I left for Nebraska in a cold spring rain, but arrived in Nebraska to a warm welcome from the Daughters in America’s heartland. The weather remained overcast and rainy, but the hospitality truly made the climate inconsequential. A teddy bear with her own sash and arrow pin, from Honorary State Regent Martha Riggs, seemed especially made to cuddle. Thank you Nebraska Daughters for the wonderful visit.
- President General Ann Dillon
Our conference guests were initially graced in the beauty of Nebraska with the thousands of sand hill cranes, Canadian geese, snow geese and other migrant birds that roost on the Platte River and in the grain fields to rest and feed before they continue on their way to their summer breeding homes. The fields are covered with the migration of these birds from late February through mid-April.
Nebraska Daughters welcomed President General Ann Turner Dillon and the conference guests on Thursday evening with a “Come-As-You-Are-Party” where fellowship among those attending was enjoyed by all. Friday morning was the opening of the 115th Nebraska State Conference with greetings from the various dignitaries and guests being given. Reports from the Executive Board and chapter regents were given. Nebraska has 26 chapters throughout the state and these ladies had the privilege of showcasing their activities and accomplishments for the past year. We had a DAR School Luncheon with Beth Cagle, KDS Development Director being our guest speaker for the event.
In the afternoon donors attended the Founders Club and Heritage Club Tea, and were thanked for their generous support of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The conference on Friday evening enjoyed musical entertainment while we ate and then we celebrated the 150th Statehood of Nebraska through Song and Story from the Humanities Nebraska speaker, Dan Holtz. What a Celebration! The Pages and Juniors Club had an evening ice cream social following the banquet.
Saturday morning brought a Cameo Club Breakfast for guests and Daughters while enjoying festivities and fellowship. At noon was the Awards Luncheon where we honored the chapters with their accomplishments for the year and Mrs. Dillon handed out certificates to those chapters who had a 100% participation in the President General's Project. Conference attendees visited the Grand Island Library and saw the work that has been accomplished in the Heritage Room of the Library that houses our DAR Reference Library. Our other DAR Library is located in Alliance, NE, which is located in the Sand Hills region of Nebraska.
The evening was another exciting event with Mrs. Dillon addressing the Nebraska Daughters and sharing her vision for the years of her administration. We presented certificates to the first and second place Good Citizen winners and celebrated the graduation of those Nebraska Daughters who had completed the New Member and New Horizon online courses this past year by giving them their certificates of graduation. Each graduate also received a Challenge Coin. We presented a charm in the form of Nebraska and a monetary donation to the President General Project from the Nebraska Daughters to Mrs. Dillon. She, along with our guests and an Honorary State Regent were then made Admirals in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska per a declaration from our Governor Pete Ricketts.
The conference could not have taken place without the unwavering support of the Conference Liaison, the Conference Team and the District III chapters who provided the décor for the celebration and State Conference. An attitude of gratitude to everyone involved in making this conference a success!