Gen. Henry D. Clayton District Meeting 2014
The ladies of Thomas Randolph Thomasson 2471 hosted the five Chapters of the Gen. Henry D. Clayton District at Springdale Estate in Andalusia on Saturday, February 22, 2014, for their annual business meeting and luncheon. Sir Francis McGowen and Mr. Curtis Thomasson were the guest speakers, and Mr. Charles Simon played the bagpipes. Mr. Jared Boutwell, curator of Springdale Estate, gave a history of the property.
Members of the host Chapter, T.R. Thomasson 2471
Ladies attending the District meeting who are running for Division offices for 2014-2016 were Pat Killian, Laura Womack-Rowell, and Tammie Evans.
Members of our Chapter and guests were invited to share in the “Christmas in Dixie” event conducted by the Covington Rifles Camp of the SCV. Commander Curtis Thomasson welcomed all, and Sir Francis McGowin presented a program about Christmas during the War.
Tammie and Brandi Evans at the 118th Alabama Division United Daughters of the Confederacy Convention held in Florence, Alabama, September 12-14, 2013. Tammie is the current Alabama Division Historian, and Brandi served as the UDC President General’s Page. At the Convention our chapter was awarded several certificates. We were tied for the most Children of the Confederacy to UDC transfers, tied for the Chapter with the best Alabama Day activity, and certificate of Honorable Mention. Tammie also serves as the Gen. Henry D. Clayton District Director. Our District was the recipient of the Mrs. Idyl King Sorsby Trophy. This is given to the District through whose influence statewide interest in Alabama Day has been most fittingly observed. We also received a certificate for best percentage of attendance at District Meeting. The Alabama Division sponsors a coloring and student essay contest. Two students from Straughn Elementary School won awards. Preston Bales won first place for his essay titled “Confederate Music” and a cash prize of $15.00. Spirit Hall of Straughn Elementary placed third in the state coloring contest.
Two new members received their UDC Membership Certificates at the annual Thomasson Reunion held on August 3, 2013. Janice Bowers Wallace and Judy Treadaway-Jordan were introduced by UDC Thomas Randolph Thomasson Chapter President Linda Castleberry. Janice joins under the service of her Great-Great-Grandfather William Jasper Bowers, Company A, 18th Regiment, Alabama Infantry. Judy Treadaway-Jordan joins under the service off Great-Great-Grandfather Cornelius J. Jackson, Company F, 63rd Regiment, Alabama Infantry.