The following column was submitted by Karen Collins on behalf of the Uvalde de las Encinas chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Regent Billie Franklin called the February meeting of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Uvalde de las Encinas chapter, to order at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at El Progreso Memorial Library. She welcomed members and guests, and led the DAR ritual.
The President General’s message from Ann Turner Dillon, which provided information about the process of joining DAR, was read by Betty Lawrence. The application form has been simplified to make it easier to complete. People are encouraged to go to the DAR blog and to subscribe to the American Spirit magazine.
Brenda Mireles read the National Defense Report which discussed the Purple Heart, and how one specific soldier, Sgt. Perry Loyd, was awarded this medal 100 years after he served in World War I. It also included a spotlight on Korea, showing current U.S. construction projects.
Franklin discussed correspondence received by the chapter, noting that local member Toni Hull had been named Uvaldean of the Year at a recent Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce banquet; information about District 8 director and Franklin had been featured in the local paper after Saidler attended our October meeting; and Franklin herself had a large colored picture in the local paper after she presented a program about a series of books she is writing. This information will be displayed at the upcoming state conference.
The Good Citizens awardees from area schools were then recognized and presented certificates and awards. These students are chosen on the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities.
Brittany Ramon was introduced by Alice Hicks as the Uvalde High School Good Citizen. She is the daughter of Norma and Ricardo Ramon, and a member of the National Honor Society, the mariachi band, the tennis team, and the Gifted and Talented program. She is also in GeoFORCE and has received perfect attendance awards for consecutive years. She volunteers with Uvalde Food Pantry, Luv Ya Uvalde organization, and at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She plans to become a pharmacist after her 2019 graduation from UHS.
Shelby Pannell, daughter of Herma and Jeff Pannel, was introduced by DAR member Kristi Powers as the Nueces Canyon High School Good Citizen. She is an honor roll student, ranked number one in her class, and a member of the National Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa. She was named homecoming queen, band sweetheart, and football sweetheart last fall, and was voted as prom queen last month. She served two years as drum major for the Panther Band, and is an outstanding basketball player. She also has been in the school’s one-act play, which was the state alternate last year. She is a cheerleader and a regional qualifier in UIL academic contests. She plans to attend Texas A&M University next fall and eventually go to medical school.
Chosen from Brackettville was senior Rachel Crismore, daughter of Kristen and Brian Crismore. She is an honor roll student at Brackett High School, and on the Southwest Texas Junior College dean’s and president’s lists. She was named academic all-district for volleyball, and has qualified for regionals in University Interscholastic League spelling. She volunteers at the physical therapy clinic in Uvalde, and at the Community Bible Church in San Antonio. She has been accepted to attend Abilene Christian University where she plans to major in physical therapy. She has also been recruited to play volleyball for ACU. She was unable to attend the meeting.
DAR member Patsy Edwards introduced the Pearsall Good Citizen, Lynssi Fenton, daughter of Annabel and Frankie Fenton. She is an honor roll student, ranked fourth in her class, and has 40 dual credit hours on her transcript. She has been active in marching band, and is a DECA district winner and state qualifier. She is a member of National Honor Society, has also been active in Texas Star Great Debate, and attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference. She is in the certified nursing program at her school, now completing clinicals. She plans to continue her education at Southwest Texas Junior College, and then transfer to the University of Texas Health Science Program in San Antonio to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
The three honorees were presented with certificates, pins, and monetary awards.
Franklin reported that the Nov. 12 celebration of Veterans Day in Uvalde was very successful, and that, as the result of efforts to honor Vietnam veterans, we have observed a new spirit in these veterans, stickers on vehicles, hats, and buttons are being worn as a source of pride to a larger extent than ever before.