UDC members hear history of the chapter at meeting

The David O. Dodd Chapter 212, United Daughters of the Confederacy held its recent meeting in the home of DeeLois Lawrence of Sulphur Springs.

Twelve members and three guests were in attendance. Attending from Arkansas County were Glennda Fread, Jerrie Townsend, Jean Pollard and Dorothy Wilkes. Attending from Jefferson County were Sharon Wyatt, Denise Gray, Rebecca Phillips, Lela Murray, Sandra Poore, Marjo Dill, Norma Caldwell and Lawrence. Earle Phillips, David Poore and Jerry Lawrence were guests.

Chapter president, Glennda Fread presided. Dill, chaplain, opened the meeting with prayer, and Fread led the ritual. Wyatt, secretary/treasurer, read the minutes from the January meeting, which were approved. She then gave the treasurer’s report.

DeeLois Lawrence presented a program using a vast collection of books and newspaper articles with the history of the David O. Dodd Chapter dating back to the early 1900’s. Lawrence stated that storage tubs and cardboard boxes of minute books and scrapbooks belonging to the chapter have been salvaged and are now in our possession to enjoy and use as reference. Lawrence spent many hours restoring and organizing these papers. In addition to books, Lawrence has restored two banners belonging to the chapter, which date back prior to 1929.

Fread reported that five David O. Dodd chapter members had attended a reception honoring Betty Faye Lewis, who is a newly elected honorary president of general. Fread noted that this is the first honorary president of general from Arkansas in 50 years.

Fread encouraged each member to submit a short biography of their Confederate ancestor to the UDC General committee who will be publishing a reference volume of biographies of Confederate soldiers. The book will available for purchase at the next general convention this fall in Richmond, Va.

With no further business, Lawrence served coffee and dessert and the meeting was adjourned.