May 20, 2010

SCR-I Academic Awards Night Honors Student Achievements

Scotland County R-I High School honored student achievements and awarded collegiate scholarships during the 2010 SCR-I Awards Night held May 10th.

Ms. Dustin Harper presented visual arts awards to Kelly Lister, Marissa Bair, Tori Whitaker, Wyatt Kice, Monte Sally, Sammi Tobler, Abbey Duley, Allen Bence, Sarah Garrett, Mark Johnson, Brittney Cochran, Lorrin McBee and Vocal & Instrumental Music awards were presented by instructor Jamie Hicks to Jordan Fulk, Samara Brush, Augusta Purvis, Catie Shalley, Shelby Westhoff, Brock Bondurant, Mark Johnson, Drew Miller, Derrick Muntz, Ben Shannan, Terrence Durham, Delaney Gundy, Dillan Hager, Cameron Harrison, Anna Hirner, Josh Keller, Paige McClamroch, Jennifer Miller, Martha Parrish, Tyler Small, Hailie Stone, Stephanie Bradley, Emily Ebeling, Randon Kraus, and Dyllyn Simerl.

Carol McCabe presented business awards to Brandon Monroe, Thomas Shannan, Sammi Tobler, Brock Bondurant, Logan Brassfield and Sabe Sears.

The Spanish department awards were distributed by Ivonne Wiegand, instructor. The Spanish I awards went to Sabe Sears and Jennifer Miller. Spanish II honors went to Kristine Reckenberg while the Spanish III awards went to McKinsay Cooley, Kelly Lister and Skyler Alderton.

Awards in Mathematics were presented by instructor Matt Reel. Brock Ebert and Kristine Reckenberg took home the honors in Algebra II. The Geometry class awards were handed out to Sabe Sears and Elizabeth Duzan while tops students in the Math Analysis class were McKinsay Cooley and Kelly Lister.

Sharon Veatch handled the award duties for the science department. She recognized the following students who maintained an A grade all year long - Chemistry I- Augusta Purvis and Sabe Sears; Chemistry II - Kelly Lister; Human Anatomy & Physiology - McKinsay Cooley and Kelly Lister.

Gary Hunziker and Marc Colvin teamed up to present the social sciences departmental awards. Lorrin McBee, Jennifer Miller and Josh Keller were honored in American History. Top honors in the Government & Geography class went to Brock Ebert, Kristine Reckenberg, Elizabeth Duzan and Kelsey Enlow while similar honors in World History were earned by Anna Duley and Stephanie Yarbrough. The American Heritage class awards were given to McKinsay Cooley and Kristie Parrish.

During the evening a number of special awards were presented a several students were recognized for special achievements.

Stephanie Yarbrough was recognized for attending the Northeast Missouri Rural Telephone trip to Washington, D.C. Kristie Parrish took part in the Tri-County Electric Cooperative Jefferson City Leadership Tour.

The Danforth I Dare You Award went to Brock Bondurant and Loren Smith.

Anna Hirner and Evan Hager were honored with the freshmen citizenship awards.

Andrew Humes received the Student Of The Month Award Sponsored by the SCR-I CTA ($25 Savings Bond).

SPIRIT OF MISSOURI AWARDS were presented as follows: Knowledge- Brock Ebert; Liberty- Kelly Lister; Equality- Jamie Shaw; Law- Loren Smith; Justice- Ben Shannan; Fraternity- Kyle Shelley; Education- McKinsay Cooley; Progress- Katlyn Miller; Honor- Brock Bondurant; Truth- Kelsey Enlow; Virtue- Derrick Muntz; Temperance- Melanie Triplett; Enterprise- Brandon Monroe; Charity- Anna Duley

The 2009-10 Scotland County R-I Student Council was recognized by sponsor Jenna Ketchum. She announced the officers as President- McKinsay Cooley; Vice President - Loren Smith; Secretary/Treasurer - Ashley Westhoff; Senior Reps- Kelly Lister and Brooklynne Simpson; Junior Reps- Skyler Alderton and Stephanie Yarbrough; Sophomore Rep- Brock Bondurant; Freshmen Rep - Logan Remely.

