The Heart of Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) has been busy this summer. Most Chapters take a break during the summer months, but the local Chapter has had several major projects on its calendar.
Just for fun, the Chapter participated in the Independence Day Parades in Brady and Mason for the sixth straight year. In Mason they earned a blue ribbon first prize for the second year in a row. Judy Hanks was the inspiration and “Trail Boss” for this year’s entry in the parades – a Corn Wagon on loan by Frank Teague of Camp San Saba. Judy organized an old fashioned picnic in the wagon including hand-ranked ice cream and watermelon. Members riding in costume included: Judy Hanks, Carol Henderson, Abbie Lee, Shelly Perkins, Glenna Sargent, Jerry Wilkinson, and Sheila Van Zant,.
During May, several members attended the 123rd Annual State Convention held in Lubbock, Texas, along with several hundred members from throughout the State. Members attending were President Karen Bishop, Historian Jerry Wilkinson, member of the Library Committee Judy Hanks, and Hank’s sister, Virginia Mahaney of Dalhart, who is a Member-at-Large of the DRT.
This marked the sixth straight year which the Chapter attended the State Convention and earned a Six Star Award, based on achievement during 2013-2014. The Chapter also was awarded a certificate recognizing excellence in publicity. Business sessions included activities in which DRT is active, changes to DRT By-Laws and reports given of activities of each Chapter. On Saturday night a banquet was held recognizing the Native American heritage of the local Kuwaiti Clan of the Comanche Nation.
Of special local interest, drawings from several students of Brady Middle School were on display at the Convention. These drawings, by students of Camille Carrithers, had placed in the DRT sponsored Art Contest held earlier in the year. Also recognized were winners of the state-sponsored contests: Outstanding 4th and 7th Grade Texas History Teachers and Outstanding 4th and 7th Grade Texas History Student Essays.
One final activity which keeps the DRT Heart of Texas Chapter members busy during the summer includes preparation for the second annual Historians & Storytellers Event which will take place this September 21. They are working with several additional organizations to bring this program to Brady. Working together, in addition to the DRT, is also the Heart of Texas Historical Museum, the Heart of Texas Writer’s Group, the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and the History Club of Brady High School.
This year Historians & Storytellers will feature local WW II Veterans and Famous Heroes from World War II. Dr. Thomas Hatfield of the University of Texas in Austin and Dr. Justin Murphy of Howard Payne’s Freedom Academy will be speaking on Earl Rudder and Douglas Mac Arthur, respectively. Interested local WW II Veterans who have not already been in touch with Ed Hernandez of the McCulloch County Veteran’s Affairs Office are encouraged to reach him at 325-597-0733.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Heart of Texas Chapter can also be found on Facebook.