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The Huguenot Society of Virginia was organized October 27, 1961, through the National Huguenot Society which met that day in Washington, D.C. at the Sheraton Park Hotel.  The State officers were installed by the National President General, Dr. O. Malcolm B. Gilman, after which the organizing president, Commander Charles T. MacDonald and 27 of the 30 founders and Charter Members were welcomed as the 28th State Society by the National Organizing Secretary General, Mrs. Alpheus P. Riddle.
   Virginia Hurtes Rouse
   Virginia State President
                           

Slideshow -- Saturday, March 22, 2014, in  Williamsburg,  Virginia

Slideshow -- Saturday, October 26, 2013, in  Montclair,  Virginia

Slideshow -- Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Richmond/Glen Allen, Virginia


Virginia Representation at the National Congress, April 12, 2013

Slideshow -- Saturday, November 3, 2012, in Williamsburg, Virginia

Above: Slideshows of Meetings Since October 2007

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                            Virginia State Officers installed for the first term 1962-1964 were:
President
Vice President
Recording Secretary
Treasurer
Corresponding Secretary
Registrar
Historian
Commander Charles T. MacDonald
Mrs. Robert P. Waters
Miss Elizabeth Feinour
Mrs. Henry A. Schauffler
Mrs. J. W. Harrell
Mrs. Van B. Malcolm
Mrs. Rex T. Mitchell

Historically, the Virginia Society has met twice a year, on the last Saturday in March and the last Saturday in October.   Initially, the Spring Meeting was the Annual Meeting and was held in conjunction with a luncheon.  The Fall Meeting began with a Council Meeting for officers and Council members, followed by a banquet on Saturday evening shared by all the members and guests.  Traditionally on Sunday morning all the members attended church together. 
 

The first anniversary was celebrated by a "Day of Remembrance" service at Manakin Episcopal Church in King William Parish, Powhatan County, on October 27, 1963, with the pastor Rev. W. C. Christian as host.  Huguenots originally founded the church in 1700 when several shiploads of the refugees arrived at Hampton.  Through the years the Virginia society has enjoyed a large number of talented members serving as leaders of the society. 

The October Day of Remembrance has changed to a Council Meeting followed by a Fellowship Hour, luncheon and a program, the same schedule as followed by the March Annual Meeting. 

In recent years, our meetings have been held in various areas of Virginia such as:
 Richmond, Williamsburg, Charlottesville and Culpeper

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