Corsicana — New and announcements from service clubs and organizations throughout Navarro County.
Colonel Roger Q. Mills Chapter 2466, UDC
Col. Roger Q. mills Chapter 2466, UDC, met May 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Ward Prairie Baptist Church in Fairfield. The meeting was called to order by President Dana Stubbs. Chaplain Geneva Davis led the opening prayer. Stubbs led the pledges to the flags and salute to Confederate Flag and the Ritual and Lord’s Prayer.
Secretary/Treasurer Nancy Weems read the minutes of the March 25 meeting which were approved.
Vice President Jan Reeder reported on her trip to Palestine for the Memorial Plaza Dedication. Registrar Nancy Rula reported that chapter has 30 members. Historian Barbara Robinson is working on the scrapbook. Pres. Stubbs conducted the Virginia Nash Raffle.
Stubbs reported the marker for the A.F. Morse Dedication has been ordered and T-shirts are available. The Memorial Marker Dedication is scheduled for Oct. 26, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. in Oakwood Cemetery.
She also reported on taking part in a musical program in Houston by portraying Elizabeth Glover.
Geneva Davis reported on a trip she, Ines Waggoner, and Nancy Weems made when driven to the home of JoAnn Surls in Malakoff by Bill Davis. The occasion was the dedication of a sculpture garden in memory of her husband Joe W. Surls. Geneva showed pictures of the setting.
Ruth Hall read part of an article from Parade Magazine about Memorial Day (previously known as Decoration Day, which began during the War Between the States.
Stubbs reported that she and Norman attended the Battle of Temple and the Battle at Jefferson reenactments and that there would be a barbecue honoring Jefferson Davis on June 1 in Tyler.
The National Convention will be Nov. 7-11 in Tulsa, Okla.
The president led a Memorial Service by lighting a candle to remember ancestor who died during the War Between the States. Marlene Ivy and Stubbs each had an ancestor who died during that conflict.
Jan Reeder gave the program “From Atlanta to Nashville.” Stubbs read a poem written by her mother Alice Bell, titled “No Place Like Dixie.”
The singing of “Dixie” was led by Judy Greene and refreshments were served by Pat Chappell and Dean Nevills. Twelve members were present.
The next meeting will take place Sept. 30, 2013 in Corsicana.
National Association of Active/Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)
The National Association of Active/Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Chapter 1191, held their monthly meeting in Ennis. Greg Schanfish, FCI, Seagoville, Chaplain, presented an overview of his responsibilities as a Federal Chaplain and spoke about the challenges in working in a federal correctional setting.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) protects society by confining offenders in controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, secure, and provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens.
The Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Seagoville is a low security facility housing male offenders. The facility includes a detention center for male offenders and an adjacent satellite prison camp that houses minimum security male offenders. The BOP partners with faith-based and community/neighborhood organizations to address the life skill needs of inmates and to provide essential support to empower successful community reentry. In particular, Chaplains in the Bureau of Prisons operate faith-based reentry programs using mentors/volunteers to promote accountability and provide guidance to inmates releasing to our local communities. Chaplain, Greg Schanfish, oversees all the faith based non-denominational programs in FCI Seagoville. The presentation was well received by all NARFE members and there was a very positive “Questions and Answers” segment. We appreciate Chaplain Greg Schanfish’s dedication, professionalism and for taking the time to share his life experiences in the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) membership is open to all with a current or future retirement program. If you want to stay abreast with federal government topics such as 1: Private VS Public Pay, 2: Benefits at Risk, 3: Comparing the Compensation of Federal and Private Sector Employees and/or 4: How the New Health Care Reform laws Affect Federal Workers and Annuitants. Stay informed and joins us at our next meeting in Waxahachie.
For membership information, please call the nearest NARFE representative in your community, in Midlothian call (972) 268-5793 or (972) 775-2463, in Waxahachie call (469) 939-8102, Ennis call (214) 949-6197, Red Oak call (412) 722-6307, and in Corsicana call (903) 874-3092.