Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Continental Congress

At the end of June, I traveled to Washington, DC for the 120th Continental Congress of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.  We roomed with our friends (and new-found cousins) Teri and Callah McLeod.

It is always a lot of fun traveling to DC to visit with old friends and to make new friends.  It was beautiful weather - not too hot.

On Tuesday evening we attended the Illinois Supper.  This is always well attended by ladies from all over the country.  The keynote speaker was Tammy Duckworth who spoke about efforts to improve health care for female veterans.

Illinois State Regent Luanne Bruckner, Amanda, Tammy Duckworth, Callah

Wednesday evening was opening night.  There were several speakers from the various 9/11 memorials. 

On Thursday, we attended the Units Overseas luncheon.  There is a bazaar with gift items from the various countries where DAR has chapters outside the USA.  It was a lot of fun to shop.

Thursday afternoon, we had a little free time - we ended up at the National Archives where we toured their exhibits and saw the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  Not enough time to research, unfortunately.

Friday was business sessions, and Saturday we attended the Junior Membership luncheon.

I worked in the DAR library helping members who were working on their lineage, and my daughter worked at the C.A.R. sales table selling C.A.R. merchandise and promoting C.A.R.  All in all, it was a fun week!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Children of the American Colonists

Wow, I'm really behind in my blogging, but let me try to catch up.

In June, we attended the General Assembly of the Children of the American Colonists.  Actually, we (Illinois Chapter) hosted the assembly near Chicago.  Members and adult advisors came from all over the country, including Florida, Virginia, Kentucky and Washington State.  For those members who came Thursday, we went to Gino's East Pizzeria for dinner - for Chicago-style deep dish pizza.

On Friday, we traveled to Navy Pier in Chicago for a "Fun Day".  It was a beautiful day to walk along the lake, ride the ferris wheel (invented in Chicago) and dine al fresco at Bubba Gump's restaurant.
After the Adult Board meeting Friday evening, there was a pool party for everyone.

Business was conducted on Saturday morning, then we traveled to Chicago History Museum for a tour and to learn about early Chicago history.  On Saturday evening, everyone enjoyed the candlelight banquet.

National President for 2010-11 was Graham Lerner and he finished a successful year raising money for the Earl Greg Swem Library in Williamsburg, VA.  His adult advisor was President General Melanie Platte.

New officers were sworn in at the Candlelight Dinner.  Our new National President for 2011-12 is Amanda Nagy and her adult advisor is President General Dr. Richard Clouse,

Congratulations to Graham and Melanie for a wonderful year and best wishes to Amanda and Rick for a productive year to come!

Dr. Clouse, Amanda, Mrs. Platte, Graham