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Colonial Dames hold conference

Colonial Dames hold conference

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 12:30 pm

The Tennessee Society Colonial Dames XVII Century recently held its 56th State Conference March 9 at the Double Tree Hotel in Jackson. Host chapters were Capt. Charles Barham, Chucaqua, John Madison and Rev. Henry Smith. State president Mrs. Jack Brown, Jr. presided.
The executive board met from 9:15-9:45 a.m., followed by a board of management meeting from 9:45-11 a.m.
Beverly Wood gave an introduction of honorees and state officers during the processional for lunch at 11:30 a.m.  Mrs. Brown called the meeting to order. The welcome was given by Mrs. Randall Little of John Madison Chapter. The response was given by Mrs. Thomas Miller of Capt. Thomas Carter Chapter. Mrs. Brown gave introductions of the special guest, Mrs. James E. Johnston of Athens, Ala. Chaplain Ms. Sue Thompson gave the blessing.
Following the meal, Mrs. Brown introduced Mrs. Johnston, who spoke on the National Society and national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Door prizes were given out and the meeting adjourned.
A lovely memorial service was held by state chaplain Sue Thompson at 1 p.m. for Rebecca Woods, Lucinda Epps, Thelma Hickey, Margaret W. Hasty, Nora Patsy Beene, Lois Tobias and Emily W. Brown.
The business meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m. by Mrs. Brown. Following invocation, ritual opening, introductions and greetings, Mrs. Thomas Miller read conference rules. State recording secretary Carolyn Christian Martin had roll call with 46  present in 13 chapters and one guest, Mrs. Johnston.
Next were the reports of state officers. Mrs. Brown remarked, “My state projects are: contribute copies of original Bible records to our National Society Library; create or maintain a webpage linked to our state website; mark a historic site or grave; nominate a qualified student for a scholarship.”
At the National Tea this year they will present an oil drawing of an iris to go into the Tennessee room. The room hostesses will be Phyllis Little, Charlotte Miller, Aline Roberts, and Lynda Williams.  Pat Boals will serve as the second vice president general. Second vice president Linda Harris, remarked, “I am to help with arrangements for state meetings.” Correspondence secretary Lynda Williams reported for all chapter changes to be sent to her. Organizing secretary Phyllis Little reported there were 13 chapters in the state. Treasurer Geraldine Sykes gave the financial report. Registrar Joy Bland remarked in 13 chapters, there were 405 members, 17 juniors, plus 10 new members this year.  Historian Lenore Levy was absent. Librarian Shirley Hall thanked everyone for all the books given to the National Library and to local libraries.
Next were reports of state chairmen of national committees. Nine out of 13 chapters reported their year’s activities. They were Capt. Charles Barham; Capt. Thomas Carter; Chucaqua; Clarendon; John Madison; Natchez Trace; Prudhomme Fort; Rev. Henry Smith; and Thomas Lygon.
Under new business the organization added Standing Rule 17. The state president shall send the State Credential Form to chapter presidents on or before Jan. 20 each year.
Next, delegates were chosen for National Conference. This year called for a nominating committee for state officers in 2013-2015. Elected were Jen Whitehead, Pat Boals, Debra Wilson, Mary Ann Karnes and Ella Emery.
The TN State Society CDXVII Century nominated Mrs. Ansil Boals for a national office and Mrs. Jack Brown was nominated for a national chairmanship.
Mrs. Brown made a special presentation to Mrs. Mary Johnston, saying, “Mary Johnston has been made an Honorary Member in Tennessee State Society CDXVII Century.”
Next, awards were presented to each chapter by Mrs. Brown.  Mrs. Thomas Wood announced Mrs. Bobby E. Bland  (Joy) as “Dame of the Year.”
Mrs. James Karnes gave the invitation to the 2013 State Conference, set for March 6, 2013, in Nashville, place TBA. The benediction was given and the meeting adjourned. Published in The WCP 3.29.12

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