NSDAR Insignia

Bill of Rights

 

Chapter, NSDAR

 

Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
District V

 

What is DAR?

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is an organization of women directly descended from persons who aided in establishing American independence. Women 18 years of age or over who can prove such descent are eligible for membership. A chief goal of the DAR is to teach and promote good citizenship among youths, adults, and immigrants. Its programs promote appreciation of the past, patriotic service in the present, and educational training for the future. The DAR helps preserve shrines that keep alive the memory of persons who won American independence. It encourages the study of American history, and maintains relics and records of early America.

The organization supports two schools in remote mountain areas of Alabama and South Carolina that are cut off from regular school systems. It also aids six other schools and colleges. It publishes the DAR Manual for Citizenship to help foreign-born residents of the United States in becoming citizens. The DAR sponsors Junior American Citizens Clubs for schoolchildren, provides scholarships for American Indians, and runs an annual DAR Good Citizens contest in U.S. high schools. The organization's official publication is called "American Spirit".

The DAR was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1890. It was chartered by Congress in 1896 and must report to Congress each year. It has chapters in the United States and other countries.

Headquarters of the DAR consists of three adjoining buildings at 1776 D Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006-5392. Memorial Continental Hall houses one of the largest genealogical libraries in the United States. The building also contains 28 State Rooms that are furnished in historic American styles. The Administration Building houses the society's business offices and a museum. Constitution Hall is an auditorium where the society holds its annual Continental Congress, and where many of Washington's cultural events are held.

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NSDAR Objectives

1. To perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence, by the acquisition and protection of historical spots and the erection of monuments, by the encouragement of historical research in relation to the American Revolution and the publication of its results; by the preservation of documents and relics, and of the records of the individual services of the Revolutionary soldiers and patriots; and by the promotion of celebrations of all patriotic anniversaries.

2. To carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, "to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge", thus developing an enlightened public opinion, and affording to young and old such advantages as shall develop in them the largest capacity for performing the duties of American Citizens.

3. To cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.

(Extract from the Bylaws, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Article II.)

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Chapter Meetings

Bill of Rights Chapter meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of each month from September through June, beginning at 10 a.m. At least two meetings per year are held on Saturdays.

Meetings are held in the homes of members unless the program for the day dictates a more appropriate venue. (Our Christmas meeting is held in a restaurant, our spring meeting in honor of the DAR Award Winners is a tea held in a facility large enough to hold members, the winners, their families and teachers.)

Each meeting includes patriotic observances, chapter business, reports on national defense, a message from the President General and a program.

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Chapter Officers

Position

Name

Regent Beverly Gill
Vice Regent Lorraine Surdam
Chaplain Chloellen Miller
Recording Secretary Nancy Holt
Corresponding Secretary Bette Begley
Treasurer Carolyn LeVering
Registrar Peggy Barnes
Historian Jodi Salley
Librarian Delores Coimbra

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