Congress Reminders

Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
June 14, 2019

We are just a few days away from the 128th 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. Once the app is installed, be sure to select 2019 – 128th Congress from the Congress list and get started. If you are reading this blog post on your mobile device, you can click this link to download the Congress App.
     
  • Be sure to check the online version of the Tentative 128th Continental Congress schedule 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. The schedule printed in the Program, as well as the one accessed on the Congress App, is the official schedule that should be followed while at Congress because it is the most up to date, including room locations for events. There have been a number of updates to the schedule since it first appeared in the March/April Daughters newsletter, so you cannot assume all the details are the same. We are just a few days away from the 128th 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.
     
  • Registration opens on Monday, June 24 at 11 a.m. For more information on registration, whether you’re pre-registered or not, click here.
     
  • Learn about our featured speakers for all of our evening ceremonies.
     
  • I know many of you were excited to learn that we would be honoring Alex Trebek at this year’s Congress. You have likely probably heard that Mr. Trebek is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. While Mr. Trebek continues to respond well to his cancer treatment and is very encouraged by positive updates he’s received recently, his doctors have advised him that cross-country travel might negatively affect his progress and chemotherapy treatment schedule. We expressed to him that while our membership will of course be disappointed not to be able to express their admiration to him in person, our number one goal is for him to focus on his health journey and we will celebrate his accomplishments during our Opening Night Ceremony despite him not being able to attend the event.
     
  • Members can bring a donation of a children’s book to donate to military families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to Service to American Night on Friday at the Grand Hyatt.
     
  • 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 of the Standing Rules of the 128th Congress: “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.”
     
  • View the National Committee Video Presentations online before heading to Congress. Bring your questions to the National Chairs at Service to America Night.
     
  • The DAR Museum will have a new exhibit to explore, “A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology in American Quilts.” Stop by the DAR Library to do some research and visit the Americana Room to see the new exhibit, “Ordinary Equality: DAR Members and the Road to Women’s Suffrage, 1890—1920."
     
  • 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.
     
  • Background on National Board of Management Recommendation on Insignia Sales
     
  • Fill out a Local News Release Form
     
  • 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 #DARCC19 when posting about Congress.
     
  • Learn more about the 128th Continental Congress Candidates for National Office.
     
  • 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 the 128th Continental Congress!

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