Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 26, 2014

June 3rd, 2014

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Dixie Chapter members (L-R), Patti McGuigan, Bettie Brixey and Yolanda DcDonald, along with their husbands, were honored to attend the beautiful Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona located at 23029 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix.  They were very proud to present a wreath sponsored by UDC to honor our fallen servicemen.

Arizona Division Lee-Jackson Celebration – January 18, 2014

December 31st, 2013

The Commander of the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans requests the honor of the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s presence at a luncheon celebrating the births of General Robert E. Lee and Lt. General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The celebration will be held at 12:00 noon on January 18, 201 at Bill Johnson’s Big Apple Restaurant, West Bell Road at 19th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ.

The cost is $15 per person, payable in advance. Mail your checks payable to Camp 1525 no later than January 15, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Curt Tipton.

Chapter Meeting & Christmas Luncheon – December 14, 2013

December 31st, 2013

Our chapter meeting and Christmas luncheon was held on Saturday, Decembe 14, 2013 at 11am at the Orange Tree Golf Club and Resort.

Our Special Program
Christmas During The War Between The States
Presented by Tracy Justinak

Chinese Auction:
Attendees brought items for this auction, keeping the value under $10.00. They were fun gifts or re-gifted items but in new condition. Each partaicipant received a ticket at the door for each gift they brought, and that was the number of times they could play in the ‘Chinese Auction’. It’s a lot of fun and laughs to see who goes home with what gift in the end. Remember, it’s never yours until it’s over!!!

Homemade Goodies – Christmas Items – Auction
Attendees brought baked and made Christmas items for our live auction. It was fun to see who wanted to bid the most and take home a baked item or new Christmas treasure.
(All proceeds from our auction went to charity)

Daughters, Can You Spare a Can
For all meetings, please bring cans of food and non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. They are greatly in need of anything. Please help with a meal for our neighbors. “Remember, it is in giving that you receive.”

Items Needed for Hospitalized Veterans at Carl T. Hayden

October 23rd, 2013

Carol Dustin is our UDC VAVS (Veterans Affair Volunteer Services) Representative for our Region. Items are needed for our hospitalized Veterans at Carl T. Hayden. Assistance is greatly appreciated by buying gifts for our Veterans.

Below is a list of items. You may bring any gifts to the October chapter meeting. Other options are to bring items to Carol’s home, or to meet her at a location which is convenient for you so that she can pick them up. Again, anything you are able to donate is greatly appreciated!

The items will be boxed or put in Holiday bags for individiuals, and brought to the hospital to bring some cheer to our Veterans.

If you find something other than those listed, please let Carol know. With all of us having our thinking hats on, we are sure to come up with wonderful gifts for our Heros.

Women’s Items:
Women’s White socks
Women’s Travel sized toiletries
Women’s PJ’s
Women’s Tee shirts
Women’s fingernail files
Women’s Tweezers
Women’s Undies

Men’s Items:
Men’s White socks
Men’s Travel sized toiletries
Men’s PJ bottoms
Men’s Tee shirts
Men’s Shorts

Items for All:
Bus Tickets
Men’s nail clippers
Wendy’s Gift Certificates
McDonald’s Gift Certificates
Signed Christmas or Holiday Cards

Chapter Meeting – October 26, 2013

October 23rd, 2013

Our chapter meeting will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 11am at the Orange Tree Golf Club and Resort. Please remember that reservations must be made ahead of time by contacting Colleen Miller or Yolanda McDonald.

Our Special Program
Moms and Babies Shower
Presented by Ellen Murphy, Program Volunteer

Daughters, Can You Spare a Can
For all meetings, please bring cans of food and non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. They are greatly in need of anything. Please help with a meal for our neighbors.

Below is a list of items needed for the VA Moms and Babies Program:

Please bring one of the items on this list to the meeting.

Items for Babies
Clothes/Outfits (newborn-9months)
Onesies, gowns, rompers, shirts, pants, dresses, socks, booties
Hooded Towels/Washcloths/Bibs/Burp cloths
Disposable Diapers/Wipes
Baby Shampoo, Body Wash, Baby Powder/Diaper Rash Ointment
Bottles/Pacifiers/Teething Rings
Baby Brushes/Combs/Nail Clippers
Baby Thermometers/Medicine Dispensers/Nasal Aspirators
Baby Spoons
Receiving Blankets

Items for Moms
Bathrobes / slippers
Bath soaps/and sponges
Votive candles
Lotions/shampoos/conditioners
Hairbrushes/combs
Nursing pads
Razors and shaving gel
Nail files/polish
Lip gloss
Nail files/clippers/polish
Toothbrushes and toothpastes
Disposable cameras/small photo albums/small picture frames
Feminine products: tampons
Gift cards: Wal-Mart/Target/Dollar Store/Gas Cards Circle K

Chapter Meeting – September 28, 2013

October 23rd, 2013

Our chapter meeting was held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Orange Tree Golf Club and Resort.

