President’s Letter from April 2014 UDC Magazine

August 25th, 2014

Dixie Chapter 1679 has an enthusiastic group of ladies who grasp for education about the War Between the States while honoring and preserving the history of their ancestors.  Chapter members support America’s veterans.  Honor Flight is a wonderful program where WWII veterans travel to see their memorial in Washington, DC, and members support that effort.

Dixie Chapter is very involved in Patriotic Activities.  Mary Ellen’s Place is a safe domicile for women veterans.  Colonel Sallie Carroll (Ret.) from Mary Ellen’s Place has joined Dixie Chapter.  She held the highest award in sharpshooting for women.  On January 25, 2014, Sallie was honored with the Vietnam Cross of Military Service at the Chapter’s meeting.

The Chapter participated in the Missing in America Project, where unclaimed remains of American veterans are identified and interred.  Dixie Chapter placed a wreath at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix on Memorial Day and the Arizona State Capitol on Pearl Harbor Day.  The Chapter sends kids to camp who lost a parent in service.

Dixie Chapter supports homeless citizens at the Justa Center, getting them back on their feet.  The Chapter contributes food to shelters monthly though “Daughter Can You Spare a Can.”

Arizona UDC has a monument at the state capitol in Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza.  It is the only lineage monument in this plaza.  This monument is in need of repair and is a project Dixie Chapter will pursue so it will remain at the Arizona State Capitol.  Dixie Chapter is very proud to fulfill the objectives of the organization.

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.

On-going Need for Hospitalized Veterans at Carl T. Hayden

October 23rd, 2013

Barbara Pichler is our new UDC VAVS (Veterans Affair Volunteer Services) Representative for our Region. Below is a list of items that can always be used by our hospitalized Veterans at Carl T. Hayden.

You may bring any gifts to chapter meetings. 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 Barbara 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 – 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.