Five members from John B. Gordon Chapter 383 UDC attended the 124th Georgia Division UDC Convention that was held in Valdosta recently. The convention was hosted by the Fourth District, which included the Thomasville local chapter. Those attending from the local chapter were: chapter President Mary Margaret Quiggle, Third Vice President Sheila Tucker, Treasurer Franci Carter, Registrar Anita Ward and Historian Dianne Ponder.

During Friendship Dinner, Cathy Wells introduced the Valdosta popular entertainer Otis Burt “Sonny” Shroyer Jr., also recognized as Enos Strater, the deputy on “The Dukes of Hazzard.” He was delightfully funny talking about his experiences on the show. His wife accompanied him to the dinner.

The first business session was brought to order by Georgia Division President Sharon Steele-Smith. The presentation of awards began during this meeting and continued throughout the convention. John B. Gordon Chapter 383 UDC was in charge of the decorations for the education luncheon. Quiggle designed the plans for decorating the tables at the luncheon. This included the theme “Welcome to Mother Goose Land!” The tables were decorated with tall vases filled with dark red apples, surrounded by fairy tale books, red and white ribbons hanging from the vases, wooden ABC blocks, cotton and children’s pop-up pictures of Mother Goose Rhymes. The head table included a small rocking chair that held a white goose and a children’s’ book of nursery rhymes.

During President’s Banquet, Quiggle presented her report about the John B. Gordon’s Chapter 383 yearly work. The UDC objectives are what guide the chapter in their work. They include: historical, educational, memorial, benevolent and patriotic objectives.

A memorial service was held honoring veterans of all wars, deceased Real Daughters and UDC members. Members from the John B. Gordon Chapter 383 UDC stood when their own member’s name Virginia Griffin Zalumas was read. Quiggle was given the honor of helping to bring in the memorial wreath during the procession.

The chapter’s dedication and hard work paid off for the members. They brought 29 awards back to Thomasville. They were as follows: UDC Museum at Atlanta History Center, third place; Peggy Armour Bicknell Award for best chapter yearbook, third place; Mildred Lewis Rutherford, Best Program Presented; Best Patriotic Activities Report; Zora O. Beal Award Best Work Along All Education Lines; Most Outstanding Report, Military Service Award, second place; Most Certificates of Appreciation with Pin, tie for first; Chapter Purchasing the most No. 1 Badge Sets, tie for second; Chapter Purchasing over $500, but less than $1,000 in insignia; Southern Literature and Arts, Most Books Reviewed; Southern Literature and Arts, Most Writings by Members, tie for second; A. H. Stephens Award for Most Supporting Chapter, second; Owen-Dunaway Award for most informative and interesting chapter newsletter, third; Gladys Myers Schofield Award, Civic Activity, Chapter reporting most unusual civic project, third; Radio and TV Director’s Award Chapter 41 to 80 members, purchasing the most No. 1 Badge Sets, second; Blount Memorial Cut for the chapter bestowing most number of Crosses of Military Service, second; Most Vietnam Conflict Crosses; Chapter Purchasing the Most Lapel Pins; Most Korean War Crosses; Mary Alice Howell Alexander Award, chapter bestowing most Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals; Jane Grier Durden Award, chapter bestowing the most National Defense Medals, second; McLeod Bowl, Best Memorial Day Program; Chairman’s Special Award to chapters submitting chapter news articles; Public Relations Chairman’s Award to the chapter with 41 and above members sending in most publicity; May Erwin Talmadge Underwood Award to chapter having most publicity with only one newspaper; Martha Rison Shephard Hill Award, Best Georgia Day Report; Award for submitting the 2018 Annual Financial Report on Schedule; and Superior Chapter Award.

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