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Manakin Huguenots hold 81st assembly

Manakin Huguenots hold 81st assembly

Posted: Friday, October 24, 2008 9:07 am

Manakin Huguenots hold 81st assembly

NEW OFFICERS — Manakin Huguenot new officers installed for 2008-10 are (front, from left) Olivia Chandler, first vice president; Dee Herod Smothers, Tennessee state president; Fount T. Smothers, second vice president; (back, from left) Helen Herod Marsh
The 81st annual Assembly of Tennessee Branch, Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, was held Oct. 4 at the Harpeth Presbyterian Church in Nashville. Richard Spencer was in charge of registration from 9:30-10 a.m. An executive board met at 10 a.m., and the business meeting began at 10:30 conducted by Tennessee state president, Olivia Bates Chandler, who also serves as national junior director. The presentation of colors was presented by Miss Catherine Chandler caring the American flag and Miss Christine Smothers carrying the new Tennessee Branch flag, presented to the society by her grandparents Dee and Fount Smothers. The invocation was given by Tennessee Branch chaplain, Helen Herod Marshall. The pledge to the American flag was led by Christine Smothers. The salute to the Huguenot flag was led by Claire Holland. The American Creed was led by Miss Catherine Chandler, and the Huguenot Hymn, “Faith of Our Fathers,” was led by Dr. Beth McKay. Jean Pierre Bondurant Chapter President Julia Herod Carnahan gave the welcome. Honorary Tennessee State President Mary Vowell of Capt. Nicholas Martiau Chapter, Memphis, gave the response. Mrs. Ida “Dee” Smothers, first vice president and national second vice president Manakin Huguenots, gave introductions of state officers and guests. Greetings from the national Manakin Huguenot Society was given by honorary national president, Aline Roberts. Tennessee Branch recording secretary and national chaplain, Dr. Beth McKay, read the minutes of the 80th Tennessee Branch Assembly and were approved. Reports were given by Tennessee Branch officers. President Olivia Chandler said she had represented the society at DAR, and she and her husband attended the national meeting in Atlanta, Ga. First vice president Dee Smothers is working on the national Huguenot Scholarship for students. Chaplain Helen Marshall reported three deaths. Corresponding secretary Miss Cathy Chandler was honored to do the newsletter. Treasurer Dancey Sanders gave our financial report. Registrar Bettie Davis was absent but membership is 111 to date. Librarian/historian Betty Stanley was absent. Chapter presidents reporting were Capt. Nicholas Martiau Chapter given by Randall Chandler, a new member and husband of Olivia Chandler. He reported they met three times a year and held a Christmas tea at the Chandler home with a total of 22 attending. Three people were introduced for membership, and they are now new members of the chapter. They are Randall Chandler, No. 4797; Traci Shiree Bates Ing, No. 4800; and Joe Duncan Ing, No. 0457, junior member. In March the chapter met at the Tennessee Genealogical Library in Germantown where three members of TNGENL prepared a presentation of life from their ancestor’s point of view. In May they met at the Holiday Inn on Central Avenue and had Mrs. Louise Bagby from the Germantown Historical Society to talk about their work on Historical Churches in Germantown. New officers were elected for 2008-10 with Olivia Chandler serving as president. Jean Pierre Bondurant Chapter President, Julia H. Carnahan reported we have 35 members including two junior members. JPB had seven members attend the 80th Tennessee Branch meeting in Memphis on Sept. 29. Our fall JPB meeting met at the home of our chapter president in Hartsville, with 16 present. The program was given by Beth McKay about Huguenot insignia. On May 10, the JPB chapter had their spring meeting at the home of Claire and David Holland to make final plans for the 81st annual assembly. Four JPB members attended the national assembly in Atlanta, Ga. Dancey Sanders, chapter treasurer, sent a memorial for Elia Rogers to national, which was designated for the National Library Fund. There was no report from William Witt Chapter. Under new business, three recommendations were presented and voted upon. We also voted to present the Gardner Scholarship again to Jeremiah Wade, a Bible student at Union University. Flag chairman Bettie Gustafson presented Dee and Fount Smothers a brass plate with their names to hang at the base of the new Tennessee Branch Huguenot flag, plus a certificate. The invitation to the 82nd Tennessee Assembly was given by Capt. Nicholas Martiau Chapter to be held at the Bolton Methodist Church in Arlington, date to be announced. JPB Chapter served a lovely luncheon, and the tables were decorated in blue and yellow for the society colors. Centerpieces of pansies were door prizes. All received a gift bag with Huguenot items made by Dancy Sanders. Dr. Beth McKay gave introduction of our speaker, Suzanne Burns as Adelicia Acklen owner of Belmont Mansion. She spoke of her life, marriage to three husbands and their death, lost of children, her wealth and the building of Belmont Mansion. She was dressed in period clothing and it was most interesting to hear her life story. A memorial service was conducted by state chaplain, Helen Marshall. Memorialized were Mrs. Robert W. Dobslstein (Betty Fowler), No. 730; Mrs. William E. Webb (Louise Ford), No. 2677, life member both from William Witt Chapter; and Mrs. A. Scobey Rogers (Elia Jones), No. 2684, honorary inactive member of JPB Chapter. Aline Roberts installed new state officers. Thanks were given to Olivia Chandler for her great work these past two years in representing us as Tennessee Branch president. Olivia then pinned and sashed the new Tennessee Branch president, Dee Herod Smothers. Mrs. Smothers spoke on her goals for the next two years. The benediction was given and the meeting adjourned.wcp 10-23-08

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