May 10, 2019, Leslie Trichka Beery, VIS Chair and Webmaster, Women’s Issues Chair, Fort Morgan Chapter, NSDAR
Taken from the National DAR website, DAR is as “Who We Are” to the public and prospective members as, “The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.
DAR members volunteer millions of service hours annually in their local communities including supporting active duty military personnel and assisting veteran patients, awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid each year to students, and supporting schools for underserved children with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.
As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. 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 for membership.”
At the chapter level we are tasked with forming, managing, maintaining and growing a group of NSDAR members in our community to support and align with the above dedications and volunteer mission. Keeping a group enthused and active comes from the chapter officers and interaction with members. Utilizing each members unique skills and ideas is key to the success and survival of the NSDAR chapter. Keeping members interested and active with chapter work or volunteer work that contributes to the chapter total service hours, maintains a healthy chapter. But, the key is growth.
Growing a chapter to a larger size with a larger pool of talent, ideas, skills and opportunity helps keep the chapter thriving. Opportunities in officer level positions, committee chairs or volunteer work within a chapter committee not only help a chapter but build skills on a personal level and help each individual member to learn new facets of the organization and possibly transfer these new skills to a job/career. Personal confidence, self worth, and self esteem grow as a result, and membership within the organization becomes a very fulfilling life experience.
We urge members of our chapter to reach out to friends and family to help grow our chapter. We also urge anyone interested that does not have family or friends within the organization to please consider becoming a member today. We have genealogists to help on your journey towards membership and while waiting for verification and final word on membership you can be involved in the meetings and learn about DAR.
Don’t wait! Contact us today to become a member and start reaping the rewards of being a member of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.