Ada — The Daughters of the American Revolution Chimney Hill Chapter met on March 11 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center.
The opening ritual was led by Regent Dana Hill and Chaplain Jessie Glover. Vickie Lee led the Pledge of Allegiance, Myrtie Clarke led The American’s Creed and The Star-Spangled Banner was led by Ruth Ann Taylor, accompanied by Rita Floyd.
The purpose of the Women in the Arts Recognition Award is to recognize and honor a woman who has made significant achievements at the community level in her artistic field.
The award is presented by the American Heritage Committee. Suzanne McFarlane, chairman of the committee, introduced Loretta Yin, talented local artist and recipient of this year’s award.
Also present were Connie Hall and Rosemarie Benya, who submitted letters recommending Yin for the award.
Regent Dana Hill gave the message from President General Lynn Forney Young. Several improvement projects are under way at NSDAR headquarters, including improved online access to GRS records.
Vice Regent Ruth Ann Taylor reported that she has several pounds of can tabs to take to the state conference. Collected tabs benefit Ronald McDonald Houses, veterans centers and conservation.
The minutes of the previous meeting, by Mary Scalf, were approved as read. Joyce Gentry gave the treasurer’s report.
For the national defense report, Elizabeth Witherow gave information about the National Guard. According to Army Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, the Guard is highly trained and equipped for its homeland missions and its partnerships abroad.
Kathy Howry, Membership Committee, reported on pending and prospective members.
For the Indian Minute, Mary Pfeffer told the Native American legend of the “Three Sisters,” which is the tradition of planting corn, beans and squash together for long-term soil fertility and a healthy diet.
Suzanne McFarlane, Conservation Committee, encouraged finding new uses for items rather than just recycling or discarding.
Ruth Ann Taylor reported on trips to the veterans center at Sulphur to visit our six adopted veterans.
Myrtie Clarke, chairman of the Women’s Issues Committee, introduced the guest speaker. Penni Cartlidge, occupational health nurse at Mercy Hospital, discussed heart health and emphasized the importance of diet and nutrition, exercise, lack of stress and depression and a smoke-free environment. She also distributed information concerning heart attack and stroke warning signs, heart disease risk factors and how to reduce these risks.
Registration forms for the state conference and a sign-up sheet for hostesses for the 2014-2015 meetings were made available.
Members were reminded of the change of date for the April meeting. The covered dish luncheon will be April 15 at noon at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center.
The Veterans and Military Appreciation Day will be May 15 at East Central University.
Hostesses for the meeting were Linda Leach, Erna Leach, Jean Kelley, Arletta Good, Marian Paniagua and Helen Roberts.
The door prize was won by Mary Scalf.
The next meeting is a Guest Day luncheon on Tuesday, April 15, at noon at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center.
Members attending were Janet Barrett, Elaine Bearden, Tommie Beddow, Myrtie Clarke, Jackie Duncan, Rita Floyd, Joyce Gentry, Jessie Glover, Arletta Good, Dana Hill, Lou Ann Hoover, Kathy Howry, Phyllis Inslee, Jean Kelley, Linda Leach, Vickie Lee, Julie Luke, Jean Lyon, Suzanne McFarlane, Marian Paniagua, Mary Pfeffer, Sara Pritchett, Helen Roberts, Mary Scalf, Susan Schmidt, Demonell Stevenson, Ruth Ann Taylor, Allene Warren and Elizabeth Witherow.
Guests were Loretta Yin, Connie Hall, Rosemarie Benya, Carol Meyer, Julie Reynolds and Penni Cartlidge.