Dear Society Members,
No patriotic organization is a more prestigious, unique or distinguished society than the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. I am honored to be named as its new President-General. I will endeavor to continue in the footsteps of the Past Presidents-General in the continuation of making this Society stronger and inspiring more members to become involved in the activities of the DSDI.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank past President-General Laurie Croft for his dedication to the organization and leaving the organization in a stronger and more viable position. My first order of business was to present to him not only the Past President’s pin but the Patriot’s Award. This is intended to be given to a person who personifies dedication and commitment to the Society and exemplifies the ideals of his forebears. Congratulations, Laurie, for a job well done.
As you may know, the DSDI is an entirely volunteer organization so at this time I wish to thank those of you holding positions as officers or committee heads. Our Scholarship Committee, headed by Jill Haimes, reported the awarding of over 56 scholarships to students meeting the necessary requirements. We thank the committee for their diligent and careful work on these awards.
Thorny Lockwood is chairing a new Education Committee and will be reporting to the board on ideas to promote our mission and our influence into the future.
I would be remiss if I did not thank Grace Staller, Don Ward, Sr. and Gene Mayhew for their work in hosting the July 4th meeting. What an experience to see the faces of those Bell Ringers at they tap the Liberty Bell and to be able to attend a meeting in the Long Room of the historic Independence Hall, the birthplace of liberty.
In closing, I would like to reiterate that we would welcome any thoughts or ideas from the General membership. So get involved and honor your distinguished forebears and please feel free to contact me.
Hope Middleton Wood