Little Rock-Centennial Chapter had a great monthly meeting in October. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and our guest speaker was Dorcas VanGilst, Executive Director of Dorcas House in Little Rock. Dorcas House has Domestic Violence Programs and Drug and Alcohol Recovery Programs, and is part of the Union Rescue Mission.
There were also three new members installed into our chapter. Welcome ladies!
Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock is a historic landmark, and it was an honor for some members of the Little Rock Centennial Chapter to participate in placing flags all through the cemetery Memorial Day weekend. The flags will remain until after July 4th to honor all men and women veterans buried at Mount Holly. Mount Holly has 500 veterans from all American wars from the Revolutionary War to the first Iraqi war.
Little Rock Centennial Chapter had a wonderful May Luncheon and awards presentation for our monthly meeting. It was such an honor to have Arkansas State Regent Junelle Mongno as our guest speaker today. Awards were given to Micheal Dobbs, Chief of VA Voluntary Services, and PCI Company for their work on the Veterans Shoe Box Project. Awards were also given to our chapter members celebrating the number of years they have been a member of DAR. It was wonderful to also have members of the Gilbert Marshall DAR Chapter and Major Jacob Gray DAR Chapter attend today.
We had a great meeting this month at Ferncliff in Little Rock. The program was about the Ferncliff Nature School with guest speakers Rachel Parker, Director and Lead Teacher, and Jenny Higgins, Lead Teacher.
Their mission is to provide quality child centered education while strengthening the child’s connection with the natural world through daily immersion and discovery in nature. The program provides a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum with an emphasis on a child’s connection with nature. The program follows the forest kindergarten model and is “child lead” with teachers acting as facilitators for learning. They spend 75% of day immersed in the natural environment that surrounds the school, rain or shine.
The Little Rock Centennial Chapter had the honor and privilege to attend the 2019 Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony at the Eugene Towbin Healthcare Center at Ft. Roots VA in North Little Rock. Members enjoyed greeting everyone, visiting with the veterans, and serving food and drinks after the ceremony.
Many members of our chapter also attended and participated in the Arkansas State Conference March 21-23, 2019 in Little Rock.
A few members attended the luncheon on Friday, March 22 where two of our members, Stephanie Haught Wade and Taylor Newkirk, were recognized for completing the New Members Course.
Some of our members also attended the formal dinner Friday evening. We had a wonderful time visiting with our DAR sisters from all over Arkansas, and can’t wait until next year’s state conference.
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