Items of interest
DAR gives thanks to veterans
The Hot Springs of Arkansas Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution thanked Vietnam veterans for their service at a reception on Nov. 10.
“Veterans who attended were treated with warm respect. The members of the DAR Chapter welcomed them to tell of their time of duty during the war. Regent Carol Nash Smith presented Vietnam commemorative pins and certificates to them for their service,” a news release said.
Chapter hostesses provided food and refreshments for all in attendance. The veterans and chapter members had a sharing time when the men and women could compare their own and friends’ experiences.
DAR ladies learned of the Doughnut Dollies and how they were a wonderful way the Red Cross provided homestyle treats and visits to the military during the various conflicts in Vietnam and Cambodia. “The veterans cherish those fond memories with warm smiles as they remembered the lasting impressions the dollies left behind. Some of their other memories they did not wish to share. After all these years they are still haunted. The chapter gave them support, encouragement, and gratitude,” it said.
Jerry Roberts informed everyone of the Blue Water Group that is trying to get government support for veterans who have medical complications due to the military’s use of Agent Orange in Vietnam.
HSV Evening Lions raise awareness about diabetes
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — Since diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness, Lion Clubs International has asked all Lion Clubs to hold events to bring awareness to this worldwide growing problem, and the Hot Springs Village Evening Lions Club has responded in kind.
Most people know someone, maybe in their own family, who has been affected by diabetes. November was Diabetes Awareness month, and Nov. 14 was Diabetes Awareness Day. For the Lions’ diabetes awareness event this year, members set up a canopy on Nov. 9 and spent the entire day in the HSV Walmart parking lot. These 11 Lions wanted to talk to anyone who might be at risk and handed out information about diabetes and the problems associated with the disease.
The HSV Evening Lions have members who are diabetic or prediabetic, so raising awareness takes on a very personal meaning, a news release said. Although not the primary goal of the event, some participants wanted to donate to help Lions in their fight against diabetes. “The club is very appreciative of that support and we want to remind people that all work is done by 100 percent Lions volunteers. The money raised by Lions goes to charities that provide services to the blind, and in the case of diabetes, the American Diabetes Association of Arkansas and Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF). JDRF supports research to find a cure for children with type 1 diabetes,” it said.
Call Club President Jack Wells at 501-984-3175 or the membership chair, Ed Smith, at 214-738-4362, or visit http:// hsvelions.org for more information.
PRESENTATION: Hot Springs of Arkansas Chapter Regent Carol Nash Smith bestows commemorative Vietnam pins and certificates to J.C. Marks, one of eight veterans honored. Smith’s husband, Gordon, is in the foreground. He also served as chaplain for the U.S. Marines and forces alongside them.