Patricia Craig Johnson --- Searching for My Ancestors --- Sharing My Life Stories

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

April 30, 2011 Colorado State Society, NSDAR State Conference

The past weekend was a very memorable one for me. This was the 108th Colorado State Society, NSDAR State Conference, and I was there!! Friday's Council Tree Chapter was one of the hostess chapters for the Conference. Because we wanted to show support for this assignment many of our members attended. I have to admit I usually sit this event out but I decided if I ever went, this would be the time to do so. I have to admit the experience was well worth the trip to the Inverness Hotel & Conference Center at County Line Road in Englewood. It is always a good thing to learn to know DAR members from different chapters throughout Colorado. Of course, I first look to see how many "ancestor bars" they wear on their ribbon. To me, this is the one reason for being in DAR ---- paying honor to our patriot ancestors. Not that I am keeping track (g)

The biggest thrill for me was Saturday morning when State VIS Chairman, Regina Fallace, announced that I was the recipient of the "2011 VIS Volunteer of the Year" award. VIS in DAR vernacular means Volunteer Information Specialist. In other words the computer chairman for a chapter. You can read the citation in the above graphic as well as see the certificate I received. Needless to say, I am quite honored to receive this award from my peers.

The whole experience was most enjoyable and I am so glad I attended this conference. It is wonderful to hear of the many good works this Society accomplishes in a year. From DAR Schools, to Project Patriot, Veteran's Services, and many Scholarships it is clear that this is a group of strong, smart and dedicated women united in providing service to America.

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