This year, several new prospects attended to learn what the UDC is all about.
President Robin Ramsey welcomed everyone present and Marilyn Kinne led members in the ritual and prayer, followed by the pledge and salute to the American and Confederate flags. Maureen Miller Jaggers led the singing of “Dixie” and Tonya Brantley read the minutes of the previous meeting.
Ramsey presented a brief history of the organization, which included reading the UDC Proclamation and “Why I Am a Daughter of the Confederacy,” written in 1915 by Mary Nowlin Moon. Then, she began the “meet and greet” in which everyone present introduced themselves and shared information about their Confederate ancestors.
Ramsey informed the group about the workshop held on Sept. 24 at the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library History Branch, located at 833 Broad St. The workshop was from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ramsey explained, “For those ladies who have been interested in becoming a member of the UDC, but are not sure how to get the process started, this workshop is to help them with their UDC applications and documentation gathering.”
The History Branch of the Library can be a valuable asset to anyone interested in exploring the past.
During the workshop, Registrar Jo Ann Finnell gave a tour of the History Library, and several members of UDC Jefferson Davis Chapter No. 900 were available and willing to help assist prospects with finding ancestors who served in the War Between the States, help with questions on basic research techniques and inform participants about what the History Branch has to offer.
All members and prospective members were invited to attend.
Membership in UDC is open to women at least 16 years of age who are blood descendants, lineal or collateral, of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America, or gave material aid to the cause.
For more information about the United Daughters of the Confederacy, visit the Jefferson Davis Chapter No. 900 website at www.UDCJeffersonDavisChapter900.com.