Beta Sigma Phi

The Preceptor Kappa Theta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on Oct. 19 at Grump’s restaurant.  Those present included Vice-President, Glenda Jones, who was co-hostess with Suzanne Webb.  Members Caryl Chilton, Verna Cross, Patti Douglas, Char Everett, Joyce Goodman, Wanda Hammack, and Pat Lovell were also in attendance.  The group enjoyed a Dutch treat supper and program on Appalachian Folk Art given by Glenda Jones and Health Matters by Suzanne Webb.  Halloween Secret Sister Gifts were distributed and enjoyed. 

The Chapter also met on Nov. 2 in the home of Glenda Jones. Those present included President Amy Crabb and hostess, Glenda Jones.  Caryl Chilton, Verna Cross, Joyce Goodman, Wanda Hammack, Pat Lovell, Mary Markham and Suzanne Webb were also present. The program, titled “Will Rodgers and World Travel” was given by Glenda Jones.  Autumn-themed refreshments were served. The next meeting will be Nov. 16 in the home of Patti Douglas.

United Daughters of the Confederacy

Major George B. Erath 2679 United Daughters of the Confederacy was chartered Aug. 5 with 24 members. Meetings are 11 a.m. the third Thursday of each month September through May unless otherwise stated. Meetings are scheduled for a private room at Agave Restaurant in Stephenville. Programs are followed by lunch.

The chapter received their charter from the national UDC office in a ceremony at the Chapel on the Bosque, September 27, 2009 with Texas Division president, Shirley Woodlock presenting the framed charter and individual certificates to the members.

This chapter is dedicated to the patriotic efforts of those ancestors who left their fields and businesses to defend their homes and their families against an invasion from the North. They fought with honor and bravery and became a fighting force to be both feared and respected. When the war ended, many veterans left a devastated Southland and come to Texas to begin new lives. They established homes, schools, churches and businesses and became respected citizens. More than 600 known Confederate Veterans are buried in Erath County.

Women interested in the UDC are welcome to attend any and all meetings. Full membership is restricted to those who can prove they are a direct descendant of one who fought for or gave material aid to the Confederate States of America. Associate membership is extended to those who share fellowship with the UDC but are unable to establish an ancestor relationship. Visitors are always welcome.

The next meeting will be held on Nov. 19 with noted historian and civil war student Dr. Ken Jones presenting the program. Dr. Jones, retired from Tarleton State University, and is regarded as an expert in that great war that divided the nation. He will speak on the “Flags of the Confederacy.”

For more information, call Joyce Whitis at 254-968-8450.

Stephenville Study Club

Stephenville Study Club met Nov.10 in the Chalk Mountain  Cedar Hill Ranch home of Sylvia Huckabee. President Nancy Allen welcomed the ladies and called the meeting to order. Patricia Weldon, mother of Colonel Kenny Weldon, USAF, commander of McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington, read the names of the thirteen killed at Fort Hood and then led the group in prayer for those and for all service personnel in honor of Armistice Day.

A nominating committee was appointed to present a slate of officers for the club’s

January meeting. The Women in Action basket was passed with concerns and joys shared. A Creative Christmas Event will be held at the Graham Street Family Center on Dec. 3 with the proceeds donated to the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council and the Stephenville Visual Arts classes in the schools. The tickets are $12 at the door with advanced tickets for $10 available at CTFAC. The event is sponsored by the 20th Century Club and the tickets include lunch.

Jan Johnson introduced Tarleton State University President Dominic Dottavio who spoke on “Strategic Goals for Shaping Tarleton’s Future.” He said the package of the American

dream is the growing research base of the university, the dedicated faculty, enthusiastic students, and the fact that Tarleton is fairly inexpensive to attend. Seventy million in

construction is currently in progress at Tarleton now including the new dairy center, a new resident hall, and a designated center in Fort Worth which is due to begin in January. He spoke of how TSU can excel, expand, extend, and encourage into the future. He handed out prints of the 2020 Master Plan for the campus which includes a new main campus entry, proposed special events center, parking garage, and stadium expansion.

The club will make a monetary donation to the Tarleton Nursing Program Scholarship Fund as an outcome of Dr. Dottavio’s program.