Registration for Congress Opens Today!

Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
June 18, 2018

It is a delight to welcome members to Washington, D.C. this week for the 127th Continental Congress.  I am so glad you are here, either in person, or staying on top of all the Congress happenings virtually.

This morning I greeted many friends at the Vice Presidents General Club Breakfast before going to Headquarters and placing a wreath at the Daughter’s Tribute.  It was wonderful to see many in attendance at this memorial as we honored the nearly 1,000,000 women who have joined DAR since we began in 1890.

Incoming State Regents are having an orientation today and it was a pleasure to greet them and welcome them to their new adventure. Because leadership changes every two to three years, it is important to be sure new officers are equipped for unfamiliar positions.

Registration officially opens this morning at 11 am and closes at 6 pm this evening. Refer to the Congress App or the Online Schedule to find the hours and information for registration and other Congress events.   Many events have updated their information in recent weeks. Be sure to refresh your Congress App as well to see that itis displaying the most up to date info. Remember, everyone must pick up her welcome packet and ID badge at Registration in the lower level of Headquarters upon arriving at Congress. Your official Congress Program, as well as the schedule located in the Congress App, will tell you the specific rooms where each event will be located.

 I look forward to the National Board of Management meeting with the 52 State Regents, 21 Vice Presidents General and Executive Officers.  Following that meeting, the other Executive Officers and I will join the Incoming State Regents for lunch in the Banquet Hall where we can get better acquainted.

Many of the Congress Committees are having their meetings today and I can’t begin to thank these members enough for all of their hard work leading up to and during the week of Congress.

Later this morning we will have the official DAR Museum Gallery Opening Celebration. There will be brief remarks and then we will invite everyone to explore the renovated space, including the new study gallery and the new exhibit, Lately Arrived: Recent Additions to the Collections. Make sure to stop by this week to see the amazing updates. Thank you for your contributions to the President General’s Project which have made all of the renovations and restorations possible. They could not have been done without your generosity.

This afternoon I will attend the National Officers Club meeting and their banquet this evening, and enjoy fellowship with all who have served as a State Regent, Vice President General or as an Executive Officer.  I appreciate the many friends I have made in this club and look forward to spending time hearing about their scholarship winners and the many projects they will do around Headquarters. Before I leave Headquarters for the Grand Hyatt this afternoon, I will stop by the Development Committee meeting to express my appreciation for all these committee members do to help our staff.

Explore the DAR Library and, beginning on Wednesday, you can talk with the Balcony Volunteers who are available to assist members with those tough genealogy research questions. The Library wrote a wonderful blog about preparing to visit the Library during Congress and it is filled with great tips.

Make sure to stop by the Americana Room this week to see the amazing exhibit, “Women of Resilience: DAR Service in World War One,” about DAR member’s efforts during the Great War.

For those of you who can’t be with us in Washington, we hope you will join us virtually through Congress social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and by following along with the live streaming Congress videophotos and the daily Congress Herald. Congress attendees active on social media, be sure to share your posts with us all by using the hashtag #DARCC18.

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