On November 4, 2017 we met in the UDC Room for our business meeting. There is only a couple of things that I can touch on with this meeting. First off, we welcomed new members Debra Lewis, Diane Johnson, and Amanda Everette. Welcome ladies!

Diane Barbour brought in a donation box for the Veterans so we could donate toiletries. (pictured below) Members were also able to pick up their Chapter pins that we purchased some time ago but only recently received because of the hurricane that they had in Texas.

Last, we talked about what we were going to do for the Christmas Social in December.

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Desmond Kendrick  talked about the Sutherlins

             On December 2, 2017, we met in the auditorium of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. Here we received a wonderful talk on the Sutherlins. He included his connection to the Sutherlins as well.

The man I am talking about is Desmond Kendrick. He is an archivist for Henry and Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Major Sutherlin is a focal point for not only Mr. Kendrick but also the city of Danville.

One of the things about Major Sutherlin that some people didn’t know is that he was a builder of railroads before he got into tobacco. Once he got into tobacco, he had to have warehouses. In fact, Prison #6 was one of the Majors warehouses. The Major also improved the process to put tobacco to market. He also helped develop fertilizer and pesticides to make tobacco grow faster. Mr. Kendrick also told us that Major Sutherlin was the Chief Quartermaster of Danville because of health issues.

At the end of the meeting, Ricky Pritchett presented our President Sharon Jennings with the Lady’s of the Confederacy broach from the Pittsylvania County Vindicators.

After the meeting, we enjoyed a delicious spread of food brought in by the ladies of the chapter.

Expecting mother, President Sharon Jennings

             On March 3, 2018, we met for the first time this year for a getting to know you session...and a baby shower. What our expecting President didn’t know is that we were throwing her a surprised baby shower to welcome her daughter (and maybe future president herself, wink) into the world. This is possibly the first baby shower ever held in the Chapter room. If not the first then the first in decades.

Throughout the meeting, we stood up and read out our already prepared biography. We would pause in the telling of our own tales to talk about the March 17th Yard Sale.

We paused again to enjoy our meal before we finish learning about the extraordinary women we are and the hidden talents we have not disclosed until now.

By the end of the meeting, we all gathered round to watch Sharon open the gifts. She thanked everyone for the items and the thought we put into it.

For the April meeting, I will have to skip for the next update. There wasn’t anything in that business meeting that can be disclosed here.

Next time we will talk about the Old South Ball from April 6th and our Chapter’s second trip to the Johns house. The home of our Chapter’s namesake.

Getting to know you. Impressive bunch.

Table of gifts

Vernell Gwynn presenting new members with their certificates. Debra Lewis, Diane Johnson, and Amanda Everette

Ricky Pritchett presenting Sharon Jennings with the broach pictured right.

Getting to know your UDC Sisters

The second of many gifts