Last week the Executive Officers participated in the February Executive Board Meeting and later in the week joined with State Regents and Vice Presidents General for activities and the February National Board of Management meeting on Saturday.
It was a great week filled with important business, productive meetings and of course a little fun!
On Tuesday, the Executive Officers and I were honored to participate in our first Employee Service Award Ceremony. Twenty-one employees were honored for their service of 5-35 years. It was wonderful to recognize and thank our staff for their many years of service and hard work for the National Society.
Thursday, some meeting attendees participated in the State Regents event at Ford’s Theatre where they toured of the theatre, the museum, Peterson House and the Center for Education and Leadership. It was moving to see the historic site where Abraham Lincoln was shot and to learn so much history.
Other attendees participated in the Vice Presidents General Club event with a visit to the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The tour of the gallery included a special look at the American Journeys – Visions of Peace installation of the Corcoran’s renowned pre-1945 American paintings and sculpture collection. The works of art on display here are simply magnificent.
Friday was Go Red Day! And everyone looked amazing in their red as we spread awareness of heart disease in women.
During the day we participated in two leadership workshops. The first was “Money Matters” and it was led by Treasurer General, Martha Barnhart and Controller, Susan Kinnecome. This workshop discussed some of the finance related issues chapters and states sometimes face and possible helpful solutions.
The second workshop was titled, “Make it fun and they will come” and it was led by the National Chair of the Membership Committee, Zadeea Harris. This workshop explored ways to attract members and make meetings more inviting.
In efforts to free up some space for needed storage in the building and get rid of un-needed duplicate books from the DAR Library, meeting attendees were given the opportunity to look through the duplicate books and take ones that might benefit their state society or their local facilities. The Vice Presidents General and State Regents were invited to make donations to the Friends of Library fund, and their generous donations raised $12,250 to help us continue to enhance the DAR Library. Thank you to these ladies for your wonderful support!
Our service project for this board meeting was Valentines for Veterans. We signed hundreds of cards, complied care packages of toiletries and put together tied fleece blankets to be delivered to veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. This activity was so meaningful for all who participated – and so much fun! – and it benefited such a deserving group of men and women. We all made sure to remind each other to enter our hours in the Celebrate America! Online Tally!
On Friday evening we traveled to the Kennedy Center to see one of its longest running and most popular shows, Shear Madness. This production, which is set in a hair salon, combines improvisational humor and audience sleuthing. The show was hilarious and we all had such a fantastic time.
Saturday we participated in a productive National Board of Management meeting and following lunch attendees began to head home.
On Monday, I was privileged to be part of the pinning ceremony for our new DAR Museum Docents. These ladies have taken time to learn all about the DAR Museum and our Headquarters building and to be a welcoming face to the public that come to visit DAR. It was an honor to pin four new docents, including our own Curator General, Jennie Rehnberg. For over 40 years, Docents have welcomed guests to our building. What a pleasure it was to visit with two of our longest serving Docents, Rachel Willis who has served since 1979 and Lelia Brown who has served since 1984. Thank you to all of our new DAR Museum Docents!
Although it was a wonderful week at DAR Headquarters I am enjoying being back in Texas and spending time with my family. Now I am beginning to look forward to many state visits starting in March and learning how our members are promoting Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism in their local communities.