Celebrating at Service to America Night

Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
June 22, 2018

Last evening’s Educational Awards Night was inspiring. Recognizing these students and educators who are so passionate about history is always motivating. I am in awe of these young people and their amazing work. The essay winners each read a portion of their essays and it was clear why they were chosen as our national winners!

Congratulations to the 2018 Outstanding Junior, Erin Ann Stoesz! The Outstanding Junior Contest exists to recognize members who are 35 years old or younger who devote themselves to DAR with service that is above and beyond, while also balancing the demands of families, homes, careers and other civic and religious service.

Erin Stoesz is a member of the Jacque Laramie Chapter in Wyoming. A 16-year member of DAR, she has been active at the chapter, state and national levels. At the chapter level, she has served as Chapter Regent and in several chapter officer positions and chairmanships. Stoesz has been a Page and Delegate to the Wyoming State Conference and has served Wyoming as a State Chair and State Officer. At the national level, Stoesz has paged for 11 years, served as a Division Vice Chair and currently serves as a National Vice Chair. She has also served as a C.A.R. Senior leader at the local level. Stoesz lives in Laramie, WY, where she is the Director of the Wyoming State Science Fair and is a member of the faculty at the University of Wyoming. She is a violinist for the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and volunteers her time with 4-H of Albany County, the Wyoming Biodiversity Citizen Science Initiative and Donor Alliance Organ & Tissue Donation.

Today will resume daytime business sessions, where we will begin to hear the reports of the State Regents. We will also hear the nominations of candidates for the office of Vice President General. The business sessions of Congress are a great place to gain new ideas for projects or initiatives from State Regents’ reports that you can take back to your own states and chapters. I encourage you to attend and learn about the outstanding work that DAR is doing across the country.

Be sure to stop by the Congress Shops in the Texas Lone Star Lounge. Additionally don’t miss the opportunity to enter the raffle win a diamond insignia at the President General’s Project Tables.  Sales of project items will be located in Constitution Hall all week and during Service to America Night at the Grand Hyatt hotel.

I look forward to attending the DAR School Luncheon this afternoon where we will hear from the students and faculty from the DAR schools to learn more about the important services these schools provide and get a glimpse into the programs they offer.

The Lineage Research Committee is having their Afternoon Networking Social today. This is a new event this year where members can meet and network with experienced and talented researchers, explore the committee’s resources and discover how they can help your chapter grow.

Later this evening I will attend the Founders Club  celebration.  It will be a privilege to express our gratitude to those who are creating a legacy for NSDAR through their estate planning to provide for the future needs of the Society.

This evening’s Service to America Night is going to be a fun experience for Congress attendees. We will be celebrating your amazing dedication to the Service to America initiative and this will be your opportunity to interact with your National Chairs and learn more about their committees.

Jeff Rodek, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Battlefield Trust will be our featured speaker this evening. Mr. Rodek will share information about the mission and efforts of the American Battlefields Trust, including their work to protect Revolutionary War Battlefields, and how DAR members can be involved in their important preservation efforts.  

I am looking forward to seeing you all there!

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