The Rebecca Boyce Chapter, NSDAR, met at the Ellis County Woman’s Building on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. About 35 members and guests were welcomed by Regent Vicki Evans Williams and after a few announcements, the members were asked to introduce their guests. The guests introduced for the meeting were pending members Nancy McCormack and Candace Ahlfinger.
Williams, assisted by Chaplain Beverly Robinson and Karen Kay Esberger on the piano, proceeded with the opening rituals.
After the rituals, our regent, again assisted by Robinson and Esberger, introduced Rebecca Boyce Chapter member Heather Marie Ashby, and they continued with a Memorial Service for our deceased chapter member Lucelle Monk Cates Shugart.
Mrs. Shugart passed away on June 21, 2019, and was a longtime member of this chapter. Lucelle was the mother of Rebecca Boyce Chapter member Marie Bush and grandmother of Heather Marie Ashby. In addition to the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Mrs. Shugart was also an active member of the First Baptist Church of Waxahachie and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
Sylvia Smith provided the Indian Minute and the nomadic Tonkawa Indians that made their home in Texas.
Jane Ann Shipp updated the assembled on women in American history. Her subject was Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), renowned author and historian. Many of Ms. Alcott’s experiences as a nurse in Washington D.C., during the Civil War provide material for her beloved books. Jane Ann also had just seen the movie, "Little Women," which she highly recommended to the group.
The women were invited to enjoy the refreshments provided by hostesses Karen Esberger, Anita Prewitt, Sylvia Smith and Susie Toal.
Regent Williams closed the meeting with a quote from Vince Lombardi. “The achievements of an organization are the results of the efforts of each member.”