Perfect attendance awards were presented to Renay Friendshuh, Shane Gunnell, Joseph Hite, Derrick Cline, Hailey Dial, Bethany Rader, Brandon Wood, James McKee, Kelsey Enlow, Logan Payne, Erik Johnston and Hazel Owings.


A+ Certificates were presented by instructor Tom ODonnell to Mackenzie Byrn, McKinsay Cooley, Charlie Elder, Laramie Frederick, Jordan Fulk, Brandon Garnett, Drew Giberson, Trever Harris, Megan Hatfield, Josie Holt, Kelly Lister, Kyle Shelley, Brooklynne Simpson, Jessica Sites, Elizabeth Small, Ashley Westhoff, Justin Winn, and Brittney Youmans

The Tri-Rivers Conference Academic awards went to Kelly Lister and Brandon Garnett. Kyle Shelley and Kelly Lister earned the MSHSAA Sportsmanship Awards.

The D.A.R. Citizenship Award was presented to McKinsay Cooley

Kelly Lister and McKinsay Cooley earned Presidents Education Gold Awards for scoring in the 80th percentile or above on the ACT and maintaining a 3.5 GPA or better. Silver Award Winners (3.5 GPA) were Ashley Westhoff, Brooklynne Simpson, Elizabeth Small, Jessica Sites and Michelle Luncsford.

College Preparatory Certificates (3.0 GPA in 3 Math, 3 Science, 4 English, and 3 Social Science classes as well as an ACT Composite Score of 21) went to Kelly Lister, McKinsay Cooley, Ashley Westhoff, Brooklynne Simpson, Elizabeth Small, Michelle Luncsford, and Brandon Garnett.

Kelly Lister, McKinsay Cooley, Ashley Westhoff, and Brooklynne Simpson earned George Washington Carver Awards for finishing in the top 10% GPA of the Senior Class.

The Scotland County Fire Department Citizenship Awards were presented to McKinsay Cooley and Brandon Garnett. The Senior Citizenship awards were presented to Cooley and Garnett by Tom ODonnell. The Senior leaderships awards went to Cooley and Kyle Shelley while Lister, Garnett and Shelley took home the Senior Activities Awards.

A number of scholarship awards were announced at the conclusion of the evening.

Andy Clapp Memorial Scholarship (US BANK)- $500 each to Kelly Lister and Brandon Garnett.

Betty Jo Shibley-Banister Memorial Scholarship (US Bank) $470 to Michelle Luncsford.

Community Bank Of Memphis Scholarship $250 each to Brooklynne Simpson and Elizabeth Small.

Duane Courtright Memorial Scholarship $150 to Jordan Fulk.

Epsilon Iota of Beta Sigma Phi - $300 each to McKinsay Cooley, Kelly Lister and Ashley Westhoff.

Farm Bureau Scholarship $200 to Jessica Sites.

Jason Rockhold Memorial Scholarship to Kyle Shelley.

J.P. & Mary Childers Environmental Scholarship - (BofK) $950 to Justin Winn.

Kathy Riebel Harrity Memorial Scholarship $1,000 to Charlie Elder.

Kegan Hunt Memorial Scholarship $250 to Kelly Lister

Ken Cross Memorial Scholarship $1,000 to Josie Holt

Leo & Arlean Paul Memorial Scholarship - $187 (BofK) to Brittney Yomans

MFA Foundation Scholarship $2,000 to Kyle Shelley

Memphis Funeral Home Scholarship $300 to Brooklynne Simpson

Michael Wagner Memorial Scholarship $750 to Kelly Lister

Patricia Hudnall Memorial Scholarship - $1,500 (BofK) to McKinsay Cooley

P.E.O. Scholarship-..$300 each to Kelly Lister, McKinsay Cooley, and Ashley Westhoff

