Elizabeth Bashinsky chapter begins 114th year

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The first meeting of the 114th year of the organization of the Elizabeth Buford Bashinsky Chapter 236 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy met this month at Beulah Church.

Outgoing President Karen Bullard conducted the installation ceremony of the officers who will serve the UDC for the chapter years 2012-2014.

The new officers are Dianne Brown, president; Elaine McLeod, vice-president; Carol Glayre, secretary; Virginia Richburg, chaplain; Rita Moore, treasurer; Karen Bullard registrar; and Dianne Brown, historian.

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After welcoming everyone, President Brown opened the meeting with the salute to the Christian, American, Alabama and Confederate flags. The reading of the Ritual was responded by all.

Days of Observance with birthdays during the month of September for four famous war officers were announced. They are Maj. John Pelham, Sept. 7; Gen. Joe Wheeler, Sept. 10; Admiral Franklin Buchanan, Sept. 16; and Rear Admiral Raphael Semmes, Sept. 27. Sept. 7 was also noted as Founders Day.

Carol Glayre announced that she has been appointed to the Alabama UDC committee for the Judah P. Benjamin award. This award is given in acknowledgement of service not related to the War Between the States.

Glayre also presented a handmade, quilted Christmas stocking of which about 100 will be donated to the Adopt-A-Native Program in Salt Lake City, Utah to be distributed to the children and elders on the reservation. This effort is the combined support of the Augustus Braddy SCV and the EB Bashinsky UDC of Troy.

Treasurer Rita Moore and Virginia Richburg will be attending the 117th Alabama Division Convention of the UDC in Mobile in September.

Karen Bullard reported that Amanda Challancin had received eight supplemental certificates in July. One certificate was for her direct ancestor, James L. Lee, her great, great, great grandfather. Seven certificates were for her great, great, great, grand uncles Andrew, Solomon, Franklin, Ransom and Joseph Singleton, and Eli and Simeon Williamson.

Four new applications for membership into the chapter were announced with invitations extended for others to apply.

Virginia Richburg was presented a certificate of appreciation from the members. She has received 12 supplemental certificates since acquiring her membership certificate for her grandfather, Levi Nehemiah King in 1994.

Since then, Richburg has held many chapter positions, participated in the Alabama Division conventions and meetings and traveled to other states to visit historical sites. Richburg is this chapter’s oldest and most active member.

A short program entitled the “Stars and Bars and the Flags That Never Flew” was presented by Diane Brown.

This first meeting was unanimously dedicated to Registrar Elizabeth Owens Renfroe, who passed away July 18, 2012. She was honored for her dedication and had received 29 supplemental certificates for her Confederate descendants.

The meeting was adjourned to meet at Beulah Church on Oct. 2 with Karen Bullard presenting a program on Mary Custis Lee, wife of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

This article was submitted by UDC.