Point of Rock Chapter, NSDAR, met for a dessert meeting at the Rosewood Estates meeting room on Nov. 2 with seven members present. A delicious pumpkin bar was served by Hostess Pat Sherlock. Regent Audrey Hoerler led the meeting at 1:30 p.m. with the Opening Ritual and President General’s Message for November: “As we prepare to pause for our nationwide holiday of Thanksgiving to count our many blessings she asks us to help more women discover the personal connection to the founding of America. Our work is to assist students, celebrate history, honor those who wear (or who have worn) the uniform of our nation, welcome new citizens, conserve natural resources and complete myriad other good deeds. We are the living promise of America from its founding to its future.”

National Defense Report: The most prestigious honor awarded to a nonmember is the DAR Medal of Honor. K9’s For Warriors founder Shari Duval created the program to help her son Brett Simon, recover from PTSD following his two tours in Iraq as a bomb dog handler contractor with the U.S. Army. It is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs for disabled American veterans. They save warriors and rescue dogs. Shari and Brett were initially responsible for all aspects of the program, as it grew she trained volunteers. In eight years the group grew from being able to assist three to four veterans a month to save 10 to 12 veterans a month. 95% of the dogs from from rescue shelters. With each graduate pair, they save two lives: they rescue the dog and the dog rescues the warrior. Shari was bestowed the honor at the 128th Continental Congress. The Maria Jefferson Chapter of St. Augustine, Fla., nominated her.

Secretary’s report: accepted as read.

New business: DAR will have a car in the Veteran’s Day Parade on Nov. 9.

The hostess was thanked for her delicious dessert. Linda Sutphen will be hostess in December at the Rosewood Estates meeting room Dec. 7.

Meeting adjourned at 2:20 p.m.

Dorothy Carnine, Secretary

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