Vice Regent Laura Boyd introduced speaker Lori Cook, who gave members a tour of the new Tennessee State DAR website. Cook is the state volunteer information specialist chairman and national vice chairman of the VIS help desk. She is the immediate past DAR state organizing secretary and is a past Nancy Ward Chapter regent. Cook holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in management, and owns her own accounting and computer consulting firm in Chattanooga.
Cook stressed that, in addition to the State and National public and private DAR websites, social media is a useful tool in genealogy research and in exchanging information with other DAR members. She also provided helpful tips for stopping “phishers” and hackers from getting email addresses from one’s account. DAR is planning computer classes to be given across the state for DAR members who are interested in learning more.
She asked members to keep track of the number of hours that they volunteer each month and to record those hours on the state website. Recording the amount of volunteer work will be part of the “Celebrate America Project” the purpose of which is to encourage others to volunteer.
Cook reminded members about the state regent’s project, which is an upcoming book titled, “Legacies of Our Great Grandmothers.” The book will contain biographical sketches of women who lived in Tennessee prior to 1750.
Joy Harden gave the American Indian report, focusing on the DAR supported schools. Until 1877 when President Rutherford B. Hayes took office, very little had been done to ameliorate the plight of the American Indians whose way of life had been uprooted by the influx of Europeans. Hayes instituted new policies which included providing better education, restoring land, and encouraging Indians to become U.S. citizens. DAR members were reminded that this is the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears.
Jeannine Scott gave the National Defense Message, which included “Five Ways to Protect Yourself in Cyberspace”: 1. Use strong passwords and change them often. 2. Remember that public Wi-Fi is public. 3. Keep your device(s) clean from viruses. 4. Beware of scams. 5. Back up often.
Scott concluded her message with a quote by President Franklin D. Roosevelt who said, “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a president and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”
She included a quote by George W. Bush who said, “America is a nation with a mission — and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace — a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman.”
During the business session of the meeting, Linda Foster gave the treasurer’s report, and Gussie Ridgeway read the minutes of the previous meeting. Harriett Caldwell reported on local activities held in honor of Constitution Week. Jane Lucchesi gave an update on the progress of the Bradley County Veterans’ Home.
Conservation Chairman Ann Cherry talked about conservation in the kitchen and encouraged members to choose fish from U.S. waters where we have stricter controls and better sanitation, rather than those from foreign countries where conservation laws and sanitation are less strict. Eating fish that were farm raised in a foreign country can be especially risky since those fish are often raised in unsanitary conditions.
Nancy Quinn reported on the article, “Keeping Historic Post Offices Open for Business,” published in the current issue of American Spirit magazine. According to the article, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named historic post office buildings to its annual list of most endangered historic places to raise awareness of their plight, as well as work with the U.S. Postal Service and federal government to ensure the proper reuse of historic post office buildings.
Members brought socks, toiletries, magazines and other items to be taken to the Veterans’ Home.
Mrs. Dietrich, a hostess for the meeting, thanked the other hostesses, Susan Humberd and Katy Tippens, and adjourned the meeting.