The One Hundred Twenty-Third Illinois State Conference of the NSDAR was held in Bloomington, IL April 26th-April 28th. The Black Partridge Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution had seven ladies attending the conference.
The conference was led by Gloria Flathom, State Regent. One highlight of the conference was an American Indian Luncheon. The guest speaker, Dr. Ferlin Clark President, Bacone College in Muskogee, OK, gave a speech entitled, "Bacone College-Today". Bacone is one of the schools sponsored by the DAR. Items for the school had been collected by the 103 DAR chapters in IL.
Another highlight was the National Defense Night which was proceeded by a concert given by the 144th Illinois Army National Guard Band. The speaker for the evening was Lt. Col. Jill Henry, U.S. Army Retired and her program was "Changing the Face of Courage".
Saturday was the Youth Day Awards Luncheon with awards given to the Outstanding American History Teacher, DAR Good Citizens, DAR Scholarship winners, and Presentation of American History and Christopher Columbus Essay Winners. Sunday was the Memorial Service followed by the Annual Awards Brunch. At the brunch Black Partridge received six awards.
Black Partridge member, Kenda Bond, IL Junior American Citizen Chairman, reports the year of activities at the IL State Conference for JAC.
Carol Camp, Vice Regent of the Gov. Thomas Ford Chapter, accepts the Thatcher Award for Pamela Bork in her absence. The award is given to an outstanding JAC leader. Gloria Flathom, State Regent, is standing on the left side of the picture.