Manakin Huguenot Chapter meets

Manakin Huguenot Chapter meets

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 2:51 pm

Manakin Huguenot Chapter meets | Manakin Huguenot Chapter

Those on hand for the recent meeting included (from left) Honorary National President Aline Roberts, John Sevier Chapter President Martha Cummings, National President Dee Smothers and Branch 1st Vice-President Olivia Chandler.
The Tennessee Branch 84th Annual Assembly of The Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia met Oct. 22, 2011, at Blount Mansion in Knoxville, Tennessee, with the John Sevier Chapter as host.
Registration was from 9:30-10 a.m. and an executive board meeting took place between 10-10:30 a.m. The business meeting began at 10:35 a.m.
The meeting was called together by 1st vice president/national historian, Olivia Chandler, in the absence of branch president, Dr. Beth McKay.
The invocation was given by chaplain Helen Marshall.
State second vice president, Martha Cummings led the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag. Randall Chandler, state treasurer, led the Salute to the Huguenot Flag.
State/national registrar Bettie Davis led The American’s Creed. State secording secretary/national correspondence secretary Cindy Waters led the Huguenot Hymn.
The welcome was given by Martha Cummings, president of John Sevier Chapter.
The response was given by state historian Julia H. Carnahan.
  Honorary national president/ honorary TN branch president/parliamentarian  Aline Roberts, gave introductions of national officers and state officers.
Greetings were given by the national president Ida Herod (Dee) Smothers.
Mrs. Smothers spoke of the honor of attending National DAR Congress in Washington, DC and sitting on the stage with other national presidents of various hereditary organizations.  
This truly was a highlight for the national president. She was the recent guest of Georgia Branch Manakin Huguenots and had a delightful time. Regarding the national business this term, there is a new national membership chairman to collect dues (Olivia Chandler) and the chapter a hired a CPA firm for assets business. The organization is also thinning 80 of 400 acres in pine trees around National Headquarters in Midlothian, Va.  
It was reported there was an increase in dues from $18 to $25 due to inflation this year.
The National Assembly in 2012 will be held June 7-9, in Franklin, and everyone was encouraged to make plans now to attend.
The credentials report given by Diana Flaherty reported 19 members and two guests.
Minutes were read from the 83rd assembly by Cindy Waters and approved.
Reports of TN branch officers were presented.  Chapter president’s reports were heard from Capt. Nicholas Martiau Chapter president Randall Chandler; Jean Pierre Bondurant Chapter Julia Carnahan; John Sevier Chapter, Martha Cummings; and no report from William Witt Chapter.
A nominating committee was appointed to select officers for 2012-2014. Chosen were: Bettie Gustafson-CNM Chapter; Julia Carnahan-JPB Chapter; and Martha Cummings-JS Chapter. The meeting recessed for lunch.
Martha Cummings gave an introduction of the speaker, Steve Cotham of Knox County Library. His subject was “The Celebration this year of the 125th Anniversary of the Lawson McClung Library built in 1886.”
He spoke on the McClung family, and books and historical papers they had given over the years to make this library a special historical research library in Knox County.
He remarked, “We also have lots of Huguenot books online plus other material.”
Cotham was presented a gift from the Society and Mrs. Roberts presented her book The Huguenot volume #41 to go with the series they are collecting.
Randall Chandler of CNM Chapter gave the invitation to the 85th TN Branch Assembly to be held in Germantown in 2012.
Chaplain Helen Marshall, held a Memorial Service for two deceased members:
• Mrs. Kenneth E. (Rebecca) Woods #4277, died, March 5, 2011, and
• George Porter W. Williams, #4174, died, Jan. 14, 2011.
Following the benediction by the chaplain, Olivia Chandler adjourned the meeting.

WCP 11.22.11

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