2009-2011 DRT Library Committee
The staff members of the DRT Library are pleased to welcome the members of the 2009-2011 Library Committee. Members of the Committee were selected in June from the nearly 7,000 members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
The incoming Library Committee will be chaired by Elaine Milam Vetter, who is a member of the Alamo Heroes Chapter in San Antonio. Elaine is a sixth generation Texan and a descendant of Collin McKinney, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. She has long been active in the DRT, having served as Chairman of the Annual Proceedings Committee, District III Representative, and Historian General. Elaine also helped charter and served as the second president of the Collin McKinney Chapter in Plano, Texas.
Perhaps Elaine’s most significant contribution to the DRT was creating the Native Texan License Plate (NTLP) Project. According to Elaine, “I thought of the idea one afternoon while standing in front of the Alamo under the olive tree. I wanted a way to raise funds for the preservation of historic Texas sites such as our beloved Alamo and for programs that teach and preserve Texas history.” Elaine is pleased that “well over $100,000 has been raised to date” and that “Texans from all over the state are contributing to this project and preservation with their purchase of the Native Texan License Plate.” She writes, “I still get goosebumps every time I see one on cars traveling the highways of Texas!”
In addition to her activities with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Elaine is a member of the San Antonio Conservation Society, the San Antonio Fiesta Commission, the Society for Human Resource Management, the San Antonio Human Resource Management Association, and Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She is also a Captain in the Texas State Guard, Alamo Medical Response Group (AMRG), and serves as their personnel officer.
Elaine earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas and an MBA from the University of Dallas. She is also a certified meeting professional. Elaine currently works as Sysco San Antonio’s recruiter. (She supplied us with an interesting historical note that the founder of Sysco San Antonio is a descendant of John J. Baugh, an Alamo defender.) Elaine has been married for thirty-eight years to Lewis Vetter; their family also includes their children – Bryce and his wife, Jodie, and Diane her husband, Joseph – as well as a granddaughter, Alice.
In addition to Elaine, the other members of the 2009-2011 Library Committee are:
- Theresa Baucum, Clara Driscoll Chapter DRT
- Cecilia Cheever, Alamo Mission Chapter DRT
- Roxann Garcia, James Butler Bonham Chapter DRT
- Rosemarie Gregory, Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter DRT
- Mary Ann Oliver, Alamo Couriers Chapter DRT
- Lois McCarthy, Alamo Heroes Chapter DRT
- Armandina Sifuentes, Alamo Couriers Chapter DRT
- Jeanie Travis, Alamo Mission Chapter DRT
- President General Patti Atkins, Franklin Hardin Chapter DRT