Pepsi-Cola Memphis Bottling Co. Scholarship -$500 to Drew Forquer

Pheasants Forever Scholarship $250 to Ashley Westhoff

Robert Bob Chance Memorial Scholarship $500 to Matt Rockhold

Ruth & Jesse Slavin Memorial Scholarship-$750 (B ofK) to Kelly Lister

Scotland County Antique Fair Assoc. (2) $250 to Jessica Sites and Justin Winn

Scotland Rotary Scholarships - $500 each to Elizabeth Small, McKinsay Cooley, Ashley Westhoff, Kelly Lister, Trever Harris and Kyle Shelley

Scotland County Soil & Water Scholarships- $500 Ashley Westhoff, $250 each to McKinsay Cooley, Brooklynne Simpson and Kelly Lister

Ted Riney Memorial Scholarship $200 to Brandon Garnett

Tom Coffrin Memorial Scholarship-$200 each to Jessica Sites and Justin Winn

Tucker-Bourn Memorial Scholarship - $374 (BofK) to Laramie Frederick

US BANK Scholarship $250 each to Kyle Shelley and Trever Harris

VFW Womens Auxilary-$125 each to Brandon Garnett and Kyle Shelley

Wymon Lemmon Memorial Scholarship- Books, Supplies, Lab fees to Jessica Sites

Xi Theta Tau of Beta Sigma Phi- $500 each to Kyle Shelley, Brandon Garnett and Michelle Luncsford.

McKinsay Cooley - Oklahoma State University- Academic Achievement Scholarship -BELMONT University- Scholastic Merit Scholarship $10,000 yearly

Drew Forquer - INDIAN HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE- Community Based Job Training Grant- (Pays 1yr. tuition Approximately $6,000)

Brandon Garnett - IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY- Academic Recognition- $4,500 & Iowa State Grant- $2780

Kelly Lister - UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI- $3,500 per for Mizzou Softball

Kyle Shelley - Central Methodist University- Eagle & Football Scholarship

Ashley Westhoff - Creighton University- Creighton University Scholarship & Creighton Ignation Award

Lady Tigers Drop Two of Three at Schuyler Tourney


Maddie Brassfield slides into second base.

Maddie Brassfield slides into second base.

After dropping two of three games at the Schuyler County Tournament on Saturday, the Scotland County softball program returned from Lancaster under the .500 mark on the season with a 7-8 record.

SCR-I got off to a  horrible start Saturday morning. After leaving the bases loaded in the top of the first, Knox County jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the frame, taking advantage of a pair of SCR-I errors as well as a home run.

Chelsea Wood singled and Stevi See walked with two outs in the third inning before Ashleigh Creek cracked a triple to trim the deficit to 5-2.

Another two-out rally in the sixth inning made the final score 5-3. Kaylyn Anders singled and scored when Abby Blessing reached on an error.

Creek pitched six innings, allowing just one earned run on seven hits and a walk while striking out five.

Wood went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored. Creek was 1-2 with two RBIs.

In game two, freshman Kaitlin McMinn got her first varsity pitching victory as SCR-I rallied for a 9-5 win over Brashear.

SCR-I fell behind 4-0 before Wood and See singled in the third and scored on a two-run hit by Creek.

The fifth inning put SCR-I over the top as Abi Feeney reached on an error and scored on a double by Wood. Creek added an RBI triple before Maddie Brassfield was hit by a pitch and scored on a base hit by Abby Blessing to make the score 6-5.

Creek took over in relief and notched the save with two scoreless innings of work.

Abby Blessing fires in a throw from center field.

Abby Blessing fires in a throw from center field.

SCR-I tacked on three more runs in sixth. Wood and See singled in front of a three-run homer by Creek to make the final score 9-5.

McMinn allowed two earned runs in four innings of work on four hits and three walks.

Creek struck out four in two innings of relief. She was 3-4 at the plate with six RBI and finished a single short of the cycle after hitting a double, triple and homer.

Wood was 3-4 and See went 2-4 as SCR-I finished with 10 hits after a slow start.

The consolation game slipped away from Scotland County as the host team broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning en route to the 5-4 win.

