Three Blogs

May 27, 2016
I flew from Houston to Des Moines on Thursday, May 5 to visit Iowa for the first time. I was greeted by Judy McNamara who drove me to Ames, about an hour north for the 117th Iowa State Conference.  Ames is the home of Iowa State University and it was a busy place as the University was holding graduation that weekend. State Regent Sharon Braden selected a theme of “Promoting Education to Encourage Lifelong Learning” and her project is to provide needed materials for the Marie Yochim Classroom at the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School. Honorary President General Marie Yochim was a generous supporter of KDS and a dear friend of Honorary Vice President General Yvonne Boone, an Iowa Daughter. The...Read More
May 25, 2016
Over the past three years DAR members have been challenged to give back to their communities through the Celebrate America! initiative. Prior to this administration many members were already very active in service projects in their community, but the initiative inspired them to do even more and for those who were less involved in service projects it served as a perfect opportunity to get involved and make a difference. And have you ever! In February, I announced that you had hit the 12.5 million hour goal. I then asked that you continue your service to see how high the tally could soar. During the...Read More
May 24, 2016
An often overlooked aspect to the daily operations of National Headquarters is the level of security vigilance that is in place for the protection of members, visitors, the staff, and the historic structures themselves.  It is something always on my mind, and something we are continually attempting to improve.  It is also something I take great pleasure in talking and sharing about, whenever given the opportunity. Although a basic alarm system has been operational in the building for years, in 2004 a greatly expanded system was installed that today includes 85 cameras, 180 motion detectors, 91 water sensors, and 378 smoke/heat detectors.  At any given time, as many as 10 different cameras...Read More

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