Three Blogs

October 1, 2014
Several years ago my husband and I enjoyed a cruise along the inside passage and I have been eager to return for a visit.  My schedule had too many conflicts to attend their spring conference and the Alaska Society does not hold a fall meeting due to their vast size, so State Regent Cindi Gryder suggested a road trip to visit the chapters.   Six of us spent the week traveling together - Cindi, her daughter Kim Johnson, Past Vice President General Debbie Refior; State Registrar Michelle Walters-Thornton and State Historian Tracey Dodge.  What an adventure it was! The name "Alaska" is derived from the Aleut word "Alyeska," meaning "great land."  Not only is it a vast state, the scenery is...Read More
September 29, 2014
As much as I enjoy making lists of things to do, I enjoy checking off the completed tasks even more.  One item which has been on that list for many years is to learn to quilt.  I absolutely love seeing the quilts in our fabulous DAR Museum and am amazed at the unique characteristics and fine workmanship of each quilt. A few years ago one of my mother’s cousins brought me several quilts from the McMichael side of Mom’s family.  They are old and worn and would never be in a Museum collection, but the family ties they represent are precious to me.  Mom’s mother died at the age of 21 just a few weeks after Mom was born and we have little of her personal...Read More
September 26, 2014
On Friday, September 12th, I flew from Houston to Fargo, North Dakota to begin my fall travel. Greeted at the airport by North Dakota State Regent Nancy Legerski and Past Vice President General Alice Ellingsberg, we drove the short distance to the conference hotel where we were greeted by South Dakota State Regent, Lavonne Anderson.  Nancy and Lavonne are to be commended for having the courage to hold the first joint meeting. At the beginning of this administration, I mentioned to the State Regents that I was well aware that it not only stressful but often a financial hardship on state societies to host the President General. While National pays for my transportation to the state, the state...Read More

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