New chapter officers include back row, left to right, Wilma Gosdin, Jo Howard, Lynda Lowery, Ann Vaillancourt, Glenda Williams, Linda Hutchens; front row, left to right, Gloria Griggs, Peggy Gudger, Pat Killian and Willene Huddleston. Photo: Special to The Star
The Major General Patrick R. Cleburne Chapter 2632, United Daughters of the Confederacy was organized in 2003 by Lynda Lowery of Heflin with 30 members. Today the chapter has grown to approximately 160 members. The members have two things in common: we have a lateral or collateral ancestor who served in the War Between the States and most of the member’s ancestors can be traced to Cleburne County or Randolph County areas. Even though the chapter is considered a Heflin Chapter, approximately 35 percent of our members live in Calhoun County. The chapter meets every other month with an informative speaker about research or Confederate history. Members are diligent to continue to locate Confederate ancestors, protect our history, educate our youth with coloring contests and scholarships and proudly support our military personnel.
Recently new chapter officers were installed in the Major General Patrick R. Cleburne Chapter UDC for the year 2012 – 2014. Martha Young of Roanoke, Alabama Division corresponding secretary presided over the installation of officers asking each new officer for a promise to uphold the values of each office. The new officers are: Lynda Lowery of Heflin, president/assistant registrar; Pat Killian of Anniston, vice president/treasurer; Peggy Gudger of Anniston, second vice president; Linda Hutchens of Heflin, registrar; Glenda Williams of Gadsden, co-treasurer; Anne Vaillancourt of Cragsford, Clay County, recording secretary; Ann Norton of Oxford, corresponding secretary; Gloria Griggs of Gadsden, historian; Willene Huddleston of Heflin, co-historian; Jo Howard of Eastaboga, recorder of military service awards; and Wilma Gosdin of Woodland, chaplain.