The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

February 4, 2013

DAR Micajah Pettaway Chapter learned how to make plans for traveling

FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Dee Long

ROCKY MOUNT — The  DAR Micajah Pettaway Chapter met January 24, 2013, 10:30 A. M. in the Warner Room of Braswell Memorial Library.  

After Regent Dottie Barrett welcomed everyone, Alice Wynne Suiter assisted with the DAR Ritual (American Creed, Flag Pledge, and Preamble to the U. S. Constitution).

ROAD SCHOLAR PROGRAM by Paul Blount, a Road Scholar Ambassador: Martha Blount, Corresponding Secretary, introduced her husband and speaker.  

Paul and Martha have been on three continents, 15 foreign countries, and to all 50 states. Now they are often gone because they are “travelers.”     A goal of their travels is to learn more about   a place than when they left home.   

The program they use to travel now is Road Scholar.  Its organization goal is dedicated to lifelong learning, engaging with participants who want to engage socially and intellectually through interacting and learning.  

It is a not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers 6,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more.

Unlike other travel groups, they rate their trips 1-6.  One means there is less activity for you than number six.  One might mean you walk from your motel to go play bridge every day; six means going to the Alps. The trips rank from inexpensive to pretty pricey.   

Road Scholar has a trip to appeal to everyone. Almost all you paid for on a trip is covered.   They have a travel service that they will get you where you are going, too.

For more information, Google Road Scholar on the Internet.  Call 800-454-5768 to sign up for free catalogs.   

REGENT REPORT by Regent Dottie: Members eligible for DAR year pins are: 10 yrs. Patricia Leonard, 30 yrs. Danette Barrett and Carolyn Patton, 40 years. Martha Strange, 50 yrs. Jeanette McIlwean.  

CONSERVATION by Dee Long:  Go organic!  Reduce or eliminate completely use of herbicides and pesticides.  They end up in our water supply causing an imbalance of water bodies creating algae blooms which reduces oxygen content of the water body and kills the aquatic life.  Compost your kitchen waste which creates nitrified soil for your gardens.

COMMORATIVE EVENTS :  The Battle of Cowpens (Jan. 17, 1781) was a decisive victory by Continental army forces under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan in the Southern campaign of the America Revolutionary War.  It was a turning point in the reconquest of S. C. from the British.

NATIONAL DENFENSE by Meg:Cressionnie:.Dueling defense experts suggest more than 30,000 or fewer than 10.000 in the debate about U. S. troop levels in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

A third option is a complete withdrawal leaving no troops.  It is also a potential outcome as U. S. decision-makers consider legal protections for American forces, domestic budget pressures and mounting threats elsewhere.

As U. S. and Afghan officials begin talks about the role of American troops, a key sticking point will be whether Afghans are willing to grant foreign troops broad immunity from arrest and prosecution in local courts.

This issue proved to be the deal breaker in Iraq and led to complete withdrawal of U. S. troops in late 2011.  

People are talking about cuts to Medicare and Social Security.  Americans are looking at that price tag and are not sure they want a lot spent for troops in Afghanistan.

AMERICAN INDIAN by Frankie Powell:  The concentration this year is on western Indian tribes.  The Inuit tribe that used to be called Eskimo is known for their carvings.

PRESIDENT GENERAL, NSDAR by Toni Suiter:  Because our National Society was created by an Act of Congress, we must report our work to Congress through the Smithsonian Institution.  

Our DAR Library Lay Light Restoration is progressing well with the hope that reinstallation will begin in April.  This major repair project of this administration has taught staff and membership about the construction of our magnificient Memorial Continental Hall.  With members support we can finance this nearly $1.8 million project.

In 2012 NSDAR recorded the largest number of verified and approved DAR applications in recent history.  To become a member of any DAR Chapter, one must have had an ancestor in the American Revolution. Email Dee Long at cecillong634@suddenlink.net or call 252-823-8971 for more information