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  From the Alabama Division President, Linda Edwards

September 2015

Less than three weeks is our annual Division Convention in Mobile. Please make sure your Chapter Credentials are postmarked by September 2nd. A September postmark of September 2nd is also required for your registration and your meals. If you haven't mailed yours in, please do so today or tomorrow! Based on the registration forms already received, this convention looks like it will have an outstanding turnout. 

We will only be voting on one bylaw change, which is on page 11 of the packet mailed to the Chapter Presidents:
Article VI
Officers of the Alabama Division
Section 2
Please make sure you bring page 11 with you so you may read and understand the bylaw before you vote on it.

The Presidents Evening Banquet will have a Mardi Gras theme, if you are attending this, feel free to bring your mask, hankie, beads or any Mardi Gras item you have. We will have the traditional King Cake for our dessert complete with the baby inside!

If you have any items you would like to donate to the silent auction, please bring them with you. We already have several very nice things donated and ready to bid on! The money from this auction will go to our Flag Preservation Fund.

The six "catch up charms" will be for sale at a price of $20.00 each. We also have a few of the 26/50th Infantry Flag charms, which will be for sale for $15.00. The prepaid "catch up charms" will be available for pick up. Again, the profits from the sale of these charms will go to the Division Flag Preservation Fund.

I am sure most of you know that a heritage group called "Save our South" has filed a lawsuit to protect the Linn Park UDC monument. This monument was gifted by the Pelham Chapter to the City of Birmingham and the State of Alabama in 1905. The Tuskegee Chapter has an attorney who will represent them if the City of Tuskegee tries to move or destroy the Chapter owned statue, he is notifying the City of Tuskegee this week, that he will be the Chapter contact for any matter regarding the statue.

President General Pam Trammell and I have spoken on the phone several times during August and also have had several emails between us. She is well aware of all the situations that are occurring within the state and our Division and has assured me that she is available to offer suggestions regarding any situation which may occur. She did offer a piece of advice which all of us should be doing, and that is prayer. 

I look forward to seeing many of you in Mobile. As always, if you need any help or have any questions, please call or email me and I will be happy to discuss any topic you wish!

Yours in UDC,

Linda Edwards
Alabama Division President

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