CASTROVILLE, TEXAS – Seventy-four Children of the Republic of Texas (CRT) chapters descended upon Castroville, Texas for the “Texans Making a Difference” statewide convention held June 24-25. Among the chapters in attendance was the newly charted Bosque River CRT based in Somervell County.

Four members of the BRCRT made the trek to the state convention and included Glen Rose Lady Tiger long distance running standout and chapter secretary, Laura Ogletree; Kaylee Flanary, vice president; Catherine Ogletree, parliamentarian; and Keith Lincoln, president. Pattie Flanary and chapter sponsor, Dr. Joy Moore Duncan, joined the students.

On Friday, June 24, CRT members participated in several fun activities designed to promote camaraderie. There was a duck race held on the Medina River, a market with a silent auction that raised money for the CRT, BBQ and s’mores, and entertainment provided by the French Alsatian Pioneers. The pioneers were decked out in their historical bests.

Saturday began with a business meeting, but it was at the awards banquet where the BRCRT made its presence known.

Members of the Bosque River CRT received 15 certificates for research and completion of various age appropriate projects on Texas history, as well as leadership prowess and community contributions.

But the biggest accolade came when the BRCRT was awarded with the Edward Philmore Haltom, Jr. trophy, which recognized the chapter as having the best statewide program over the last year. The program recognized was on Quanah Parker.

The chapter, which was chartered in April, also received a “Four Star” status – the highest status given by the president general – and received an honorable mention for its scrapbook.

The first chapter meeting of the new 2016-17 year, “Unusual Citings [sic] in the Sky Documented by early Texas Pioneers,” will be held Saturday, July 23, at the “Plunge” inside Oakdale Park.

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Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

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