From the Alabama Division's President, Donna Clark
Alabama UDC Ladies,
This is a very busy time of
the year as we approach the Christmas season.
As you begin making your schedules, please try and support the
Children of the Confederacy’s annual Christmas in the South on
Saturday, December 7, at Confederate Memorial Park.
The program begins at 11:00 a.m.; please bring a covered dish to
share after the program. Education
is one of the most important objectives of our organization and educating
our children is paramount to their future, as well as to the UDC. I strongly urge everyone to participate if at all possible.
Also, remember to save the
date for the Winter Board meeting on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the
Marriott Legends on Capitol Hill in Prattville.
The Winter Board Call will be mailed in early December.
For those of you who would like to arrive on Friday, January 10,
2014, the room rate will be $109.00 plus tax.
The deadline to secure this rate is December 17, 2013.
The telephone numbers for hotel reservations are: (800) 228-9290 or
Congratulations to the
Private Gibeon Jefferson Sullivan Chapter 2662.
I wish I could have been there for the dedication ceremony of the
restoration of the 1870s cabin built by Sullivan after the war.
This was a celebration of a great accomplishment, as these ladies
worked very hard to get this done.
For those of you who have
not heard, it is with great sadness that I report the loss of one of our
UDC daughters and Randolph Relief recipient, Mrs. Bessie Walker.
She passed away on November 7 and was laid to rest on November 10.
She was a lovely lady; I regret that I was away and unable to
attend her funeral. Please
remember Mrs. Willie Jones, sister of Mrs. Walker, also a Randolph Relief
recipient; she needs our support more than ever.
I would like to thank
everyone who contributed to the November issue of the UDC Magazine.
I especially want to recognize Bettye Moore, Dr. Lynda Lowery and
Gloria Griggs for their excellent historical articles.
It takes a lot of time to research and write these articles; I am
grateful for your hard work. Alabama Chapters contributed interesting news articles and
pictures of their many activities; ancestor lists/tributes and ad sales
which are also very important and much appreciated.
I am proud to say that you all did an excellent job of contributing
to the Alabama Issue!
I represented the Alabama
Division at the General Convention in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on November 7
through the 11th. Others
attending from Alabama were: Division Treasurer, Shirley Edberg;
Corresponding Secretary, Linda Edwards; Terri Dean; Joyce Shumate; and
Division Ex-President, Ann King.
The tour and most of the
entertainment was focused on the American Indian, their culture, their
migration to and settlement of Oklahoma.
I found it very interesting since I have not studied that area of
history in many years. There
was also a lot of business transacted at the Convention this year, listed
below is some of the information and highlights.
The Alabama Division won
three awards this year. I was
very proud to receive them and proud of our ladies’ accomplishments.
I would like to see more recognition for all of the hard work and
time that you put in throughout the year.
It is through reporting that we get this recognition, and I feel
that we need to concentrate on submitting more Chapter, District and
Division reports and get that much deserved recognition.
Silver Bowl – for the greatest number of vertical inches published in
the magazine in Category A.
Ransom Williams Trophy – To the Chapter with the greatest increase in
membership on a percentage basis, Winner, Nathan Bedford Forrest 2410.
Congratulations to the ladies in this chapter; their membership
increased more than 100% this year.
Activities Certificate of Award – Best overall report for Category A.
Other business and
information from the General Convention:
General organization ended the year with 19,044 members.
Hays-Davis was elected Honorary Associate Member of the UDC.
He is the great-great grandson of Jefferson Davis.
new General Scholarship has been established with a $30,000.00 donation
from one very generous UDC member.
pin for the Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan Chapter was approved, along with
pins from other Divisions.
new pin was approved for those who became members before the age of 40.
As I understand it, this is retroactive.
chapter whose tax-exempt status has been revoked shall file the IRS form
1023 before August 31 of that year or the chapter will be declared
WWI Cross of Military Service award has been reinstated until the 90
medals which are left have been bestowed.
General awards were changed and will be listed in the 2013 General
new award was established for poetry and named for Father Ryan.
Guidelines have not been announced, only that it will be awarded
through the Southern Literature and Arts Committee.
fee has changed for the Pioneers in Space Awards
Brothers, the company that makes the Iron Crosses for our Confederate
Soldiers, is still making theses crosses.
There was some confusion a few months ago whether or not they were
still in business; part of the company sold but they are still in
General Minutes will be produced in three forms this year: paper bound,
spiral and 3-hole punch. If
you select the 3-hole punch, there is a UDC notebook that will be sold to
fit the pages. The order form is on General’s website under Members
most important business was the passage of amendments to the General
Bylaws. These amendments
affect the way we do business. All
members should all be familiar with both the General and Division bylaws.
The amended bylaws will be printed in the General Minutes and will
be available in March 2014.
Upcoming UDC General Events
of the Flags on June 7, this is a
special event to celebrate the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson
Davis; held in the Great Hall at the UDC Memorial Building in Richmond,
of Columbia’s Centennial Commemoration at Arlington
on June 8, also commemorating the birth of Jefferson Davis and honoring
those Confederate soldiers buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Busses will be available from Richmond to Arlington.
General Convention is a wonderful time for learning and fellowship;
something I hope that each one of you will have the opportunity to
you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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