The District of Columbia State Conference

Written by: Marcia Guzauskas, District of Columbia State Regent
April 19, 2019

Rarely having the opportunity to drive or ride to a state conference, made the trip from Princeton to Bethesda, Maryland for the District of Columbia meeting a relaxing, pleasant trip. Jacqueline Leahy, a DC Daughter drove and we had no shortage of conversation. Several of State Regent Marcia Guzauskas’s  guests commented on the many young professional women who are District Daughters. It was a wonderful conference celebrating cherry blossoms and the dedicated work of the DC Society.

- President General Ann Dillon

The 118th District of Columbia State Conference (March 29-30, 2019) began with news broadcasts on Thursday, March 28 of an overturned tanker on the American Legion Bridge which although miles from the airport and train station where visiting State Regents Melodye Brown, Georgia; Cynthia Suich, Missouri; Terry Rubenstein, Nevada and Jacquelyn Smith, Rhode Island were arriving caused their arrival at the hotel to be from three to eight hours later than their original estimated arrival.

Fortunately traffic was cleared by Friday morning and members arrived for the opening luncheon featuring, Edward Lengel, author and military historian who spoke on his recently released book, "Never In Finer Company". His book highlights four men before, during and after World War I and their struggles. The business session began after lunch and recessed in time for the members to  visit the chapter and committee exhibits and vendors.

Friday evening was Chapter Regents Night and it was wonderful to hear what our chapters had accomplished last year.  Chapter Achievement, and Honors and Awards were given as well as Membership awards. The evening continued with the Junior Membership report and the presentation of the Chapter Outstanding Juniors and the naming of the 2019 DC Outstanding Junior, Karen Pearson Leginus, Mary Desha Chapter Regent.

Following the evening session several chapters hosted hospitality suites Celebrating the 19th Amendment and Women's Suffrage.

On Saturday morning the business meeting continued and was followed by the Awards Luncheon and the arrival of Mrs. Dillon from the New Jersey State Conference.  Micelle Schroeder Madigan, Director Pets for Vets DC Metro spoke and was given a donation from the funds raised from the State Regent's Project. Mrs. Dillon presented the 100% President General's Project certificates to the chapters and New Members and New Horizon graduates with their certificates. After the luncheon, members were able to participate in service projects, making dog toys and writing cards to service members or visiting the exhibits and vendors.

At the State Conference Banquet on Saturday night the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award was given to Manvi "Puja" Punukollu who volunteered at the Washington DC VA .  The keynote address was presented by Ann Turner Dillon and provided members and guests with many things to consider regarding volunteer commitment.  The evening ended with a rousing performance from the "Revolutionary Warblers" members of NYSSDAR.

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