2009-05-21 / Personalities

New Colonial Dames officers installed at meeting April 25

Virginia White of Thomson relinquished the president's gavel to Pat Wilkins of Colbert at the Fort James Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII Century meeting Saturday, April 25, at the historic Groves-May House in Lincolnton.

Mrs. White also presented Mrs. Wilkins the president's pin to wear during her two-year term.

Mary Ann Bentley of Washington led the installation ceremony. Installed in addition to Mrs. Wilkins were Mary Ann Bentley, first vicepresident; Dr. Louise McCommons of Thomson, second vice-president; Adelle Adams of Thomson, recording secretary; Betty Slaton of Washington, corresponding secretary; Carolyn Miller of Elberton, treasurer; Sandra Hood of Elberton, registrar; Nina Albea of Lincolnton, librarian; Carolyn Faz of Lexington, chaplain; and Virginia White, parliamentarian. Each new officer received a yellow rose in a vase tied with royal blue ribbon as a symbol of her willingness to serve and support the chapter. Gold and blue are the national colors of the Colonial Dames XVII Century.

During the business meeting, Mrs. White announced a memorial contribution has been sent to the Georgia Room at the National Headquarters in memory of Frances Prater of Lincolnton. Mrs. Wilkins also reported the new officers and committee chairmen have been reported to both the state and national presidents. A report from the chapter's audit committee confirmed the chapter's treasury books are in good order.

Mrs. White announced the chapter's quilt square, designed and stitched by Dr. Sophia Bamford of Tignall, will be a part of the national quilt to be displayed at the 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Colonial Dames XVII Century. The celebration will be held in Washington, D.C., in 2015. She also announced the Fort James Chapter had won first place at the state convention in the marking and preservation of historic sites category.

Members voted to change the chapter's meeting dates to the second Saturday of each quarterly meeting month instead of the current method of rotating Saturdays. Meeting months are September, November, February and April.

The Thomson members hosted a tasty luncheon following the meeting.

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