Our Special Program
Civil War History and Genealogy
Presented by Mr. Robert M. Wilbanks IV

Daughters, Can You Spare a Can
For all meetings, please bring cans of food and non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. They are greatly in need of anything.

Below are photos taken during the meeting:

From left to right: Patti McGuigan, Bettie Brixey, Janet Grams, Yolanda McDonald, Kathy Keller and Colleen Miller.

From left to right: Bettie Brixey, Patti McGuigan, Robert Wilbanks IV (Guest Speaker), Janet Grams, Yolanda McDonald and Colleen Miller.

New Location for Chapter Meetings

October 23rd, 2013

Effective with our September 28, 2013 meeting, we will be gathering at a new location!

Orange Tree Golf Club and Resort
10601 North 56th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

This beautiful location is between Cactus and Shea and on the west side of 56th Street. We will meet in the Valencia Room, just south of the main entrance and very close to the parking area.

President’s Letter from April 2013 UDC Magazine

May 31st, 2013

Dixie Chapter 1679 was chartered on June 11, 1917, and disbanded in 1943. Dixie Chapter, Arizona Division, was reactivated and chartered on May 15, 2008 by Mrs. Carol Dustin, Chartering President 2008-2010. On October 20, 2012, at the 89th Arizona Division Convention, Arizona Division disbanded. The Arizona Division was 94 years old. Now Dixie is a Chapter Where No Division. Dixie has quite a history in 92 years. This is my second term as President of Dixie.

Dixie is very proud of its involvement in Patriotic Activities. One program is Mary Ellen’s Place, a beautiful residence for women veterans. This is a safe domicile with an efficiency studio and a common area to socialize. We join them for social events. Two ladies are working on their applications. The next facility to open in our area is Sallie’s Place for women with children. Col. Sallie Carroll (Ret) is a resident at Mary Ellen’s Place. She was a sharp shooter and holds the highest award in this field for a woman. Our Chaplain, Barbara Brai, does pet therapy for Veterans at Carl T. Hayden Medical Center with Maxwell. At T.A.P.S. we designate our donation for children who have lost a parent in service. It’s called “Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors”.

Contributions are made to “Wreaths Across America” annually by Dixie and individuals in the chapter. Dixie Chapter presents a wreath on Memorial Day at National Memorial Cemetery of Phoenix. Dixie contributes to “Bugles Across America” which promotes the use of real bugles in honoring America’s Veterans at military funerals. Food is collected for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank regularly, “Daughters Can You Spare a Can.”

Programs of interest to our Daughters and prospective members are presented each month. Our new program will be “Honor Flight of Arizona” taking WWII Veterans living in Arizona to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial in honor of their service.

Dixie Chapter is very proud to fulfill the objectives of the organization: Historical, Educational, Benevolent, Memorial and Patriotic.

Yolanda Locke McDonald
President 2010-2012 and 2012-2014
Dixie Chapter 1679
Tempe, Arizona

Confederate Memorial Day Photos

May 11th, 2013

Please check out our “PHOTOS: Confederate Memorial Day” and “PHOTOS – War Between the States” pages. More photos have been added!

Photos – War Between the States

April 23rd, 2013

Please be sure to check out the “PHOTOS – War Between the States” page on our website. These are wonderful photos submitted by Richard Glady, our February 2013 chapter meeting speaker. This page is updated as more photos are submitted, so keep checking back!

Chapter Meeting – April 27, 2013

April 8th, 2013

Our chapter meeting will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11am at Buster’s on the Lake, our usual spot (8320 N. Hayden Road, 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85258).

Our Special Program
Female Physicians of the Old West
Presented by Sandi Wilson

We will also be welcoming three new members: Joyce Eller, Sandra Oxedine, and Renee Woodward.

Daughters, Can You Spare a Can
Please bring cans of food or non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. They are greatly in need of anything.

Below are photos taken during the meeting:

Welcoming of new members.
Front row of new members: L-R Sandra Oxedine, Denise Renee Woodward and Joyce Eller.
Second row: Barbara Brai; Bettie Brixey; Sandi Wilson, Speaker and Prospective Member; Colleen Miller; Patti McGuigan, Prospective Member; Yolanda McDonald; and Linda Enz, Prospective Member.

