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December 2015 minutes

December 12, 2015 minutes

- President James Scott called the meeting to order.

- President-elect Lane Redwine led the pledges to the flags of the United States of America, the state of Texas, and the Sons of The American Revolution.

- Opening prayer was led by Mike Nichols.

- We were asked to pray for compatriot Russell Fontenot, who is enduring some medical issues.

- Guests and members were recognized by Secretary Rick Malley.

- Minutes from the November meeting were approved.

- Sally Hunt, from Daughters Of The American Revolution, Robert Gilbert Livingston chapter, told us about the "Patriot's Pantry" cookbook, and offered them for sale for $10.00 each with proceeds going toward local high school scholarships.

- On February 20, there will be a joint meeting of DAR and SAR to celebrate Washington's birthday at the Women's Club in Austin. Alexander Hamilton chapter is host. William Federer will be the guest speaker.
Also, the Heart Of Texas chapter will have their Washington's birthday celebration, with Judge Ed Butler as guest speaker.

- President Scott talked about Christmas 1776, and the hardships that the patriots faced at Valley Forge.

- President Scott gave a summary of the Annual Report and some of the chapter's activities.

- He also reminded us that annual dues are due before December 31.

- Treasurer Bill Freeman reported that we have $2013.03 in our account.

- Registrar Harry Walden states that numerous applications have been sent to the national registrar. One supplemental for Frank Wickstrom was presented.

- We were told that as of December 4, we have 48 members.

- Past President Ray DeVries reported on Operation Ancestry Search. He stated that there was good attendance at the meeting on Tuesday prior to our chapter meeting, and that the next gathering would be December 16. So far, 80 soldiers have been helped.

- Mr. Redwine told us about the Sybil Luddington Children Of The American Revolution meeting, which would occur at 1:00 p.m. today (Dec 12) at the Williamson County Museum. He said that new members are sought.

- Mike Nichols told us about the Knight Essay Contest Scholarship. Submissions should be 800 - 1,200 words and are due by December 31. Bianca Ritter, from Leander will present her essay at our January meeting.

-- LUNCH --

- President-Elect Redwine introduced Karen Thompson, Daughters of The Republic Of Texas, and Chairman of the French Legation Museum. She spoke to us about the founding and gave some history about the Legation.

- Mr. Redwine thanked her for her narrative, and presented her with a small token of appreciation for her visit.

- Mr. Redwine led us in the SAR recessional.

- Mr. Nichols led our closing prayer.

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