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Dear Friends,


“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett from The Secret Garden


Spring didn’t get off to a very mild start. I received some snow to celebrate the changing season.


As I have travelled this week with my daughter Becky, we have certainly encountered weather that could be described as all 4 seasons in one day. Our first stop on our journey this week was Richmond, Virginia. I was welcomed to the 122nd State Conference of the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at the Richmond Marriott. State Regent, Judith Joy Surber, presided over the Opening Night Banquet and Program.  


The DAR members are an active and passionate group of women who serve their communities and seek to preserve history. Their outreach includes education of children as well as supporting and honoring those who serve our nation. The roots of the DAR are deep. This organization was founded October 11, 1890 by a group of pioneering women with the intention of having a forum to express their patriotism and perpetuate the memory of ancestors who fought for our country’s freedom. In Virginia alone, there are 132 active chapters. Nationally, there are approximately 3,000 chapters.

I was deeply moved when I had learned that the DAR has bestowed upon me their prestigious Medal of Honor Award. The Colonel Thomas Hughart Chapter of Staunton sponsored my nomination for this award. I would like to acknowledge Diann Rader Snyder, Chapter Regent, and Helen Willard, Chapter Chair of the Americanism Committee, for their diligence and support of my candidacy. I was fascinated to learn about the Americanism Committee and its function. This committee has its origins dating back to 1919, with the goal of developing better citizenship training for all persons residing in the United States. It is only fitting that this Committee is the driving force behind the selection of the recipient for the DAR Medal of Honor. The award winner has to be a United States citizen by birth and have demonstrated extraordinary qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service and patriotism. Additionally, the recipient must have made lasting contributions by giving of themselves to their community, state and country. I am so grateful for this honor and would like to extend my gratitude to all of my friends and family for helping make my charitable visions a reality over the years. Together we are making a difference.


Diann Rader Snyder pinning me with DAR Medal of Honor while DAR Virginia State Regent, Judy Surber and Americanism State Chairman, Cindy Steinbach, look on.


I was honored to meet and spend time with Chapter Regent, Diann Rader Snyder (L) of the Colonel Thomas Hughart Chapter. Friends and Moss Society members Lois Badey and Bob Almond also accompanied me to the ceremony.


The people who made my DAR Medal of Honor Award ceremony so special, from L to R,
are Rebecca Ghezzi, Diann Rader Snyder, me, Bob Almond, Lois Badey and Helen Willard. Diann (L) along with Helen Willard (R) spearheaded my nomination to the DAR National Committee.


March is National Women’s History Month. The 2018 Theme for National Women’s History Month is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” Many years ago as an emerging artist, I changed my name from Patricia Buckley Moss to P. Buckley Moss in the hope that I would have a chance to succeed in the male-dominated art world. I told this story this week at the second stop of Becky’s and my road trip. This stop was at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce which is located in the New River Valley of Virginia. The Chamber was holding their 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference, which focused on aspiring and accomplished professional business women and resiliency in leadership. The conference was held at the Inn at Virginia Tech and featured speakers discussing a wide range of topics that are beneficial to a woman’s success. I was so impressed with the vitality of the people I met. I could tell that they love what they do, and their success stems from this energy. Sharon Scott, Director of the Chamber, presented me with a Spirit Award in recognition of contributions and achievements to our local community. Many thanks for this recognition by the Chamber.


Montgomery County Chamber Spirit Award


I am humbled by all the recognition this week.  I would like to share a quote that comes to mind regarding success. It was spoken by Henry Ford. He said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”


Until next week,



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