National Assembly held in San Antonio, Texas
Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:04 pm
WCP 7.16.10 The National Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia met June 11-12 at the Historic Menger Hotel, next to the Alamo, in San Antonio, Texas. National President Mrs. Margie Tucker Stewart presided at the meetings.
On Friday, June 11, 2010, at 8 a.m. the Board of Incorporation Meeting. was held. Olivia Chandler and Ryland Hughes were elected to serve on this Board for 2010-2014.
The Finance Committee met 8:45 a.m. Six national officers and Honorary National President Aline Roberts planned the proposed budget for 2010-2011.
The Board of Management Meeting met at 9:30 a.m.. This meeting included all the national officers, branch presidents and Honorary National Presidents Carol Cason and Aline Roberts. Under new business, they adopted 12 motions and two recommendations.
The 79th National Assembly began at 1:15 p.m. National Chaplain Carol Chambers Gibson gave the invocation. Patriotic exercises were led by Beth McKay, Bettie Davis and Olivia Chandler. The group was welcomed by Stephine Pheneus from the Menger Hotel and Jack Gibson gave the response.
He replied, “This hotel was built in 1859 and most of the furniture came from Germany.”
Stewart recognized all honorary national presidents, national officers, national committee chairmen and branch presidents. Roberts read the Standing Rules. Mary Carolyn Trent gave the credentials report. A quorum was present for the assembly. Appointed to approve the minutes were Beth McKay, chairman, Jack Gibson and Aline Roberts. Olivia Chandler was timekeeper and Gene Garrison, Mary Carolyn Trent and Bettie Davis served as tellers. Louis La Grand was recognized for his many years of service to the society.
Next, national officers reported. President Margie Stewart compiled a 12-page fall bulletin in October 2009 and 14-page spring bulletin for members to stay abreast of the society’s activities. She had visited Texas and the Tennessee Society branches and attended the new Tennessee John Sevier chapter in Knoxville June 26.
First Vice Jack Gibson reported there were eight branches with hopes to have a new branch in North Carolina and South Carolina. To date, 4,992 members are on roll since 1922. Second Vice President, Dee Smothers gave the scholarship winners for 2010. They were Sallie Penn Turner, a sophomore undergraduate from Virginia, with a grade point average of 3.92, who received $1,000 scholarship and Joy Essigmann, a graduate student from UT Knoxville with a MA degree in German received a a $1,000 check. There were no high school entries. Third Vice President Beth McKay reported only two military records were turned in this year. Chaplain Carol Gibson reported 21 deaths this year. National Treasurer Lynette White was absent. National Registrar Bettie Davis was excited to report 37 new members this year. National Historian Jean Hughes was absent. Junior Director Olivia Chandler reported 51 juniors, 13 added in 2009 and one this year. Four came of age and only one went to adult membership. National Flag Custodian Gene Garrison purchased a small flag stand to go on the head table. Correspondent Secretary Elner Pettiet reported 1,114 on roll this year.
Branch Presidents reporting were Charlotte Christine of Georgia Branch, Sharon Champlin of Oklahoma Branch, Dee Smothers of Tennessee Branch, Jack Gibson of Texas Branch and Gene Garrison of Virginia Branch.
National Committee Chairman Bill Fenn has a new Bylaws book. Beth McKay reported on Insignia for the society. Recommendations were read and adopted. Gene Garrison announced the National Assembly will be June 3-4, 2011 at the Kroger South, Holiday Inn Select in Richmond, Va.
Friday evening, all enjoyed the Boudro’s River Dinner Cruise on the river.
On Saturday, June 12, at 10 a.m. a memorial service conducted by Carol Gibson, was held in the Menger Renaissance Room. At 1 p.m., there was a guided tour of the Alamo. A social was held in the Patio Room at 6 p.m. At 6:45 p.m., the procession was the 7 p.m. banquet. The speaker, Lt. Col. Jack Cowan, retired from the US Army. spoke on “The Early Life of a Huguenot.” Jack Gibson gave the courtesy resolutions.
After the Colors were retired, pictures were made and an auction was held on many Huguenot items. Money raised went to the printing of each National President’s book cost.