Two members of the DAR General Edward Hand Chapter, Dee Ellen Kruzel, vice regent, and Lorene Christin, recording secretary, attended the National DAR Convention in Washington, D.C., June 26-30. Many awards were presented, including American History Essay Contest winners, Good Citizen Award, American History Scholarship, and Outstanding Teacher of American History Award. DAR approved schools were honored and all state regents gave their reports. Commemorative awards were given, as well as national outstanding volunteer awards. A new executive committee was elected and installed, and all new state regents were installed for three year terms. Installed as the Kansas State Regent and Vice Regent were Brenda Dooley, Jewell, and Kathryn West, Leavenworth. Mary Frisch, outgoing Kansas State Regent, was elected to a national office, Vice President General.
Guest speakers at the Continental Congress were Leigh Keno, Antiques Roadshow appraiser; Rich Little who impersonated numerous presidents; Vice Admiral Robin R. Braun, Commander, Navy Reserve Force; BGen. Wilma Vaught, founder of Women in Military Service Memorial, Arlington, Va.; Ambassador John W. Limbert, a former Iran hostage; Don Hays, founder and director of Veteran Honor Flights; and actress Connie Stevens, who was awarded a Founders Medal for Patriotism for the many times she accompanied Bob Hope while entertaining troops. Dee Ellen and Lorene thoroughly enjoyed the convention and plan to attend next year.
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