May 2016 Archives

May 31, 2016

For three years I have had the privilege of visiting each of our state societies as well as chapters in ten countries.  On May 20, I traveled to Wyoming for my last official visit.  North Dakota State Regent Nancy Legerski and Wyoming Daughter Barbara Bentzin picked me up in Casper, WY and drove me to Thermopolis, about 2 hours northwest.  Barbara is a United pilot, flying the 787s, and I can... Read More

May 27, 2016

I flew from Houston to Des Moines on Thursday, May 5 to visit Iowa for the first time. I was greeted by Judy McNamara who drove me to Ames, about an hour north for the 117th Iowa State Conference.  Ames is the home of Iowa State University and it was a busy place as the University was holding graduation that weekend.

State Regent Sharon Braden selected a theme of “... Read More

May 25, 2016

Over the past three years DAR members have been challenged to give back to their communities through the Celebrate America! initiative. Prior to this administration many members were already very active in service projects in their community, but the initiative inspired them to do even more and for those who were less involved in service projects it served as a perfect opportunity to get... Read More

May 24, 2016

An often overlooked aspect to the daily operations of National Headquarters is the level of security vigilance that is in place for the protection of members, visitors, the staff, and the historic structures themselves.  It is something always on my mind, and something we are continually attempting to improve.  It is also something I take great pleasure in talking and sharing about, whenever... Read More

May 23, 2016

Many of us have inherited photos, documents, furniture, clothing and other items that we wish to keep and preserve.  Where do you store these mementos, souvenirs or family heirlooms? Most people use their basements and attics, but these can be the least safe storage areas because they leave items vulnerable to the agents that cause fragile materials to deteriorate. Basements often provide dark... Read More

May 20, 2016

Love American history? Proud to be a member of Today’s DAR? Committed to maximizing the value of your membership? Then you likely already subscribe to our National Society’s publications, American Spirit and the Daughters newsletter. But guess what? There’s never been a better time to sign up or renew, thanks to a limited-time, special offer to celebrate the upcoming... Read More

May 18, 2016

I traveled from Wisconsin to Minneapolis on Saturday, April 30 for the 121st Minnesota State Conference, Rachel Sanisidro, State Regent. I was greeted at the airport by Diane Cone, Vice President General, and my page, Valerie Stachour.  Tom Yarbrough, husband of Honorary State Regent Lynne Yarbrough, drove us past the Mall of America to the conference hotel.  I may or may not have... Read More

May 17, 2016

I traveled to Milwaukee, WI early on Thursday, April 28 for the 120th Wisconsin State Conference, Claudette Finke, State Regent.  Claudette’s theme is “With a voice of singing declare ye this, and let it be heard, Alleluia!”  a quote from Composer Martin Shaw, based on Isaiah 48:20.

Julie Stuhlmacher, Past Vice President General and Conference Chair and Cindy Schwersinski,... Read More

May 16, 2016

I flew to Nashville on Thursday, April 21 for the 111th Tennessee State Conference, Susan Rogers Thomas, State Regent.  Susan’s theme is “Legacies of Our Ancestors Inspiring Our Tomorrows” and her emblem is an image of the three white stars on a field of blue found in the Tennessee flag.  The Tennessee Society is thriving with over 6,000 members in 95 chapters.  Boasting strong leadership,... Read More

May 12, 2016

Departing the Illinois Conference early on Saturday morning, April 16, I had a wonderful opportunity to view the farmland of Illinois as I drove 3 hours to St. Louis for the 117th State Conference, Morgan Meyr Lake, State Regent.  After dropping off the rental car, Dr. Joseph Bradley, son of Honorary State Regent and Past Vice President General Karen Bradley, delivered me to the St... Read More

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