A Productive Board Week

Written by: Lynn Young, President General
October 3, 2014

This week has been filled with important business, meetings, educational opportunities and of course a lot of fun.

I began my week with the October Executive Committee meetings which lead to the National Board of Management meeting among many other board events.

During the week we were able to cover a great deal of business and make important decisions that I will be sharing later. But in the mean time I wanted to tell you about the other great events of Board Week.

We participated in Leadership Workshops to help us grow our DAR efforts. Bren Landon, Director of Public Relations, gave a presentation called “Using Social Media to Tell Today’s DAR Story” which discussed using social media tools in states and chapters to help spread the word about the outstanding efforts of DAR members in their local communities. Another presentation given by Zadeea Harris, National Chair of the Membership Committee, was titled, “Todays PMD – Positively Managing Daughters” and it explored the new look of the Prospective Member Database and how to navigate the updated tool. Both of these presentations were wonderful and I am sure they will offer great assistance to our states and chapters. Keep your eye out on the Members’ Website as these presentations will soon be available online.

For our service project for this Board meeting we participated in the Pocket Flag Project. This project works to get a Flag into the pocket of each of our military personnel to let them know that we care and that we keep them in our hearts and prayers. We folded these flags and put them in a kit with a message from DAR. We also wrote notes of encouragement to women who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer as part of the organization Girls Love Mail. I hope these notes will help these ladies during this very difficult time. I encourage everyone to remember to enter your service hours in the Celebrate America! Tally.

Thursday evening it was wonderful to celebrate the opening of the new DAR Museum exhibition, “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia.” This exhibition is fantastic and I hope you will plan to come see it in person and view the new online exhibition as well. Thank you to Heidi Campbell-Shoaf, Alden O’Brien and all of the DAR Museum staff for your amazing work on this excellent exhibition.

Today we participated in the National Chair’s Forum, which is always a different fun activity where we learn more about our DAR committees. For this meeting, the activity was a scavenger hunt throughout our DAR Headquarters building. We had a list of clues and each clue and answer led us to a different National Chair in a different part of the building. This was a great activity that resulted in us learning more about our committees (and finding our way around the building!).

It was wonderful to gather with the National Board of Management and DAR staff this afternoon to take our “Pink” photo in honor of October being breast cancer awareness month. This is something that affects so many of us and our loved ones and anything we can do to spread awareness helps every little bit.

This afternoon we will travel to Fort McHenry for a tour. It will be very special to explore this site and commemorate the 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Tomorrow morning we will have our National Board of Management meeting. Some of us will be immediately setting off on the DAR Scotland tour which I am so looking forward to. Then, I will be traveling abroad for almost a month visiting our different Units Overseas chapters and can’t wait to tell you all about it… when I’m able to catch my breath!

This has been a full and productive week at Headquarters and I thank all of those who made it a success.

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