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Friday, January 30, 2009

33rd Annual Mexico DAR Conference

San Carlos
Hermosillo, Sonora, to host 33rd Annual Mexico DAR Conference
by: Linda Shiflett

San Carlos Chapter DAR, serving Sonora, Mexico, will host the 33rd Annual Conference of the Mexico State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. The Fiesta Americana Hotel in Hermosillo welcomes Daughters and guests from February 20–26. Conference Chairman Linda Shiflett serves as Chapter Regent of the hostess chapter, San Carlos.

The State Conference will begin Friday evening, February 20, with a welcome reception. Saturday morning, Mexico State Regent, Cristy Trembly-Ziombra, Ensenada, will preside at the business session, followed by a luncheon. Sonoran dignitaries invited include the governor of Sonora, the Sonora State Secretary of Tourism, the mayor of Hermosillo and the U.S. Consul General. Special guests from the states include Emily Kent, Director of Development for Hillside School, DAR-approved school, and Donna Santistevan, Registrar General, who will update us on the activities of the Spanish Task Force, whose research has located several hundred hispanic patriots of the American Revolution and opens the doors of membership for new members.

After the business of the conference concludes, the group will spend the next several days “discovering Sonora.” Highlights of the tour include the Mariachismo Restaurant, followed by various day trips exploring the state. One day will focus on Kino Bay, then the Rio de Sonora Communities of Ures, Banamichi and Aconchi. Another day tour will visit San Carlos and Guaymas, and another day to tour our capital city of Hermosillo. When the members depart Hermosillo, they will have seen Sonora from the northern desert to the Sea of Cortez! Tour members will be from all over the USA and Mexico.

The NSDAR, organized in 1890, was founded to promote historic preservation, education and patriotic endeavors. Since then, over 850,000 women have joined the DAR all over the world. The DAR has 3,000 chapters in all 50 of the United States, Washington, D.C., and internationally in Australia, Austria, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom. Mexico DAR has five chapters located in Baja California, Guadalajara, Lake Chapala, Mexico City and San Carlos, Sonora. The current membership for DAR is 165,000 members. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible.

The DAR’s national headquarters encompasses an entire city block in downtown Washington, D.C., including the organization’s offices, as well as a genealogical library, decorative arts museum, historic document collection and Constitution Hall, one of Washington’s most famous concert venues. All are open to the public. For more information, visit www.dar.org or call (202) 627-1776. San Carlos Chapter, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico, has its own web page: www.freewebs.com/sancarlosdar.

Mexico DAR gives special thanks to the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau offices in Tucson and Hermosillo. Their expertise in Mexico touring and the shuttles from Phoenix and Tucson airports was invaluable. Sonora, where the adventure begins! A great history for a great state!