Schuyler County took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on an SCR-I error.

Abi Feeney singled and came in to score when Wood reached on an error to trim the deficit to 2-1.

Creek singled in the fourth inning and courtesy runner Hailey Darcy stole second base and came in to score when Anders reached on an error.

In the sixth, Creek smacked her second homer of the day to trim the lead to 5-3.

Katie Feeney squeezes a throw at first base on the bunt attempt.

Katie Feeney squeezes a throw at first base on the bunt attempt.

Julie Long reached on an error to start the seventh and pinch runner Khloe Hamlin stole second before scoring when Abi Feeney reached on an error. Wood doubled but SCR-I stranded the winning run at second base as the Rams held on for the 5-3 win.

Creek took the loss, despite not allowing an earned run. She held Schuyler County to five hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Lady Tigers Knock Off Novinger 15-1


After a slow start Monday night, the Scotland County softball team came on strong late to close out Novinger 15-1 in five innings of play in Memphis.

Abi Feeney was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and stole second base. She scored on an RBI single to give SCR-I a 1-0 lead.

Stevi See reached on an error and scored on an RBI ground out by Creek in the third to extend the lead to 2-0.

Novinger trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning when a walk  led to a run on a wild pitch.

But SCR-I closed the door on any rally with a huge fourth inning that saw the Lady Tigers send 17 batters to the plate en route to scoring 13 runs.

Abby Blessing and Katie Feeney had RBI singles to start the rally before Abi Feeney delivered an RBI triple. Chelsea Wood followed with a double  before Creek drove in another run with a two-bagger. See also contributed an RBI single during the onslaught.

Creek finished off the five-inning no-hitter with a one-two-three inning to record the victory. The junior allowed one run on no hits and three walks while striking out 11.

SCR-I improved to 8-8 on the season with the win.

Rams Outlast Lady Tigers 2-1 In Defensive Battle

Shortstop Abi Feeney makes a throw to first from her knees after one of her several nice defensive plays at Lancaster.

Shortstop Abi Feeney makes a throw to first from her knees after one of her several nice defensive plays at Lancaster.

Tuesday night saw an old-fashioned pitching duel in Lancaster backed up with plenty of defensive gems. Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, Schuyler County was the last one standing in the 2-1 defeat.

Scotland County took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Abi Feeney led off with a walk. With two outs, she was able to score all the way from first base when Ashleigh Creek reached on an error on an errant throw from third base that got by the first baseman.

Schuyler County came right back in the bottom of the frame. The Rams led off the inning with a blooper that landed and died between the pitcher and home plate for an infield single. After a wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt, Megan Haley delivered an RBI ground out to knot the score at 1-0.

After that point, pitchers Ashleigh Creek and Dystine Priebe locked horns, putting up zeros on the scoreboard.

Ashleigh Creek fields a bunt and fires to Katie Feeney at first base to record the out.

Ashleigh Creek fields a bunt and fires to Katie Feeney at first base to record the out.

SCR-I managed a base runner each inning until the sixth, but was unable to advance anyone past first base. Julie Long singled in the second, but was stranded. Stevi See and Abby Blessing walked in the third and fourth innings before Abi Feeney got a base hit in the fifth, but Priebe worked out of the jams, in large part thanks to nine strikeouts.

Her defense helped out a bit, as center fielder Brooke Whitton made a fine running grab in deep center field to rob Creek of extra bases in the third and Haley made a nice catch to rob Chelsea Wood of a hit in the fifth.

Creek matched the zeroes, albeit with a little more effort, struggling a bit with wild pitches that had the Lady Rams with runners in scoring position every inning.

Priebe singled and moved to second on a wild pitch in the second inning. Abi Feeney ended the threat with a diving grab on a line between short and third base.

The senior shortstop made back-to-back put outs in the third to leave a runner at third base. Maddie Brassfield then made a defensive gem at first base to end the threat in the fourth.

Schuyler County finally broke through for the winning run in the fifth inning. A leadoff single followed by a passed ball and a wild pitch allowed the Rams to score on a sacrifice fly.

