THREE MEMBERS ATTEND STATE CONFERENCE
Three chapter members attended the 61st State Conference in Murfreesboro, TN on March 4, 2017. All three were state officers: First Vice President Pat Boals (seated left above), Treasurer Geraldine Sykes (seated right above), and Corresponding Secretary Mary Ann Claxton (standing right above); they are pictured here with Honorary President General Mary Johnston (standing left) and new State President Cindy Waters (seated center).
For pictures from the conference (posted on the state website) CLICK HERE, and please note there are TWO pages of pictures there with links at the top of each.
Business approved at the meeting included the following:
1. Discussion of rededication ceremony for monument in Memphis
2. Voted to open a savings account with profits from sale of the Ancestor Roster Books. The money is to be used to aid in restoration of any state damaged state markers, to aid in preservation of historic cemeteries, and to create a "traveling trunk" presentation for grade school children to learn about colonial history. Disbursements would be maximum of $250.00 per request approved by the Executive Board.
3. Approved payment of bill for applying for a barcode to be placed on the back of the Ancestor Roster books since most libraries require the barcodes to be on the books.
4. Changes to the Society's Standing Rules:
a. # 2 - changed to read: "The first Vice President shall serve as Conference Chairman for the annual State Meeting and shall be responsible for all arrangements other than the signing of venue contracts, which is the responsibility of the President. Hostesses for conference shall rotate as follows: WEST TENNESSEE: Capt. Charles Barham, Chucaqua, John Madison, Rev. Henry Smith; MIDDLE TENNESSEE: Clarendon, John McKnitt, Natchez Trace, Salmon Creek, and Thomas Lygon; and EAST TENNESSEE: Capt. Thomas Carter, John Ogle, Katherine Marbury Scott, and Prudhomme Fort.
Hostess chapters are responsible for arranging for and funding table decorations (not to include the podium floral arrangement which is paid for from the State Conference budget), and door prizes."
b. #3 - Delete Standing Rule 3 as it is included in and expanded upon in Standing Rule 18.
c. #8 - changed to read: The State President shall be provided $500.00 per year for expenses to attend the National Confeence and/or the National Board of Management Meeting during her term, contingent upon her attendance at the said Conference and/or October Board of Management Meeting. It shall be left to the discretion of the State President as to whether she wishes to use the said stipend for one event, or split the amount between the two events. She shall be paid one night's hotel cost and the luncheon fee for the State Conference.
At the awards luncheon, Lynda Logan was named Tennessee State Society Dame of the Year.
President Joy Bland called the meeting to order just after 11:00 with a welcome to those attending. In the absence of our chaplain, Joy gave the invocation and blessing. Following the ritual, Secretary Suzanne Richter read the minutes of the last meeting which were approved. Treasurer Geraldine Sykes gave her report and then presented her National Defense message which was the first message of the new Secretary of Defense James Mattis to his committee in which he pledged that our military would be ready now and in the future and that Defense would work with the State Department to ensure alliances with other nations.
Not much in the way of business was presented. Suzanne Richter noted that April 10th is the deadline for turning in scholarship forms. Links to the forms can be found to the right of this article.
The program was presented by Mary Ann Claxton and was taken from the November 17, 2016 issue of Dick Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter, "What They Never Told You About Immigration." Facts like of the 47 million immigrants who came here between 1820 and 1960, about 18 million (nearly 1/3!) returned to their homeland for various reasons. Also of interest were the reasons why some of the immigrants were banned outright - for example with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. This prompted a brief discussion of the fact that exclusions of this type have happened throughout US history, beginning in 1798 with the Aliens and Sedition Acts and coming down to the current items in the news. Descriptions of some of the health examinations made member cringe, while descriptions of the separation of families due to children failing to pass the physical inspection were cause for sadness and an understanding of why sometimes it can be hard to trace EXACTLY how many children were in a family. And, just as we have to stand in lines for long periods of time at airports for a 5 minute (or less) security check, immigrants had to wait as much as 5 HOURS in line to get to the registration desk! And all that we've heard about foreign names being changed at Ellis Island has been shown to be false: US Immigration Officials did not write down the immigrants' names - they merely checked them off from the ship's manifest log which had been written in their country of origin and presumably had the name spelled correctly. And, especially after the steamship came into common use after 1880, what we today would call "migrant workers:" these people would come over here about April and go back to their homeland in October or November, and then return again the next year; the money earned here gave them a better life - and often much land - in their home country. All in all, a very interesting presentation.
And don't forget our June, 2017 meeting will be the 21st at Tom's Pizza and Steak House on highway 79 east of Paris.
meetings at Tom's Pizza & Steak
Paris, Tennessee, 11:00 a.m on 3rd Wednesday of:
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Captain Charles Barham Chapter was organized by Mrs. H. Ansil
Boals on 8 December, 1979 at the Paris Elks Lodge in Paris,
Tennessee. Mrs. William Osceola Gordon, Tennessee State
President, installed the new officers.
Congratulations Captain Charles Barham Chapter!!! Recognitions and Awards, 2017 State Conference:
Outstanding Contribution to
Gravestone Preservation Program
Maintaining a Chapter website for
Technology and Public Relations
Timely reporting to Pocahontas
Projects and Scholarship
Articles in all 3 issues of XVII
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AWARDS - SECOND PLACE
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