The Chapter welcomed three new members with the member presentations given by President Robin Ramsey and Registrar JoAnn Finnell. Lisa Pritchett, Peggy Morrison and Debbie Riggs were welcomed as new Daughters of the Jefferson Davis Chapter No. 900. They were each presented with a certificate indicating their acceptance into the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Robin Ramsey updated members on the Iron Cross Ceremony for John L. Morgan on April 21, 2012, held in the Reliance Cemetery and Tonya Brantley updated members about the Re-enactment of the Battle for the Rails, held in Sweetwater on May 5-6.
Ramsey also announced Walker Valley High School sophomore Spencer Earls as the winner of the $25 UDC 4-H History Fair award given for the Best Representation of Confederate History with his display and biography on Tennessee Confederate spies Henry Thomas Harrison and Sam Davis.
The 4-H History Fair was held at Bradley Square Mall on May 5. UDC members Mary Thomason, Marilyn Kinne and JoAnn Finnell helped judge the entries.
Special guest speaker Ralph Summers gave an educational and informative program on the First Lady of the Confederacy, Varina Howell Davis, wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. She is Summers’ third great aunt on his mother’s side. He explained his lineage and also showed a detailed chart of his family tree.
Summers concluded his presentation by handing out printouts of Varina Howell Davis’ biography and DVD copies of the life of Jefferson Davis entitled “Who was Jefferson Davis?”
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 becoming a member or the United Daughters of the Confederacy, visit the Jefferson Davis Chapter No. 900 website at www.UDCJeffersonDavisChapter900.com.