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.
Below members visit and check the menu before the meeting started
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, 2016 State Conference:
Library Committee - $100 donation
Electronic Imaging - $50.00 donation
Historical Marker Project - Placed 1
Outstanding Contribution to
Gravestone Preservation Program
Outstanding Contribution to the
National Defense Committee
Preservation of Graves - Replaced 9
Stones and $1000 spent
Maintaining a Chapter website
Submitting Articles to all three issues
of the Tennessee Dame
Appreciation for reporting to
Pocahontas Projects and
Appreciation for Early Bird Reporting
to State Chairman Pocahontas
Projects and Scholarship
Donation to the Tennessee State Room - $150 (tie)
Number of Pictures in the Tennessee Dame
newsletter - 14
Best Colonial Heritage Month Publicity from the
Colonial Heritage, Research and Records
AWARDS - SECOND PLACE
Society's Public Relations - Number of Pictures - 21
Society's Public Relations - Number of Square Inches
AWARDS - THIRD PLACEVeteran Hours Donated - 20 hours
AWARDS PRESENTED AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Two certificates from Gravestone Preservation Committee:
For Oustanding Contributions to replacing 9 gravestones
For Outstanding Contributions to creating a database of cemeteries in Henry County
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