VDAR Chapter members listen to James Theres, standing, speak about The Hello Girls during the Virginia DAR Luncheon in Petersburg.

PETERSBURG — On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution held a luncheon at the Country Club of Petersburg.

Chesterfield Courthouse, Colonel John Banister, Frances Bland Randolph and Hicksford Chapters were hostesses. The special guest and speaker was James Theres, producer and director of the documentary, The Hello Girls.

Phillipa Smith, regent of Frances Bland Randolph, welcomed members and guests. Anne Atkinson led the Pledge of Allegiance. Sidney Smith led the America’s Creed, and Betty Walkman led the National Anthem. Mary Meade Saunders delivered the blessing.

After a delicious lunch, Theres discussed and presented the documentary. The Hello Girls tells the story of 223 women sent to France during World War I to serve as telephone operators to help win the war. Following a question and answer period on the documentary, announcements and closing prayer, the meeting was adjourned.