January 19, 2018
As you entered the room, you may have noticed a special table; it is reserved to honor our missing men.
Set for five, the empty chairs represent Americans who were or are missing from each of the services - Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard - all with us in spirit.
Some here were very young, or not yet born, when the Vietnam War began; however, all Americans should never forget the brave men and women who answered our nation's call and served the cause of freedom in a special way.
Let me explain the meaning of this table, and then join me for a moment of silent prayer.
The table is round to show our everlasting concern.
The cloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to serve.
The single red rose reminds us of the lives of these Americans and their loved ones and friends who keep the faith, while seeking answers.
The yellow ribbon symbolizes our continued uncertainty, hope for their return and determination to account for them.
A slice of lemon reminds us of their bitter fate, captured and missing in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears of our missing and their families who long for answers after decades of uncertainty.
The lighted candle reflects our hope for their return; alive or dead.
The glass is inverted to symbolize their inability to share a toast.
The chairs are empty - they are missing.....(moment of silence).
Let us now raise a glass in a toast to honor America's POW/MIAs, to the success of our efforts to account for them, and to the safety of all now serving our nation!
April 14, 2018
Florida State Regent, Ginger Poffenberger and Estahakee Regent, Barb Palladino
Right: Estahakee Regent, Barb Palladino
State Regent's project to "Support the Girls". Collected over 3,500 bras and thousands of feminine products.
Estahakee member's donated D'Angelico guitar to State Regent's Project for the silent auction.
Past Regent, Susie Wuest hand-made this quilt for donation to the State Regent's Project.
Vice Regent's Sylvia Oliver and Sally Nemes model clothing purchased from Dawn's Dowry at State Conference.
Kirsten Alaniz of St. John Paul II Academy receiving her Good Citizenship Award from Estahakee Regent Barb Palladino and Treasurer Susie Wuest at the February 13th Chapter Luncheon Meeting.
January 26, 2018
April 14, 2014
Thank you note from Konnie Beauregard for Estahakee service to The State Regent's Project:
September 29, 2018
What an amazing, generous service-minded Daughters the Estahakee Chapter grows! The State Regent's Project Committee is very grateful for your many gifts of time, talent and treasure that will benefit the Florida Women in the Trades Scholarships.
Gail Schwartz for very graciously donating the D'Angelico guitar to the Florida State Regent's Project in March and Barb Palladino for very kindly arranged transport to both SC and FF, and babysitting Angel Axe March through September. Susie Wuest also donated a beautiful quilt to the SRP at SC and transported Angel Axe to FF. Sincere, heartfelt thanks to each of you from the State Regent's Project Committee.
Dawn says it best, "We walk among the blessed."
Growing Brighter Futures in Service to America!
State Regent's Project Chairman
FSSDAR Speakers Staff
March 1, 2018