The Pine Bluff John McAlmont Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at the Pine Bluff Country Club. The meeting was called to order by Regent Sandra Poore, who also led the group in the DAR ritual assisted by Chaplain Cary Swanson.
Gwen Lum, DAR Good Citizen Chairwoman, introduced this year’s Good Citizen Award winner, Joy Byrd, daughter of Raymond and Bethal Byrd.
Joy Byrd read her winning essay entitled, “How has America advanced the cause of freedom in the rest of the world?” Lum presented Byrd with a DAR Good Citizen pin, certificate and a check from the chapter.
Byrd is a senior at Ridgway High School and plans to attend Arkansas State University in the fall, according to a news release.
During the meeting, Betty Coles reported that the annual Bridge Party in January was a success and provided the funds which allowed the chapter to give a scholarship to a second semester student at Southeast Arkansas College. The winner will attend the March chapter meeting, she said.
Poore discussed plans for the World War I Memorial Tree planting at the Veteran’s section at Graceland Cemetery. The ceremony will be held in April and the exact date will be announced.
Also during the meeting, Donna Davis presented the program entitled “The 100th Anniversary of our American’s Creed.”
“The American’s Creed was a result of a nationwide contest for writing a National Creed, which would be a brief summary of the American political faith,” according to the release. “Over 3,000 entries were received, and William Tyler Page was declared to be the winner. The mayor of Baltimore presented an award to Page in the House of Representatives Office Building on April 3, 1918. The Speaker of the House and the commissioner of education of the state of New York accepted the Creed for the United States, and the proceedings relating to the award were printed in the Congressional Record.”
“The author of the American’s Creed was a descendant of John Page, who came to America in 1650. Another ancestor was Carter Braxton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Still another ancestor, John Tyler, was the 10th president of the United States. In 1919, Page was elected clerk of the House, later becoming minority clerk of the House, a position he held for the remainder of his life,” according to the release.
“The American’s Creed is a statement which is 100 words in length and is a summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith. His wording of the Creed used passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and a quote from Daniel Webster. The American’s Creed is recited at every DAR meeting as a part of their ritual,” according to the release.
The meeting adjourned with a benediction led by Swanson. Coffee and dessert were served.