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Monday, January 23, 2012

An Update Letter from our Sons and Daughters of Douglass President

Dear Fellow Alumni and Greetings, friends!

As we exit 2011 I would like to give you a brief recap of this past year's events. Sons and Daughters of Douglass, Inc. enjoyed a very nice reunion under the leadership of Douglass Releford. This year's golf tournament was the most successful that we've had to date. Thanks to our two major sponsors of the event, attorney Mr. Rick Spivey and Eastman Chemical Company we were able to award some very nice scholarships in 2011.

In December, approximately 75 letters were sent out to prospective sponsors in hopes that we will gain even more support for this year's golf tournament that supports our scholarship fund. We also hope that more of our local alumni will participate.

The alumni working board has also had a very successful fund raiser, which will help curtail the cost of our office expenses. We have registered our name change, Sons and Daughters of Douglass, Inc., with the state of Tennessee and the Internal Revenue Service, as well as having completed a year as a non-profit organization. To gain more visibility in the community at large, the Sons and Daughters of Douglass, Inc. are now members of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the chamber, Douglass Alumni will be listed in their printed directory as well, as online. Being a member of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is a great way to network through the various activities sponsored by the chamber.

To carry out the traditions of Douglass Alumni, Sons and Daughters of Douglas, Inc. will continue to be involved in the community. We voted to support some of the benevolence programs already in progress this year. These programs will support our youth and senior citizens.

As with every passing year, we lose several alumni members to death. Some of these members were very active with our association and will be truly missed. It is our hope that in the near future our children and grandchildren will want to carry the torch of the Sons and Daughters of Douglass, so that our name and what we stand for will continue to illuminate in our community and city.

The board members are looking forward to a busy year in 2012. We are always looking for more Douglass alumni to become involved with our projects. This is YOUR alumni association, so feel free to contact me through this website or through the office email ( with any suggestions you may have.

On behalf of the working board of Sons and Daughters of Douglass, Inc. I want to wish each and everyone of you, a happy and healthy 2012.

Virginia (Jenny) Hankins, President
Sons and Daughters of Douglass, Inc.