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2017-07-06

DRT Caddell-Smith Chapter installs new officers

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Pictured are Billie Jean Davis and Francis Karasek, who conducted the installation ceremony for the incoming officers, Jane Van Hoozer, president; Virginia Davis, first vice president; Jakelynn Crawford, second vice president; Karen Collins, secretary; Billie Nast, treasurer; Roberta Himebrook, registrar; and Judy Burleson, parliamentarian.


The Caddel-Smith Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, met at 10:30 am on Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the McNelly Room at the First State Bank in Uvalde with 16 members and 2 guests present.President.
Judy Burleson called the meeting to order at 10:30 am, and welcomed members and guests in attendance. Second vice-president Jane Van Hoozer led the pledges to the United States and Texas flags. Former Chaplain Cheryl Ratcliff offered the invocation, and Mrs. Van Hoozer read the DRT Objectives.
Secretary Karen Collins read the Minutes of the April meeting and approved as read. Treasurer Ernestine Carson gave the treasurer’s report. Mrs. Carson reported that the chapter has 111 active members and 3 emeritus members.
After 17 years of devoted service, Ernestine is retiring from the job of treasurer. Well done good and faithful friend.
President Burleson asked for a report on the DRT State Convention, which was held the last weekend in May, and stated that members Roberta Himebrook, Billie Nast and Pam Pittman attended. A copy of the convention report given by Mrs. Himebrook and Mrs. Nast was attached to the minutes.
The 127th Annual Convention will be in Dallas on May 17, 2018. Our District VII Workshop will be in Goliad, Sept. 30, 2017. DRT dues of $60 are due for 2017-2018 and should be paid as soon as possible. Each year members may donate $1 to the President General’s Project.
The Chapter received a letter acknowledging the contribution to the Texas History Complex building fund.
Jakelynn Crawford agreed to be responsible for a history book this year that will chronicle the meetings but will be much simpler since there is no longer a state contest.
First Vice President Jakelynn Crawford reported that the next Caddel-Smith meeting will be on Sept. 14, 2017, at the McNelly Room at the First State Bank. The program will be a ceremony welcoming new members. The Registrar reported that three new members had been approved for membership since the last meeting: Diane Mann, Susan Knight and Liane Nance.
A posthumous membership has been approved for Mary Louise Crawford, mother of Billie Nast and Pam Pittman.
Members voted unanimously to approve the new budget as presented by President Burleson, following a motion by Mrs. Van Hoozer, seconded by Kay Anderson. Jakelynn Crawford and Karen Collins were appointed to the audit committee. Mrs. Burleson reviewed the guidelines for the new Yearbook that will be distributed in September. She also presented each outgoing officer with a gift.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 am so that new officers could be installed. Billie Jean Davis and Francis Karasek conducted the installation ceremony for the incoming officers as follows: Jane Van Hoozer, president; Virginia Davis, first vice president; Jakelynn Crawford, second vice president; Karen Collins, secretary; Billie Nast, treasurer; Roberta Himebrook, registrar; and Judy Burleson, parliamentarian. Missy Solbrig, who will serve as chaplain, was not able to attend the meeting.
Gifts were presented to outgoing president Judy Burleson, outgoing treasurer Ernestine Carson (17 years in this position), and incoming president Jane Van Hoozer.
Members enjoyed a delicious pot-luck lunch and a time of visitation. Members present were Kay Anderson, Mary Dale Brewer, Judy Burleson, Pat Burrier, Ernestine Carson, Karen Collins, Jakelynn Crawford, Billie Jean Davis, Virginia Davis, Patsy Edwards, Roberta Himebrook, Francis Karasek, Diane Mann, Sandra Martin, Billie Nast and Jane Van Hoozer. Guests present were Debra Ripka, and Cheryl Ratcliff, who recently transferred her membership to another chapter.