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The October meeting of the Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was held Saturday, October 16 at the El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde with Betty Lawrence presiding for Regent Billie Franklin.
A total of ten members and three guests were present. The opening ritual was led by Betty Lawrence.
Guest speaker Vic Hilderbran, General Manager of the Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District, shared his extensive knowledge of the region’s aquifer, and specifically the Knippa Gap. Afterwards, he was presented with an appreciation gift.
The Treasurer’s report was given by Jakelynn Crawford and approved as read. The minutes of the September meeting were read by Sherry Malloy. Alice Hicks read the President General’s Message, and the National Defense Message was read by Sheryl Burkeen.
Special Events Committee Chair Betty Lawrence announced that the El Progreso “Pot of Gold” tickets are available, with a prize of up to $10,000 in gold bars. The drawing will be held on November 12 at 8 p.m. during the Friday Four Square in Uvalde. She also reported that the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Highway signs are now installed in front of the courthouse and the post office.
A Surviving Veteran Spouse Award was presented to Leslie Jones by Betty Lawrence. It was announced that Karen Collins, not present, would receive the same award.
Leslie Jones followed up with more details on the plan to clean up the grave markers in the Seminole Indian Cemetery, located near Brackettville. Much information concerning the work day was discussed. A date was set for Saturday, November 6, starting at 10:30 a.m. to meet at the cemetery. Several methods of cleaning the oldest and worst-weathered stones will be utilized.
Betty Lawrence awarded the door prize to Jakelynn Crawford.
The meeting was then adjourned at noon by Betty Lawrence.