Members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Dr. Wilhelm Keidel Chapter, Fredericksburg, will meet Monday, January 11, at 3:00 p.m. at the home of Patricia McConnell. Phyllis Hazelett Malinak will be the guest speaker talking on her ancestry, interesting family history and her DRT connection. She will also offer a session on her class Family History Online. Members are requested to RSVP by Saturday, January 9 to Telephone Committee Chairperson Kay Daigle at 830-997-7254.
Ladies are reminded to encourage participation in the annual essay contest. Fourth grade topic is Texas State Cemetery Its Beginning and the body of the essay should be between 500 and 525 words. The seventh grade topic is Rip Ford and the writing should be between 800 and 825 words. The local DRT Chapter will award cash gifts and a certificate to each of the top three participants in both grades, along with recognition of all who participate. Any questions or essay submissions may be directed to the local DRT Chapters Education Committee Chairperson Leta Ann Metzger at 830-997-4640, or to 309 W Morse St, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, or at email@example.com.
Also, ladies are reminded to promote the celebration of the upcoming Texas Honor Day and fly the Texas Flag. January 26 is Mirabeau B. Lamar Day. Lamar is honored as Texas Father of Education. He served as second President of the Republic of Texas from 1838 to 1841. During his administration, Congress granted each of the existing 23 counties four leagues of land to be used for education and set aside fifty leagues of land for the development of a university. Lamar supported the Homestead Act of 1839 and during his term, the Lone Star Flag and State seal were officially adopted.
For information on joining DRT, ladies may call the chapter registrar at 830-990-2299, or visit the state website www.drt-inc.org. Any woman having attained her sixteenth (16th) birthday is eligible for membership provided she is a lineal descendant of a man or woman who rendered loyal service for Texas prior to the consummation of the Annexation Agreement of the Republic of Texas with the United States of America on February 19, 1846.