55th state conference Colonial Dames meets
Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:02 pm
ATTEND 55TH STATE CONFERENCE — Officers attending the conference were Corresponding Secretary General Pat Boals, Honorary National President Mary Johnston, new Tennessee State President Benita Brown, outgoing Tennessee State President Charlotte Miller and Honorary Tennessee State President Aline Roberts.
By Aline Roberts
Society Colonial Dames XVII Century met March 4, 2011 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Inn, in Chattanooga, for their Fifty-Fifth State Conference. State President, Charlotte Miller, presided.
An executive board met 9:15-9:45; and the Board of Management met 9:45-11:15. We welcomed Historian General, Mrs. Bobby D. Hinson from Mooresville, North Carolina. At 11:20 we had the processional of state officers and honorary state presidents introduced by Mrs. Robert T. Williams, TN Dame Editor. Mrs. Miller gave the call to order. The welcome was given by Mrs. Bernard Levy, President, Prudhomme Fort Chapter. The response was given by First Vice President, Mrs. Benjamin F. King. The blessing was given by State Chaplain, Mrs. George R. Hanks. We welcomed our Hon. National President, Mrs. James Johnston, of Athens, Alabama.
Following lunch our speaker was Corresponding Secretary General, NSCDXVIIC, Mrs.
Ansil Boals. She spoke on “The Do’s and Don’ts of filing NSCDXVII Century Papers”.
A Memorial Service was conducted for seven deceased dames. They were: Audrey Smith Doyle; Mary (Charlene) Johnson; Juanita (Kitty) Wright; Mary Jane Nave; Margaret Wilson Hasty; Ann Dean Babin and Lois McDaniel Tobias.
The business meeting began at 1:30 p.m. with the invocation given by Mrs. Hanks. The National Anthem was led by Mrs. Gene Gustafson; Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mrs. Chester Martin; Mrs. Bobby E. Bland led the Salute of TN Flag; Mrs. Richard C. Dales led the Salute to CDXVOOC Flag; Mrs. LaVonne Jolley led the Am. Creed; and Mrs. Jack Brown, Jr. read the Object of the Society. Mrs. Miller made introductions of state officers and Honorary State Presidents who were: Mrs. Ansil Boals, Mrs. LaVonne Jolly, Mrs. James G. Roberts and Mrs. Thomas C. Wood.
Mrs. Miller recognized the oldest member of the Society, Mrs. Doris Hicks, of Prudhomme Fort Chapter who became a member of the Tennessee State Society on January 17, 1956 and attended the first regular meeting of the Society held March 29, 1956 in the Gold Room of the Read House in Chattanooga. Next was roll call with 12 chapter presidents and 53 in attendance with one guest Mrs. Mary Johnson.
The treasurer’s report was given by Mrs. Donald Harris and was voted on and approved.
State officer reports began. Mrs. Miller introduced her page, Katherine Faye Peterson, then stated we have had a wonderful web page with four updates in the year and reporting of chairman was encouraging and we are working on a new oil painting for the Tennessee Room which will be a bed of irises.
First VicePresident Mrs. Ben King, made all the arrangements for the conference. Second VP, Benita Brown, reported I continually update our Yearbook. Chaplain, Joan Hanks, reported seven deaths. Rec. Sec. Shirley Hall, prepared minutes; Registrar, Joy Bland, reported we have 414 members, 18 new members, eight resigned; and did 69 supplements and we have 11 chapters. Historian, Lynda Logan, did the state scrapbook and asked all to look at the chapter activities. Librarian, Laura Bales, reported on books to state and national libraries. Mrs. Beverly Wood served as Parliamentarian.
Next we heard the reports of 13 state chairmen followed by reports from 9 Chapter Presidents. Certificates of awards were presented by Lynda Logan, chairman.
Following the election of new officers, Mrs. James E. Johnston installed the new officers for the 2011-2012 years. They are President, Benita Brown-John Madison Chapter; First VP, Linda Harris, Chucaqua Chapter; 2nd VP Lynda Logan, Clarendon Chapter; Chaplain, Sue Thompson, Natchez Trace Chapter; Cor. Sec. Linda Williams, Capt. Thomas Carter Chapter; Rec. Sec. Carolyn Martin, Clarendon Chapter; Org. Sec. Phyllis Little, John Madison Chapter; Treasurer, Geraldine Sykes, Capt. Charles Barham Chapter; Registrar, Joy Bland, Capt. Charles Barham Chapter; Historian, Lenore Levy, Prudhomme Fort Chapter; Librarian, Shirley Hall, Capt. Thomas Carter Chapter.
The Invitation to the 2012 State Conference was given by Mrs. Jack Brown, President,
John Madison Chapter, to come to Jackson on March 9, 2012, place TBA.
Summer Board will be held on Aug. 19, place TBA.
Mrs. Thomas R. Miller was elected Honorary State President and Dame of the Year.
Benediction was given by Mrs. Hanks and the meeting adjourned.