December Meeting

January 30th, 2015

Dixie Chapter 1679 UDC held its December meeting after Christmas this year. We had 17 members and prospective members that joined in the festivities. Highlights included a presentation by Patti McGuigan about Christmas during the Civil War, a very successful bakeless bake sale, beautiful caroling led by our new Chaplain Marcia Whipkey, and a Chinese Auction that was filled with laughter. The highlight was the welcoming of another new member – Kittye Schroeder.  In addition there were 5 more papers signed for new members and a transfer/reinstatement.  We are continuing to grow!

Dec 2014 new member

L to R: President Yolanda McDonald, Katherine “Kittye” Schroeder, and Chaplain Marcia Whipkey.

UDC Chapter Awards

Dixie Chapter received several awards this year at the General Convention held in Richmond, Virginia. The awards were for those chapters under 250. The first award was for the largest number of UDC Military Service Awards. We also received an award fro bestowing the greatest number of Lapel Pins. Our last award was a monetary award for $25.00 for the most hours of service to Women .

December 2014

January 30th, 2015

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across AmericaSaturday, Dec. 13 was Wreaths Across America Day. This year Dixie Chapter contributed money for 14.5 wreaths that were placed on the graves at our National Memorial Cemetery. It was quite an extraordinary program before the actual laying of the wreaths. While there was a whole truckload that was delivered, it was still not enough to cover all of the veteran’s graves.

December 2014

January 30th, 2015

Jeff Davis GroupJeff Davis Memorial Jefferson Davis Memorial

   On December 6, our own Becky McMenimen attended the Jefferson Davis Memorial Ceremony in Apache Junction.


Becky reported:  “The Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway marker, located on U.S. Highway 60 at Peralta Road in Apache Junction, was originally erected on Highway 70 near Duncan, Arizona, east of Safford in 1943, by the United Daughters of the Confederacy – Arizona Division. In 1962 it was moved to its present location by the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp – Sons of Confederate Veteran’s (SCV). The newly organized Colonel Thomas Green Camp 2251, S.C.V. is now responsible for its maintenance and observances.”


November 1 – Dixie Chapter Meeting

November 20th, 2014

Dixie Chapter is GrowingIMG_1671   On Saturday, November 1, Dixie officially welcomed two new members into our Chapter: Judy Hedrick and Sandi Wilson.  Sandi has also become our Registrar and reported that we have two more papers that have been approved in addition to eight more papers in progress, two instatements that will be sent out shortly and many more follow-ups that she is working on.  We also welcomed our newest Associate member, Marcia Whipkey.   – Patti McGuigan

     Camp Chase – Confederate Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio:  Sandi Wilson gave a fascinating program on Camp Chase which was a Prisoner of War Camp established in 1861 and is now home to a Confederate Cemetery with over 2,200 Confederate soldiers buried there.IMG_1680


In attendance: (L toR): Yolanda McDonald, Kittye Schroeder, Sandi Wilson, Kathy Keller, guest Carol Mockenhaupt, Marcia Whipey, Patti McGuigan, Bettie Brixie and Judy Hedrick.

September 2014 Dixie Chapter Meeting

October 20th, 2014

IMG_1652 We were honored to have Susan von Hellens, the founder and director of The Protocol School of Phoenix, present “Everyday Manners” at our September 2014 meeting.

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.

In Loving Memory

October 20th, 2014


IMG_1655At 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 MarineP1010468 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.”





Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 26, 2014

October 20th, 2014

Memorial pic2Dixie 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.

President’s Letter from April 2014 UDC Magazine

October 20th, 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.

April 2014 Chapter Meeting

October 17th, 2014

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.

April 25 2014 Installation

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.