Looking Forward to Opening Night

Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
June 20, 2018

We officially begin the 127th Continental Congress this evening at our Opening Night Ceremony. I am looking forward to hearing our keynote speaker, Lynn Novick, discuss her work creating so many amazing documentaries. I am also excited for you all to join in the grand celebration of the restoration of the Constitution Hall stage.

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. The Units Overseas members have a Delegation Meeting later this morning and I will take that opportunity to meet these Daughters fromaround the world who 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 isolated and it is good for them to share common experiences. They bring such a unique perspective to our mission and Move us Forward in Service to the World.

I will greet the graduates of the New Horizons Course and the New Members Course and learn about their accomplishments today. 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. 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 in the Library, 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. This year the Heritage Club is celebrating its 20th anniversary! In celebration all Heritage Club members are invited to join in a commemorative group photo on Friday morning at 8:15 on the Constitution Hall steps.

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 enjoy the Patriotism Luncheon and later this afternoon stop by the Texas and Indiana Teas.

While you are visiting Headquarters, please don’t miss the DAR Museum Period Rooms.  While you won’t be able to go into the rooms, many states are hosting gatherings at their state rooms throughout the week to share the treasures they hold. It is always interesting to visit these beautiful period rooms in person and learn more about the featured objects, many of which are recent additions.

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

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