The DAR works primarily through a committee system, offering opportunities for leadership, social networking, skill development and participation in projects, locally and globally. DAR committees are the engines that make the society hum. The committees are the way the society promotes its motto of Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. Members learn leadership and other skills, make new friends and provide valuable services at home and abroad.
Committees are comprised of national chairmen appointed by the National President General, state chairmen appointed by the State Regent and chapter chairmen who implement the current priorities and projects. Contact your nearby chapter for more information about what DAR is doing in your community. Below are some of Colorado’s most active DAR committees:
Promotes preservation of American cultural traditions.
Sponsors American History Essay contests for students in grades 5 through 8 including home-schooled children.
Identifies opportunities for commemorative events and promotes participation in celebrations that support the historical, educational, and patriotic objectives of the Society.
DAR Genealogy Preservation:
More than 20,000 volumes of unpublished source records have been copied and bound for the DAR Library.
Responsible for informing members and the public about the DAR Museum and its exhibits, programs and needs.
Collects and indexes unpublished records of a genealogical nature and prepares them for binding and placement in the DAR Library.
Oversees the awarding of the Historic Preservation Medal and Historic Preservation Recognition Award and supervises the Historic Preservation Project Contest; documents historic site preservation and research.
President General’s Project:
“Honoring Our Heritage, Focusing on the Future, Celebrating America!” – Continues restoration and improvements to the NSDAR complex of historic buildings, promotes membership, advances NSDAR’s technological capabilities in support of history, education and patriotism, enhances awareness of the DAR and our valuable assets, and funds community grants for historic preservation, education and patriotism.
Special Projects Grants:
Distributes grant funds to provide financial support at the community level for projects that support the three DAR mission areas: historic preservation, education, and patriotism.
DAR has assisted American Indians with financial and scholarship aid since 1936. Over $75,000 is contributed yearly.
Encourages study of and participation in conservation efforts.
DAR sponsors special programs during the week of September 17-23 to inform and educate the public about the United States Constitution. This week-long celebration of the Constitution was initiated by the DAR in 1955 and adopted by the U.S. Congress in 1956.
American Spirit magazine and Daughters newsletter are published bimonthly to inform and motivate the membership to raise the visibility of the National Society within the community.
More than $80,000 for NSDAR American History, Political Science, History, Government, Historic Preservation, Economics, Music, Nursing, Medical and Occupational Therapy scholarships available annually.
DAR Supported schools include:
Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Grant, Alabama
Tamassee DAR School, Tamassee, South Carolina
Crossnore School, Crossnore, North Carolina
Hillside School, Marlborough, Massachusetts
Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Kentucky
Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma
Chemawa Indian School, Salem, Oregon.
DAR Speakers Staff:
Utilizes knowledgeable members to provide chapters with information and to speak to non-DAR groups about the purposes and programs of the DAR.
Junior American Citizens:
Citizenship training program for boys and girls, kindergarten through high school. JAC clubs are available to parochial, private, public, and home-schooled students, as well as in community centers.
Promotes adult literacy and involvement in literacy programs for children and adults.
Supplies a variety of programs available on slides, video, DVD and other formats for use as chapter programs.
Public Relations and Media:
Promotes DAR objectives and accomplishments in all available media to increase public support and awareness of DAR’s work.
Educates the members about current issues that are important to today’s women such as health, career and family.
Promotes knowledge, loyalty and love of country for American citizens, whether naturalized or citizens by birth; awards the DAR Medal of Honor and the DAR Americanism Medal.
Children of the American Revolution:
Founded in 1895 by DAR, this committee provides patriotism and leadership training to today’s youth.
Honoring our heritage through our combined community service efforts as we give back to our communities in thanks for the nation we love.
Community Service Awards:
Recognition given to local citizens for outstanding achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic and citizenship work in their communities.
DAR Good Citizens:
Promotes dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism among high school seniors by presenting national and state awards.
DAR Project Patriot:
Organizes and coordinates DAR support for members of the military currently serving our country.
DAR Service for Veterans:
As a member of the national Veterans Administration Voluntary Service Advisory Committee, DAR has representatives in Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers. DAR members volunteer in VA facilities and in state/community-based programs, donating gifts, cash, personal care items, and thousands of hours of time in service to America’s veterans.
The Flag of the United States of America:
Thousands of flags, flag codes, certificates and other patriotic literature distributed annually.
Good Citizenship Awards presented to elementary through high school students. Gold and bronze ROTC medals presented to outstanding high school and college cadets.
Oversees the proper use and placement of the insignia, official ribbon and placement of the various service bars and pins; reviews all proposals for new pins.
Involved in gaining new Junior members and helping them become well-informed members; encourages active participation in all phases of DAR service and supports the national committee’s official fundraising project, the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund.
Knowledgeable members research for source documentation to assist prospective members complete their applications; conducts workshops.
Promotes increased membership by providing ideas for membership development and promotion.
Disseminates information regarding current standards of verification; conducts Volunteer Field Genealogist workshops; establishes new patriots and new children of existing patriots; and assists prospective members with research and completion of applications.
Volunteer Information Specialists:
Approves chapter and state public websites; donates thousands of hours to build databases as requested by the National Society.