Pictured is Mrs. Bobbie Jean Burnett and Ms. Carolyn Mallory, who recently returned from the 212st Continental Congress National Society Daughters of the American Revolution at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. not pictured, but also attending from the Russellville Chapter DAR is Mrs. Melva Posey.
On Tuesday, before the Congress began, the Russellville DAR members along with many from the state of Kentucky, made a trip to Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where they participated in laying a wreath there. This was a most memorable day for all the DAR members to be in such outstanding company.
The Congress was from Wednesday night, June 27, through July 1, with a Memorial Service for all the departed members nationwide as well as installation of the State Regents and confirmation of the State Vice Regents, installation of Honorary Vice President General and installation of Vice Presidents General.
A particular highlight of the Congress was the nightly performance of the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine bands before the actual evening programs began. Another significant feature was the speech by David Petraeus, now Director of the CIA on National Defense Evening. his wife, Hollister, whom he calls Holly, was awarded the President General’s Medallion. Mrs. Petraeus is now the Assistant Director, Office of Servicemember Affairs in Washington, D.C.
At one of the morning sessions, the American Heritage Committee Forum and Awards Ceremony, Russellville Chapter DAR Regent, Beth Dawson, was honored with the East Central District Division Fiber Arts award for her knitted baby bunting and blanket, which she entered in the contest several months ago. She was not present, but State Regent, Jessieanne Wells, accepted it for her. Mrs. Burnett and Ms. Mallory were at another meeting at the time. Mrs. Burnett had won the best essay Health in Women’s Issues for the state, but did not place in the nationals or East Central District Division.