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|DAR welcomes Betz, celebrates Constitution Week|
Beth Betz, with the city of West Monroe, presented a program on recycling in West Monroe for the Chief Tusquahoma Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Betz, who is in charge of the city beautification program, said the recycling program began in July. She covered the disposal of plastic, cardboard, cans and other recyclables and the location of the receptacles. She made the point that 44 percent of litter on the roads is accidental, such as from under tarps from garbage trucks and items blowing out of the beds of pick-up trucks, etc.
Betz discussed organized groups of volunteers that help with specific areas of the roads. She said that keeping a litter bag in personal vehicles would eliminate a large portion of the trash on the highways.
Regent Gwen Clark conducted the opening ritual. Viola Nugent read the president general's report and Mary K. Reighney gave the national defense report. Mary Sue Mitchell introduced the guest speaker. Christy Edwards, new member, was installed by Chaplain Barbara Gewin.
Activities for Constitution Week, September 17 - 23 are under way. Calhoun Middle School, West Ridge Middle School, and Good Hope Middle School will all have Constitution Moments read over the intercom during those days. The Radio People will be broadcasting Constitution Moments as public service announcements.
Other activities include a bell ringing, bulletin boards and signs calling attention to this event. These schools will also be working to collect old cell phones to be donated to the "Cell Phones for Soldiers." A national phone company will program one hour of free time on these phones. They will be sent by DAR to soldiers in Iraq who will then be able to talk to their families an hour for free.
Hostesses were Barbara Gewin and Delores Gewin. Members attending were Janet Gibson, Jeannie Brothers, Jo Bennett, Delores Gewin, Mary Sue Mitchell, Billie Alderman, Sue Parker, Dottie Glover, Viola Nugent, Barbara Gewin, Christy Edwards, Toni Rodgers, Mary K. Reighney, Gwen Clark and guest Anne Bennett-Colancco.
DAR regent promotes awareness of Constitution Week
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following was written by Gwen Clark, regent of the Chief Tusquahoma chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in order to promote Constitution Week.
Wednesday, Sept. l7, began the annual national celebration of Constitution Week.
The weeklong commemoration of America's most important document is one of our country's least known official observances.
The Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. l7-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.
The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law 915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The aims of the celebration are to (l) emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people.
The idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.
"Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties," said DAR president General, Linda Gist Calvin. "We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to reflect on our heritage of freedom."
In 1928, the Daughters began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, was commissioned to design the performing arts center, known as DAR Constitution Hall. Today, DAR Constitution Hall is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Known as the largest women's patriotic organization in the world, DAR has more than 165,000 members with about 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and ll foreign countries.
The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants.
For more information about DAR and its programs visit www.dar.org or call (202)628-1776.