Monday, June 30, 2014

Celebrate America

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you already know that I spent last week at the 123rd Continental Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I'll post some of my activities from Congress in some upcoming posts, but I wanted to share the story of Celebrate America Night with you first. Truly, it was such an amazing and inspiring night and my head hit the pillow in my room at the Grand Hyatt with ideas spinning in my head.

Check out all of the goodies and bits of information I stuffed in my tiny LV Mott bag!
The event, a unique celebration of volunteerism, education, and interaction, was new this year. In addition to listening to many interesting speakers, I had the opportunity to speak with other members and learn about volunteer activities and programs on local and national levels.

It must be the teacher in me, but there's something about a wall full of sticky notes that is so appealing. DAR Members shared personal stories of volunteer efforts and service in their communities on the post it notes and placed them on the wall. I spent a good bit of time reading others' ideas and even jotted down a few that I want to share with my chapter. This year, DAR members logged 4,760,314 service hours!

Great ideas flourished!
Attendees appreciated the flexible format event, enjoying drinks, and socializing with other members. Although I love the formal evenings like National Defense Night, this event is a fantastic addition to Congress programming. Other members from my chapter and I enjoyed using props and presidential cutouts for photo booth pictures and I even had a photo op with a lovely eagle...check out the fabulous purple chevron scarf, an item available for sale to benefit Junior Membership.

Blue Star Families is an organization that supports military service men and women and their families through a variety of programs. I was pleased to learn about many of their initiatives, including Books on Bases and Operation Appreciation. We penned quite a few thank you cards for military members and their families at Celebrate America Night.

At the end of this year's Continental Congress, I left feeling both energized and exhausted, excited and hopeful. I met some wonderful people who I now consider friends and hope to see them again next year. A blog reader even stopped to say hello as she was leaving the Congress Reception on Saturday night. So much fun!


  1. Argh! I was supposed to go this past week but school schedules got in the way. I did get to meet our President General at our state meeting back in April, though. She's so sweet! Hoping to make it next year.

  2. That is one of my C.A.R. girls in the eagle costume. She had such a good time!

  3. Casey ~ So sorry you couldn't make it. It was such an amazing experience. The President General is so inspirational!! I feel energized and motivated after a fantastic week.

  4. Ginnie! How neat! She was such a gem, posing for pictures with everyone.



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