More than 700 Daughters of the American Revolution from across Virginia gathered in Norfolk for the 116th annual State Conference March 15-18.
Chaired by Virginia DAR State Regent Patricia Musick Hatfield of Marion, the conference allowed the commonwealth’s 136 DAR chapters and various committees to report on their accomplishments in the past year.
Lovelady Chapter DAR members who attended the state conference were Kathy de Jonge, Ruth Gilliam, Annie Hall and Tammy Scott.
In addition to the business sessions, Lovelady members participated in a variety of activities during the conference including the Cameo Club Luncheon, the Opening Night Banquet, and the Regents’ Night Banquet.
Virginia Daughters were honored to have in attendance NSDAR President General Merry Ann Wright, who was guest speaker during the Opening Night Banquet. She described the progress of the current President General’s Project, the DAR Library lay light restoration.
The theme for the 2010-2013 Wright administration, symbolized by three intertwined circles, is: “Preserve the Past, Enhance the Present, Invest in the Future.”
During the VADAR Memorial Service, deceased DAR sisters were honored. Regent Scott placed a flower in the Memorial Wreath in memory of Lovelady Chapter member Davene Wainscott Seeger, who died Nov. 14, 2011. Regent Scott also participated as a member of the Virginia DAR chorus, which provided special music for both the Memorial Service and the Regents’ Night Banquet.
Lovelady Chapter DAR was recognized with a number of awards, including Blue Level 2011-12 Honor Roll; Outstanding Chapter Commemorative Programs — Community Celebrations Throughout the Year; Best in Virginia 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Remembrance; Best in Virginia 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor; Outstanding Report — American Indians Committee; Outstanding Achievement — Women’s Issues; Outstanding Chapter Report; Innovative Membership Practices: Sharing the American Spirit; Tammy Scott, American History Chapter Activities, 2011-2012; Outstanding Chapter Media Coverage, Print (Small Market); Generous Support, Tributes & Memorials; Annie Hall, Generous Support Tributes and Memorials; second place, Outstanding Constitution Week Activities; and second place, Constitution Week Scrapbook.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War.
With more than 170,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org.