Looking Forward to Opening Night

Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
June 28, 2017

I am eager to officially begin the 126th Continental Congress this evening at our Opening Night Ceremony. I am looking forward to hearing our keynote speaker, Eugene Kranz, discuss his experiences working at NASA for more than 30 years, and to recognize our other award winners. Tonight we will also be sharing some exciting information about the United States Semiquincentennial and the America 250! Committee.

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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Early this morning I visited the Southern Sunrise Breakfast, hosted by the Mississippi and Alabama Societies as well as the West Virginia Breakfast. It will also a pleasure to meet with the Units Overseas members at their Delegation Meeting later this morning.  These Daughters from around the world travel to Congress to participate in the celebration with us, to be inspired by the comradery and to network with one another.  They can often feel very isolated and it is good for them to share common experiences.

I will participate in the Membership Committee event today. We will recognize the graduates of the New Horizons Course and the New Members Course and learn about their accomplishments. It is exciting to see our members become more active in our society and these courses are a great way to get involved and to learn about our organization and its amazing history.

Today is the always well-attended Registrar General’s Forum. This year it will be held in Constitution Hall. I hope you will plan to attend and learn more about completing membership applications and other helpful information. Additionally, beginning today the Balcony Volunteers are available at the Library and the Grand Hyatt, so be sure to stop by with your research questions.

Throughout the day today I will have the honor of thanking Heritage Club members at special events. Their contributions continue to sustain our crucial work. This will be an opportunity to welcome these members to Congress and thank them for their generous donations to our National Society.

There are many social events over the next few days and today I am looking forward to stopping by the Colorado luncheon to greet the many Colorado Daughters at Congress. I will also greet the Patriotism Luncheon guests and then later this afternoon stopping by the Texas Tea, the Indiana Tea and the Northwest Division Gathering.

While you are visiting Headquarters, please stop by the many Open Houses in the DAR Museum Period Rooms.  Some states have scheduled to open their rooms today and throughout the week. It is always interesting to get a close up look at these beautiful period rooms and to learn more about the objects, many of which are recent additions.

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

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