Long smacked a one-out single in the seventh, her second hit of the contest, but Priebe closed out the rally to secure the 2-1 win for Schuyler County.

Scotland County fell to 6-5 on the season and 4-3 in the Lewis & Clark Conference.

Creek pitched six innings and allowed two runs, one earned on five hits and no walks while striking out three.

Priebe held SCR-I to just three hits and three walks over seven innings, surrendering just the one unearned run.

Rutledge School Building Sold


The Village of Rutledge sold the school to the Restoration Society for $1.00 on Tuesday, September 20th at 12:00 p.m.  Those at the closing were Society members L to R Lyle Otte, Reva Hustead, Charlene Montgomery, Gwen Ludwick, Bob Hunolt, Dorothy Hunolt, Elaine Forrester, Betty Lodewegan, Lynn McClamroch,  (Keith Zimmerman and Carol McCabe from the Village) and Leon Trueblood.

Grand Hall Singspiration in Memphis


The Rabers, part of the By Grace Ministry, will be hosting a Grand Hall Singspiration in Memphis at the Grand Hall, across from the BP Station, 418 E. Grand, on Sunday, October 2nd at 7:15 p.m.  They are also hosting a Men of Valor men’s meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 7:15 p.m.  Everyone is welcome and admission is a free will offering.  For more information about the By Grace Ministry, visit

Area Children Enjoy Games at Annual Rutledge Fall Festival

The annual Rutledge Fall Festival was held Saturday, September 17th and several area children enjoyed participating in various games.  Karl DeMarce emceed the games this year.

Balloon Toss winners in the six to eight division included Trevor and Evan Tague (1st), Kadence Burnett (2nd), and Craig Pflum and Cole Mazziotti and Nina Knepp (tied for 3rd).  In the nine and over division winners were Owen and Lucas Durflinger (1st), Hunter Holt and Aden Aldridge (2nd), and Aaron McDaniel and Hugh Baker (3rd).

Shoe Kick winners in the five and under division were Natalie Tague (1st), Travis Tague (2nd), and Ethan Pflum (3rd).  In the six to eight division winners were Evan Tague (1st), Cole Mazziotti (2nd), and Nina Knepp, Trevor Tague and Cole Pflum (3rd).  In the nine and over division winners were Owen Triplett (1st), Riley Small (2nd), and Lucas Durflinger (3rd).

Running Race winners in the five and under division were Landon Davis (1st), Kinze Mallett and Travis Tague (2nd), and Natalie Tague (3rd).  In the six to eight division winners were Kaden See (1st), Cole Mazziotti (2nd), and Evan Tague and Nina Knepp (3rd).  In the nine and over division winners were Owen Triplett (1st), Hunter Holt (2nd), and Lucas Durflinger (3rd).

Egg Race winners in the five and under girls’ division were Kenzie Mallett (1st), Nora Guthrie (2nd), and Natalie Tague (3rd).  In the boys’ division winners were Travis Tague (1st), James Guthrie (2nd), and Clay White (3rd).  In the six to eight girls’ division, winners were Natalie Howerton (1st), Kayla Pflum (2nd), and Tegan Mallett (3rd).  Boys’ division winners were Trevor Tague (1st), Kadence Burnett (2nd), and Craig Pflum (3rd).  In the nine and over division, winners were Braydon Tietjens (1st), Aden Aldridge (2nd), and Owen Triplett and Lucas Durflinger (3rd).

Afternoon games included a Kiddie Tractor Pull, Tug-of-War Race and the Shirley Chancellor Memorial Hot Cookie Race.

