The Arkansas Society, Southern Dames of America, was officially established on July 10 in North Little Rock.
Founding members committed to building the work of the society reside throughout Arkansas in Arkadelphia, Beebe, Bella Vista, Benton, Harrison, Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Huntsville, Jacksonville, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Searcy, Sherwood, Springdale and Stuttgart, according to a press release.
The main focus of the Arkansas Society will be to support national goals as well as local goals with a focus on the visually impaired such as the Arkansas School for the Blind, World Services for the Blind and Blind Veterans Association.
The national objectives are contributions to ophthalmic research, donations to eye banks, signatures on eye donation cards, aid to the blind or visually impaired and the advancement of knowledge through the study of southern culture.
“The National Society was established in 1962 to provide an organization in which women of Southern descent can combine their efforts to promote benevolent, patriotic educational efforts, including, but not limited to, promoting and encouraging the study of political science and assist in the development and application of ophthalmic research, “the statement said.
The members are all women of southern descent from the southern states of the United States of America. Members must prove that they have an ancestor who assisted at a certain period of southern history in settling and / or building the South and are personally endorsed by two members, he said.
In addition to the regular membership, a special membership is conferred on junior members under the age of 22.
Spears began asking potential members if they would be willing to support a new organization according to national SDA guidelines and quickly found more than 20 interested women. Email Spears at [email protected] for more information.
Charter President Jayne Spears, standing in front of all the flags of the southern states, holds the charter signed by all members. – Photo submitted