1941 - 2015
1941 - 2015
Amelia Gayle Gorgas actively participated in the Ladies Memorial Association in Tuscaloosa, helping to erect a Confederate monument in Greenwood Cemetery in 1880. Amelia became a charter member of the R.E. Rodes Chapter 64. The Amelia Gayle Gorgas UDC Chapter was organized by the Rodes Chapter to honor Amelia Gayle Gorgas. Beginning with 18 charter members, Margaret Elizabeth Deal (Mrs. James K. Coleman) served as its first president. The charter hangs in the "Gorgas House" near the main university library which is named for Amelia.
Every year the Chapter endorses several students of Confederate lineage for scholarship funds. Also, the Chapter has provided funds to establish Alabama Division Scholarships.
The Chapter provides UDC Magazine subscriptions to five local public libraries. The donation of a book is made to the Tuscaloosa Public Library in honor of each program presenter.
The Chapter has mailed cards containing monetary donations to "Miss Willie" Jones, our Randolph Relief Lady. At Thanksgiving time the Chapter donated canned goods and/or boxed items to the West Alabama Food Bank.
The Chapter memorializes its deceased members and makes a donation in each deceased member's name. Deceased members are also remembered at the Bankhead District meeting and the annual Memorial Service at the Division Convention .
In 2014 the Chapter awarded the Global War on Terror Cross of Military Service to honor the son of a member for his service and a community leader was presented the Judah P. Benjamin Award.
The Chapter has submitted articles and photos to the UDC Magazine and was awarded a Second Place Award in 2014 for number of submissions. The Chapter produces yearbooks and scrapbooks annually.
May 8, 2014
Sibyl Banks shared the story of Rose O'Neal Greenhow, a fervent supporter of the Confederate cause who became the ringleader of a growing network of anti-Union spies. Renowned as a charming hostess and engaging conversationalist, she gleaned critical information from politicians, passing along their secrets to Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard and other contacts.
April 10, 2014
March 13, 2014
February 13, 2014
The Judah P. Benjamin Award was presented to Walter E. Dockery, a community and civic leader in Tuscaloosa. Mr. Dockery was instrumental in providing a safe environment for those served by the Tuscaloosa Spouse Abuse Shelter and aided those left homeless following the 2011 tornado. Picture [L to R] Sibyl Banks, Linda Graham, Walter Dockery, and Gwen Dockery.
January 9, 2014
November 14, 2013
October 11, 2013
October 10, 2013
Sherrell Cleino, a member of the General William H. Forney Chapter in Heflin and daughter-in-law of Dr. Bettie Ann Cleino, spoke on "Clothing During the Confederate Period for Women." She displayed bonnets, purses, and clothing and included the etiquette of what to wear and when. Shown with Mrs. Cleino is Dr. Bettie Ann Cleino who was presented with the Judah P. Benjamin Award for her many years of contributions to nursing education at the University of Alabama.
April 11, 2013
February 14, 2013
May 6, 2012
April 7, 2012
December 13, 2012
Amelia Gayle Gorgas Chapter members hosted a joint Alabama Day Celebration luncheon on December 13th where Julia Brock and Wanda Smelley received membership certificates and Linda Graham received one for a supplemental ancestor. [L to R] Linda Graham, Wanda Smelley, Sylvia Cottingham, and Julia Brock
November 8, 2012
October 11, 2012
March 8, 2012
January 12, 2012
Photos by Brenda Haynie, Chapter Historian
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