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Local Freedoms Foundation chapter formed

A group of interested citizens met at the home of Bill and Bankie Benton on Long Point Lane in Topping on September 22 to form a Freedoms Foundation chapter for this area of Virginia. There was a lengthy discussion concerning the name of the chapter.

Chapter historian and writer Ruby Lee Norris said the new chapter should give a great deal of credit to George Washington’s mother for the heritage and guidance she gave him growing up and name the chapter “Mary Washington.”

Susan Christopher of Northumberland said the name should be “Mary Ball Washington,” and Clark Waring of Jamaica made the motion that the new chapter of Freedoms Foundation be so named.

The group determined that the dues be $30 per year and $500 for a life membership. The amount to sponsor a child for “The Youth Leadership Conference” will be $450.

Mr. and Mrs. John Wake of Deltaville and Mr. and Mrs. William Benton of Topping offered to sponsor a child from Middlesex High School this coming year to the conference, which is a four-day event with one day touring the historic sites of the area.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Connie Christensen, the southern regional advisor of Freedoms Foundation, who flew in from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, addressed the group on the advantages of this outstanding conference conducted on the 85-acre campus at Valley Forge, which adjoins the Valley Forge National Park.

The group set the date of Tuesday, November 10, for the next meeting, which will be a luncheon (the place to be announced). Those interested in being a charter member of this group, please contact Norris at 758-5735 or Carolyn Wake at 776-9541.

This is a non-political group that educates youth in the fundamental principles upon which this nation was founded.

The group also educates teachers in new methods to make teaching history a more interesting subject.

The Middlesex Rotary Club has committed to assist.

posted 09.30.2009

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