Thank you to all the wonderful organizations and individuals that participated in the 2019 Veterans Shoe Box Drive. Eighteen hundred boxes were collected in total. In December, the boxes were distributed to Veterans at VA Hospitals in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Hot Springs.
The Veteran Shoe Box Drive is organized by the Little Rock-Centennial Chapter DAR and is sanctioned by the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Voluntary Services office. Chief of Voluntary Services, Mr. Micheal Dobbs, and staff coordinated the delivery of boxes to veterans. We were thrilled to have NSDAR Arkansas State Regent Junelle Mongno join us for the delivery. We were able to hand deliver some boxes to veterans at the VA and many were left for veteran patients on each floor of the VA hospitals. Little Rock-Centennial Chapter DAR prepared 145 shoe boxes for women veterans.
Thank you to Publishing Concepts Inc. in Little Rock for storing the boxes and publishing the shoe box flyer in the Life in Chenal Magazine. It was truly an honor to deliver boxes to veteran patients and thank them for their service. Thank a Veteran today and everyday.
The program for the December monthly meeting of the Little Rock-Centennial DAR Chapter was on the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower.
The guest speaker at this meeting was Mr. Elvon Lloyd. He is a member of the General Mayflower Society and the Arkansas Society of Mayflower Descendants. He has four ancestors that came over on the Mayflower. He is also a member of the New England Historical Genealogical Society.
Little Rock-Centennial Chapter, NSDAR had an Anniversary Tea at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock on Sunday November 17, 2019 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Little Rock Chapter and the 100th Anniversary of the Centennial Chapter.
The two chapters merged in 2000 to become the Little Rock-Centennial Chapter. As part of the celebration some Chapter members were reenactors dressed in period clothing depicting some of the early leaders of the chapters. Original chapter documents were also displayed on loan from the Arkansas State Archives.
We were thrilled to have other DAR chapters from Arkansas attend this event and share in the celebration with us, including State Regent Junelle Mongno and State Vice Regent Gretchen Magee.
The legacy of the two chapters lives on today supporting NSDAR through patriotism, education and historic preservation. The DAR Room in the Old State House Museum is a focal point in this historic building.
Please enjoy the pictures from the event contained in the slideshow below.
Little Rock-Centennial Chapter had a wonderful November monthly chapter meeting. Our guest speaker was Historian Josh Willams from Historic Washington State Park. He gave a great presentation on everything the park has to offer.
New member Linda Turner was installed and is pictured below with Chapter Regent Candy Roman, Membership Committee Chair Frances Weathersby, and Chaplin Betty Rogers Chaplin.
We also recognized a new transfer member, Elaine Hinson, who is pictured below with Chapter Regent Candy Roman.
For the 2019 DAR National Day Of Service, the Little-Rock Centennial Chapter prepared and wrapped 145 Veteran Shoe Boxes for the Veterans Shoe Box Project. Our chapter coordinates with the Voluntary Services Office at Central Arkansas VA Healthcare System on this special project. The boxes, along with many others that will be collected throughout the area, will be distributed by our chapter to veterans this December. We are honored to participate in this great project again this year, and look forward to many more years of participating.