DAR Has Set a World Record!

Written by: Lynn Young, President General
June 19, 2016

Last night during our National Defense Night Ceremony we learned that DAR now holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM title for “Most letters to military personnel collected in one month” with a total number of 100,904 cards! Congratulations to all DAR members and friends who contributed to the record!

Last evening we were also honored to recognize the USO for its outstanding 75 years of service to our country and present them with the President General’s Medallion. USO President and CEO, Dr. J.D. Crouch gave thoughtful remarks about the organization’s 75th anniversary. The USO Show Troupe then gave an entertaining performance. They are truly talented.

Our award winners gave such thoughtful and meaningful remarks and each of them were more than worthy of their awards. Our keynote speaker, Secretary Bob McDonald, talked about the important work of caring for our veterans and all they are doing to improve their services. National Defense Night is always my favorite as I am humbled to stand in our beautiful auditorium singing the National Anthem with thousands of other patriots. 

Later this morning, the Young Administration will come to a close.  It has been an extraordinary experience for me and for all of the Executive Committee.  We are grateful for the trust you placed in us and the way in which you embraced new initiatives. 

Because of your enthusiastic recruitment, we have added 31,577 new members, including 7,713 Junior members.  12,907 supplemental applications have been approved and 2,274 new Patriots have been identified.

Please join me in expressing gratitude to the outstanding staff of 140 professionals that ensure that the operations of DAR run smoothly and professionally on a daily basis.  I recently had an opportunity to thank each Department Head while mentioning just a few of their extraordinary accomplishments.  Last week the Executive Officers hosted an ice cream social for all of our employees.

It has been an honor to serve with the dedicated Executive Officers and National Parliamentarian, each of whom faithfully embraced her responsibilities with enthusiasm. The National Chairs have efficiently implemented the goals of the Administration and communicated them to the State Chairs.

However the important work of the Society is accomplished at the chapter level and leadership of the chapter officers is vital to fulfilling our enduring mission of historic preservation, education and patriotism. Our Founders envisioned this Society as one of service. Challenged to record your volunteer hours, you have far exceeded the 3,000,000 hour goal with over 14,383,078 hours of community service.  Chapters embraced the DAR Day of Service in celebration of NSDAR’S 125th anniversary and I hope will become an annual tradition.

Guarding that which is committed to our trust, you have increased the Society’s financial stability by your gifts to the Guardian Trust Endowment Fund. Thank you for your support to ensure a stable financial future for Tomorrow’s DAR.

During the last three years, I have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles throughout the U.S. and to many foreign countries. At my first official visit in Vermont, I was given a charm and every State Regent added to the bracelet.  Now I have three very full bracelets and I will enjoy remembering the remarkable Daughters I met at every visit.

I am confident that the Dillon Administration will lead NSDAR with vision and integrity.  They are a wonderful group of women and have my full support and best wishes.

Serving as the 43rd President General has been the highest honor and I am grateful for that privilege. Thank you for the memories I shall cherish forever as we continue Honoring our Heritage, Focusing on the Future and Celebrating America!

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