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December 25, 2013
As I was decorating our Christmas tree at the ranch this week, it was fun to reflect on our family ornaments, many of which were made by our children.  Even though our tree will never win a decorating contest, all our ornaments are family friendly and inexpensive.  It’s a good thing because one of our barn cats snuck in the house and played soccer with the ornaments on the lower branches of the... Read More
December 20, 2013
As Christmas approaches, I’d love to share with you some of the photographs of the Christmas Open House held the first week of December.  This year we welcomed about 750 to our buildings and quite a few were returning visitors.  The Property Beautification and Hospitality Committee members decorate inside and out.  The... Read More
December 18, 2013
Recently, we received a blog comment from the Caroline Close Stuart Chapter in Lake St. Louis, Missouri, telling us about what they have done during their first year as a chapter. I was very interested in hearing more about how this chapter came together and began to establish themselves in their local community. We’ve discussed before how chapters have been revitalized but I think it is exciting... Read More
December 9, 2013
I was overjoyed to learn on Saturday morning that we had reached our goal of 1 million hours of community service work as part of the Celebrate America! initiative! Congratulations on meeting this goal and thank you for contributing your spare time to help in your local communities. I am so impressed with our members’ enthusiasm... Read More
December 6, 2013
As always we had another busy Executive Board Week at Headquarters. We covered a lot of important business and we also were able to participate in some wonderful events. I will tell you in more detail about some of the activities of the week later on, but I wanted to give you a quick overview and share some photos.On Tuesday we were honored to host a USO concert featuring Gary Sinise and the Lt.... Read More
December 3, 2013
I am thrilled to see the progress members are making with their Celebrate America! service hours and to see the impact this service has on local communities.Every time I check the ticker on the Members’ Website or e-Membership the number just keeps... Read More
November 27, 2013
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love planning and cooking the meal and having friends and family with whom to share it.  Typically we spend the holidays at the ranch where we have a large kitchen and room for a crowd.  I enjoy baking bread, pies, turkey and all the trimmings.  This year our meal will be at our home in Houston with our family and a more limited menu.  As you know,... Read More
November 25, 2013
Although it is not yet Thanksgiving and we are quite a few weeks away from Christmas, our wonderful Property Beautification and Hospitality committee has begun decorating DAR Headquarters for Christmas and the Open House.This year the DAR Christmas Open House is being held December 4 from 5:30-8 PM, I hope you will invite your friends,... Read More
November 22, 2013
Today I am sharing with you a short video tour of my office. I love working in this beautiful space and I hope you will enjoy learning a little bit more about it. I think it is so interesting that many of the pieces in the office have a special connection to our previous Presidents General.In preparation for this tour we researched the items in the office and in the process learned a lot about... Read More
November 20, 2013
On the national level, we have several ways to monitor the health of a chapter and to offer assistance when needed, including a policy that a chapter regent may not serve more than six years in a row.  I’d like to share with you a success story because of that policy.The Robert Raines Chapter of Navasota, Texas was organized in August 1913 at the home of the organizing regent, Annie Foster... Read More

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