As Daughters arrive from all over the world today for the 122nd Continental Congress, many Congress events and activities are beginning and I am so honored to welcome over 3,500 members to our beautiful DAR Headquarters.
Yesterday was an emotional day. During the National Board of Management meeting, the Wright Administration Officers and appointees presented me with a gift of beautiful scrapbooks from the past three years. They also gave me two beautiful bound books, one of all of the posts and photos from the President General’s blog and the other of Administration highlights. I will so enjoy having these keepsakses they put together for me. Then I was really surprised when my dear friend and “clock doc,” Vance Johnson walked in! He was there to help present a Birge & Fuller steeple clock to me and explain the history of it. This clock was made circa 1845 in Connecticut. Birge & Fuller were known for making steeple clocks with a variation of movements. What makes this clock different is that it is powered by a leaf or wagon spring which is securely mounted to the bottom of the clock case. When this clock is wound, the winding arbor draws on a cord that pulls on a cast iron hoist which is connected to a cast iron lever that tensions the leaf spring. This mechanical iron work makes the clock very costly to produce which is why there was a limited number of these made, therefore, today it is increasingly difficult to find an example of this type of clock. Thank you so much to all of the Wright Executives for these wonderful gifts. The Executives then further surprised me with a trip to Norway for Larry and me! I’ve wanted to return there since I was an American Field Service Exchange Student.
Today we began celebrating the achievements of the past three years by dedicating several accomplishment preconditions of the Wright Administration. All of these projects have been so important to DAR and I am thrilled to have seen them to completion. These ceremonies include the Dedication of the Wright Administration Plaque and this President General’s portrait as well as the Dedication of the beautiful Lay light and the Lay Light Recognition Plaque. Other dedications today are for the Digital Donor Wall and the Florida Drive, formerly the D Street ramp of Constitution Hall, which was generously restored with funds from the Florida Daughters. You could call today “DAR Dedication Day!”
I will also be attending the Gift Acceptance Ceremony this afternoon. The opportunity to thank our donors and accept physical gifts of books, maps, redecoration of period rooms, museum objects and other physical gifts in person is a tremendous honor. Gifts to be recognized will include the refurbished of the DAR Library chandeliers and sconces by the Georgia State Society and a mahogany sideboard made by Elbert Anderson Sr. of New York City, circa 1790–1800.
Remember today is the first Committee Forum at the JW Marriott. This forum will focus on Education and I am sure each chairman will give a very informative and lively presentation about her committee. These meetings are designed to be flexible, so attendees may come and go, attending specific presentations as they wish. You are welcome to attend just one section or stay for as many presentations as your interests, and your personal schedule during Continental Congress, allow.
I am so thrilled to visit with California, Florida, Missouri, Illinois and South Carolina Daughters this afternoon and evening during their state social events. I also have plans to stop by the National Vice Chairman’s event and the State Regents Club event – which is said to be “galatic!”