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 Weetomp Chapter Meets in Richmond

May 28, 2008 - Members of Weetomp Chapter of Daughters of the American Colonists met on Friday, May 9, in the family dining room at Friends Fellowship in Richmond. Regent Helen Hudson welcomed members and guests to the spring meeting. Following the Invocation, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, The American's Creed, The Object of the Society and the Ritual were repeated. Officer reports were given.

Indiana State Regent Miss Cathy Rose has been invited to visit Weetomp Chapter on June 28 at a special called meeting. Not all details have been decided, but part of the program will include a tree dedication on the grounds at Friends Fellowship.

The next regular scheduled meeting is set for July 11. The nominating committee will be selected that day with the installation of officers scheduled to be at the December meeting.

Anne Marie Pack, who gave a most interesting demonstration of pressed flower greeting cards that she has made and sold over the years, presented the program. Mrs. Pack said pressed flowers are also very nice for bridge tallies. Her instructions for a successful dried flower are to pick them after the dew is dried and before mid day when some flowers tend to lose color. The flowers do better when dried on old black and white newspaper or acid free tissue paper. Small flowers work best and small leaves found in the spring are better as are the colorful leaves found in the fall. Mrs. Pack uses special paper to avoid shrinkage.

Mrs. Pack shared some of her background with the membership. She was born and raised in the northeast part of France. Her parents were farmers and she attended a Catholic School until the war started when the schools were closed. During WWII her father served in Spain and the rest of the family moved to a town where the Red Cross and nuns had helped them settle. The grandmother did the cooking in a fireplace. There was little food during the war but they managed to have enough to eat. When her father returned the family returned to the family farm and began to start over 1 chicken and 1 cow at a time. Mrs. Pack met her future husband after the war while he was stationed at Camp Chicago in France. He was discharged in 1952 but it took 2 more years for Anne Marie to be able to come to the United States.

Members included: Helen Hudson, Melba McKnight, Joan Short and Cynthia Rhoades. Guests included Mrs. Pack and Mary Ann Holder.

Following the program the meeting was adjourned and a light lunch buffet was served.


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