State Conference News:
Friday, March 11, 2016
Friday at the CSSDAR State Conference was a busy and productive day. In the morning we heard from our wonderful national and state officers. Just a few highlights of the statistics they shared included that:
-472 birthday cards were sent to CA Daughters who celebrated 90 years or more
-100% of Chapters are represented with photos and listings on the state website
-13,548 Daughters joined the NSDAR last year. Of that number 934 of them came from California!
-355 copies of the Vietnam War memoirs book was sold
Daughters had the opportunity to attend the National Defense Luncheon. State Chair Ann Narcisso introduced us to Veteran’s Path, an organization that provides returning veterans with a safe environment and enables them to rediscover meaning, purpose, and joy in their lives through mindfulness, meditation, and community.
In the afternoon business session we heard the interesting and informative reports of our National and State Committee Chairs–including an update on the Guardian Trust Campaign. We were informed that CSSDAR had set a goal of raising $250,000 to help preserve and restore our national headquarters. And that generous California Daughters had given $150,000 to date.
For the first time a DAR School and Junior Membership Dinner was held in the evening and over 220 Daughters attended. DAR Schools State Chair, Kristine Wood spoke about “Monkey Business,” the campaign to fund playground equipment at Tamassee School. She also related how excited the girls at California Pouch Cottage were to attend a ballet performance and meet the ballerinas after the show, all thanks to the generosity of California Daughters.
Outstanding Junior Member, Nicole Russo was honored and in a surprising announcement, State Regent Carol Oakley Jackson was named the Mother of Pages!
The evening business session concluded the day’s activities. Directors and Regents from Districts III, IV, V, VI, XIV, and XV reported on their past year’s activities. Rounding out the last order of business was the nominations for the 2016-2018 slate of state officers.