On June 21, 2016, the State President of the Arkansas United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), Kay Tatum, and State Registrar, Dianne Freeman, came to Mena and held an organizational meeting for establishing a UDC Chapter in the Mena area. Thirteen new members’ applications were signed along with the application for the charter of the William Harrison Earp Chapter #2718 by Tatum and Freeman.
After a long wait, on September 24, 2106, three Mena ladies traveled to the State UDC Convention in Harrison, Arkansas, and were presented with the Mena UDC Charter. The trio was Leighanna Guillet, Cortez James Copher, and Era Looney. Both Guillet and Copher are direct descendents of Captain William Harrison Earp, of who the local chapter is named after.
On Sunday, October 16, 2016, the Arkansas Division President, Amber Friday-Brown, and the National UDC President, Pam Trammel, presented the Captain William Harrison Earp Charter during a meeting at the Polk County Library. Other state honoree guests included: Honorary Division President, Helen Amason; District Director, Jennie Stone; Division 3rd Vice President, Karla Fry.
Each Mena lady was presented with a membership certificate and a copy of her official National UDC records. The officers present were sworn in by Amber Friday-Brown, Division President of Arkansas. The meeting was turned over to the Vice President, Cortez James Copher. The program for the eveing was a short summary of the state convention in Harrison by Guillet and a presentation by Anne Dahm and Sue Ellen Patrick about the Battle of Poison Springs in Arkansas during the Civil War.
Officers of the local chapter are: President, Audrey Sue Giddens Costello; Vice President, Cortez James Copher; 2nd Vice President, Era Brown Furr Looney; 3rd Vice President, Grace E. Fountain; Recording Secretary, Leighanna Mozelle James Guillet; Treasurer, Janet Gwen Lyle Walker; Registrar, Cortez James Copher; Historian Darlene Sue Floyd Harper; Recorder of MSA, Anne Mitchell Bailey Dahm; Chapter Chaplain, Sue Ellen Bailey Patrick; Chapter Corresponding Secretary, Era Brown Furr Looney; Chapter Hostess Chairman, Shirley Yvonne Head Eudy; Chapter Parliamentarian, Deanna Grace Beck; Chapter Programs, Sue Derris; Yearbook, Kathy Haglar.