For the first time in its 130 years of existence, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) conducted its annual Continental Congress convention online.

Theresa Barker and Stephanie Conroy of the Susan Woodin Chapter represented Woodinville at the meeting.

After its regular business, Baker was recognized for her first-place finish in an essay contest sponsored by the Women’s Issues Committee.

Her paper entitled “Look What You Made Me Do!” dealt with the topic of domestic violence.

“I am honored and amazed by this recognition,” Barker said in a June 24 press release. "The main message of my essay is that domestic violence is never the victim's fault. Never."

The prerecorded video programming for the opening night ceremony featured Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie Bunch, who was honored with the DAR History Award Medal and provided the keynote remarks.

The National Defense Night Ceremony, which aired on June 27, celebrated the nation’s military and veterans, with Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Robert Ashley providing the keynote remarks and receiving the DAR Patriot Award.

The DAR Continental Congress is an annual gathering that has traditionally been held in Washington, D.C. since the organization’s founding in 1890. National, state and chapter leaders as well as other members from across the country and around the world gather to report on the year’s work, honor outstanding award recipients, plan future initiatives and reconnect with friends.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was also founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit DAR.org.

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