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CLUB NEWS: Genealogical Society meeting Monday

The Angelina County Genealogical Society will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the Community Meeting Room of Kurth Memorial Library, 706 Raguet St.

The program for the Monday meeting will be presented by ACGS member, Billie Grunden of Jasper, titled “My Genealogical Journey to the War Of 1812.” Grunden’s PowerPoint presentation is expected to describe some basic research techniques useful in finding information about researching family history and genealogy in the War of 1812 era. The ACGS executive board is expected to meet at 4 p.m. at Kurth Memorial Library prior to the regular society meeting and program. All executive board meetings are open to the society membership and all society meetings are open to the public.

Society members are again being reminded to come early to see the recently remodeled Ora McMullen Genealogy Room at Kurth Memorial Library. The remodeling done in February added new taller shelving for the growing book collection and created better lighting arrangements according to Ora McMullen Genealogy Room Librarian Cindy McMullen.

Free individual genealogical research help is available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the third Monday of each month (except January) in the Ora McMullen Genealogy Room at Kurth Memorial Library, provided by members of the Angelina County Genealogical Society. Contact Cindy McMullen, genealogy department librarian, for further information. Calling ahead for an appointment is strongly advised to assure individual help from a society volunteer.

Approximately 20 people attend the society’s Feb. 20 meeting for a program by Dr. Jeff Roth, assistant professor of geography at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. His PowerPoint presentation detailed some of his research on identifying African American residents of early Nacogdoches County before the Civil War era. The Angelina County Genealogical Society meets at 5 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at Kurth Memorial Library, except January when the library is closed for MLK Day.

ACGS members were reminded that dues for the club/calendar year are now due and payable at $10 for individual and $15 for two people at the same address. Only paid members are eligible to receive the ACGS spring newsletter.

The new slate of officers for 2012 began functioning at the January ACGS executive board meeting. They are third-term president, Dickie Dixon, Vice-President Vivian Toole Cates, Secretary Betty Dufner, and Treasurer Sharon Elliott.

Additional information about the meeting and the society can be obtained by calling the Ora McMullen Genealogy Room at 630-0563 or by doing a web search for the society’s web page at

American Legion Auxiliary

Lucy Burris was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation award by American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas President (2011-2012) Mary Waddell on March 10. An informal luncheon was held at the home of ALA 113 Chaplain Peggy Kruell. For over six years Burris has been the backbone of ALA Unit 113’s “Because We Care” troop support project. Members of ALA 113 decided it was time to show Lucy how much she is appreciated by unit members and the many troops who have received BWC boxes with her special letter inside.

Each month a special letter is created, usually about the time of year, the holiday that month, the weather or whatever came to mind. The letter is always lighthearted and usually funny with the intent to boost morale of the troops.

Burris has been a speaker at many luncheons and meetings all over the area explaining the “Because We Care” program. She is instrumental in getting other organizations and groups involved in helping, donating and volunteering.

Special treats from all over the area are included in the boxes each month. A lot of love in addition to the items are also included.

“Because We Care” grew from a few members packing a few boxes to hundreds of volunteers over the years. With Burris’ determination, dedication and unselfish acts of kindness, many people have been blessed.

Anthony Smith Chapter — NSDAR

The Anthony Smith Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met for their regular meeting March 6 at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. Regent Linda Ellis called the meeting to order and welcomed guests and prospective members.

The Ritual was led by Ellis and Chaplain Emily Shimer. The Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. and Texas flags and the American’s Creed were led by Susan Sumners. Ellis presented the President General’s Message relating that a restoration project involving the nearly 110 year-old “skylight” in the DAR Library that features Memorial Continental Hall is in serious need of repair or replacement. National Defense Report presented by Mary Goodwin discussed the reduction of our armed forces. Ellis thanked hostesses Dry Hinson, Elizabeth Jenkins and Virginia Welch.

Ellis introduced Researcher Marynell Bryant who presented a program titled “Documenting Your Ancestors.”

An honorarium is being sent to State Regents Project per request of speaker Marynell Bryant. This month’s Indian Minute was presented by Regent Ellis. Conni Estes reported on the National Daughters of the American Revolution Veteran’s History Project. Connie Estes, Linda Ellis and Susan Sumners were trained for the project which involves videoed oral history interviews with veterans. Videos will end up in the Library of Congress providing the nation with a living history of our veteran’s experience in service to our country.

Quilter’s Guild of East Texas

The 31st annual Azalea Quilt Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 23 -24, at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler.

General admission is $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children.

In addition to seeing over 200 fabulous quilts, tickets are available for the raffle quilt, which provides help to three local nonprofit organizations; see demonstrations by members and vendors on how to do various quilting techniques; bid on a favorite small quilt at the Silent Auction; shop with merchants and the guild’s Country Store; study the previous award winners using a NQA certified judge’s insight in a special exhibit called Encore; and try to imagine what Miyako Suwa of Osaka, Japan was thinking when she hand-pieced and hand quilted a quilt with almost 63,000 pieces in it.

Friends of NRA

The Angelina County Friends of NRA will host their annual fundraising banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lottie and Arthur Temple Civic Center in Diboll.

Dinner tickets are $25 each and other options and packages are available.

For more information, call 632-7765 or 422-4867 or visit friendsofnra.orgTx.

Junior League of Lufkin

The Junior League of Lufkin presents “Sprint into Spring” 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Kids Run beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The race is a chip-timed event and the course highlights the Crown Colony neighborhood. The course will feature two aid stations for the 5K race and one aid station for the 1 Mile Kids Run.

Awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers and medals for the top three finishers in each age group. Medals also will be provided to the top three male and female finishers for the 1 Mile Kids Run (ages 5-12).

For more information contact Julianne Greak at

Angelina County Heart Alliance

The Angelina County Heart Alliance is gearing up for the third annual Heart Scoot walk, a fundraiser that benefits the residents of Angelina County through education and equipment.

This year, the walk has a special meaning as it is being held in honor of Coach John Outlaw. The event will be held at 8:30 a.m. April 21 at Jennings Station in downtown Lufkin, just prior to the Downtown Hoedown.

The three-mile walk is set up in 1-mile increments so participants can walk one, two or all three miles as they raise funds to help fight heart disease in Angelina County.

All money raised by the event will stay in Angelina County to be used toward the education and prevention of cardiac disease.

If you are interested in forming a team or have questions, call 637-8688 for more information.

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