BY MELANIE BUCK –
“Thanks to the folks of Polk County, the James K. Polk Chapter, NSDAR, was able to turn in 318 letters for active duty military personnel and I’m proud to announce that we broke the record,” said local DAR First Vice Regent, Kathy Haglar. The letters from Polk County were added to letters from other chapters across the United States at their annual Continental Congress for a grand total of 100,904 letters. The DAR now holds the world record for the most letters collected in one month for military personnel.
It was also announced at Continental Congress that the ladies of the NSDAR contributed over 14 million volunteer hours to their communities, over and above their DAR hours, in the last three years. “We also added 31,577 new members and 2,274 new Patriots were identified. And our new State Regent, Jerrie Townsend, was ‘sashed,’” Haglar said.
In local DAR news, four members and one perspective member from the James K. Polk chapter recently attended the Cossatot District meeting. The new District officers were introduced, and the chapter was recognized for bringing the most letters for the record attempt, within their district. State Regent Elect, Jerrie Townsend, also announced her project, the DAR Room at the Old State House in Little Rock.
If you would like more info about the DAR, or if you’re interested in joining, please call Kathy Hagler, First Vice Regent, at 870-389-6750.