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DAR Hold Convention in Bloomington

Saturday, May 06, 2017 - Posted 8:04:10 PM by Carl Bond

The Honorable Bruce Rauner speaks at DAR Convention

Illinois State Organization National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held their 121st State Conference April 28th-April 30th 2017 at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington, IL. Black Partridge NSDAR had several members who attended. Illinois has 103 chapters and over 7,600 members. A Conservation Luncheon was held with the speaker being Rachel Coventry, a beekeeper from Curtis Orchard. The program was entitled"Challenges of Beekeeping and Pollinator-friendly Plantings for Your Yard". Sharon Frizzell, State Regent, has as her theme for 2015-2017, "Be Yourself, Be Together, Be DAR" with the bee as the symbol.

Read these unbelievable facts about the bees. The first colonies of honey bees to arrive in the New World probably came from England and arrived in Virginia in 1622. By 1693, colonies of honey bees were found throughout the woods in Massachusetts. Some of the colonists who arrived at Plymouth likely brought bees. Migrating swarms arrived in Connecticut and Pennsylvania by the mid 1650s. Honey bees had made their way into Michigan by 1776 and to Missouri and Illinois by 1800. Russian missionaries brought honey bees to Alaska in 1809. In the next 20 years or so, honey bees made their way to Oklahoma and Texas. Further westward migration of the honey bee was slow. In 1843, it was reported that there were no honey bees beyond Kansas. The first honey bees in Utah arrived in the back of a wagon in 1848. Honey bees were finally introduced to the Pacific coast, arriving by sea in 1855. (Source: Purdue University Extension, Oregon State Beekeepers Association)

The 144th Illinois Army National Guard gave a concert on Friday evening followed by the Director of Strategy Boeing Phantom Works, Amy Hopkins, giving her speech entitled "Have We Forgotten How to Do What Has Never Been Done Before?" On Saturday morning the Governor of the State of Illinois, the Honorable Bruce Rauner gave greetings to the ladies. Another highlight was the youth day awards luncheon with the program "A Tale of Two States" presented by the author, Eddie Price. He is a retired history teacher who now writes historical novels. The book, Widder's Landing is an historical novel set in 1811-1815 Kentucky. The book has won several awards. Sunday morning a memorial service was held to honor those DAR ladies who had departed in the past year. Our final event for the convention was the DAR chapter award brunch.

Eddie Price, author, and Nancy Bullard, Black Partridge Vice Regent from Washington, IL, at the DAR convention.