The Tennessee State Conference

Written by: Charlotte Reynolds, Tennessee State Regent
May 10, 2018

Leaving Denver on a bright, sunny, spring morning, I was eager to begin the many state visits on my schedule. Arrival in Tennessee was evident as great country music drifted down the concourse of the Nashville airport. But, I had no idea what awaited me as I was met in the baggage claim area by Carolyn Trickey who escorted me to curbside where Paul White (husband of Barbara White) met me in a 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 11 complete with a right hand drive configuration.  I could get accustomed to such service!  State Regent, Charlotte Reynolds had a wonderful Conference and I was delighted to see many friends and make new ones. Thank you Tennessee for helping me make great memories.

- President General Ann Dillon

“Be Enthusiastic for Historic Preservation” set the tone for the 113th Tennessee State Conference held in Franklin, Tennessee.  Tennessee Daughters were pleased to have President General Ann Turner Dillon join us for a much too brief visit.  Her visit began with the State Officers’ Club Dinner Thursday evening as we turned the pages back to an earlier time to remember our favorite sleuth, Nancy Drew.  Also joining us were Alabama State Regent Nancy Folk, Georgia State Regent Joyce Patton, Indiana State Regent Lois Huntington, Michigan State Regent Diane Schrift, Ohio State Regent Nancy Wright, and South Carolina State Regent Dianne Culbertson.  We all agreed that there is a little “Nancy” in all of us as we constantly seek clues to complete and preserve our family histories.

Friday morning began with a series of workshops by Ginnie Storage, Vice President General, NSDAR, and Debbie Duay, Vice Chair Lineage Research French Task Force. 

Opening Night Mrs. Dillon inspired both members and guests as she reminded us of our great heritage both as a DAR member and as a citizen of these United States.  She was given a silver charm of an iris, the State Flower of Tennessee and a donation to the President General’s Project.   Chapter regents were delighted to have Mrs. Dillon present their 100% Participation Certificates for the President General’s Project.  Several presentations were made to those serving the community which included the Outstanding Teacher of American History and Outstanding Veteran Volunteer Award among others.   Opening Night came to a close with excitement building as the Outstanding Junior was announced.

Teachers in our communities not only educate, but they also preserve the history of our country and state and many encourage preservation of family history through various projects.  Our teachers were recognized during the Saturday breakfast.  Beth Cagle, Vice Chair Community Classroom, shared various ways DAR members are helping make a difference in the classrooms in Tennessee and providing aids to our teachers.

Charles Bowery,  Chief of Military & History Executive Director, United States Army Center of Military History continued with the theme of historical preservation during a luncheon on Saturday as we learned of “Our National Army Museum: 234 Years in the Making.”  The museum is situated on an 84-acre site at Fort Belvoir, Virginia only three miles from the home of first Commander-in-Chief George Washington.  This museum will preserve the 234 history of the US Army and beyond.   Twenty-six ladies were also honored during the luncheon for their service to our country as they served in the various branches of the U.S. Military.

“What’s New in History?  News from the State Library and Archives” continued the theme of historical preservation with speaker, Charles Sherrill, Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist.  Mr. Sherrill gave a pictorial view of the new State Library and Archives, presently under construction during the Chapter Regents’ Banquet.  Chapter anniversaries were recognized and the Outstanding Chapter Regent was honored.

Sunday Brunch honored our DAR members and chapters for outstanding service.  Members celebrated those honored for Outstanding DAR Service for Veterans Volunteer Award, Outstanding Historical Preservation by a chapter, Membership Awards, and Chapter Participation Awards.  In addition 50 graduates of the New Horizons course and 20 members of the New Member Course were recognized during graduation ceremonies.   Donations from the Tennessee Society to the U.S. National Army Museum and the Burn Memorial (suffrage monument in Knoxville, TN) were announced as we continue to preserve both the history of our country and our State of Tennessee.

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