So far, I have attended three very good District Meetings during February and am looking forward to the upcoming meetings in March. District
Meetings are a great place to meet new members and make new friends, as well as getting to see more of our great state and learning new facts about the history of Alabama. Also, District Officers are being elected for the upcoming 2014-2016 term. I send my congratulations to those officers who have already been elected, and I thank each of you for your willingness to serve.
Brandi Evans and Angela Harrell, once again, did a great job with the March issue of “The Ties that Bind.” Brandi has done an excellent job of layout and editing. I thank all the chapters who send in their news and pictures. They are most interesting and I commend you on your hard work. Also, I hope that you all enjoyed the first of our new feature, “Daughter of Distinction.” If you know of a current or past UDC member who has made outstanding contributions other than in UDC, please submit her name, UDC chapter and a concise description of her achievements; about half a page.
In 2011 a design was selected, approved and produced for
the Alabama Division 150th Remembrance Pin to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States. But because of the cost of the pin, $45.00, it was decided to order them on a prepaid basis; 50 pins at a time. Several orders of fifty pins were rapidly reached, but in the past year, few orders have been placed not reaching the prepaid limit and unfortunately checks had to be returned. I would like for everyone wanting to purchase this Alabama Division insignia to have that chance. If you are interested in ordering, please contact Barbara McCamish, Division Vice President. When she has at least 50 interested members, you will be notified to send your check and then the order will be placed.
Remind your chapter members about the opportunity to purchase this beautiful remembrance pin as the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States will come to a close in 2015.
As we look forward to Confederate History and Heritage Month in April, I hope that each chapter will plan activities to bring attention to our Confederate Heritage in a positive manner. Let people know what the Confederacy really stood for and that we are proud to honor our ancestors.
We have two Division events coming up in April. On Saturday, April 26, please support our Children of the Confederacy Memorial Day event at Confederate Memorial Park. Let them know that we are here to honor our ancestors and to remember what they sacrificed for us. And, on Monday, April 28 the UDC Confederate Memorial Day commemoration will be held at the Confederate Monument at our State Capitol. This is always a moving event as we each remember our Confederate ancestor.
The President General’s theme is “United We Stand.” The word “United” means joint action or to bring together in a common cause. In our ritual we say “strengthen the bonds that unite us in a common cause.” Our common cause sets us apart from other organizations, and I believe that it is worthy of our contributions. Let us not work for our own glorification, but let us work united in the common cause of preserving and protecting our heritage. Let us keep intact what so many before us worked so hard to keep in existence, and continue to build a strong and lasting heritage for our future generations.
Our cause is a worthy cause. We must preserve our Southern history, our heritage, our beliefs and our code of honor. We must preserve these and teach them to future generations or our beloved Southern Heritage will die with our generation. Would our forefathers be proud of us if they came back today? Are we working united in the common cause of preserving our heritage? We are not working for our glorification but working together, united for our cause.
Two years ago at the Nathan Bedford Forrest District Meeting, I was “introduced” to Miss Sallie Jones. Anne Prime, member of the Alabama Charter Chapter 36, presented a program telling about the founder of the Alabama Division United Daughters of the Confederacy. I learned that at the urging of several members of the United Confederate Veterans Camp in Camden, Miss Jones obtained the first charter for a UDC chapter in Alabama on March 26, 1896. This chapter was named Alabama Charter Chapter 36 and will be celebrating its 118th birthday this month. One month later two other chapters had been chartered, Selma 53 and Admiral Semmes 57. These three chapters have a long heritage and are still strong chapters today. It was only one short year later that there were seven Alabama chapters and the Alabama Division was formed at the first Alabama Division Convention on April 18, 1897. The other chapters making the first seven were Tuscaloosa 64 (name changed to R.E. Rodes), Sophie Bibb 65, Pelham 67, and Cradle of the Confederacy 94. Of these seven, only the Sophie Bibb Chapter no longer exists.
These chapters began a great work preserving our Confederate History and honoring our ancestors, the Confederate soldiers. Let us continue to love our ancestors and our organization so that we have a strong Alabama Division.
In UDC Love,
Donna Clark, President
Alabama Division UDC
Remember our 26th Alabama Infantry Flag Conservation Project. You can Adopt-A-Soldier of your choosing and Pack-A-Backpack. Go to the Alabama Division website, then Projects, for details on how you can help preserve our heritage.
Also, under Projects, you will find details on “Vanishing Confederate Alabama.”
For information concerning reservations for the 119th Annual Alabama Division Convention, September 18-20, 2014, please go to the Alabama Division website, then Division Convention.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
General Spring Board: March 1, 2014 Richmond, VA
District Meetings 2014:
* Jefferson Davis – February 1
* Bankhead – February 8
* Henry D. Clayton – February 22
* John H. Forney – March 1
* Joe Wheeler – March 8
* Mobile Bay – March 12
* Jefferson Guards – March 15
* Nathan Bedford Forrest – March 22
* Letitia Ross – March 29
Confederate Memorial Day at the Capitol in Montgomery: April 28, 2014
CofC events at Confederate Memorial Park:
Memorial Day – April 26, 2014
Division Convention – June 14, 2014
119th Annual AL Division Convention: September 18-20, 2014; Embassy Suites Hotel Montgomery