NSUSD of 1812 holds 116th Council
By: by Aline Roberts
Tennessee Daughters went to historic Alexandria, Va., at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 3,
and toured Christ Church, which was built in 1773 and was where George Washington and Robert E. Lee attended church. They also saw the Carlyle House and gardens (1751) and Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (1785) owned by an Englishman who operated them as a center of political, business and social life in early Alexandria plus other points of interest. A pre-council tour of the Octagon House and the British Embassy Gardens was conducted at 1 p.m.
The executive board meeting was held at 5 p.m. at National Headquarters.
Friday, April 4, registration was from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The board of directors meeting was held at 9 a.m. for officers national, state presidents, honorary president nationals
and elected trustees of National Headquarters Endowment Trust Fund.
Our National Defense Luncheon was held at noon and was conducted by Mrs. Clark W. Duffe. Our speaker was author Carole L. Herrick who spoke on her book “August 24, 1814.”
At 2 p.m. the 116th Associate Council was declared in session. The Chaplain National JoAnn Cooper Killeen gave the invocation followed by patriotic exercises.
State President District of Columbia Society, Rebecca Kusserow, gave the welcome, and First Vice President National Nona T. Quinn gave the response. After other introductions reports of officers national began. President Slinkard remarked she had visited state councils in Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, South Carolina, Illinois and Ohio. She and her husband were at national headquarters one week in October, November, December, January and February to oversee the work being done at our house 1463 next door. She was pleased to sign the contract for renovation on Oct. 26, 2007, which will be the home to our new Texas Library and Tennessee Museum. Approved on March 6, another contract was signed to finish the third story at 1463. Everyone is looking forward to this completion plus three bedrooms on the third floor of this house.
Second Vice President National Nona Quinn, Third Vice President National Frederica Lofquist and Third Vice President Aline Roberts spoke about the work they had done at national headquarters. Fourth Vice President National Virginia Apyer spoke about her work with Flag House and Star Spangled Banner Museum in Baltimore, Md.
Chaplain National reported 78 deaths this year. Corresponding Secretary Nadine Brunhoffer said we have a new change form and to look for it on the Web site. Treasurer National Rynell Novak gave the finical report. Historian National Telia Cunningham reported our handbook is being updated and about the work she had done at the 1463 house. Librarian National Linda Green said all books in the library are now on disk.
Registrar National Lois Swan and curator national could not attend. The new sergeant-at-arms national is Joan Jones of Missouri, due to the death of Helen Ashby. Also
the new National Defense chairman is Mrs. Heather Kennedy, due to the death of her mother, Marilyn Spence. Also appointed for membership certificates is Jan Cowley of
Fort Worth, Texas.
Next, chairmen national of standing committees reported. Nebraska State Junior member won outstanding the Junior Award. Many states are busy locating 1812 graves. A book listing all members of the National Society U.S.D. of 1812 is being typed by Nona Quinn and has 9,700 names to this point.
The Association of State Presidents Banquet was Friday evening, with Rynell Novak presiding. Our speaker was Vincent Vaise, chief of interpretation of Fort McHenry
National Monument and Historic Shrine. He presented a slide show on the history of Fort McHenry and the War of 1812 that was outstanding.
Saturday morning, April 5, state presidents reported. Tennessee State President Bettie Gustafson gave a glowing report of all the outstanding work of the Tennessee Daughters.
Saturday noon was the Awards Luncheon, presided over by Martha Jane Hampton. Tennessee State Society won 44 awards for the past year’s work.
The afternoon credentials reported 100 in attendance.
Associate Council Banquet was held at 7:30 p.m. The speaker was John P. Deeben, 1812 research specialist, National Archives, who spoke about items of 1812 importance in the archives.
A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Grace Reformed Church.
Aline Roberts gave a tribute for Mrs. John Keisling, honorary president national, 1988-91, from Sparta. Other tributes were given for Dr. Mary D. Rowntree, president national, 1982-83 from Kentucky, and for Helen Ashby of Michigan.
A lovely tea was held at headquarters given by Georgia State Society with many, many
A workweek followed with Slinkard, Quinn, Roberts and Novak in attendance, making many decisions for both houses for the coming year. wcp 5-15-08