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County Chapter honors DAR Good Citizens

Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Kelsey Henderson from Louisiana High School and Clopton’s Amanda Klopcic have been selected as the outstanding citizens of their schools and received recognition with certificates and pins at the Nov. 28 meeting of Pike County Chapter NSDAR at First Presbyterian Church in Louisiana.

Other guests at the 2 p.m. meeting were Kelsey’s mother, Elaine Henderson, her grandmother, Pat Radford, and Coach Craig Pederson of LHS. Amanda Klopcic was unable to be present due to an out of town basketball game.

Regent Louise Sitton welcomed everyone and led the opening ritual. Marilyn Johnson, Pike County DAR Good Citizen chairman, presented Kelsey with a certificate and pin, which her mother pinned.

Kelsey told of some of her activities at school as well as work and many organizations and clubs and her plans to become a nurse. She was enthusiastic about the new Community Citizenship Course being taught at LHS.

The afternoon’s program was presented by Pike County DAR member Dr. Debra Duvall Peppers, who spoke about the history of DAR and the scholarship program. She relayed personal experiences which led to changes in her life when she was inspired by teachers and other adults.

She became a teacher and was named Missouri’s Teacher of the Year. She is well-known as a inspirational writer and motivational speaker both in the U.S. and abroad. She encouraged Kelsey to follow her dreams and work hard to achieve her goals.

The chapter officers served sandwiches, cookies and punch from a table in the church parlor which was decorated for the Christmas season.

A brief business meeting was held with Regent Sitton presiding. She read the President General’s message and gave the national defense report and Constitutional Minute. Sue Warzocha, American Indians chairman, spoke about the Indian Scholarship fund and displayed a Cherokee Rose. The chapter welcomed Juanita Thomas as a new member.

Sympathy was expressed to the family of Anna Belle Benning, whose application for membership had been submitted and was in review.

The chapter distributed “Hug Mugs” at local coffee shops in Louisiana, Clarksville and Eolia to be given to veterans on Veterans Day. They contained treats and beverage mixes as well as a note of appreciation for their service to our country. This is an annual project of the chapter.

Christmas open house will be held at the state headquarters, Roslyn Heights, in Boonville Dec. 1-8. A group from the chapter will attend on Thursday, Dec. 6.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 10:30 a.m. at Johnson’s home. Reports of chapter activities for the year will be completed