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!
We have a WINNER! The Little Rock-Centennial Chapter DAR is so proud of our member and registrar Kathy Balkman! We received notification from ASDAR State Regent, Junelle Mongno, that Kathy is the national winner of the DAR Service for Veterans/Outstanding DAR Volunteer Award. Kathy received this award in the State of Arkansas and was also the award winner in the DAR South Central Division. The Little Rock-Centennial Chapter nominated Kathy, and we are so proud of her commitment and dedication in all the amazing work she does. She is the coordinator for the Veterans History Project that is recorded in the Library of Congress, she leads us in the Veterans Shoe Box Drive every year, she is the State of Arkansas Co-Chair Service for Veterans, and the ASDAR VAVS Representative. Last year she was Female Volunteer of the year at the VA.
We are so proud of you Kathy and everything you do not only for our chapter, ASDAR, and NSDAR, but also for our veterans! Thank you!
Due to the current pandemic, our March and April meetings were cancelled along with our May luncheon. Normally, our new chapter officers would be installed and introduced at our May luncheon so we wanted to make sure to recognize them here. Before listing the new officers, we want to say a huge thank you to our 2018-2020 officers! We are so proud of everything our chapter has accomplished under each of your leadership.
Here are the Little Rock-Centennial Chapter 2020-2022 officers. Congratulations, and we look forward to an amazing next two years!
A few members of Little Rock-Centennial Chapter ASDAR, served cookies, coffee and handed out Valentine cards to veterans at Towbin Healthcare Center at Ft. Roots in NLR, AR., as part of National Salute to Veteran Patients Week. The Valentine cards were hand written by local elementary school students. National Salute to Veteran Patients week takes place all across the United States. Thank you to Central Arkansas Veteran Healthcare System, Voluntary Services Office Chief Micheal Dobbs for inviting us to attend.
Left to right: Angie Dennis, Vice Regent; Micheal Dobbs; Kathy Balkman, Registrar; Betty Rogers, Chaplain
Some of our members also enjoyed a wonderful evening hosting Bingo, serving snacks and visiting with veterans at Towbin Healthcare Center at Ft. Roots. The husband of one of our Chapter members also attended. We always look forward to this evening.
Along with our February business meeting, our program was about First State Regent for Arkansas DAR, Kathrine Breckinridge. Pictured is our guest speaker, Heather Register Zbinden. She is the Outreach Coordinator for the Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History and Art at the Central Arkansas Library System. She has worked in public history for over 20 years and has contributed to projects at the Old State House Museum and the Central High School National Historic Site. We learned so much about our First State Regent!
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