The schedule of events was full, starting with an orientation, patriotic programs performed by the children, meetings, ceremonies, a very enjoyable lunch in the school with the students, a bus tour of Gunter Mountain with Executive Director of KDS Heather Green as our guide, and an arts and crafts show. The Kate Duncan Smith DAR school truly is the gem of Gunter Mountain.
DAR members visited between events, during lunch, and at the arts and crafts show. Members of the Shelby Chapter visited with two important DAR officers at the school. One of which was Tennessee Society DAR Regent Nancy G. Hemmrich is currently running for the National Society DAR position of Vice President General.
National Society Vice President Judith H. Chaffin is also a Tennessee Daughter from Germantown. She has had a very time-consuming position, but has had the opportunity to attend many meetings and events throughout the country. The Shelby Chapter DAR are very proud of both DAR officers and whole-heartedly support them.
A portrait unveiling and dedication was held in memory of Marie Hirst Yochim in the 10-classroom building that was opened last year and named after her. Yochim passed away on April 19, 2012 at 92.
From 1962 to 1977 she was an administrator in the office of the Corresponding Secretary General at the DAR's National Society Headquarters. She was the President General of the National Society DAR from 1989 to 1992.
Yochim held a great interest in the DAR schools. Her name and portrait is highly respected at KDS.