Lynn Forney Young, president general of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was the keynote speaker at the 117th State Conference of the New York State Organization.
Held the final weekend of September in Syracuse, the annual meeting was presided at by New York State Regent Martha Morris Crapser, of Watertown.
Immediate Past President and Honorary President General Merry Ann T. Wright, formerly of Herkimer, was the honoree Friday night.
Young, of Houston, Texas, has challenged members to complete one million hours of volunteer service during each year of her three year administration. Members will celebrate the spirit of the men and women who achieved the nation’s independence with a renewed commitment to public service as they promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.
“Hats Off to Merry Ann” celebrated Wright’s many years of devotion and service to her community and country through her membership in the DAR. As state regent of New York she started the process of bringing New York Daughters into the computer age. As president general she was informed of the condition of the lay lights in the society’s genealogical library. She embraced the challenge to raise over one million dollars for the restoration, overseeing every step of the process, and reporting on it regularly to members across the country on her President General’s blog, a new use of computer technology for her position. During her three year term of office she raised an unprecedented $6.5 million to further the work of the National Society.
Crapser has chosen as the theme of her administration “Light the way for liberty’s legacy … Carpe Diem”, with a New York lighthouse as her symbol.
The conference theme was “Trail Blazers” including a luncheon and program on the Erie Canal and a tour of the Weigh Lock Museum or the Everson Museum in Syracuse. Committee reports were given during the daytime business sessions, including ones by Senior State President Children of the American Revolution Elizabeth Mosher and State Chairman National Defense Nancy Hanna.
Between sessions members were encouraged to visit the committee exhibits including the DAR Schools exhibit by State Chairman DAR Schools Theresa Willemsen.
Attending the conference from the Little Falls Chapter were Regent Evelyn Hallberg, Vice Regent Nancy Hanna, Historian Theresa Willemsen, Librarian Elizabeth Mosher and associate member Alice Goebel, Van Rensselaer Chapter and conference vice chairman.