Message from the President-General

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer.  Temperatures in Nashville are starting to drop and the beautiful orange and red leaves are starting to drop and fill up our yard!  It is time to start thinking about raking them.

Kathryn and I enjoyed our drive to New Hampshire and the hospitality shown by our hosts Hazel Gott, Ruth Albert and Aroline Godbout, who put on a wonderful program for the fall 2012 meeting.

We had a constructive Board of Governors meeting and carried out the business of the society in Portsmouth, NH at the Rusty Hammer.  While in Portsmouth we visited the home of William Whipple, the Moffat-Ladd House.  On Saturday, we visited the American Independence Museum in Exeter, NH followed by lunch at the homestead of Josiah Bartlett in Kingston, NH.  An interesting thing about this home is there is a tree in the front yard that has grown from a sapling that Josiah brought from Philadelphia in 1776 after signing the Declaration.  The Society’s General Meeting was held in the Church of the Plains across from the Bartlett homestead.  We had a wonderful speaker for the banquet, Dr. Jere Daniell, Professor of History Emeritus, Dartmouth College, who gave a very entertaining talk on the signers from New Hampshire.

One big change that was discussed and approved by the Board is the automation of the DSDI Scholarship Program.  The 1st Vice President-General, Laurie Croft; Registrar-General/Webmaster, Jim Alexander; and Chancellor-General/Scholarship Committee Chairman Leslie Sheehan are working together to revamp our scholarship application process to make it easier for our members to apply for a scholarship and for the Scholarship Committee to review and rank the applications.  Our plans are to have this new process in place for the 2013 application cycle so if you are interested in applying for a DSDI scholarship you need to watch the DSDI website for the application process and the cut-off dates.

We are seeking volunteers for the Scholarship Program; look in this edition for more information.  And, if anyone is interested in being the DSDI webmaster, contact Jim Alexander and let him know of your interest.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for the good of the society, please email them to me: president.dsdi@yahoo.com.

The Sons of the American Revolution annually has an Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest with the theme The Declaration of Independence for 2012-2013.  The contest starts at the chapter level, chapter winners compete at the state level, and finally a state winner is picked as the national winner at the SAR Annual Congress in 2013 at St. Louis, MO.  I might suggest you contact your local SAR chapter and if they have a poster contest, volunteer to be a judge.  All states with a state SAR society have a website with contact information; if contacted they may agree to have a DSDI member as a judge to add to the theme of the posters.  Check out the www.SAR.org website for detailed information.

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