The John McKnitt Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century met at Christy’s Café in Cookeville on Saturday, Feb. 9, at noon. In the absence of President Sandy McRae, Kandy Smith called the meeting of the chapter to order. Members attending the meeting were Dot Brodhag, Nancy Buchanan, Lana Davis, Donna Hamilton, Margaret Markum, Virginia O’Rear, Betty Raines, Charlotte Reynolds, Lynn Sewell, Kandy Smith, Sherry Sneed, Carol Teeters, Jessie Watts, Kathy Wilson, and guest Jane Tavernier.
Following the chapter’s ritual ceremony, the minutes of the Nov. 3, 2012 meeting were approved as read. The treasurer’s report was presented and approved. New members Carol Teeters, Virginia O’Rear, and Betty Raines were introduced and inducted with the oath being administered by Lana Davis, Kandy Smith, and Margaret Markum. A presentation of a vase filled with greenery and a single carnation wrapped in blue ribbon was presented to each of the three ladies.
Following lunch, the meeting resumed with a call for reports from officers and chairman. The chapter will host the luncheon for the Tennessee State Conference to be held March 8, 2013, at the Hilton Hotel in Franklin, Tennessee. The chapter will provide mirrors for the table decorations, ten goodie bags, and a basket for the silent auction. Delegates to this meeting are Lana Davis, Lynn Sewell, Margaret Markum; Charlotte Reynolds will serve as alternate delegate.
Newly elected officers were installed and given their charge by Kandy Smith. New officers for the 2013 – 2015 term include President Lana Davis, First Vice President Kandy Smith, Second Vice President Jessie Watts, Chaplain Margaret Markum, Recording Secretary Nancy Buchanan, Corresponding Secretary Sherry Sneed, Treasurer Donna Hamilton, Registrar Gale Little, Historian Sandy McRae, Librarian Dot Brodhag, and Parliamentarian Charlotte Reynolds. All new officers made a pledge to dedicate themselves and their efforts to the betterment of the society. Members congratulated them and promised to be faithful and supportive members.
Newly elected Chapter President Lana Davis then addressed the group. She presented a lovely carnation to Kandy Smith for today’s meeting and her leadership since the inception of the John McKnitt Chapter. Davis asked for continued support from the members, encouraging each to do her best at the projects chosen. A folder was given to each member present with a membership list and a list of various websites, forms, etc. pertinent to Colonial Dames. Also given was a sheet “What You Do Counts for Colonial Dames” for members to report on their activities throughout the year, making it helpful to complete reports at the end of the year. Before the benediction and adjournment of the meeting, the chapter yearbook was made available for all to view.
Members will be notified of the exact time and place of the Saturday, May 4, meeting of Colonial Dames. The National Society is open to all women, 18 and older, who can prove their lineage to a colonial ancestor doing service before 1701. Those interested in becoming a member may contact President Lana Davis at 484-8002 in Crossville or firstname.lastname@example.org or Registrar Gale Little at (931) 526-1420 in Cookeville or email@example.com.