Archive for Division UDC

Oklahoma Historian Candidate Announced

Though a full listing of Candidate Announcements should be found on the Division Website, this officer recieved a Chapter Endorsement for the following member coming out for the office of Historian in the mail last week:

Thelma Blackburn, Oklahoma Division Recorder of Military Service Awards
Cherokee Chapter #1737 President and Historian

Cowskin Prairie to host History Luncheon

#2611, Oklahoma Division UDC is having a special history lunch for those early birds to Oklahoma Division Convention. Fun, fellowship, and Confederate history will be had by all! We are excited to be joined by Oklahoma Native Author, Steve Warren. Though open to anyone who wishes to attend, paid reservations must be made no later than June 1, 2010 for this $16.00 luncheon.
If you are on Facebook, visit the event:

2010 Divison Convention Historical Evening Speaker

Now that the 2010 Oklahoma Division Convention call has been issued, I’m excited to announce our President’s choice for Historical Evening program speaker. The selection process kicked into high gear in October, when discussions between Division President and Historian were opened. Though Mary’s selection, from three “finalists”, came last month, I wanted to be sure I wasn’t letting the cat out of the bag.

Colonel Bernard R. “Bernie” Cooper, Western Artillery Brigade, CSA will join us, in uniform, for Historical Evening to share his love of Confederate Flags. The Oklahoma Graves Registration, SCV Officer has plans to have something special for each and every one of us. The program promises to be interesting and lively.

Please plan to attend Historical Evening and bring family, friends and Confederate- minded individuals to celebrate with us. If you have an outfit with “Confederate Flavor”, consider wearing it that evening. We are not fashion police, but I know more than just a few of us have Native attire, long skirts, petticoats, and yes – even hoops! The lovely ladies planning and hosting Convention have made arrangements to accommodate everyone interested in History to attend and enjoy the evening with us.

Mid-April Oklahoma Events

Upcoming historical programs with the OHC, as reported in the Mistletoe Leaves that may be of Southern interest include: April 17-18, 2010 Spring Encampment –Ft. Gibson Historic Site, Fort Gibson Tatting Workshop – Chisholm Trail Museum, Kingfisher (17th only)

Make your dreams come true

Oklahoma Daughters who are attending 2010 Oklahoma Division Convention Historical Evening: The possibilities are endless for a historically flavored evening ensemble.

Looking for accuracy in War Between the States outfit? Another idea is to museums and seek out the professional knowledge found there.  Put on your thinking cap, open your eyes and you will likely amaze yourself.

Support your VA

Last month, one of my magazine renewals had a “give a subscription to a friend – for free” offer. I called the VA in Muskogee to see if they accept these – they do. I even got a mailing from the magazine stating the subscription had started.

Send magazine subscriptions for Muskogee to:

Volunteer Services (135)

Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center

1101 Honor Heights

Muskogee, OK 74401

While I was on the phone, I got the “current skinny” on what is on the top of the wish list:

Magazines can be delivered to VAVS Office for distribution to waiting rooms and to veterans (Don’t forget to cut off or mark out any personal ID info.)

Any and all coffee service items

Comfort items such as small shampoo, conditioner, lotion, mouthwash, toothpaste, etc. Think Samples OR Hotel items

Cards Puzzles (books & jigsaw)

Board Games

Activity Books


In Muskogee – Volunteer Services located across from Lab on second floor of the Medical Center

I also know that Claramore always welcomes lap robes.

There are many things we can do to help and support our Veterans that are really just primary recycling (magazines, paperbacks, etc.) – that is a win-win if we do it. Thanks for your interest!

Hats Off – Or On – In June

What about head gear for Oklahoma Division Convention? Again, we make a trip into storage. Is there anything that can be worn with something else? Look items over closely, with a mindset to the past. Perhaps there are ways to ‘redo’ something contemporary by adding or taking away decorations. Often, usable headwear can be located at vintage stores, flea markets, antique shops and, even, garage and yard sales.

2010 Winter Board Historian Report

Winter Greetings, 

This year, I’ve tried to make available information online in a variety of formats – from utilizing the Division E-List, to the Historian Blog and posting the information on web pages. Because of this, and the lack of changes and additions, this Officer is able to exercise Confederate economies by not stuffing your packet with lots of paper this year. Although the Division Computer Chairman has posted nothing on the Division website, everything can be found online at (Division) and (General) – for this administration, and has changed very little from last year’s packet information. For physical copies of 2010 Division items, contact me and I’ll be happy to email, FAX or mail them to your Chapter. Make as many copies of this information for distribution as you wish; the more of our Daughters we can get involved, the better.

