President Norma Newport opened our meeting then turned our meeting over to Program Director Mrs. Mozelle Ploch. Mozelle introduced our guest speaker and musician Mr. Richard Dockery.
Richard Dockery was born in the Dallas area and was raised in a small community of Little Elm. Richard said it was truly small when he lived there. The town boasted they had 300 in residence. Now there are about 25,000 living in what was at one time a very small town. He and his wife Robin moved to Live Oak County in 1990 and bought an insurance agency. Richard and Robin have a daughter named Rachel, who is a sophomore at Texas A & M University. Mr. Dockery currently runs a real estate agency with an office in Three Rivers.
Richard, Robin and Rachel Dockery are very active in their home church, First Baptist Church of Three Rivers. Richard is a active Deacon; in the Church Choir and works with his church as does his wife Robin.
Mr. Dockery has studied the art of playing the bagpipes since 2002. He became interested in the bagpipes after watching funeral services for policemen and firemen who lost their lives in the aftermath of 9/11. He offers his services for funerals in the area and enjoys playing for friends, family and our community.
The men with whom he plays the bagpipes average age is 75 years. He said they will travel to Laredo, Houston, San Antonio and other points in our great state for funerals for policemen and firemen.
He stated the original job of the bagpipes was to announce the arrival of the armies in the beginning of wars. He described what the bagpipe was made from. Long ago the bag was made from the bladder of a sheep or a pig which they no longer practice. A bagpipe has 9 notes; key of C; 3 drones and a play a constant note. He answered questions about his gear (mainly the kilt) and the material of which it was made. He described the attachments to the bagpipe and to his kilt. The shoe decorations and the dagger they would carry into war. Richard was kind enough to play “Amazing Grace” for the club ladies. Mr. Dockery is a very pleasant young man and we enjoyed his program. Thank You, Richard.
Our hostesses were Jane-Anne Keese and Joyce Kerr. They served Chicken salad and pimento cheese finger sandwiches. They also served dinner mints, mixed nuts, cookies and a drink of their choice from the Dairy Queen.