Monday, May 20, 2013

Woman Power

What a busy weekend it was!  I attended the Oregon DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) State Conference on Friday and Saturday.  On Sunday I drove back to Portland and picked up two of my DAR friends, Peggy & Susan, (who'd flown in for the conference, one from Chicago and one all the way from Rome, Italy!) and took them on a tour of the Columbia River Gorge.  Below is a photo of my sister Roberta and I from the conference. :-)  I was honored to lead the National Anthem at the start of the Dinner on Friday, then on Saturday evening our State Chorus sang a special song that we'd rehearsed for months - "A Loving Heart".
A photo of me, my friend Susan from Italy, our newly elected chapter Regent, Carol and her Mom Barbara.
More Portland Chapter members, my sister in the middle.
Here is the head table with all the state officers, state regent AND our President General from Washington DC.  At the Gala Dinner on Saturday evening, our PG gave a presentation about the restoration work she did during her 3 year tenure on the Lay Lights, which are leaded glass panels in the ceiling of the DAR Library.  It was amazing how much work went into that restoration.  I highly recommend you view the video about this project HERE.  The DAR building in Washington DC is 2 blocks from the White House. Encompassing an entire city block, DAR Headquarters is one of the world’s largest buildings of its kind owned and maintained exclusively by women... and I'm one of them. :-)
This is a group photo of Portland Chapter with our State Regent middle right and President General, middle left.  
On Sunday I picked up my 2 friends at the hotel and we headed out for a day of fun together.  First stop was the Factory Stores at Troutdale, Susan needed some thing at the Hanes store, then we visited the Coach store, I was hoping that I'd see the purse of my dreams, but alas, I did not.  
We then headed around the corner to have lunch in Pompello Ristorante.  I informed the owner that I brought in a friend from Rome, Italy, and he was very excited and cleared a table by the window for us.  Susan had a chicken Parmesan sandwich and said it was as good as any in Italy. :-)  Then we drove up the Sandy River Gorge, pulled in to the farm for the girls to see, and meet Dayle and Buddy, then on to Portland Women's Forum to see what they thought of "my" Columbia River Gorge. :-)
The wild roses were in bloom.. isn't this an amazing pink?
Peggy, me and Susan.
Next stop, Latourell Falls.
Then Wahkeena Falls.. I love the Maidenhair Ferns with black stems and moss against the rushing water. 
Wahkeena is a beautiful waterfall that is spring-fed, it cascades down from the top of the bluff. 
Then on to the big daddy of the falls, Multnomah.  There were wild iris and wild strawberry blooming in the planter in front of the lodge. 
The girls were suitably impressed with my waterfall. 
Then on past Oneonta Gorge, Horsetail Falls and on up the gorge to Cascade Locks where we viewed the big river and they loved the Sternwheeler that was there.
Then we zoomed along the freeway and I dropped them off at their hotel, gave them each a hug and headed home.  :-)  Now to prepare the agenda and write my president's report for the Friends of Multnomah Falls Board meeting this evening.  Maybe tomorrow I can veg out? :-)  Have a great week!!  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. What a nice weekend. I am so happy to know you are so active in DAR; I wish I could be, but there are no DAR or CAR chapters in my state at all, that I know of. Maybe I'll start one someday when my kids are older and I have a little more time to myself. For now, I teach them the CAR song. I always loved the part about "worthy descendants of worthy ancestry." :)

  2. What a great weekend, you all looked very smart and were obviously enjoying yourselves at the Conference.
    The Latourell and Wahkeena Falls look beautiful places.
    Yes, that rose is an amazing shade of pink.
    Carol xx

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend! Thank for sharing your beautiful pics. I doubt I'll ever get to see Multnomah Falls in person, so this is the next best thing. Beautiful!

  4. What a fabulous weekend, no wonder you are tired. You look so gorgeous in your lovely hat and beautiful evening clothes, and of course in your shawl at the Falls. I bet your friends were so impressed with the beautiful area you live in. Hugs to you my sweet friend, get some rest.

