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5/19/2019 12:01:00 AM
Colonial Dames Mark 20th Anniversary
(L-R) Retiring Chapter President Melanie Campbell Ford, pianist Joyce O’Neal and incoming Chapter President Tammy Wilson.(Photo Courtesy National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century)

(L-R) Retiring Chapter President Melanie
Campbell Ford, pianist Joyce O’Neal and
incoming Chapter President Tammy Wilson.

(Photo Courtesy National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century)

National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century
Press Release

GASTONIA, N.C. - Tammy Wilson of Newton was installed as president of the Catawba Valley Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century recently during a tea marking the chapter’s 20th anniversary. She succeeds immediate past president Melanie Campbell Ford of Charlotte, formerly of Newton.

Among those attending the ceremony at Gaston Country Club, Gastonia, were Honorary President General Elizabeth Snuggs McAteer of Gastonia; National Headquarters Treasurer and State President Elect Brooke Jackson of Raleigh; National 17th Century Review Editor Mary Tatum of Cary; National Grand Marshal Chairman and Honorary NC State President Julia Floyd of Winston-Salem; National Timekeepers Chairman and 2019-2021 NC Third Vice President Saundra Chang of Greensboro; National Historic Sites Marked Chairman, National Page Vice Chairman and Chapter Vice President Tiffany Burgin of Lincolnton; 2017-2019 State President Brenda Hamilton of Red Springs; 2019-2021 Second Vice President Barbara Ruiz of Mooresville; Honorary State President Bobbie Lou Ray of Red Springs and Chartering Chapter President Beverly Kirkland of Asheville.

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Mrs. Ford presented certificates to outgoing chapter officers: Mrs. Burgin, Vice President; Mrs. Wilson, Chaplain; Janet Smitherman of Gastonia, Recording Secretary; Jane Armstrong of Lincolnton, Treasurer; Eva Ann Via of Belmont, Historian; Stephanie Armstrong of Concord, Librarian and Mrs. McAteer, Parliamentarian.  Registrar Treena Ruotanen of Gastonia was unable to attend.

Mrs. Ford also recognized Joyce O’Neal of Sherrills Ford for playing the piano during the event.

Mrs. McAteer, assisted by Mrs. Hamilton, installed the 2019-2021 chapter officers: Mrs. Wilson, President; Mrs. Burgin, Vice President; Mrs. Ford, Treasurer and Registrar; Eva Ann Via of Belmont as Chaplain; Gladys Kerr of Waxhaw, Historian; Nancy Wark of Marvin, Secretary and Valorie Hargett of Matthew, Librarian.

Since chartering, the chapter has grown in membership to 53 throughout the area. Its members have received numerous awards for their work on both the National and State levels.

Founded in July 1915, the National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century is headquartered in Washington, with chapters in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. The society is dedicated to the education and preservation of colonial history, historic records and sites and has one of the largest collections of heraldry coats of arms of armorial ancestors in the nation.

Membership is open to women age 18 years and older, who is a direct descendant of an individual who lived and served prior to 1701 in one of the 13 original colonies.

Additional information about the National Society is available at

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