Recording Secretary General

Written by: Recording Secretary General, Morgan Lake
July 19, 2016

What an honor it is to be part of the Dillon Administration leadership team, and to be Moving Forward in Service to America with you!

Joining the DAR has been a blessing for me beyond measure.  I found the DAR after I lost my mother to breast cancer at a young age.  Her grandmother had been a member, and I decided to renew the family connection.   My husband Thad and I moved back to my hometown of Jackson, Missouri and I did not know anyone in the local DAR.  I was so excited to be invited to a meeting of the John Guild Chapter that Thad offered to come home early from work on the meeting date to watch our sons, Jack (age 3) and Pete (newborn).   I knew from the moment I entered the room that this was the group for me.  From several of my former high school teachers, to community leaders I had admired, I immediately felt a connection to the Daughters, and the mission of the DAR.

My DAR experience has included serving as state treasurer, state recording secretary, state vice regent, and state regent.  I have also had the opportunity to serve on one of the best committees in DAR, Junior Membership, as state chair, national vice chair of Junior Shoppe, and as national chair.  While I never imagined myself serving as Recording Secretary General, I am delighted to have the opportunity to give back to this incredible group of women who have done so much for our country.  

The Recording Secretary General is the custodian of the legal record of the proceedings of the National Society.  These include: the minutes and ruling of the Executive Committee meetings; the minutes and rulings of the National Board of Management meetings; and the minutes of the Continental Congress which are published in the NSDAR Annual Proceedings.

My first chapter office was regent, and to this day, I believe that the chapter regent position is one of the most important jobs in our society.  Getting to know the interests of each member, planning projects and events together, and serving our community is the heart of this organization.  As Recording Secretary General, I have enjoyed coordinating the content of the 2016 National Information Packet (NIP) and the Chapter Master Report (CMR).  These essential tools for every chapter regent are available now to help you plan your work for the coming year.

Professionally, my background is in the field of Historic Preservation.  I have a BA in Art History and a MA in Public History: Historic Preservation.  I love researching the built environment and studying the condition of old buildings.  As a Missouri Daughter, I completed a condition assessment report for Roslyn Heights, our state headquarters.  This comprehensive study still serves as a guiding tool for preservation and maintenance of this historic property.

The little boys from the story of my first DAR meeting have grown into very tall young men.  Jack (6’9”) and Pete (6’7”) are basketball players, and when I am not at a DAR function, I am usually in a gymnasium.  I am blessed with incredibly supportive family members who understand the meaning of commitment and the joy of following your passion. 

The best part of my DAR journey has been the friendships I have made along the way.  I know some of the most talented, interesting women in the world, and I met them through the DAR.  I look forward to meeting you as we serve America together.

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