First Vice President General

Written by: Denise Doring VanBuren, First Vice President General
July 12, 2016

How exciting to join with you in moving forward in service to America! It is a thrill for me to support Mrs. Dillon as an Executive Officer of our National Society.

The primary responsibility of the First Vice President General is to revise the DAR Handbook and National Bylaws as rulings and policies are updated. Following each meeting of the National Board of Management, any revisions in procedures, forms or policies are inserted into the online version of the DAR Handbook, making it the source with the most current information.  Once during each Administration, a hard-copy edition is printed.  All state and chapter officers are encouraged to purchase (or download) the handbook.  Please consult it frequently in order to be fully informed and effective.  Further responsibilities of the First Vice President General include serving as the liaison to several national committees and chairing the Human Resources Committee of our Headquarters Staff.

I previously served as Organizing Secretary General, as well as New York State Historian, Vice Regent and Regent. I joined the Melzingah Chapter in Beacon, NY, as a Junior Member in 1988, and have been involved in DAR service work ever since.  In particular, it has been my distinct honor to serve as Editor in Chief of American Spirit and the Daughters newsletter since 2004, and I am responsible for all editorial content. It’s a joy for me to use my Journalism background in service to the National Society, as I am a former radio and television news director and anchor. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Business.

In 1993, I had the opportunity to join my local utility as its spokesperson. In 23 years, I have since held positions of increasing responsibility managing communications, energy efficiency, economic development, marketing, board governance and governmental affairs. I have been an officer of the corporation since 1999, and currently serve at Vice President of Public Relations. We provide safe, reliable electricity and natural gas to more than 300,000 customers.

I am an active local historian, having written four books and serving as president of both my local and county historical societies. My family has lived in the Hudson River Valley since it was New Netherlands. I am a 12th-generation New Yorker, and my ancestors include the Schuyler, Livingston and Beekman families who settled our beautiful part of the country.  I’ve been blessed with three sons, two of whom are West Pointers, and a wonderfully supportive husband.  We live in an 1840 farmhouse in the small hamlet of Chelsea, on the Hudson River, about 60 miles north of New York City.

While my family and career have provided me with endless joy, satisfaction and comfort, it has been my involvement with DAR that has allowed me to find fulfillment as a citizen of this great nation. I feel a joyful obligation to promote the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. I am so grateful to be an American, and I applaud you for expressing your own love of country through your involvement in Today’s DAR!

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