I'm going to tell a little about each of the meetings I attended last week. In no particular order, I'm starting with the last one I was at. This was the National Convention of the Children of the American Revolution. The C.A.R. is the oldest patriotic organization for youth, having been started in 1895. Members are aged birth to 22 and hold office, run meetings, have chairmanships, etc. They are assisted by Senior Leaders, who are members of the 3 parent organizations: Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of the Revolution.
Membership requires proving descent from a patriot who rendered aid (military, civil or patriotic) to the American Revolution.
National President Benjamin Hinckley presided over the 2011 convention. His project over the past year was to raise funds to buy a new display case for the "Great Essentials" documents - these are originals of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution that are housed in Independance Hall in Philadelphia. During the year, members (and Seniors) learned about these documents. His project was a success, and his National Convention was a success. Did I mention that the National President is only 20 years old?
This was the most tiring part of the week - starting with a Senior Board meeting all day on Thursday, a tour of Washington's monuments by moonlight that evening, then meetings, banquets and parties and dances until the wee hours of the morning. My daughter was involved in all of it - I went to bed earlier than she did. The convention concluded with a Pilgrimage on Sunday for wreath layings, installations of new Officers and a memorial service (we had to fly home Sunday so we missed that part).
Our local Society won some awards and our State was honored for having the most C.A.R. members join DAR (many of them are in my own local Society). It was a successful meeting.