“IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT!” No – it’s not that famous quote which was voted the worst opening line of a novel. It was the February meeting of the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas when they had scheduled their February monthly meeting with a great guest speaker. It was such wicked weather that the guest speaker was unable to travel to the meeting and almost everyone in Brady stayed home.
BUT – LUCK WILL PREVAIL and Carmen Goldthwaite WILL BE the guest speaker at the coming meeting of the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas next Monday, March 10, 2014. Her presentation will be drawn from her latest book, TEXAS DAMES … Sassy & Savvy Women throughout Lone Star History, which will be available for sale and signing. Goldthwaite will focus on examples from the Republic of Texas. One of these, Margaret (Peggy) McCormick was one of the ”Old 500” of Stephen F. Austin’s First Colony and she provided the land for what is now San Jacinto Park.
In addition to her book-writing, Goldthwaite has been a Columnist and Reporter for several Texas dailies and weeklies, and the Book Reviewer for the Fort Worth Star Telegram. She has also taught Writing and Journalism courses for TCU, SMU and UTA as well as workshops for the DFW Writers and the Writers Guild of Texas. A long list as Guest Speaker/Lecturer has afforded her extensive travel around the state of Texas.
Goldthwaite’s presentation will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Brady National Bank Community Room, 111 South Blackburn Street in Brady. Refreshments will be served after her program and the Chapter business meeting will follow. Gentlemen who want to hear what makes Texas Women so special are always welcome at DRT programs.
The DRT promotes Texas Honor Days throughout the year. March 27 will be remembered as Goliad Heroes Day. Following the fall of the Alamo on March 6, the Mexican Army, under the command of General Santa Anna, attacked Colonel James W. Fannin’s men at Goliad, Texas. Fannin was forced to surrender. He and his men were promised fair treatment and parole, but General Santa Anna ordered that all of the men should be shot. On March 27, 1836, 320 Texian prisoners were executed, the largest loss of life in the cause of Texas Independence. “Remember Goliad!” and “Remember the Alamo!” became the great battle cries at San Jacinto.
The Heart of Texas Chapter offers a Scholarship to students graduating from local high schools in May 2014. Applications are available from High School Guidance Counselors at Brady, Rochelle and Lohn High Schools. The scholarship is available for students desiring additional education after high school – at a university, college or trade school. Additional information is also available from Scholarship Chairwoman, Cynthia Quinn at 325-456-7690 or her email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inquiries about DRT programs, meetings and membership may be directed to President Karen Bishop at 325-243-5261 or Registrar Sheila Van Zant at 325-344-5423. Information is also available at the official DRT website, www.drtinfo.org and at the local Chapter email address, email@example.com. The Heart of Texas Chapter can also be found on Facebook.