The nation’s capital welcomed more than 3,500 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, one of its foremost service organizations, June 22-July 1.
Georgia Orr, a member of the Weatherford chapter, was in attendance as a voting delegate. The DAR Continental Congress is a time-honored tradition held in Washington, D.C., as the annual national meeting of the membership since the organization’s founding 123 years ago.
While at Congress, she attended a week-long schedule of business sessions, committee meetings and social functions, as well as formal evening ceremonies during which national DAR award winners were honored.
The highlight of this year’s conference for Orr was being present when her cousin, Ann Turner Dillon, of Colorado, was elected first vice president general. Lynn Forney Young, a member from Houston, was elected president general of the national organization. This administration will serve 2013-15.
National, state and chapter leaders from 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 Weatherford Chapter was recognized for the second straight year as the South-Central National Winner for their Constitution Week programs and educational presentations.
Special activities Orr attended included opening night guest speakers Leigh Keno of “Antiques Roadshow,” who received the DAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award, and Rich Little, comedian and voiceover actor, who received the DAR Americanism Award, given to a distinguished naturalized citizen.
On National Defense Night, an evening honoring the nation’s military, the keynote address was delivered by Vice Admiral Robin R. Braun, U.S. Navy, and Lieutenant Gen. Claude “Mick” Kicklighter, U.S. Army (Ret.), provided remarks as director of the DoD Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 175,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.