Looking Forward to Opening Night

Written by: Lynn Young, President General
June 15, 2016

I am so overjoyed to officially begin the 125th Continental Congress this evening at our Opening Night Ceremony. The ceremony will feature an original dramatic presentation that celebrates our National Society’s 125 years of service to America – complete with several very special guests! The evening will also be highlighted by a performance by Soprano and Texas Daughter Sarah Davis, as well as the premiere of a new video that heralds the history of Continental Congress. 

Tonight we will also announce the final tabulation of Celebrate America! community service hours for the entire administration! I am so thrilled to celebrate the amazing volunteer work our members have performed over the past three years.

If you can’t be with us this evening in Washington, D.C. you can always participate in Congress virtually, where you can view the live streaming video of the evening ceremonies and business sessions, view photos from Congress events and read the daily Congress Herald. Also follow along with Continental Congress social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Early this morning I will visit the Southern Sunrise Breakfast, hosted by the Mississippi and Alabama Societies as well as the West Virginia Breakfast.

Today I will have the honor of thanking Heritage Club members at their special events throughout the day. Their contributions continue to sustain the organization’s crucial work. This will be a lovely opportunity to welcome these members to Congress and thank them for their generous donations to our National Society.

This afternoon I plan to visit the American Indian Committee Luncheon and attend the Patriotism Luncheon, featuring Bonnie Carroll, Founder and President of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and a 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  She is a military veteran, and the surviving spouse of Brigadier General Tom Charles Carroll, a former staffer in the Reagan and Bush White Houses.  TAPS is the leading national military service organization providing compassionate care, casework assistance, and 24/7/365 emotional support for all those impacted by the death of a loved one serving in, or in support of, the armed forces.

I look forward to stopping by the Page Meeting this afternoon to greet these young women who have volunteered to help our Congress go off without a hitch. I have such fond memories of serving as a Congress Page and look forward to welcoming them to Congress.  I am so thankful for their service and for taking time out of the busy lives to come be a part of Continental Congress.

This afternoon is the always well-attended Registrar General’s Forum. I hope you will plan to attend to learn more about completing membership applications and the use of the new electronic application.

There are many social events over the next few days and this afternoon I will drop by the Texas Tea and the Indiana Tea.

While you are visiting Headquarters, please stop by the many State Open Houses in the DAR Museum Period Rooms which are scheduled for today and throughout the week. It is always interesting to get a close up look at the beautiful period room and to learn more about the objects, many of which have recently been added to the rooms.  Be sure to see the newly installed wallpaper in the New York Room!

Be sure to read today’s edition of the Congress Herald online!

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