Dear DSDI Members,
Since we will not publish a Spirit magazine this spring I wanted to write about the spring meeting in Annapolis for posting on the website.
First I want to thank our 1st Vice President-General, Laurie Croft, for hosting the spring meeting in Annapolis. He was assisted by the former Maryland DSDI Governor, Linda Teare and the new Maryland Governor, Lucy Tonacci. The weekend was very enjoyable, the weather cooperative, and everything ran like clockwork. For those that have not hosted a national meeting you cannot imagine how much work and planning is required, so my hat is off to those who have hosted meetings not only during my time as President-General but, while I was the 1st Vice President-General, too.
I think all of us enjoyed the walking and driving tours of Annapolis, and the visit to the Naval Academy. It was especially exciting for me as a retired Naval Officer to visit the tomb of John Paul Jones. We had a nice lunch at the Fleet Reserve Club followed by the General Meeting. We passed some by-law changes that will be incorporated in a new book of by-laws, along with the yearbook, which will be published and mailed to all active members this fall and will be posted on the DSDI website. The lunch and meeting was followed by a harbor cruise where we learned more about the history of Annapolis. The dinner speaker, Dr. William Cogar, Ph.D, gave us some history of Annapolis during the revolution that was very informative and enjoyable.
We will have a special guest from Scotland at the Annual Congress and Bell Tapping this year, Scottish Parliament Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop, as well as the Scottish Parliament’s North American Representative, Robin Naysmith, who was with us at the 2012 Annual Congress along with his wife, Liz. Secretary Hyslop will speak to us at Independence Hall and at the banquet. Watch for your reservations in the mail and let’s have a big turnout for the congress.
We have our fall meeting scheduled in New Haven, CT, 20-23 September, 2013 and our CT-RI Governor, Shelley Cruz, has been working hard on the meeting and it should be a good one. During the General Meeting in Annapolis, Marianne Brinker gave us an enthusiastic rendition of the ‘Midnight Ride of Paul Revere’ to remind us of the spring 2014 meeting that will take place in Lexington and Concord, MA. The Brinkers always host a good meeting and I expect this will be on par with the other meetings they have planned.
DSDI is doing very well fiscally; we have over $1,000,000 in our accounts and the Treasurer-General, Dan McNamara, and Investment Advisor, Rieman McNamara, have both done a great job in managing our finances. During the Board Meeting we discussed using portions of the Annual Giving fund to underwrite projects in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. The Registrar-General/Webmaster, Jim Alexander, is keeping the society’s genealogy up to its high standards and we have a very good website for our members and site visitors. All the officers and governors are working for the good of the society and we could not operate without their dedication. We will post some of the reports on the website as well as the minutes of the Board and General meetings when they are finished and approved.
The weekend ended with the grave marking of signer Thomas Stone. Ruth Hagan, Merchandise Manager, and Grace Staller, Signers Recognition and Bell Tapping Program Leader, put the program together; I looked at the photos of the event and I am sorry that Kathryn and I missed it due to our need to return to Nashville on Sunday. We only have two signers’ plaques to be dedicated and the project will finish; and it would not be this close to the end without the hard work and dedication of Grace Staller.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Congress in Philadelphia.
Lieutenant Commander John Glynn of Glynstewart, USN (Ret.)