Sheila Van Zant accepted the gavel as the new president of the local Heart of Texas Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT). She and other new officers were installed by the out-going president, Sharon Purcell. The installation took place at a ceremony and dinner on May 23 hosted by Purcell in honor of the officers who have served with her during the past three formative years as a new DRT chapter. During those years, the size of the chapter has almost doubled and was recognized at the recent annual convention for its excellence as a Six Star Chapter. The new officers were installed for a coming two-year term. Shirley Schumate was installed as the first vice president in charge of programs and meeting organization. She previously served as the treasurer. Schumate will also prepare and distribute the annual year book containing information which members receive at the beginning of each year. Cynthia Quinn, the prior Historian, will be the new second vice president. She will be responsible for the Children of the Republic (CRT), and continue building programs for sharing the history and heritage of the Republic of Texas with school-age students. She will be in charge of the annual essay contest sponsored by the DRT. Local history teachers may contact her about additional programs.Nancy Evridge will serve as the recording and corresponding secretary — an office which she has held for the past three years. Evridge has the ability to capture in writing the spirit as well as the facts of the meetings in her minutes. This has frequently provided clarity during the chapter’s formative years.Linda Davis was installed as the new treasurer. A recent new member, Davis brings her professional credentials to the group and will be responsible for all receipts and disbursements. Jerry Wilkinson will repeat her service as the registrar for the coming two years. This unique position within the DRT includes a vast knowledge of history as well as research capabilities using the Internet. She has completed documentation for many “family trees” for local members as well as pursuing genealogical research through the local library system. Her expertise was recently recognized when she was nominated to serve as the registrar general for the state organization. Inability to travel widely across the state prevented her from accepting this honor. Jerry is also responsible for tracking the progress of the chapter as a Six Star Chapter each year.Mabel Jones will be the Historian. Serving as the past parliamentarian, Jones will compile a scrapbook detailing events during the coming two years. The scrapbook will be entered in a contest, held at the annual convention every two years.Two additional officers will be installed at the next meeting in September. A new parliamentarian will be appointed by president Van Zant to serve during the next two years. Absent from the installation ceremony, Colleen Laman will repeat in the position of chaplain to the group. This position provides condolences and prayers during meetings and as needed for members.