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Joshua Brown DRT members attend 123rd state convention

Joshua Brown DRT members attend 123rd state convention
Members of the Kerrville-based Joshua Brown Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas attending the state convention May 22-24 in Lubbock are (front, l-r) Brett Santos, Judy McVay, GayNell Wells, Shirley Pfeiffer, Pat Gaines, (middle) Kay Beasley, Rebecca Kuykendall, Nancy McLarry, Shirley Hagele, Martha Batchelor, (back) Nancy O’Massey, Jaye Lynn Watson, and Joy Putnam.

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The 123rd annual convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas was held May 22-24 in Lubbock, and 20 members of the Joshua D. Brown chapter from Kerrville represented their chapter.

In addition to business meetings, the members were delivered a thoughtful and enlightening message at the opening ceremony by keynote speaker, Vaulted Eagles author Rayzor Dent, who pointed out that knowledge and empires can be lost in a single generation. To illustrate his statement, Dent noted that the British Empire lost its world dominance from 1914 to 1930, the great cattle drives of the Old West only lasted about 20 years, and the Republic of Texas itself lasted only about 10 years.

Today, the state’s population is growing rapidly, with people relocating here for jobs and better business opportunities, but these new arrivals know little or nothing about the colorful history of the state. Dent noted that the Daughters of the Republic of Texas have, since their beginning, had the honor of encouraging generations of women to carry on the proud heritage of the state, and their diligence is more important now than ever.

The Joshua D. Brown Chapter won several awards, including first places for the Texas History Award, the Volunteer Hours Award, the Achievement Award, and the President General’s Project Award. The chapter received honorable mention for publicity.

This chapter meets on the fourth Monday of the month, September through May, to ensure that Texans know the rich history of the Republic through educational essay contests for students, and projects that commemorate the heroic Texians who fought and died for freedom.

For membership in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, contact GayNell Wells at 830-895-0788.

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