Recent Blog Posts

Recent Blog Posts

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, Thanksgiving...
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,...
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...
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...
November 18, 2013
Producing American Spirit magazine takes an enormous amount of planning. For example, the magazine’s 2013 editorial calendar was compiled during the summer of 2012. The magazine team feels a fresh wave of anticipation each time a new issue delivers a batch of long-awaited articles to subscribers’ homes. For the just-released November/...
November 15, 2013
As DAR members across the nation celebrated those who have protected our freedom, I hope you had the opportunity to attend special Veterans Day events to express gratitude to those who have served our country in uniform. It was a privilege to participate in a Veterans Day event in Houston thanks to some of our dedicated DAR members in Texas. After attending Continental Congress and seeing the...
November 8, 2013
As we approach Veterans Day, I’m reminded of the many ways in which we can express our gratitude for their service to our country. Daughters across the nation will participate in parades and special events to thank those who served to ensure our freedom. I’d like to share with you a touching story of one World War II veteran who was honored years ago by a DAR member. Last week Rudolph Tafel “...
October 31, 2013
It was a pleasure to wrap up my last official state visit for the fall in Rhode Island, founded by Roger Williams in 1636 as a place of refuge for those seeking religious freedom. It was even more interesting to me as I recently learned that one of my ancestors traveled to the colonies with Roger Williams and was one of the early settlers of Providence. The ocean figures prominently in this...
October 29, 2013
One of the many benefits that I have found from being a member of the DAR is the lifelong friendships that I have developed with other members. Many of those friendships often start at the chapter level and many times, the more fun a chapter has together, the more active they seem to be. When I was State Regent of Texas, I loved having the opportunity to travel around the state to meet all of our...
October 24, 2013
It was a pleasure to join the New Hampshire Daughters for their Fall Meeting October 18-19, Phyllis Gagnon, State Regent. With a theme of “Celebrating and Strengthening a Lasting Profile of Patriotism and Service,” the weekend began with State Officers, Honorary State Regents, State Regent of New Jersey, Connie Olde, and I at the State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. There we viewed a potential...

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