The Regent, Elizabeth Holmes opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag and the American Creed. Holmes mentioned that the program was focused on the youth. She introduced the First Baptist Church Youth Pastor, David Valverde.
David and his wife Sabrina came to George West in June 2008. David received his B.S. in Biblical Studies from Arlington Baptist College and is currently working on a Masters of Divinity at Logsdon Seminary of Hardin Simmons University. Prior to coming to George West, he served as a Bible Teacher and coach for 2 years at Temple Christian School in Fort Worth. His wife, Sabrina teaches 6th grade science at George West Elementary.
David introduced Catherine Cansino, a senior at George West High School. She spoke on “Patriotism” which she had written especially for the program. After she read her speech, she received a loud applause from the members and guests for her well written words which depict the true meaning of what patriotism means to every American.
David spoke on education and patriotism which followed the ideas and objectives of the DAR and SAR organizations. He projected the DAR logo on a screen which was in view as he presented the program.
Holmes gave a brief summary of what a DAR Good Citizen student must accomplish and the essay that the students write. The winner was Savannah Dayle Smith of Freer High School and the runner up was Shelly Smith of Three Rivers High School. Holmes gave a summary of Savannah’s activities and accomplishments during her high school years. She is ranked number one in her class with a GPA: 103.225. Also she will receive 27 college credits when she graduates from high school. She is now Senior Class President. Upon graduation, she will attend University of Texas, with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and plans to continue her studies in double bass.
Savannah read her winning essay entitled: “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility For Preserving It.” Our American heritage is built upon some of the toughest battles in history. Those who fought for our freedom fought so that we, their descendants, could have the opportunity to live in peace. The harmony that accompanies the means of our heritage exists, without a doubt, for our nation to be nothing less than rich, profound, and proud. America, as we know it, lives up to its name.
As a Texan, I know the soil just beneath my feet was once drenched in domestic and foreign blood in battles at the Alamo and Goliad. As an American, I also understand that preceding battles developed a structure to allow American freedom to perpetuate. The blood of these whole-hearted men and women was shed with the idea that their nation, children, and descendants would always remember to “let freedom ring.” When we understand the ground freedom is built upon, including what freedom meant to our forefathers and mothers, Americans have conquered milestones known around the world. We, as Americans, should know that our heritage deserves not only recognition of its past, but means that we have the opportunity to walk with our heads held high. We should know that we are the product of nearly three centuries of turmoil and development.
From our ancestors to our children, Americans have developed a strong grasp of our heritage and freedom. We are members of a society that is based upon the lives spent improving our future.
Holmes presented a Good Citizenship certificate and the award to Savannah. Savannah’s mother, Cherry Smith, pinned her daughter with the Good Citizen pin. The DAR members are always proud to honor the Good Citizen winner.
Mrs. Mary Cannon was installed as a new member. Holmes presented her with a DAR Hand Book and a folder of facts and information about the society.
The Chaplain, Mrs. Charlie Brown gave the benediction and the meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be on April 21st.