DRT Installs New Officers; Recognizes Chandler as 'Real Granddaughter' of Republic of Texas

From left: Heather Walker, Gail Sholar, Barbara McClellan, Cary Agnew, Maggie Casto, Merle Howard, Vickie Martin, Gina Ferren, Bonnie Dorman, Judy Lee, and Faye Eddins 

May 7, 2019 - New officers of William Carroll Crawford Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) were sworn in at their April 13, 2019 meeting. 

The new officers for the 2019-2021 two year term are: Gina Ferren, President; Billie Dawson, Vice President; Merle Howard, Treasurer; Bonnie Dorman, Secretary; Maggie Casto, Registrar; Vickie Martin, Chaplain; Barbara McClellan, Historian; and Cary Agnew and Heather Walker, sponsors of Children of the Republic of Texas (CRT.)

During the meeting, members discussed the upcoming DRT Annual Convention which is May 30 through June 1. Casto also announced the new designation of March 1 as CRT Founder's Day which the chapter did recognized during the March 1 Texas History Month celebration on the historic downtown square where the chapter paid tribute to Texas Independence Day, Texas Flag Day, the birthday of Sam Houston, and the heroes of the Alamo and Goliad.

The chapter also recognized a special DRT member, Juanita Sample Chandler who is a 'Real Granddaughter' of the Republic of Texas. Her grandfather, James Bedford Sample, was a resident of what became Shelby County during the days of the Republic of Texas. Chandler is to also receive recognition at upcoming DRT conventions.

Vickie Martin (left) presents plaque to Juanita Chandler (right) a 'Real Granddaughter' of the Republic of Texas

Juanita Sample Chandler with her daughters. From left: Vickey Radley, Juanita Chandler, and Cindy Bradshaw

DRT members gather around their sign following the March 1st Texas History Month Celebration

CRT Members