Congress Reminders

Written by: Lynn Young, President General
June 6, 2016

We are quickly approaching the 125th  Continental Congress and I’m sure many members are preparing to travel to Washington, D.C. Below are some reminders for your week at Continental Congress. Click the links to read more about these different topics.

Download the Congress App to your smartphone or tablet to have the most up to date Congress information at your fingertips. To download the Congress App, open the App Store on your mobile device or tablet and search for “DAR Congress.” There will be a box in the upper right corner for you to download the app and install on your device. If you are on your device you can click this link to download the Congress App.

  • Be sure to check the online version of the tentative 125th Continental Congress schedule or the Congress App for an overview of events taking place the week of Congress. Please be mindful that the final Congress schedule will be printed in the Congress Program that members receive at registration and that is the official schedule that should be followed while at Congress (there have been a number of updates to the schedule since it appeared in the March/April Daughters newsletter, so you cannot assume all the details are the same).
  • Learn about Opening Night and special 125th Congress celebrations taking place during Congress week.
  • Friday evening’s Celebrate America Night will once again be a fun event for members where they can mingle and learn more about the work of DAR. Special presentations will be focused on genealogy and DNA.
  • Always a highlight of Continental Congress, this year’s National Defense Night is sure to be a moving and inspirational ceremony as we honor and celebrate our nation’s service personnel and veterans. 
  • We have a record number of pre-registered attendees this year! Remember to get to your seats early during the evening ceremonies to enjoy the military bands concerts that start at 7 p.m. Please be mindful that the Standing Rules of the 125th Congress have changed to streamline seating congestion: “Attendees to the Continental Congress shall be seated at least thirty (30) minutes before the opening of all sessions; after that time all open seats are relinquished to others entering the auditorium. Reserved seats are to be occupied only by those holding reserved seating tickets.”
  • Be sure to drop off your bundles of cards to military for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM attempt at the tables located in the Constitution Hall lobby and the lower level of the Administration Building near the elevator. You can drop off your cards at these tables anytime between Tuesday and Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm. Please try to turn in cards as early in the week as possible.
  • Celebrate the 125th Congress by enjoying America’s pastime in the nation’s capital! On June 14, DAR members are invited to attend the Washington Nationals baseball game with discounted tickets!
  • Explore the DAR Museum exhibition, Remembering the American Revolution, 1776-1890, and be sure to see the historic documents we have on loan. Stop by the DAR Library to do some research and visit the Americana Room to see the current exhibits on display.
  • Please keep in mind that because of the time of year and challenges of a historic building, sometimes temperatures can fluctuate in different parts of Headquarters. It is always a good idea to wear layers and be prepared for it to be hot outside and to have a sweater or wrap handy when you are inside the building.
  • Fill out a Local News Release Form to have a Congress press release sent to your local news media.
  • Visit the Congress Shops in the Texas Lone Star Lounge and the Junior Shoppe as well as the DAR Store and the DAR Museum Shop for terrific gifts and other special items.
  • Follow along with Congress Social Media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #DARCC16
  • Learn more about the 125th Continental Congress Candidates for National Office.
  • We have provided some suggestions for getting around at Congress. Remember to always give yourself extra time!
  • Take a look at dining options for when you are visiting D.C.
  • If you can’t be with us for Congress, follow along with Congress Online and photos, the Congress Herald and the live stream.

I hope this information helps you prepare for a wonderful week in Washington, D.C. I am looking forward to seeing many of you next week for Continental Congress!

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