Local DAR members attend national meeting
A delegation from the local General Daniel Newnan Daughters of the American Revolution chapter attended the national DAR’s 122nd Annual Continental Congress in Washington, D.C.
The nation’s capital welcomed more than 3,500 members of one of its foremost service organizations with the arrival of the DAR members. Among them were nine members of the General Daniel Newnan Chapter, NSDAR. Among the group were Audrey Wylie, chapter regent, accompanied by husband Bob Wylie, president of the Marquis de Lafayette Chapter, Georgia Sons of the American Revolution; Kayla Hudson, vice regent; Judith Lowery, treasurer; Anna Thompson, chaplain; Jane Petsch, registrar; Jeannine Jackson, membership chair; Marci Swetmon, DAR schools chair; Judy Gagliano, DAR Good Citizens chair; and Brenda Jessel, past regent and GSSDAR state chaplain. They attended business meetings, luncheons and special events during the Congress.
Jessel also serves on the National Defense Committee as National Southeast Division Chair.
"We are proud that so many from our Chapter attended this year," stated Chapter Regent Wylie. "It is a very exciting week with so much to learn."
Highlights of the week-long event included welcoming respected keynote speakers and award winners during the gala evening ceremonies.
Guest speakers for the opening night ceremonies were antique expert Leigh Keno, known from his appearances on “Antiques Roadshow,” who received the DAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award; and Rich Little, comedian and voice actor, who received the DAR Americanism Award given to distinguished naturalized citizens.
On National Defense Night, an evening that honors America's military personnel and veterans, the keynote address was delivered by Vice Admiral Robin R. Braun, U.S. Navy, chief of Navy Reserve, commander, Navy Reserve Force.
Lieutenant General Claude “Mick” Kicklighter, U.S. Army (Ret.), director, DoD Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration, provided remarks about the upcoming efforts of the commemoration program. Additional awards that evening were presented to the Army Nurse of the Year and outstanding volunteers for veterans.
The gala awards banquet honored Ambassador John Limbert with the Medal of Honor, actress Connie Stevens was presented with the Founders Medal for Patriotism and DAR Media Awards honored the films Honor Flight and Girl Rising. During the week, the DAR also honored the Outstanding Teacher of American History, DAR American history essay contest winners and exceptional high school scholars.
"It's inspiring to see more than 3,500 members travel to Washington to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year to preserve the past, enhance the present and invest in the future," said Merry Ann T. Wright, president general 2010-2013. "Attendees show great enthusiasm to participate in seminars and workshops during the conference to enhance their work of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism back in their communities. Reports given at our Continental Congress make it clear that the DAR is playing an important role in cities and towns across America."
The DAR Continental Congress is a time-honored tradition that has been held in Washington, D.C., as the annual national meeting of the membership since the organization’s founding. National, state and chapter leaders as well as other members from across the country and around the world meet at the DAR National Headquarters to report on the year’s work, honor outstanding award recipients, plan future initiatives and reconnect with friends. The week-long convention consists of business sessions, committee meetings, and social functions, and is topped off with four formal evening ceremonies at which national DAR award winners are honored.