Welcoming of new members:
L-R Barbara Brai, Chaplain; Sandra Oxedine; Denise Renee Woodward; and Joyce Eller; with Yolanda McDonald, President of Dixie Chapter.

Sandi Wilson, speaker at our April 27, 2013 Meeting on “Female Physicians in the Old West” in her typical uniform of the day….

Carolyn Hutchinson Brown Certificate of Membership welcoming her into Dixie Chapter 1679.

Patricia Ann Rogers Seliger Certificate of Membership welcoming her into Dixie Chapter 1679.

Chapter Meeting – March 23, 2013

February 25th, 2013

Our chapter meeting will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11am at Buster’s on the Lake, our usual spot (8320 N. Hayden Road, 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85258).

Our Special Program
“Honor Flight Arizona” for WWII Veterans.
Presented by Nancy Page

This is where WWII Veterans are taken back to Washington, DC to their Memorial. It is a very emotional time for them, as these Veterans never believed they would have a memorial to honor the service they gave our country. In fact, these WWII Veterans really did not speak about their services, came home and carried on with life. They felt it was their duty to their country. This Memorial is truly a beautiful place to visit.

Again, this meeting is open to any husbands or friends who would like to hear Nancy Page speak about the experience she has had flying with these very cherished Veterans. They are taken from Arizona to Washington and back without spending a dime. Everything is covered by Honor Flight Arizona. This story will tug at your heart to think that these men fought in WWII, came home, had a life and now, at this beautiful age, get to see what has been built in their honor.

If you have any memorabilia from family members in WWII or other wars you would like to share, please bring it as there will be a table to display.

Daughters, Can You Spare a Can
Please bring cans of food or non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. They are running very short on food supply.

Below are two pictures which were taken at the meeting:

Two new members welcomed!
L-R: Barbara Brai, Chaplain; Sallie Carroll and Mary Bingert, the new members being welcomed, and Yoland McDonald, President

L-R: Kathy Keller, Marian Hulka, Colleen Miller, Carol Dustin, Joyce Eller, Bettie Brixey, Yolanda McDonald, Sallie Carroll, Mary Bingert, Patty Miller, Sandra Oxedine, Tracy Justinak, Renee Woodward, Mary Anne Hammond, Barbara Brai, and Patti McGuigan. Kathy Keller is a new associate member; Sallie Carroll and Mary Bingert are new members; and Patti McGuigan is a prospective member.

Chapter Meeting – February 23, 2013

February 17th, 2013

Our chapter meeting will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11am at Buster’s on the Lake, our usual spot (8320 N. Hayden Road, 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85258).

Our Special Program
Black Confederate Soldiers and History of the War Between the States
Presented by Richard Glady

Daughters, Can You Spare a Can
Please bring cans of food or non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. They are running very short on food supply.

Below are pictures that were taken at the meeting:

Our speaker, Richard Glady, who spoke on Black Confederate Soldiers in the War Between States. He is pictured here with Yolanda McDonald, President of our Chapter.

Here is our group photograph of attendees.
Front row: Carol Dustin, Barbara Brai, Yolanda McDonald, Lorelei Redmond, and Joyce Eller.
Second row: Marian Hulka, Mary Anne Hammond, Richard Glady, Jerry Hedrick, Judy Hedrick, Kathy Keller, Bettie Brixey, Colleen Miller, and Ken McDonald.

War Between the States Discussion Group

February 17th, 2013

Guidon Books has a discussion group every second Thursday of the month on the War Between the States. It is open to the public, and it’s a great group of people who enjoy the discussions. If you are interested, below is the address and phone number. If you have further questions regarding this group, please call the number below and speak with Shelly Dudley.

Guidon Books
7109 E. 2nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Phone: 480-945-8811

Chapter Meeting – January 26, 2013

February 17th, 2013

Our chapter meeting will be held on Saturday, February 2012 at 11am at Buster’s on the Lake, our usual spot (8320 N. Hayden Road, 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85258).

Our Special Program
“Women of the West”
Presented by Cathy Harmon

Daughters, Can You Spare a Can
Please bring cans of food or non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. They are running very short on food supply.

Below are pictures that were taken at the meeting:

Our speaker, Cathy Harmon, who spoke on “Women of the West.” She is pictured here with Yolanda McDonald, President of our Chapter.

Here is our group photograph of attendees.

Front row: Marian Hulka, Barbara Brai, Carol Dustin, Yolanda McDonald.
Second row: Mary Anne Hammond, Cathy Harmon, Sandra Oxedine, Patty Miller, Bettie Brixey, and Colleen Miller.