Vice Regent for the chapter and the Chapter receiving awards from the Arkansas State DAR. Those awards received were for the Chapter’s work in the Celebrate America Project and also a Chapter Achievement, Level 1 for Outstanding Accomplishments.
On March 19-21, Regent Dotty Kinnon, First Vice Regent Kathy Hagler, and Secretary Era Looney, from the James K. Polk Chapter, DAR, attended the Arkansas Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference in Little Rock. The conference consisted of workshops, guest speakers, and special recognition for local teacher, Reggie Fryar.
The first speaker was doctor and author, Sam Taggart, with “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back,” a history of medicine in Arkansas. Part of his lecture included the importance of women in Arkansas medicine. The second speaker was, author, actress, play-write, and doctor, Dr. Nancy Hendricks, who presented a program in character, on Senator Hattie Caraway, who was first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate; and she was from Arkansas. The final speaker was Cliff Hudson, a retired Marine Sargent and member of the Arkansas Freedom Fund, who spoke of his battle experiences and the importance of the Arkansas Freedom Fund.
Fryar was awarded the DAR History Teacher of the Year Award. He was one of only five finalists for the honorable award. During his comments after the presentation, Fryar described some of his teaching techniques, spoke of the teachers who influenced him, and thanked his wife and family for their support.