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  From the Alabama Division President, Linda Edwards

April 2015

Dear Alabama Division Ladies,

Spring is here!  All the cold weather and ice is behind us, now we can enjoy the beautiful warm air and spend the month of April honoring our Confederate ancestors. This is the 150th year since the War Between the States ended when on April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to US General Ulysses Grant at Appomattox, Virginia which initiated the start of the end to the fighting. The entire month of April in Alabama is dedicated to Alabama Confederate History.  I hope all the Chapters are planning on some special remembrance to commemorate this historical year in our history.

The Division has two very special events for the month.  April 25th at Confederate Memorial park 11:00 am, the CofC will have their annual memorial service.  Third Vice President Tammie Evans has been working with the children and they have a very special program to honor our Confederate ancestors, please attend, we owe it to our children, they are the ones who will carry on our unique Confederate history.  The Alabama UDC Confederate Memorial Day event will take place on April 27th on the steps of the Alabama Capitol, by our Confederate Monument at 10 am.  Chairman Leslie Kirk has made arrangements to make this day truly special. Division Military Recorder of Crosses Laura Womack-Rowell has graciously agreed to bring her family heirloom bell to ring when we have our traditional Ancestor Roll Call.  Attendance has been sparse at this event, please attend and bring your friends and family with you, let's fill the steps of the Capitol and honor our Confederate history!

On April 6th, Second Vice President Suzanna Rawlins will send out the letters to our Division Scholarship recipients.  Suzanna and her committee members; Donna Clark, Dr. Elizabeth Cleino and Martha Young worked very hard selecting the recipients, THANK YOU to these UDC ladies for such outstanding dedication and work.  We have seven students who are applying for General Scholarships and we wish them success.

All of the 26/50th charms and bracelets have been sold!  Another order has been placed, so if you want to get a charm and/or bracelet, just go to the AL Division webpage and send your order to Laura Rowell, Jr.  She can mail your order to you for $5.00 dollars once they arrive, or you may wait until Convention and pick your order up then.  Good news ~ we will have charms for the additional flags the Division has conserved.  I don't have all the particulars yet, but I hope to have it all worked out by the May message. Douglas aka "Hump" has been so loved, that we will also have a charm made of him!
 
Our Podium contest rules have one change.  You may use a cotton boll, as long as it is not the official five star General UDC cotton boll. If you have any questions about this contest, please contact Miss Ann King.
 
Our Convention is only five months away, so if you haven't made your reservation I urge you to do so, the details are on our webpage.  You will not want to miss this convention in Mobile! 

I hope you all have a blessed Easter. As always, I am available, if you have any questions or comments, just call or email me.

Yours in UDC,
Linda Edwards
Alabama Division President

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