Just like last year, Division judging of chapter scrapbook, yearbook, and newsletter are based on General guidelines – see UDC Notebook. A press book may be submitted under the scrapbook category, if no scrapbook is entered. To this end, the judging sheets for this year are exactly the same as 2009 and available online. Note in addition to General awards, this Historian is sponsoring a “best of” special award in both Yearbook-Effective Publication and Scrapbook-Artistic. Books to be judged will be submitted at Division Convention. More information will be available closer to Convention, as Host Chapter scheduling is locked down.  The Division will have a scrapbook this year, if anything is submitted. If you wish anything included, please send it to me by May 1.

 Many Oklahoma Division members are wonderful authors. They have exceeded all expectations by earning awards and praise all the way to General. Please consider joining this great group of Oklahoma Daughter’s this year. Any Oklahoma entries must be in to me by June 1, 2010, for judging. General rules can be found on page 13-5 of the UDC Notebook. Unless restricted by 2010 General guidelines, please also submit your work to other publications, such as the Oklahoma Chronicle.

 We all understand the need to work tirelessly, promoting our beliefs, often times unrecognized. However, we should all encourage and participate in work both our members and others are doing to promote the unbiased reality of the era in which the War Between the States took place. Furthermore, I suggest that learning about every honor the UDC bestows would make, at the very least, great historical meeting programs. However, once you are armed with knowledge, it is my hope that you will pursue these UDC honors for those residing, or doing good works, in this Division who deserve the admiration and respect of these tributes. Contact the appropriate Officer or Chairman and give credit where credit is due. Do your part to encourage others to continue their work with Southern Spirit. In the case of the Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal and Sidney Lanier Medal, please note in your application packet, to me, if you are interested in presenting your accolade at Division Convention. 

This officer began correspondence about 2010 Historical Evening last June with the Convention Chairman and Host Chapter. At this time, per Division Presidential request, I’m awaiting approval for suitable Historical topics before seeking possible speakers. All Division Historical Evening Program plans are in a holding pattern because of this. While information is still scarce, once it is available, announcements will be made. Regardless of the fantastic historical evening still in the planning stages, I encourage all of you to wear your Confederate and Indian Territory outfits to show your support for Historical Evening.

Please mail your completed Chapter report to me – all 3 or more pages – allowing plenty of time for USPS delivery. Reports must arrive at the Division Historian on or before the deadline of 5-20-10 – not “mailed by”. Alternative Division Historian filing again this year again includes, FAX to 9185424148; posting it online and emailing me the URL; or emailing me (text in-line or PDF attachment only). Regardless of the method you choose to report, if you do not get confirmation from me, please follow up, in a timely manner, to be sure your Chapter is counted. 

Looking for more information? It’s a good thing to remember the data traditionally found in Yearbook of the Historian General is now the “Manual for Historians” section of the UDC Notebook, available through General. If you don’t have access to a copy, I urge you or your Chapter order one. The trusty reference shelf is more complete with the Notebook, as well as the current Division Proceedings and Robert’s Rules. The UDC Magazine’s June issue is also a great historical reference as the Historian General Programs are a regular feature, as well as many other great items. The full program list is online now. 

Closing Dates of Concern – Received by Division Officer by this date:

General Essays: June 1, 2010

Statistical Report: May 20, 2010

Form found at General:

Items for Division Scrapbook May 1, 2010 

                                                            Yours in service, Carrie Ann Cook

UDC – Did you know?

Did you know that reading non-fiction books that deal with the War of Rebellion can be reported in committee work? Check with the ladies in your Chapter for more details.

Great Scrapbook & Pressbook Support

There’s just something about news clippings! Charleen Samuels, 2009 Oklahoma Division Convention Chair put together a clippings packet – several papers as well as pre and post PR – of the Convention and offered it to all for postage. A big thanks to the hosts for thinking about this. They can never be replaced, the feel, the smell – using real clippings are just as much a part of our Southern Heritage as many other things. If using as part of a record of history, don’t forget to neutralize any acid content and use archival products.

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