  5. Fun, fun times Teresa! You look beautiful in your hat and what fun to lead a tour of your beloved Gorge! I'm sure the falls were suitably impressive to your guests.
    I could so use your blogging help today. Google + has taken over my phone and won't let me post pictures. I enabled pictures but it still win't work. This after 3 frustrating hours of posting and re-posting, only to have it keep disappearing! Ack!!!
    Any advice my friend?

  6. You are pretty cool. Love this post.

  7. Happy Monday Teresa!
    I used to be a DAR member but never made it to the state convention (hard to do when you are working). It is a GREAT organization and it looks like you had a lot of fun there...BTW, love the hats!
    Another thing I love--that beautiful Gorge of yours! And those pink roses...I think heaven MUST have pink wild roses there:)

  8. Your blog is so full of happiness and positivity .. I love reading it. Thankyou

  9. What a magnificent tour guide you must surely be Teresa!!! I would love to have you show me around your beautiful state. And those falls never cease to amaze!!!! I am sure they were quite taken too.
    Loved the hats on all of the ladies in your DAR group. My neighbor and friend Sue is in DAR. She is a retired elementary school teacher and so fun!
    I missed your previous post with the girls lunch somehow. I always love to see you gals and your gift exchanges and all. Such fun!
    Rest up now!!!

  10. Wow, I feel breathless just reading about your adventures!

    I love the photos of the waterfall, awe inspiring.


  11. Your hat looked lovely! A really good buy :) You have such gorgeous views where you live, I'm sure your friends really appreciated your hospitality - showing them around and taking them shopping. What a nice thing to do :)

  12. Nice to see the hat out again. Looks like you had a super time.

    CN x

  13. What a lovely weekend Teresa and you all looked so very smart. Your hat has been a really good buy hasn't it. I am glad you were able to show your beloved falls to your friends. Have a good week, Jane x

  14. Oh my really do know how to have fun my friend. xoxo Have a great week. xoxo

  15. What a nice looking group of beautiful ladies! I bet your new friends were very happy with such a wonderful host, a wonderful tour guide and shopping companion.
    I hope you take some time to rest up a little, you sure have been one busy lady!
    Have a great week,
    Hugs, Shari

  16. Hi There, What a wonderful tour and such beautiful pictures!!! It must have been an awesome weekend!!!

  17. WOW what a very grand meeting and all you ladies look very smart in your lovely clothes and exquisite hats. What a wonderful tour guide you are and what a lovely state to show off.. Thanks for sharing all your photos. Hugs Judy

  18. Hi there lovely Teresa,
    What stunning ladies you all were, all decked out in your finery! Everyone looked so smart and sophisticated.
    You are really something else and I mean that in an amazingly wonderful way!!!!!
    Beautiful waterfalls, I don't think it is possible to get a bad picture of them, I want you to be my tour guide : )
    Rest now my friend, xoRobin

  19. You are a wonderful tour guide, Teresa! Your hat looks very stylish, just did find the perfect one! Thanks for sharing these photos, the flowers are stunning.
    Wishing you a wonderful week...and some time to relax :)
    Helen x

  20. Wow! That's one fun packed busy weekend! Love all the hats! The stern wheeler is really cool too.

  21. Thanks for another beautiful and interesting post, Teresa! I'm glad you are actively supporting organizations that care about the creative wonders around us, both natural and man made. The DAR link was very interesting to explore!
    Gracie xx

  22. A wonderful post Teresa. You all looked so lovely your hat is fabulous. Loved the photos of the gorge and falls as always. Thanks for visiting me. Love and Hugs Anne x

  23. What a wonderful weekend! I love all the hats :)

  24. Wow my dear friend... Wonderful job and you looked fantastic. Great pictures, great tour with your friends and great memories made. As I mentioned before your hat is fabulous and you look gorgeous


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