From the Alabama Division's President, Linda Edwards

December 2014

Dear Alabama Daughters,

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and families. It is hard to believe that December is here and Christmas will soon be upon us. My calendar is already almost full with invitations to come share fellowship with many Chapters in the Division and I am looking forward to attending and meeting members. December is also a busy month for Division activities. 

December 6th 1pm to 5pm CofC Annual Christmas in the South at Confederate Memorial Park. Please bring some ornaments for the tree and new toys for the children in Children's Hospital. Please come and support our children, remember they are the future leaders of our UDC.

Mid December the Call for Winter Board will be mailed out. This meeting will take place January 17, 2015 at the Montgomery Country Club. Registration will begin at 9am. Please plan on attending and learning about our Division Flag Project. We have some new ways we will raise money for our flag that have never been done before in Alabama.

Chapter Yearbooks need to be sent by January 1, 2015 to the Division President, Division Historian and your District Director. I have already received many of your Yearbooks and they are all as varied as the different Chapters they represent.

I am proud to announce that we will restore the 26th/50th Alabama Infantry Flag. Dr. Bob Bradley recommended this flag and the cost is almost $14,000.00. According to Alabama Archives information the flag was apparently in the possession of Lt Colonel Newton Nash Clements. Dr Thomas Owen, Director, Alabama Department of Archives and History was able to gain possession of the flag from Mrs. N. N. Clements on August 7th,1909. The flag was logged in on August 12, 1909 as "badly mutilated", and I believe you will agree when you see the picture of the flag at Winter Board.

During November our Division was well represented at the General Convention in Richmond, Virginia. As mentioned in previous posts to the forum our Division was awarded many Certificates. Also in November the Pelham Chapter 67 held a Marker Dedication at the Tannerhill Ironworks Historical Park in McCalla. The marker was for the Williams-Owen Forge which was owned by Pelham Chapter member Connie Grund's ancestors. Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett gave a history of the Forge and entertained us with many interesting stories of the people who lived and worked at the Ironworks during the WBTS. A reception was held at Fowler House following the dedication and was hosted by Chapter President Ann King and Mrs. Grund.

Remember we are all members of the Alabama Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and we are bound to abide by the Rules and Bylaws of the Division. If you want to suggest changes to our Bylaws now is the to submit them to the Bylaws Committee. 

I hope you all have a peaceful and happy Christmas,

Linda Edwards
Alabama Division President 

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