The Yazoo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently celebrated its 60th Anniversary Tea. Officers for 2010-2013 are, from left, Joanne Gibbs Collins, Regent; Sue Patterson, Secretary; Priscilla Harper, Vice-Regent; Ava Hale, Treasurer; Sarastelle Sigrest, Chaplin; Wendy Cartwright, Registrar; and Marsha Williams, Historian. Special to The Herald
On Jan. 27, Yazoo Chapter members of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated its 60th anniversary with a tea in Martin Hall at the Trinity Episcopal Church.
The guests were welcomed by Yazoo Chapter Regent JoAnne Collins and Yazoo Chapter Vice-Regent Priscilla Harper.
The tea table with the 60th anniversary cake was hosted by Montine Bond, Delaine Stoner, Marsha Williams, Cynthia McGraw, Sarastelle Sigrest and Ava Hale.
The punch and food table was hosted by Sue Patterson, Beth Nicolas, JoDale Merrill, Wendy Cartwright, and Gloria Adcock. Vay McGraw was seated at the Guest Register.
Posters displayed include the first year of Yazoo Chapter in 1953 with Mrs. H.Y. West, the first Yazoo Chapter Regent and newspaper articles from 1973, 1976, 1978, 1996 and 2003.
During the reception Sam Olden was recognized as the recipient of the NSDAR Medal of Honor given by Yazoo Chapter for his service to the community.
DAR members from different chapters include Chakchiuma, Chief Red Jacket, Fort Rosalie, Iklana, James Gilliam and Magnolia and attended the reception along with friends of the Yazoo Chapter DAR members.
Two HODARs (Husbands of a DAR) Bob Harper and Clifton (Bo) Collins helped set up the reception and welcomed people outside Martin Hall, showing them where to go.
JoAnne Collins presented Janet Looney Whittington an American flag to commemorate her 2010-2013 term as MSSDAR State Regent from the Yazoo Chapter members.
A highlight of the reception was the showing of the DVD when Kaleb Eulls was presented with the NSDAR Eugenia Washington Medal of Heroism on the Mississippi State football field during a pre-game by Priscilla Harper Vice-Regent.
Janet Looney Whittington MSSDAR State Regent presented the American flag and JoAnne Collins Regent presented the flag certificate during that ceremony.
It was an honor to have the presentation of this medal with the DAR insignia and name before 60,000 people on the MSU Jumbo-tron as well.
Yazoo Chapter was honored by all who attended its 60th celebration of commitment to service to the Yazoo community through education, historic preservation and patriotism.