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  From the Alabama Division President, Linda Edwards

February 2015

Dear Alabama Daughters,

We had an outstanding Winter Board on January 17th with record attendance, and I would like to thank everyone who attended. The Division Officers gave excellent workshops, especially Registrar Susan Dooley who presented a power point program which is available on the Alabama page of the UDC website. Our 25/50 Flag Conservation project was kicked off full force at the meeting. Flag Committee member Susan Allen researched and made a power point program on the history of the Alabama UDC Flag project which everyone enjoyed. There are many ways you can support the Flag Fund; we will need almost $14,000.00 to conserve the 25/50th. The most exciting fund raiser is the selling of an exact replica charm of the flag. I would encourage all of you to go the Alabama page of the UDC website and click on Projects and see all the ways you can support the fund raising. There is an order form in the Projects section that you can mail to order a charm and or bracelet. Any questions you have about the Flag Project may be addressed to Flag Committee Chair Laura Rowell or myself. 

The District meetings have begun. Please make plans to attend, you can't beat the fellowship! There is a special guest traveling with me to the District Meetings, Douglas the Camel aka "Hump". "Hump" is named after the camel Douglas who was killed in Mississippi at the Battle of Vicksburg. In the past we have fed the pig and stuffed the backpack, now we will stuff the hump! "Hump" was well fed at Winter Board and the Jefferson Guards District Meeting, raising over $100.00 at each meeting (he also loves to have his picture taken with the ladies in hats)! I will also have the charms and bracelets with me at the District meetings if you wish to purchase one. Brandi is also going to place the order form in the March issue of the "Ties". I mentioned at Winter Board that we may get charms made of the flags we conserved in the past, if you are interested in this, please send me a private email linda56edwards@yahoo.com so I can get an idea on how many are interested in this idea.  I think it would be nice to have our own Division charm bracelet. 

We also have a project for a new Division Banner/Badge/letterhead image. Ann King has agreed to Chair this Special Committee and the rules can be found on the Alabama page of the UDC website and the March issue of the "Ties". We will vote on this project at our Division Convention in September.

Remember April is only two months away, so now is the time to start planning your Confederate activities especially if you plan to present any Military Service Awards. Laura W. Rowell needs to have your applications asap.

The deadline for by-laws changes is fast approaching, please send your suggestions to the By-Laws Committee before February 15th. The contact information is in your current 2014 Yearbook and Minutes.

Division Historian Kathy Plier was at the Jefferson Guards District meeting yesterday looking GREAT! Kathy will be starting the final treatment for her cancer and we are all so thankful; please keep praying and sending good thoughts Kathy's way.

I look forward to seeing all of you the next eight Saturdays at the District Meetings!

In UDC love,
Linda Edwards

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