In September the State Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy met in Bluefield for the 114th annual convention.
On Friday evening, the executive board met to discuss topics to be covered in the general session. Following the meeting, dinner was served, and the chapter presidents’ evening began in the Alexander Room, Quality Inn, with traditional ritual and salutes to the Christian, American, West Virginia and Confederate flags and singing of “Dixie.” Chapter presidents gave reports of their activities for the year. The organization’s purpose is to preserve the history of the Civil War as the South saw it.
On Saturday, the general business session began with reports of the Division officers and the committee reports. The only unfinished business was the report of the uncertain conditions of the Battle of Scary Creek Monument and efforts to find out how to get it restored. Lunch was served, followed by the program on “Fashionable Styles of 1860s Southern Ladies” by Mrs. James D. Wood. More than a dozen styles of the era were modeled by ladies and children, escorted by the Flat Top Copperheads, a chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The historical evening was celebrated with cake and punch. The inspirational speaker for the evening was John Fleming. He spoke on the reasons the war was misunderstood because only one side was told and the South’s side misrepresented.
Sunday morning started with the Great Granddaughters and Great Great Granddaughters Club meeting. Two new members were reported, dues collected and new officers put in place. For the Great Great Granddaughters Club, president is Earldine Robinson; vice president is Carolyn Bryant and secretary/treasurer is Ramona Capron.
The second business meeting was started with final credentials report, reading minutes of previous session. The next order of business was the installation of the 2012-13 officers: president, Mrs. Stewart B. (Polly) Wharton Jr.; vice president, Mrs. Clarence (Earldine) Robinson; second vice president, Mrs. Daniel (Ramona) Capron; secretary, Melissa Conley; treasurer, Linda Whaley; registrar, Julia Gates; and recorder of military service awards, Dovie Dunn.
The meeting was adjourned and everyone parted to their journey home.