SCR-I School Menus


Thursday, Sept. 29 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, September 30 – Sausage/Gravy Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Blueberry Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, October 3 – Waffles, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Apple Wedges, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, October 4 –Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, October 5 – Ham/Cheese/Croissant, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, October 6 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk


Thursday, Sept. 29 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Friday, September 30 – Sack Lunch Today – HOMECOMING

Monday, October 3 – Chicken Ala King/Biscuit, Juicy Burger/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Onion Rings, Peas, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, October 4 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Tenderloin/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, October 5 –Country Fried Steak, Chicken Alfredo, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Broccoli/Cheese Sauce, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears

Thursday, October 6 – Beef ‘N’ Tator Bake, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Pineapple Tidbits, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, Sept. 29 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, French Fries, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Mandarin Oranges, Cake

Friday, September 30 – Hot Beef Sandwich, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Coleslaw, Buttered Carrots, Pudding

Monday, October 3 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Mixed Vegetables, Cottage Cheese, Peaches

Tuesday, October 4 – Roast Pork/Stuffing/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Green Beans, Slice Bread, Cake

Wednesday, October 5 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, October 6 – Meatloaf, Macaroni Salad, Buttered Broccoli, Applesauce, Bread, Glazed Donut


Thursday, Sept. 29 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 6 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Special 100-Year Homecoming Services This Weekend at First Christian Church

The Memphis First Christian Church will be hosting Homecoming Services to celebrate the completion of the current church building (located on corner of Jones and Main Streets) which was completed in 1916.  The celebration will take place this weekend –  September 30- October 1-2, 2016.

Phillip Gore and Tim Hawkins former ministers of the Memphis First Christian Church will be the speakers for the Sunday, October 2, morning worship service, and former Memphis resident Terry Rush will speak at the closing service on Sunday afternoon.  Following the morning service, there will be a luncheon served.

There will also be services on Friday, September 30, beginning at 7:00 with a “Linger Longer” fellowship time after the service.  On Saturday, October 1, there will be a barbecue at 5:00 with services beginning at 6:30.

Special music for the services will be provided by the Gateway Singers and Paul Burton and Mercy’s Bridge Band, a country gospel group.  The Planning Committee for the Church Homecoming Celebration will share historical information about First Christian Church as part of the three special services.

Members of the community are cordially invited to attend all of the services and meals for the celebration.

Mayor Reckenberg Proclaims Constitution Week, Sept. 17 – 23, 2016 in Memphis

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg was joined by members of the Jauflione Chapter of the NSDAR to sign a proclamation declaring Constitution Week in Memphis.

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg was joined by members of the Jauflione Chapter of the NSDAR to sign a proclamation declaring Constitution Week in Memphis.

On Friday, September 23, 2016, Mayor William Reckenberg signed and issued a proclamation announcing September 17 through 23, 2016 to be Constitution Week in Memphis, and asks our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787.

The Proclamation reads as follows:

Whereas, September 17, 2016 marks the two hundred and twenty-ninth anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention; and

Whereas, it is fitting and proper to officially recognize this magnificent document and the anniversary of its creation; and

Whereas, it is fitting and proper to officially recognize the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate the occasion; and

Whereas, public law 915 guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States of America designation September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week;

NOW THEREFORE, I, William Reckenberg, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Memphis in the County of Scotland do hereby proclaim September 17 through 23, 2016 as CONSTITUTION WEEK and ask our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties, remembering that lost rights may never be regained.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of Memphis to be affixed this twenty-third day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen.

The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedoms and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.

In 1955 the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) petitioned the Federal Government to dedicate September 17-23 as Constitution Week.  Congress adopted the resolution and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law 915.  DAR Chapters have been observing Constitution Week various ways since then.  The local Chapter, Jauflione, places a display in a store window to remind the public of the Constitution and its significance to our way of life.  The city Mayor also issues a proclamation declaring Constitution Week.  This is an annual reminder of the inalienable rights the Constitution affords all Americans.

The aims of the celebration are to:  (1) Emphasize citizen’s responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, (2) Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for American’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life and (3) To encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed September 17th.  But it wasn’t until 1788 that it was ratified by the necessary nine states.

The Constitution is a living document, being amended 27 times.  Of the written national constitutions, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest.

Jauflione Chapter, NSDAR helps keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured the Nation’s independence, whose bravery and sacrifice made possible the liberties Americans enjoy today.

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