by Susie Wuest
Five Estahakee Chapter members, Mary Allen, Melinda Johnson,
Barb Palladino, Kristin Viets, and Susie Wuest attended the
Florida State Conference. The conference began Thursday
evening with a Welcome Reception for all Florida Daughters and
their guests. Friday morning, Vice Regent Barb Palladino
attended the Board of Management meeting for all chapter
regents or vice regents. There were two interesting workshops:
Digitizing Chapter Records and Help for Registrars and both were well-attended. National Defense Luncheon followed with a wonderful guest speaker, Colonel Robert Springer USMC, Ret. and a former NASA Astronaut. Col. Springer talked about the space program and being a Mission Specialist on two NASA Space Shuttle missions in 1989 and 1990.
Friday afternoon was the opening business session with the State Officers giving their reports. Melinda and Susie attended the Chapter Regent’s Club dinner that evening. There was an excellent short program on “Elevator Speeches”, which is a brief, concise message on what DAR is all about if a hotel guest asks you on an elevator, or anyplace else, about all the pins you are wearing. She even prints her Elevator Speech on the back of her business card. An example would be: The DAR is a volunteer service organization based on lineage to someone who fought or gave aid to the American Revolution. We preserve historic buildings and artifacts; provide contests, awards, and scholarships; support schools and develop good citizens while celebrating exceptional events in our American history.
Opening night featured honored guest speaker, Ann T. Dillon, 1st Vice President NSDAR and candidate for the office of President General NSDAR. Many of the Florida Daughters had a chance to stop and talk to Mrs. Dillon throughout the day. She is a lovely, personable lady from Colorado. It’s always a pleasure meeting the top women in our organization; their love of DAR is so apparent.
Saturday morning was another business session, followed by the Junior Luncheon. Two more workshops in the afternoon: How to Hold a DAR Orientation for Members and Prospectives and another genealogy one on Documenting Lineages Before the 1850 Census. Throughout the weekend many other things were happening; there were tables for CAR, SAR, KDS, the State Regent’s Project, and Hamilton Insignia, to name a few. Also, there was a room filled with Silent Auction items, and there was the very successful Ginger’s Closet a newly established project to generate funds for the State Regent’s project while helping out DAR members acquire lower cost evening clothes for DAR conferences. Kristin Viets of Estahakee is the co-chairman of the Closet with Barb Palladino spending many hours assisting her. Everyone was delighted with their new clothes at great prices!
Saturday evening was Chapter Regent’s Night. We watched Barb Palladino process in behind our Estahakee flag, representing our Regent Pam Stern and our chapter. After dinner we heard from about 75 of the chapters with one minute speeches highlighting their chapter’s accomplishments. Sunday morning there was an inspirational memorial service conducted by the State Chaplain, our own Mary Allen. It is always very moving to see so many chapter chaplains and chapter regents, all dressed in white, process into the room. A final business session concluded a wonderful State Conference with over 600 in attendance, the largest ever.
I wish all of you could have the chance to attend a State Conference. It is a great experience and gives you a different prospective on the bigger picture of what DAR is all about.
Habitat New Home Dedication for the Phaitus Family!
Estahakee Chairman for Habitat for Humanity, Alexander Harris with Gethro Phaitus, his two children and Habitat's Assistant Executive Director, Mike Williams. Congratulations to the Phaitus Family!
Karen Krieger of Henry Morrison Flagler Chapter and Barbara Palladino of Estahakee Chapter attended this event to improve research and communication skills for their chapters.
Barbara and Linda Anderson also served as table aides at the event for the Mayflower Descendants. Thanks for your time, ladies!!
Estahakee DAR represents at the Veteran's Day Service, Boca Raton, Florida.
The Estahakee Chapter collected approximately 50 boxes of Thanksgiving food for Boca Helping Hands. This is our third year of contributions to this wonderful event. We love to give back to our community!
Below: Mike Williams, Associate Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity and Alexandra Harris, Estahakee Chairman for Habitat for Humanity.
July 21, 2016
October 9th, 2016
Regent, Barbara Palladino and Mayor of Boca Raton, Susan Haynie deliver Constitution Week Proclamation at Boca Raton City Hall.
September 10, 2016
Congratulations to the Bonhomme Family!!
Past Regent, Pamela Stern and Sherryl Estroff representing Estahakee DAR at the Making Strides Kickoff Event in Boca Raton.
Purpose of the Committee Mission-
To encourage members--the descendants of the men and women who created these United States-- to "Celebrate America" by investing ten million hours of community service during the three years of the Young Administration.
To demonstrate the positive volunteer opportunities associated with DAR membership to current and prospective members'; to further engage Daughters in meaningful service work within the Society's mission areas; and to encourage members to discover the rewards that come from volunteerism.
To enhance the public's apprecition for the vibrancy of "Today's DAR", and to quantify and describe the dynamic, relevant nature of DAR service work in order to attract prospective members.
-LeAnn Fetherolf Turbyfill, National Chair
Susie Wuest and Mary Allen
Congratulations to the Jean Baptiste Family!
Congratulations to the Pierre/Guerrier Family on their new HH home in Boynton Beach!
James Gavrilos, Executive Director of BHH and Sylvia Oliver, Vice Regent of Estahakee Chapter.
November 19, 2016
The dedication of the newly-renovated girls' softball field at the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Grant, Alabama took place on October 10, 2016. Florida State Regent, Virginia Poffenberger raised over $130,000 in one year for this project! The National School Bus Tour and over 40 Florida daughters were in attendance.
The Estahakee Chapter raised money for this cause with our Holiday Party silent auction (see video under Meetings > videos tab). There is a plaque and a brick paver commemorating our chapter's donation.