Tuesday, July 12, 2016


The RSVP Deadline is Approaching!

We need you to attend this
incredible, history-making event!

You Are Invited to Witness SAR History as We Charter the SAR's First African-American Chapter, Patriot Isaac Carter, on September 3, 2016 in Havlock, NC.

What an honor we have in North Carolina to charter the Patriot Isaac Carter chapter as our State Society's 27th chapter and 1st predominately African-American chapter in the United States.

Date:       Saturday, September 3, 2016

Time:      5:30pm - 8:30pm

Place:     Inside the air-conditioned Havelock Tourist & Event Center
               201 Tourist Center Drive, Havelock, NC 28532

Dinner:   Tickets are $25 and include a buffet supper of Good Ole Eastern Carolina Pork BBQ and Fried Chicken with all the fixings (cole slaw, potato salad, hushpuppies, banana pudding, pecan pie, and iced tea)!

Contact:   Guy Higgins at 252-327-7752 or emailguyhiggins@gmail.com

RSVP:   You can download the RSVP form and more information here on this website link: http://www.ncssar.org/events/patriot-isaac-carter-chapter-chartering-ceremony/

Hotels:  Hampton Inn, Havelock – Non-smoking rooms with either a king-size or two queen-size beds are available for $110 (not including tax) per night.  Discounts are also available for suites if desired.  Contact the Hampton Inn at 252-447-9400 (Fax 252-447-9455).

             Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Havelock – Single rooms are available for $99 per night; executive suites for $109.00 per night; family suites for $139.00 per night, and the Presidential Suite for $169.00 per night (all rate do not include tax). Contact the Holiday Inn at 252-247-5001 (Fax 252-247-5225).

Watch the video about the Patriot Isaac Carter chapter chartering and history here:


Monday, July 11, 2016

A Message From Ann Dillon, President General

Wirtten by Ann Dillon, President General

After an exciting and busy 125th Continental Congress, your newly installed executive officers took little time off before beginning our Executive Committee meetings at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 20, the very next day after the Installation Ceremony. We jumped right into informal discussions and formal reports and had lots of great dialog on plans for the future. We toured the DAR Headquarters Building top to bottom, from the roof to the storage area beyond the Yochim Gallery (where the DAR Museum staff is preparing its next exhibit and one you won’t want to miss!).  The faithful members of the Property Beautification and Hospitality Committee welcomed us for lunch each day and we all agreed it was a treat we could easily get used to.  We had a great time with a photo session on the South Portico and enjoyed getting better acquainted and better informed.

I hope that through the Today’s DAR Blog during this administration you will all get to feel better acquainted with me as well as better informed about our Society. Having served as Colorado’s State Regent while Mrs. Kemper was President General, many of you have known me through the years. I also had the pleasure of meeting so many more of you during my time as Registrar General during the Watkins Administration and as First Vice President General during the Young Administration.  But on a personal note, I was raised outside Dallas, Texas in the community of Irving where I met and married my husband, Bill.  He was a Navy pilot and was stationed at Alameda, California during his service.  He then flew for Continental Airlines until his retirement in 1997, the year I was elected Vice President General.

As a child, a family friend took me for a flight in his small plane and I was determined to learn to fly.  I settled for marrying a pilot until I turned the magical age of 50 and decided I needed adventure, so I took flying lessons and actually earned a single-engine rating.  It challenged me in ways I never imagined and was far outside my box.  Though I no longer fly my own plane, I cherish the accomplishment.  I feel much the same way about becoming your President General.  Never would I have dreamed of this exciting position.  The schedule and responsibilities can stagger me if I let my mind try to grasp everything all at once.
Chapters are where the work of this National Society happens and I want to see them strong and stable.  Our members are our most valuable asset and yet many do not understand the scope and the history of who we are and what we do.  My goal is for us to further impact our communities with service and patriotism, to see new members understand their membership and to train leaders in our chapters so we no longer hear, “We can’t find anyone willing to take the job.”

To learn a little bit more about what I envision for our organization, you may view my installation remarks go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fohBFgUb0I4&feature=youtu.be.

This is the most incredible organization of women I know.  There is a place for everyone to serve and we can do so much more when we focus on working together for the greater good.  Let’s make a difference in this nation and be a reminder of all that is good about America.