Summer Cereal Drive

Little Rock-Centennial Chapter members participated in the Summer Cereal Drive for the Arkansas Food Bank in Little Rock, Arkansas. Today chapter members Angie Dennis,  Regent; Kathy Balkman, Registrar; and Ellen Cook, Treasurer; dropped off fifty-four boxes of cereal our chapter members collected. It was wonderful to have Daniel, Arkansas Food Bank Staff, greet us today and take a picture with us.

Left to right: Kathy Balkman, Registrar; Daniel, AR Food Bank; Ellen Cook, Treasurer; Angie Dennis, Regent

Virtual Continental Congress Watch Party

Several members of Little Rock-Centennial Chapter had a fantastic time watching the Historic Opening Night Virtual 129th DAR Continental Congress online, as well as the Saturday evening presentation. Part of the program Saturday night included Kathy Balkman, chapter registrar, accept the National 2020 DAR Service for Veterans Outstanding DAR Service Award.  It was such an honor to have Arkansas State Regent Junelle Mongno attend both of these events with us.

It was wonderful to see the amazing award winning speakers on opening night: DAR Media and Entertainment Award Winner Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who has the PBS program “Finding Your Roots” (he is also a member of SAR, Sons of The American Revolution), DAR History Award Medal Winner Lonnie G. Bunch, NSDAR Excellence in American History Book Award winner, and Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Atkinson.  It was wonderful to hear the NSDAR President General speak and introduce everyone. We are looking forward to more events during this historic 129th Virtual Continental Congress as we Rise and Shine for America in Today’s DAR!

Opening night watch party attendees
Chapter Regent, Angie Dennis watching the historic online virtual Continental Congress
Saturday night watch party attendees

Chapter Mask Drive

Little Rock-Centennial Chapter members were thrilled to visit the Voluntary Services Office at Towbin Healthcare Center VA in North Little Rock, Arkansas to donate eighty face masks made by our chapter members. Our chapter also donated one sewing machine to the Sew With Veterans program at the VA. Veterans use the sewing machines to make face masks.

It was an honor to be with Arkansas State Regent Junelle Mongno as she donated a sewing machine from ASDAR. Thank you to our Chapter members for their commitment and dedication in Today’s DAR!

Left to right: Kathy Balkman, Registrar; Angie Dennis, Regent; Michael Dobbs; VA worker; Junelle Mongno, State Regent

Chapter Food Drive

The Little Rock-Centennial Chapter recently held a chapter food drive for the Arkansas Food Bank in Little Rock, Arkansas. The chapter collected 246 pounds of food items and they were delivered this week. We collected items that were the most needed during the Covid-19 crisis.  Thank you to all our chapter members for donating to this very worthy cause in our community as we Rise and Shine for America in Today’s DAR!


Registrar Kathy Balkman and Regent Angie Dennis dropping off the chapter’s donations