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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... 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... Read More
May 23, 2016
Many of us have inherited photos, documents, furniture, clothing and other items that we wish to keep and preserve.  Where do you store these mementos, souvenirs or family heirlooms? Most people use their basements and attics, but these can be the least safe storage areas because they leave items vulnerable to the agents that cause fragile materials to deteriorate. Basements often provide dark... Read More
May 20, 2016
Love American history? Proud to be a member of Today’s DAR? Committed to maximizing the value of your membership? Then you likely already subscribe to our National Society’s publications, American Spirit and the Daughters newsletter. But guess what? There’s never been a better time to sign up or renew, thanks to a limited-time, special offer to celebrate the upcoming milestone 125th Continental... Read More
May 18, 2016
I traveled from Wisconsin to Minneapolis on Saturday, April 30 for the 121st Minnesota State Conference, Rachel Sanisidro, State Regent. I was greeted at the airport by Diane Cone, Vice President General, and my page, Valerie Stachour.  Tom Yarbrough, husband of Honorary State Regent Lynne Yarbrough, drove us past the Mall of America to the conference hotel.  I may or may not have commented that... Read More
May 17, 2016
I traveled to Milwaukee, WI early on Thursday, April 28 for the 120th Wisconsin State Conference, Claudette Finke, State Regent.  Claudette’s theme is “With a voice of singing declare ye this, and let it be heard, Alleluia!”  a quote from Composer Martin Shaw, based on Isaiah 48:20. Julie Stuhlmacher, Past Vice President General and Conference Chair and Cindy Schwersinski, Public Relations &... Read More
May 16, 2016
I flew to Nashville on Thursday, April 21 for the 111th Tennessee State Conference, Susan Rogers Thomas, State Regent.  Susan’s theme is “Legacies of Our Ancestors Inspiring Our Tomorrows” and her emblem is an image of the three white stars on a field of blue found in the Tennessee flag.  The Tennessee Society is thriving with over 6,000 members in 95 chapters.  Boasting strong leadership, they... Read More
May 12, 2016
Departing the Illinois Conference early on Saturday morning, April 16, I had a wonderful opportunity to view the farmland of Illinois as I drove 3 hours to St. Louis for the 117th State Conference, Morgan Meyr Lake, State Regent.  After dropping off the rental car, Dr. Joseph Bradley, son of Honorary State Regent and Past Vice President General Karen Bradley, delivered me to the St. Charles... Read More
May 11, 2016
On April 14, 2016, I flew to St. Louis and drove a rental car 170 miles to Bloomington for the 120th Illinois State Conference, Sharon Crumbaker Frizzell, State Regent. The Illinois Society has 7600 members in 106 chapters and a large number attended the conference.  Sharon’s theme is “Be Yourself, Be Together, Be DAR” and not surprisingly, her emblem is the bee.  With a motto of “Communicate,... Read More
May 10, 2016
During a visit to New Hampshire in August 2014 for the Cathedral of the Pines, we visited the American Independence Museum in Exeter. The museum consists of two buildings, the Folsom Tavern, where George Washington ate in 1789 and the Ladd-Gilman House, built in 1721 by prosperous Exeter merchants.   The home later became the state headquarters of the... Read More

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