MARTINSBURG -Merry Ann Thompson Wright, the first vice president general of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, was in Martinsburg for the state conference of the West Virginia State Society that opened April 17 at Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, with nearly 150 delegates, non-delegate members and guests in attendance.
Nalley pointed out that Wright served as regent of the New York State Society from 1989 to 1992 and that she was national recording secretary general and director of development before assuming her current position.
"This position is the second highest office in our national society of 165,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally," Nalley said.
, who spoke at the opening session of the conference, detailed the society's ongoing achievements in the use of modern technology to revolutionize the work of the society at all levels.
"The national society processed 10,000 new membership applications in 2008," she
"The handling of so many lineage applications would not be possible without the genealogical databases that the society has created."
complimented West Virginia daughters who are assisting with the data entry work that is being done by DAR volunteers from all over the country.
"Every piece of information is prepared for the system by two individuals," she
added, "so that any discrepancies in data entry may be resolved ahead of time."
also presented details on how the genealogical database systems have enabled local chapters to be more effective in assisting prospective members and how chapter officers are using the new e-membership database to instantly update chapter membership records.
"The report forms that are now downloadable and ready for use in a writeable format have been especially popular," she
Distinguished guests present for the conference included Wright, first vice president, NSDAR; Presley M. Wagoner of West Virginia, past president general NSDAR; Shirley M. Gilkeson of West Virginia, vice president general NSDAR; Carolyn "Sue" Bratton, state regent of Florida; Faye W. Vork, state regent of Minnesota; and Andrea Snedaker, state regent of Pennsylvania.