Ladies present were as follows. Back row: Yolanda McDonald, Guest Speaker – Susan von Hellens, Kathy Keller, Sandra Oxedine, Bettie Brixey, Carolyn Gober, Sandy Wilson, Barbara Pichler, Patti McGuigan, Roberta Beville; Front Row: Kitty Schroeder.
At the September 2014 meeting, Dixie Chapter Chaplain, Barbara Pichler, conducted a memorial service for Lt. Colonel Sallie Laura Elmyra Carroll, who passed from her earthly journey peacefully on September 11, 2014. We were honored to have her as a “Daughter” of Dixie Chapter 1679. The following tribute, written by Joan Sisco, honors Sallie’s many accomplishments.
“Lt. Col. Sallie Carroll (Ret) USA started her military career in 1952 joining the United States Air Force, was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and retired from United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1975. Lt. Col. Carroll served in Vietnam April 1971 to April 1972 where she was the Adjutant for Inventory Control Center and received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement during operations against armed enemy of the United States. She was also presented the Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal w/Four Bronze Stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal. She was a pioneer for women becoming vital members on the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit assigned to the Service Pistol and International Pistol Disciplines. Lt. Col. Carroll won numerous shooting awards on national and international level including the Distinguished Pistol Shooting Medal, Excellence-in-Competition Badge, Pistol w/Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and the U.S. Distinguished International Shooter Medal. She was inducted into the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Hall of Fame and the International Pistol Hall of Fame in October 2006. Her fellow comrades distinguished her as a friend, mentor and a woman of a different caliber. She was involved with veterans through her memberships in Vietnam Women Veterans Assn., Women Marine Association, Women of the Air Force Association, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. She was awarded the United Daughters Vietnam Conflict Cross of Military Service on February 22, 2014. Sallie’s Place, named in honor of Sallie, will be affordable housing for single women veterans with children.”
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.
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.
Dixie Chapter celebrated Confederate Memorial Day on April 26, by remembering each member’s Confederate Veteran(s).
L-R: Sandra Oxedine, Denise Renee Woodward, Judith Hendrick, Patti McGuigan, Bettie Brixey, Carolyn Gober, Marian Hulka, Yolanda McDonald, Barbara Pichler, and Joyce Eller.
Following lunch was the installation of newly elected Chapter Officers and Appointive positions for the 2014 – 2015 year.
Pictured left to right are: President and Registrar: Yolanda McDonald; First Vice President and Treasurer: Patti McGuigan; Second Vice President: Marian Hulka; Secretary: Sandra Oxedine; Historian: Bettie Brixey; and Chaplain, Barbara Pichler.
Members present at the January 24, 2014 Chapter Meeting, “Went Back to School,” as President, Yolanda McDonald, reviewed the description and responsibilities of each officer, committee chairman and appointed office position.
In attendance left to right: Becky McMenimen, Sandra Oxedine, Denise Renee Woodward, Bettie Brixey, Kathy Keller, Joyce Eller, Judith Hendrick, Patti McGuigan, Barbara Pichler and Yolanda McDonald.
Janet Grams and Yolanda McDonald presented Patti with her UDC member certificate.
Guest Speaker, Tracy Justinak, also shared a historical perspective of “Christmas During the War Between the States.”
Present at the meeting were left to right: Roberta Beville, Colleen Miller, Patti McGuigan, Tracy Justinak, Janet Grams, Stacy McSwain, Joyce Eller and Yolanda McDonald.
At the October 26, 2013 Chapter Meeting, a “Moms and Babies Shower” event enabled Dixie Chapter members to donate needed items to veteran mothers. Ellen Murphy, a program volunteer, spoke to the group about the need and sincere appreciation for the support and gifts.
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 White socks
Women’s Travel sized toiletries
Women’s Tee shirts
Women’s fingernail files
Men’s White socks
Men’s Travel sized toiletries
Men’s PJ bottoms
Men’s Tee shirts
Items for All:
Men’s nail clippers
Wendy’s Gift Certificates
McDonald’s Gift Certificates
Signed Christmas or Holiday Cards