Two Looking Glass Prairie Chapter Members Attend DAR National Convention in Washington, D.C.

CC 2018: Illinois Vice Regent Lola DeGroff (left) with President General Ann Turner Dillon.

WASHINGTON, DC – More than 3,750 members and guests of the Daughters of the American Revolution convened in the nation’s capital recently for the 127th Continental Congress, the latest gathering of the longstanding service organization’s annual meeting. In attendance were chapter member Cori Croteau and associate member Lola DeGroff of the Looking Glass Prairie Chapter in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Croteau and DeGroff attended opening night festivities, all business sessions of the Continental Congress, Units Overseas, Junior Membership and School Luncheons, Education Awards Night, and National Defense night.  Of special interest to attendees this year were the newly restored Constitution Hall stage and DAR Museum and its Period Rooms.  Crotreau served as a page during many of the sessions of the convention including for National Defense Night, the Illinois Supper, and most business sessions.

Cori before Illinois Supper: O’Fallon resident Croteau was one of several Illinois Daughters who served as pages at the Illinois Supper.

While in the nation’s capitol, DeGroff, who served as the Illinois State Organization vice regent, also served as chairman of all aspects of the Illinois Supper held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on June 19th. More than two hundred twenty guests from around the world attended the formal dinner event. Ashlee Fields, a senior at the University of the District of Columbia provided the entertainment: ‘Beauty in the Ashes’, which featured The Sound of Music by Robert Rodgers, Rain Has Fallen by Samuel Barber, I, Too by Margaret Bonds, Summertimeby George Gershwin, and Climb Every Mountain by Robert Rodgers.  Fields was accompanied by Lewis Krauthamer, an award winning composer who teaches at the UDC.  DeGroff also presented the state report highlighting accomplishments of Illinois DAR and received award certificates from President General Ann Turner Dillon in the absence of the Illinois State Regent, Gloria Flathom.

The DAR Continental Congress is a time-honored annual gathering that has been held in Washington, D.C. since the organization’s founding. National, state and chapter leaders as well as other members from across the country and around the world meet at the DAR National Headquarters to report on the year’s work, honor outstanding award recipients, plan future initiatives and reconnect with friends. The week-long convention consists of business sessions, committee meetings, and social functions, and is topped off with formal evening ceremonies at which national DAR award winners are honored.

Cori carrying one of the flags during the processional.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR or the Looking Glass Prairie Chapter, visit www.DAR.org or contact chapter registrar Sharla Smith at Lookingglassprairie.registrar@gmail.com or (813) 944-9813.  The next meeting of the Looking Glass Prairie Chapter will be September 6that 7:00 p.m. The program will be “Grave Dousing and Cemetery Detectives” presented by Thomas Schwartrauber.