DRT has seven new pending member applications

The following information was submitted by Judy Burleson for the Caddel-Smith Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

President Jane Van Hoozer called the November meeting of the Caddel-Smith Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to order on Thursday, Nov.8, and welcomed guests Fayrene Nance, Doralyn Drew, Sheryl Burkeen and Kay Erkert.

Secretary Karen Collins read the minutes from the October meeting. In treasurer Billie Nast’s absence, Van Hoozer reported that the paver to support the Cradle in Galveston has been ordered.

Registrar Roberta Himebrook reported that she presently has seven new member applications in various stages of progress. She also presented for approval a chapter application from Gwendolyn Arrington who resides in Del Rio. Arrington plans to submit applications for her daughters as well.

Himebrook also reported that Billie Nast has submitted a reinstatement for Benita Lane. Lane currently resides in Pipe Creek.

Traveling Trunk Committee chairman Debra Ripka reported that the state organization provided her with guidelines for the trunk project. The notebook is filled with content to help our chapter get this project off the ground.

In an item of new business, Van Hoozer informed the chapter that Special Projects Committee chairman Kay Anderson will coordinate the plans for the District VII 2019 meeting. This meeting will begin Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at a place to be determined. The District VII business meeting will continue on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Uvalde Country Club. Formal invitations will be forthcoming in late spring.

The program entitled “Strong Texas Women” was provided by Virginia Davis. Davis read excerpts from a collection of Texas literature, including personal accounts of women living in Texas during the Republic period and just after. Among the titles used in the presentation was “Victorian Lady on the Texas Frontier” by Ann Raney Coleman.

The chapter wishes to remind area fourth- and seventh-grade students that the Texas History essay contest is underway. Topics, respectively, are Cynthia Ann Parker and the Siege of Bexar. Essays must be ready for submission by January of 2019.

October meeting

Caddel-Smith Chapter of Daughters of the Republic of Texas met in the McNelly Room of First State Bank of Uvalde in October. The group recognized new member Caroline Roberts and charter member Bettye Hussey who traveled from Virginia to our area and was in attendance.

President Jane Van Hoozer announced that member Debra Ripka will serve as the Traveling Trunk Committee chairman.

Registrar Roberta Himebrook announced that she is working on eight applications for new members.

Texas History Essay Contest chairman Jakelynn Crawford reported that area schools have received this year’s contest information. The fourth-grade topic is Cynthia Ann Parker and the seventh-grade topic is the Siege of Bexar. Essays should be completed by early January 2019.

The Caddel-Smith Chapter awards a $1,000 college scholarship to qualifying students. Students whose essay places first in either the fourth-or seventh-grade contest are eligible to apply for the chapter scholarship during their senior year.

The chapter voted to support the Cradle, which is the birthplace of the DRT and located in Corpus Christi, by purchasing an inscribed paver that will be placed in the courtyard. The second item for discussion was the District VII meeting scheduled for August 2019. The Caddel-Smith Chapter will be hosting the meeting for the 12 chapters that make up District VII.

Recently, seven members of Caddel-Smith joined Daughters from Laredo, Brownsville, Castroville, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Rockport, Beeville, Victoria and Edna for the 2018 District meeting held on the University of Houston-Victoria campus. James W. Fannin Chapter hosted this year’s meeting.

District representative Martha Fleitas conducted the meeting and introduced members of the DRT Board of Management. President General Barbara Stevens gave her report which included updates on the Republic of Texas History Complex building project.

City of Austin permits have been submitted and are in progress and DRT awaits any possible changes in design that may result from the permit process. This is why pictures of the proposed building have been removed from the DRT website. TxDOT purchased a strip of the Anderson Lane property and has begun construction of the Highway 183 flyover, eventually making access to DRT Headquarters and Museum impossible. The headquarters and museum sit on the remaining property that will be listed for sale at a future date. The Museum portion of the building closed in July and its contents have been packed and crated for removal, taking advantage of a TxDOT relocation stipend. Headquarters is still open and will continue operations until construction makes business impossible.

A representative from the General Land Office gave a 3-D presentation on the plans for the Alamo complex. It was noted that San Antonio Mayor Nirenberg and Commissioner Bush recently signed an agreement allowing for the project to move forward. Part of the 3-D presentation can be viewed at thealamo.org/alamomasterplan/index.html.

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