Registration for Congress Opens Today!

Written by: Ann Dillon, President General
June 24, 2019

It is a delight to welcome members to Washington, D.C. this week for the 128th Continental Congress.  I am so glad you are here, either in person, or enjoying all of 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 to find the hours and information for registration and other Congress events. 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 am looking forward to the National Board of Management meeting with the 52 State Regents, 21 Vice Presidents General and Executive Officers today.  Following that meeting, the National Board will join together for lunch in the Banquet Hall to remember our three years of service.

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 and dedication during these three years and especially during the week of Congress.

This afternoon the National Officers Club will have their annual meeting and we will enjoy their banquet this evening. This is a wonderful time of fellowship with all members 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 have planned.

Take time to explore the DAR Library and, beginning on Tuesday, you can talk with the Balcony Volunteers who are available to assist members with those tough genealogy research questions. These volunteers will be available at both the DAR Library and the Grand Hyatt throughout the week, check the Congress Program for times!

Make sure to stop by the Americana Room this week to see the amazing new exhibit, Ordinary Equality: DAR Members and the Road to Women’s Suffrage, 1890—1920, about the role women and DAR members specifically played during the Progressive Era in the United States. You can also purchase the new book by Tracy Robinson, DAR Director of Archives and History, with the same name in the DAR Store.

For those of you who can’t be with us in Washington, we hope you will join us virtually through Congress social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and by following along with the live streaming Congress video, photos and the daily Congress Herald. Congress attendees active on social media, be sure to share your posts with us all by using the hashtag #DARCC19.

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