Kanawha Valley members to attend state conference
The West Virginia State Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Martinsburg April 4-5 for its 109th State Conference. The theme of the Conference is "Celebrating West Virginia to the Core!" and will focus on West Virginia's 150 sesquicentennial.
Delegates elected to represent the Kanawha Valley Chapter are April Gardner, Shirley Gilkeson, Susan Graves, Connie Bowling, Carol Linger, Kathie Bowling, Carol Massey, Lois Taylor, Margie Turley, Sue Harris, Patty Young, Carolyn Rabalais, Janet Leslie and Betty Davis.
Special conference guests will be Lynn Forney Young, NSDAR President General, who will be the speaker at the Saturday evening banquet. Other guests will include Elizabeth Becknell, State Regent of Vermont; Sandra McCann, State Regent of Ohio; and Sue Simpson, State Regent of Louisiana.
Members and guests arriving on Thursday evening will dine at the famous Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown. On Friday morning all are invited to travel with the descendants of Col. Morgan Morgan to Bunker Hill to tour our first settler's cabin; have a brief memorial service at his grave; and view the monument to his honor in the Bunker Hill Park. A luncheon will be served at the historic McFarland House hosted by the Cameo Club.
After lunch, the WVDAR Board of Management, comprised of the state officer, district directors, and Chapter Regents, with the Honorary State Regents serving as ex-officio members, will hold their annual meeting before returning to the Conference Center.
The state conference, being the Annual Meeting of the West Virginia State Society, is called for the purpose of receiving reports from the State Officers, District Directors, Chapter Regents, State Chairmen and to vote on recommendations and resolutions, and to act on other business that may be brought before the State Conference.
The official opening night program will follow the "West Virginia-Giving Service to the Corp" dinner honoring our veterans on Friday evening. The first business session will be Saturday morning, followed at noon with the "West Virginia - Planting Seeds of Learning" luncheon and continuation of the business session in the afternoon. President General Lynn Forney Young will be the guest speaker at the "West Virginia - Golden to the Core" Banquet at 7 p.m. followed by a receiving line and reception.
The conference will conclude on Sunday following a Memorial Service, Friendship Brunch and the closing business session.
Shirley M. Gilkeson is the Honorary Chapter Regent Kanawha Valley Chapter & Public Relations Chairman, Past Vice President General NSDAR , Honoray WVDAR State Regent. She can be reached at SGilkeson@aol.com.
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