Marilyn Rockel
Club reporter
The Kansas Daughters of the American Revolution (KSDAR) was represented by 42 members at the annual International DAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. June 24 through July 1.  Marilyn Rockel, Honorary Chapter Regent and KSDAR State Treasurer, represented the Olathe Chapter DAR.  The event was held at the DAR Headquarters, Constitution Hall.
Besides daily morning and afternoon meetings, there were special evening events.  Opening night June 27 included awarding members for the DAR History Award Medal, DAR Americanism Medal, Presentation of the State Winners of the Outstanding Junior Member Contest and honoring the National Outstanding Junior Member.  Daily, officer and committee chairmen reports were made along with more awards were given to DAR members and chapters.  Director David H. Petraeus, United States Central Intelligence Agency, spoke to the assembly Friday, June 29th, to the delight of the membership.  His wife, Hollister, received a DAR President General’s Medallion for her work as Assistant Director, Office of Service Member Affairs, on behalf of our U.S. Service men and women.
Throughout the week, awards were given for Distinguished Women in Military Service, Army Nurse of the Year, Founders Medal for Youth, National Outstanding Veteran Volunteer, National Veteran Youth Volunteer, National Outstanding DAR Service for Veterans, Outstanding History Teacher of American History.  National Scholarships were given DAR Good Citizen, American History, American History Essay – Grades 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th and Christopher Columbus Essay winners.  DAR committee luncheons and meetings were held throughout the week.  Many members, while at the DAR Headquarters three block complex, spent time doing research in the DAR Library, shopping in the DAR Store and relaxing in the Kansas Chapel where a Nativity Set, made of Kansas wheat, was on display.
Seven newly elected Vice President Generals and an Honorary Vice President General were installed.  Kansas DAR is represented at the National Level by Betty McGehee, Honorary Vice President General, Pat Carpenter, Registrar General, of Topeka, Kansas and Mary Frisch, Kansas State Regent, of Prairie Village, Kansas.
A highlight for the attending members was the laying of a Sunflower wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Arlington Cemetery during an afternoon outing.
The Continental Congress concluded with the Memorial Service and Laying of Wreath at the Founders Memorial Monument at Constitution Hall.
For further DAR information, contact Marilyn Rockel, [email protected] or      (913) 856-7856.