I am so overjoyed to officially begin the 123rd Continental Congress this evening at our Opening Night Ceremony. This will be a ceremony you won’t want to miss. Our Keynote speaker and award winners will surely be interesting as they share their work with us and explain how they bring history to life for their audiences.
Tonight we will also have a special presentation to announce the final tabulation of Celebrate America! community service hours from 2013. As you know, the online tally showed 3,419,595 hours, which far exceeded our goal of 1 million hours. After months of reconciling the paper reports and the online tally, it appears we may have achieved even more hours of community service. I am so thrilled to celebrate the amazing volunteer work our members have performed across the world.
If you can’t be with us this evening in Washington, D.C. you can always participate in Congress virtually, where you can view the live streaming video of the evening ceremonies and business sessions, view photos from Congress events and read the daily Congress Herald. Also follow along with Continental Congress social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Today I will visit with Heritage Club members at their special events throughout the day. This will be such a lovely opportunity to welcome these members to Congress and thank them for their generous donations to our National Society.
This afternoon I plan to stop by the Historic Preservation Luncheon, which is a new event to this year’s Congress. This event will feature keynote speaker, Scott Berg, author of Grand Avenues, as he discusses French visionary Pierre Charles L'Enfant's ambitious plan for Washington, D.C.; the area's changing topography; and the importance of preserving Washington's historic boundary stones. I am sure all of those in attendance will have a fantastic time.
There are many social events over the next few days and this afternoon I will gather with my fellow Texas Daughters for a delightful Texas Tea. I am looking forward to greeting these dear friends. The food is always delicious and we traditionally have a large centerpiece of yellow roses. I am especially grateful that the Texas Society has offered to donate the centerpiece to the President General’s Reception Room for the rest of Congress.
I hope members will take time today to attend the Membership Forum, to see the presentations of these wonderful National Chairs and to learn how you can increase and retain membership in your chapter.
While you are visiting Headquarters, please stop by the many State Open Houses in the DAR Museum Period Rooms which are scheduled for today and throughout the week. It is always interesting to get a close up look at the beautiful period room and to learn more about the objects, many of which have recently been added to the rooms.
Be sure to read today’s edition of the Congress Herald online!