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Daughters of the British
Empire in Tennessee
Not Ourselves but the Cause.....
Daughters of the British
Empire in Tennessee
Not Ourselves but the Cause.....
DBE in Tennessee News
DBE  25 Year Anniversary
Miriam Zimmerman

Just spent a lovely afternoon visiting with long time DBE member Miriam Zimmerman.

Miriam’s long time love of all things British started when, as a young woman, she moved to London, sharing a basement flat with some girlfriends. She worked in Theatre and made life long friends there. She loved visiting all the sights of London and of course was in love with the Beatles! Still is actually!!
During this time she met her true love, Anton and they were married in England and lived in the Rickmansworth area. They decided to move back to USA to be closer to Miriam’s family and had 2 lovely daughters.

She met up with some of the DBE ladies at a fundraising Tea at the Knoxville Museum of Art, and shortly after joined the group. Miriam was always a very enthusiastic member of DBE, enjoying the TV programs on PBS of the English scenes and of course kept a close eye on the Royal Family. She always loved to share stories of her days in London and all the wonderful memories she had of those days. She has now moved to a Senior Apartment with Anton and she has given a talk to the residents about making the perfect cup of Tea. The other residents loved to hear all about it and enjoyed both the tea and some of Terry’s wonderful jam tarts.

Anton enjoyed gathering with the English husbands talking about football( the type that you use your feet) and continued his passion for English Choral music with an impressive record collection of concerts from great English Cathedrals, he continued his love of choirs, that started with his years as a choirboy  in England and he continued to sing beautifully with his Church choir here in Knoxville.

Miriam helped with many fundraisers, both helping with food, decorations and selling raffle tickets at events. Poor health has stopped Miriam coming to many meetings in the past few years but she has remained a loyal member. We just celebrated her 25 years as a DBE member and she received her long service pin. She had a lovely photo of Queen Elizabeth on a side table and Terry and I both thought it was so appropriate to celebrate with a cup of Typhoo tea and a toast to the Queen.
DBE National Scholarship Award
The Sarah Josephine Langstaff Memorial Scholarship Fund awards up to four awards per year. Recipients will be from the four geographic districts of the DBE in the USA.

For a list of the Qualification standards please click HERE.

This year we are delighted to announce that Sophie Gregor from Knoxville received this award.
Sophie says that she is honored to have been selected and would like to thank the Scholarship committee for this.

All her DBE friends in Tennessee wish her well in her future and are  happy to be a part of that through this award

In March, Centre Court voted on and then mailed a donation check to Care Cuts so they can continue with their great work in our community.

On Saturday, April 17th, four members of Centre Court Chapter (Melanie, Liz, Gill and Diane) volunteered at Care Cuts. This downtown facility helps restore dignity to the local homeless population by providing clothing, warm meals, showers and haircuts to men and women every Sunday.

We brought items that Centre Court and Wimbledon ladies had kindly donated and spent the morning sorting, folding and labeling clothes and shoes. Janice was our wonderful supervisor and Marty Baker - the woman who founded Care Cuts - welcomed us warmly and explained the focus of her expanding organization. We hope to return with more volunteers one Sunday in order to meet the clients who are greatly served by Care Cuts. Please take a look at the website:

If you're interested in helping collect donations or volunteering with us one Sunday, please reach out to the Centre Court Chapter Regent, Liz Gregor ( Thank you!

Well done ladies.
DBE Volunteering at Care Cuts
DBE  National Scholorship Award
DBE Volunteering at CarCuts
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Centre Court and Wimbeldon Joint April Meeting
Thanks to all the ladies who joined us on this beautiful day at the Tennessee Winery for an afternoon of good company, wine and tasty treats. It was wonderful to finally hold our joint meeting outside between Wimbledon and Centre Court Chapters! A special thanks to Paulette and Terri for hosting us and making the event extra special. We appreciate your kind hospitality. Congrats to all those who received their pins celebrating their membership with DBE in Tennessee over the past 10-25 years.

We missed our friends who were unable to attend but hope that we'll be able to continue our meetings outside for the foreseeable future. Please let me know if you'd like to host our Sunday, May 23rd meeting for Centre Court and we'll help bring the food and wine.

I've attached some photos and will send some more as there were so many good ones of everyone enjoying each other's company ?? Looking forward to a good year ahead of us ladies! --Liz

Well done ladies.
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25th Anniversary Pin
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