The three-day event began with a lineage research genealogy workshop presented by Robert S. Davis, a genealogy expert from Wallace State College in Hanceville, Ala. There was an insignia workshop, also, that helped members understand the various medals and pins which could be purchased for recognition and awards.
The Friday night opening session featured Lynn Farner Young, NSDAR recording secretary general and future president general for 2014-2017. She spoke about “Tomorrow’s DAR.” Members who had 50 or more years of membership in DAR were recognized at the reception that followed.
On Saturday, Rear Admiral Donald R. Gintzig spoke at the Veterans’ Fisher House breakfast. Monies from the breakfast help to support the Veterans’ Fisher House. Business meetings and committee reports filled the remainder of the afternoon.
The Regents’ Banquet ended the evening whereby Linda Foster, local regent, was honored along with other chapter regents from Tennessee. During the banquet, R. Shannon Pollack reminisced about his grandfather, country singer Eddy Arnold, with a slide show presentation.
The final day of the conference began with a memorial service honoring those DAR members who had passed away during the previous year. Local chapter members: the late Polly Watkins Donnelly, who died in February, and the late Ellen Ann Westerburg Campbell, a 65-year member who died in February, were remembered with the placement of a white carnation on the wreath of remembrance. The wreath was placed on the grave of Revolutionary Patriot Charlotte Reeves Robertson at the Nashville City Cemetery.
The morning brunch speaker was Randall Jones, author of “Trailing Daniel Boone — Daughters of the American Revolution Marking Daniel Boone’s Trail (1912-1915).” He spoke about the marker placements described in his book and where some of the markers could be located.
The conference was deemed a successful one as members were reminded of the fall workshop which will be held at Cokesburg United Methodist Church in Knoxville on Aug. 10.