Will Emmett Lewis receives a check for the scholarship he was awarded by the Southern Cross Chapter 2001 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy on July 21. Presenting the scholarship are Mary Virginia Lewis, left, and President Earldine Robinson.

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Will Emmett Lewis was awarded the Southern Cross Chapter 2001 United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) scholarship for 2012 during the group’s July 21 meeting at Los Vaqueros Restaurante in Oak Hill. The scholarship is awarded to a direct descendent of a Confederate veteran each year by the local chapter. Lewis is the grandson of member Mary Virginia Lewis, and he plans to attend West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery.

The monthly meeting was opened by President Earldine Robinson, who led the members in the pledges and ritual. Robinson discussed the September 2012 convention of the state organization, which will be held in Bluefield. The local chapter has been asked to provide favors for attendees. Members plan to assemble the gifts at the August meeting.

Reports of the secretary, treasurer, vice presidents, and cheer committee chairman were given; and the group approved a donation for the maintenance of the grave of the mother of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in Ansted. In a related matter, the group learned that the Civil War “History Alive” presentations at the Historic Fayette Theater, which were canceled due to the storm of June 29, are being rescheduled as part of celebration of the “Battle of Fayetteville” in September. The group is sponsoring Stonewall Jackson on Sept. 9 at the theater.

President Robinson discussed information needed for the annual “President’s Report,” and requested members bring their input to the August meeting.

The next meeting of Southern Cross Chapter 2001 of the UDC will be held on Aug. 18 at Macado’s in Beckley at noon. To receive information about the United Daughters of the Confederacy or the meeting, call Earldine Robinson at 304-575-0905 or Joan Dickerson at 304-574-0692.

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