Dedication of Trees at White Pine, Jefferson City, Dandridge

For everything there is a season, and time for every purpose under heaven (Eccl. 3:1)” is the guiding scripture for the administration of State Regent Cecile Wimberley (2019-2021) of the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution (TSDAR).

In keeping with the spirit of that scripture, every season is an occasion for conservation. Regent Wimberley is promoting conservation by challenging each state chapter to plant a tree for each year of her administration. In fulfillment of that challenge, the Martha Dandridge Washington (MDW) Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) planted and dedicated three dogwood trees with the final tree being planted in Veterans Memorial Park, White Pine. The white dogwood was planted on Arbor Day, April 30, 2021, and dedicated in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and World Environment Day on June 5, 2021. Why the dogwood? The dogwood is one of “the first trees to bloom in the spring signaling the end of winter.” It was also chosen to honor the Wimberley Administration as the dogwood blossom was adopted as the administration’s three-year symbol.

Although one tree each was to be planted and dedicated in 2019, 2020, and 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic caused those dates to be adjusted. The first tree was planted in 2019 in Dandridge and dedicated in 2020; the second tree was planted in 2020 in Jefferson City and dedicated in 2021; and the third tree was planted in 2021 in White Pine and dedicated in 2021.

The recent ceremony in White Pine was planned and led by MDW Member Pamela Teague, who also obtained the bronze plaque, as her Independent Project for the DAR Members Course. MDW Member Sherri Franklin planted the tree and nurtured the tender sapling until the dedication as her Independent Project.

Special guests present at the dedication were White Pine Mayor Fred Taylor and White Pine City Councilwoman Carolyn Voiles.

Teague stated reverently, “It is my honor to dedicate this dogwood tree as a Conservation and Commemorative Events Project. May it stand as a living reminder of the sacrifices that have been made on our behalf.” She then laid a white rose at the base of the tree in front of the bronze plaque.

Previously on Arbor Day, April 30, 2021, the second tree in the trio was dedicated in the front yard of the Glenmore Mansion in Jefferson City. It was planted in honor of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which was ratified in 1920 and gave women the right to vote. MDW Member Susie Jarnagin planted the tree on June 4, 2020, and nurtured it, obtained the bronze plaque, and conducted the ceremony on Arbor Day. Jarnagin completed these tasks as her Independent Project for the DAR Members Course.

Other participants in the program at Glenmore Mansion were Jefferson County Historian Robert Jarnagin, Chaplain Elizabeth Finchum, and Corresponding Secretary Jane Busdeker.

The first Challenge tree of the three was planted in the Revolutionary War Graveyard in Dandridge by Conservation Committee Chairman Linda Null Bonner on October 9, 2019. She acquired the white dogwood through American Heritage Trees in Lebanon, TN, from the Alvin C. York Historic Park. It was planted to honor Sergeant Alvin C. York, the Fentress County native son, who received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine gun nest during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France in 1918 where he killed 25 of the enemy and captured 132.

Bonner set the bronze plaque, planned the dedication, and conducted the ceremony on October 18, 2020, as her Capstone Project for the DAR New Horizons Course. Also participating in that ceremony were Chaplain Finchum and MDW Member Jarnagin.

In conjunction with that tree dedication ceremony, Chaplain Finchum conducted an NSDAR National Day of Prayer Observance.

For information about the DAR, contact Registrar Karen McFarland at (865) 258-8670 or Regent Jane Chambers at (865) 591-3857.

MDW Member Pam Teague, White Pine Councilwoman Carolyn Voiles, and White Pine Mayor Fred Taylor honored the 100th Anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the tree dedication in the Veterans Memorial Park, White Pine.

Conservation Chairman Linda Null Bonner, MDW Member Pam Teague, and MDW Member

Susie Jarnagin fulfilled the Wimberley Administration’s challenge to plant a tree in each year of State Regent Cecile Wimberley’s term.

MDW Member Sherri Franklin got her hands dirty planting the white dogwood tree at the Veterans Memorial Park in White Pine.





Source: Submitted by Jane Busdeker, Corresponding Secretary, MDW Chapter, NSDAR