Do you remember all of the excitement, as a child, getting ready for school to start, buying our new lunch box, school supplies, maybe new school shoes, and then wondering who your teacher would be? I thought about that today and how excited I am as we start our new program year. Some of you have new officers, many of you are in the second year of your administrations, and hopefully your programs and projects are planned and you are ready to go!
Let’s kick it off together at the Fall Council Meetings, Southern Council September 8-9 at the Irvine Marriott and Northern Council September 15-16 at the Rancho Cordova Marriott. There you’ll meet the candidates for the next term’s offices, learn SO MUCH at new and exciting workshops, get an update on your officers’ projects and activities, and enjoy a wonderful program on one man’s experiences on the WW II Battle on the Pacific Island of Iwo Jima. See the CSSDAR Members’ website for registration and program!
It’s been a busy summer, starting with a wonderful Continental Congress, as many California Daughters joined our worldwide members in Washington DC for the 126th Continental Congress. This regent brought home “tons” of awards and certificates of appreciation for you California Daughters, which will be distributed at the Fall Councils. We celebrated with our California Tea (very successful), reopening of the Museum’s California Room where we provided docents and greeted guests, under the direction of State Chair Virginia DeGregory, and, on behalf of the California Society, presented the conservation of a muslin dress with lace insert bodice, made in about 1820, featured in the DAR Museum exhibit ‘An Agreeable Tyrant’. If you haven’t yet experienced this adventure, I encourage you to start saving your money to make that trek next year. It’s an experience you’ll never forget and will give you the “Big Picture” of the world of DAR, make new friends, and have DAR fun!! A special edition of the California Spirit is in preparation and will be posted soon with lots of pictures and award winners. Be sure to watch for the notification of availability on the state website.
Salt Lake City’s Family History Library was a-flutter with 81 California Daughters and guests, as State Registrar Corky Peterson and her team of lineage researchers and volunteer genealogists hosted California’s first statewide genealogy research trip and workshops, from July 30 through August 6. Workshops were held at the hotel and at the library; dinners provided time to share our successes and challenges; and genealogy friendships were cemented. We even had participants from six states join in with us. This year’s trip was so successful that we’ve already booked the hotel and library for an April 3-10, 2018 repeat, with noted genealogist Debbie Duay from Florida scheduled to join us. Mark your calendars and watch for announcements and details.
See you all in September!