Daughters of American colonists install officers

Daughters of the American Colonists installs its 2013 officers. Front row, from left, are Suanne Vanway, Cindy Schmidt, Jane Cornett and Kate Williams; and back row, from left, are Barbara Smith, Martha Jones, Jan Chilcoat, Margie Bell, Marilyn Logan and Margaret Phelps.

The Daniel Braman Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, met recently at the Victoria County Club to install its officers for 2013-15. The object of the organization is to band together women of lineal descent whose ancestors were residents of America when it was composed of colonies under a foreign government.

The Daniel Braman Chapter of the Daughters was accepted into the National Society on April 12, 1971 with the purpose of banding together compatible women of the Victoria area dedicated to the objectives of the society and to perpetuate itself as "The Friendly Organization." The chapter's name was chosen to honor the ancestor of one of its founding members, Ellen Braman Miller.

The chapter has enjoyed 42 years of existence and is working on current activities at both state and national levels to preserve patriotic, historical and educational interest and to promote activities especially related to national defense.

A memorial service led by Margaret Phelps honored four members who passed away in 2013. Touching stories regarding Lola Sale Bade, Janie Alkek Duke, Patricia Blackwell Hedgecoxe and Jackie Everman Woods were shared by members. Their contributions will long be remembered.

Mary Virginia Jacobs, dressed in costume as a typical colonial nurse, wife and mother, offered members an informative speech, "The Colonial Nurse," detailing events in nursing and medical practices in our country since the time of our colonial ancestors. She modeled her presentation on the life of her ancestor, Mary Mason, which is coincidental and fitting since the speaker's maiden name is Mary Virginia Mason, and she is a registered nurse.

The Victoria College Endowment Fund Scholarship recipient, Stephanie Nelson, was honored at the luncheon. As she was attending class, the award was accepted by her mother, Kay Yaws.

Officers installed for the new term include Jane Cornett, chapter regent; Margie Bell, first vice regent; Katharine Nagel, second vice regent; Jan Chilcoat, chaplain; Cindy Schmidt, recording secretary; Zia Miller, corresponding secretary; Kate Williams, treasurer; Dr. Martha Jones, registrar; Marilyn Logan, librarian; historian, Kathrene Carr; and Barbara Smith, parliamentarian.

Following the installation, newly installed chapter regent, Jane Cornett, outlined programs for the coming year and emphasized continued contributions to Fisher Houses and other patriotic events in and near our area. Additional information on the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists can be found at nsdac.org.