The Busy October Board Week

Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
October 7, 2016

DAR Headquarters was busy this week with the October Executive Committee Meetings, the National Chair Forum, a service project, training workshops and we will end the week with a meeting of the National Board of Management tomorrow morning.  We accomplished a lot and you will be hearing about some of our exciting decisions in the near future.  October Board Week is always a significant event because it is the one time, other than Continental Congress, when so many members are at Headquarters.  We had 50 State Regents, 21 Vice Presidents General, of course 12 Executive Officers and more than 50 Chairs of National Committees and several National Vice chairs.  We also have members participating in the Long Range Planning Commission’s work, as well as the Finance, Development and Investment Committees.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s Board Luncheons were planned and served by our Property Beautification and Hospitality team.  About 149 members enjoyed the luncheons.  Our days during board week are always filled with important discussions and decisions but luckily we get to have a little fun too! 

We had an exciting opening of the new exhibit, “An Agreeable Tyrant: Fashion after the Revolution,” prepared by the DAR Museum.  This exhibit is a departure from our normal gallery exhibitions and features some of the historical garments from our collection displayed on mannequins and set in the historical setting of our DAR period rooms. I hope you can make it Headquarters to see this fabulous exhibit. It will only be on display through April because of the delicacy of the costumes, but if you can come here to see it in person, explore photos on the website at www.dar.org/agreeabletyrant.  A special thanks to DAR Museum Director, Heidi Campbell-Shoaf and Alden O’Brien, Associate Curator of Costumes and Textiles for their diligence and dedication in preparing this exhibition. 

Following the exhibit opening and reception on Thursday night, several of the clubs had activities at such places as Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria, The Darlington House in the Dupont Circle area and a bus tour “Ghost Stories of Washington”Additionally, earlier in the day on Thursday more than 100 DAR officers, state regents and national chairs were able to take part in Leadership Workshops which were divided into four different topic areas.

Today is “Wear Pink Day” and members of the National Board of Management, as well as Headquarters employees, are wearing articles of pink in support of breast cancer awareness month. It’s pretty much a sea of pink throughout the building! We took a fun group photo to commemorate the occasion!  Be sure to have regular check-ups and self-examinations and help spread prevention awareness to your loved ones – remember that breast cancer can affect men as well as women.

We also showcased our National Committees today with an activity to allow the Executive Officers, State Regents and Vice Presidents General to learn more about the goals and initiatives of the committees. Each committee had a table with displays and informational material to provide about the work of the committee and we encourage the State Regents to take back that information to their states so their members can learn more about how to become involved. For those of you who plan to attend the 126th Continental Congress, you’ll be able to engage with these National Chairs in the same manner when you attend Service to America Night. In the meantime, enjoy the photos in the slideshow of their engaging committee tables and learn more about each National Committee on the DAR website here.  

Following lunch we will tour Anderson House, built in 1905, it was originally the home of Society of the Cincinnati member Larz and Isabel Anderson.  Today it is the Society of the Cincinnati’s library and museum containing collections and documents that illustrate the people and events of the American Revolution, the art of war in the eighteenth century and the history of their Society.  Afterwards we will enjoy dinner at the Ft. Myer Officers Club in nearby Virginia.

In between all the activities of the week we managed to participate in a service project highlighting the new Community Classroom Committee.  Everyone brought cards addressed to a school, a teacher or a student in her local area.  We signed them with notes of appreciation and encouragement to educators and students across the nation. 

It has been a wonderful week and I am looking forward to beginning the DAR School Tour on Saturday. Watch for a blog tomorrow with more on that!

Next Tuesday, October 11, DAR will celebrate its 126th anniversary! In honor of this, DAR members across the country will participate in the National DAR Day of Service by volunteering in their local communities. I cannot wait to see all of your service projects. Whenever your chapter has planned your volunteer activities, whether this weekend or on Tuesday, be sure to share your photos on social media on October 11 with the hashtag #DARDayOfService and record your volunteer hours in the Service to America Online Tally: www.dar.org/onlinetally

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