A celebratory dinner was held at Chompie's Restaurant in Chandler, AZ. Members and their guests attended. President Stacy McSwain welcomed everyone and awarded certificates of appreciation.
Stacy McSwain with chapter anniversary cake
Oakwood Cemetery was chartered in 1869 and is still an active cemetery today. Over 22,000 graves and many notable men and women of historical significance to the city, state and nation are buried there. The Confederate section of Oakwood Cemetery contains the remains of some 1500 soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. To honor soldiers that fought at Gettysburg, a beautiful memorial monument was placed at Oakwood to commemorate the 1600 North Carolinians, approximately one-third of the Confederate soldiers who fought and died at Gettysburg.
The monument is composed of two rectangular granite stones which stand upright on a horizontal granite base. The stone on the left has a dark polished surface with an engraving of a picture of five Confederate soldiers in battle, with a wounded soldier kneeling in front of the others and pointing toward something. The soldier in the rear carries the Confederate flag, waving above the soldiers' heads. The Latin motto from the Great Seal of the Confederacy appears in the inscription "Deo Vindice" and is translated as "God Will Vindicate." The shorter, light granite stone on the right bears an inscription commemorating those who died at Gettysburg. A version of the Great Seal of the Confederacy is inscribed on the rear of the shorter stone, with a wreath, the initials "CSA" ("Confederate States of America") and the Latin motto.
An award program to recognize top nurses at the VA Hospital in Phoenix, AZ was named in honor of Capt. Sally Louise Tompkins, the only woman to hold a commission in the Confederate States Army. Her devotion and work earned her the label "Angel of the Confederacy." On June 24th an embossed plaque presented by the UDC and SCV and a monetary award given by the VA was presented to James Brezinski, RN and Cynthia DeCesare, RN.
Left,James Brezinski, RN was presented the plaque by Lynn Crawford, SCV member.. UDC member, Lori Steadman,in blue, represented Gen. Joe Wheeler. Right, Lynn Crawford presented the plaque to Cheryl Roberts, supervisor who accepted the award for Cynthia DeCesare, RN.
Since Gen Joe Wheeler does not hold formal chapter meetings during the summer, members meet at a local restaurant to visit and have lunch. A fun time!!
Left, Marie Roberts and Stacy McSwain and Right, Stacy McSwain Wendy Gould, Claudia Beatty
Left, Lori Steadman and Donna Rabenow. Right Barbara Pichler and Lori Steadman
Left, Betty Kehrle and Patty Williams. Right, Patty Williams and Pat Crawford
Front row, Barbara Pichler and Stacy McSwain. Back row, Marie Roberts, Wendy Gould, Patty Williams and Pat Crawford
The ladies of General Joe Wheeler met to give annual reports and to have a delicious lunch at the restaurant, "Old Chicago." L>R Donna Rabenow, Pat Crawford, Stacy McSwain, Wendy Gould, Lori Steadman and Patty Williams.
. A memorial service was held at the Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, AZ. Gen Joe Wheeler members participating were L>R Wendy Gould, Patty Williams, Pat Crawford, Claudia Beatty, Stacy McSwain and Lori Steadman.
Confederate Veterans who are buried in the Mesa City Cemetery were honored. They are:
The veterans were honored with a bugler who played
"Taps" and a 21 gun salute. The Honor Guard and the Riflemen
attended from Co. L, 1st Texas
Infantry and Co. D, 5th Texas Infantry.
UDC daughters placed a rose on the headstone of Bennett Asberry McClendon in memory of each Confederate veteran buried there. Claudia Beatty dressed in period costume, brought roses for each member President Stacy McSwain stands by the headstone with the roses memoralizing the veterans..
SCV Camp 1708 hosted a memorial service at the Globe, AZ City Cemetery honoring Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory and Confederate Veterans. There were over 40 people in attendence including Gen Joe Wheeler #966 chapter members. Those attending were Stacy McSwain, Patty Williams, Lori Steadman, Donna Rabenow and Linda Fox. For further information, take a look at the SCV Camp 1708 website. http://www.scvcamp1708.org/html/events.html
In the Spring, Ladies from Gen Joe Wheeler 966 mark veteran's graves in New Mexico and El Paso with a stop in Tucson to have lunch with members who live there.
To the left, are members meeting for lunch at the Tucson Cracker Barrell on I-10. Front row L>R are Donna Rabenow, Stacy McSwain, RoyAnn Parker Lori Steadman and Lillian Jordan.
Back row L>R Karla Gutierrez and Christa Holland
In Las Cruces, 3 cemeteries were visted and 6 Confederate graves were marked. That evening, the travelling ladies met up with member, Leanne Herring and prospective member, Faith Morley at St. Clair's Winery and Restaurant. Front row, L>R Leanne Hering, Stacy McSwain. Back row, Lori Steadman, Donna Rabenow and Faith Morley
On Saturday, the ladies left Las Cruces, NM and travelled to El Paso, Texas where there are 13 veterans buried at the Concordia Cemetery. The graves were marked with a rose and the First National flag. Front row L>R Lori Steadman, Leanne Hering and Stacy McSwain. Back Row L>R Donna Rabenow, Susan Mucha and Emily Grandle.
On Monday, March 9th, Bessie Seacat (center) was honored for her services to our country by the General Joe Wheeler Chapter and the Anne Early Wheeler C of C chapter. Mary Mills (front right) and her children, Samuel, Anna, Sarah, Jonah, Elijah and Daniel presented her with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of their chapters. Bessie was one of more than 20,000 women who joined the Marine Corps Women's Reserve during World War II. She enlisted on April 3, 1944 and served until February 6, 1946 in the motor transport branch as a Private First Class.
Members of Gen Joe Wheeler gathered together to make
fleece blankets for homeless women veterans.
L>R Pat Crawford, Wendy Gould, Donna Rabenow, granddaughter Donna, Stacy McSwain, Lori Steadman and Gwen Randolph
Lori Steadman, Pat Crawford and Gwen Randolph cutting and measuring blankets
Members of General Joe Wheeler UDC chapter celebrated the Christmas season with a "bring a dish" luncheon. Gifts were exchanged and a lovely time was had by all.
L>R Paige Gentner, Marjorie Reeves, Donna Rabenow, Lori Steadman, Wendy Gould, Stacy McSwain, Patty Williams, Gwen Randolph and Pat Crawford
Gen Joe Wheeler #966 met at CoCo's Restaurant on September 22. Left to Right, front row, Pat Crawford Stacy, McSwain Patty Williams and Lori Steadman. Back row are guest, Marie Roberts and Donna Rabenow.
General Joe Wheeler #966 UDC Chapter was honored to have President General Martha Van Schaick visit. The chapter was joined with SCV Camp 1708 for a luncheon at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort. Following the luncheon, SCV and UDC members traveled to nearby ghost town, Adamsville, AZ , where a memorial service was held at the gravesite of Capt Granville Oury, the namesake of Camp 1708.
Left, 1708, Lt. Commander, Carter Powers, presented the President General with a valuable and rare book to give to the Caroline Meriwether Goodlett Library in The UDC Memorial Building, Richmond, VA.
Right, "A History of the Civil War" by Benson J. Lossing, LLD., was published by The War Memorial Association in 1912.
Left, President General Martha Van Schaick placed roses on Capt Granville Oury's headstone.
Right, President Stacy McSwain and PG Martha Van Schaick with SCV Camp 1708 Commander Kevin Brown and First Texas Infantry renactors, Lt Commander Carter Powers and Jim Cigan.