The DAR works primarily through a committee system, providing valuable community service to individuals and organizations in our local communities. Committees are the way the Society promotes involvement in its Mission Areas of Education, Historic Preservation, and Patriotism. Working on committees in local chapters offers opportunities for leadership, social networking, and skill development. 

Committees are comprised of national chairs appointed by the National Society’s President General, state chairs appointed by the State Regent, and chapter chairs appointed by chapter regents who all implement the current priorities and projects in the committees.

Contact your nearby chapter for more information about what DAR is doing in your community!

Below is a list of all committees:

National Service Committees

American Heritage preserve our rich American heritage in art, sculpture, crafts, fiber arts, literature and drama, and music through contests
American History promote American history by honoring significant people, places, dates, and events through essay contests
American Indians provide continuing education of the history and culture of the American Indian community
Americanism assist new immigrants with citizenship education and attend naturalization ceremonies
Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) participate in the C.A.R. organization, the oldest patriotic children’s organization in the United States
Commemorative Events recognize major events in American history
Community Classroom support and volunteer in classrooms in local schools and submit lesson plans about U.S. history, government, heritage, genealogy and related math & language arts topics available for teachers’ use
Community Service Awards recognize outstanding voluntary service to worthy individuals and organizations
Conservation Protect and conserve our natural resources
Constitution Week educate the public about the Constitution and the annual Constitution Week Sept 17-23
DAR Good Citizens recognize outstanding high school students who exhibit qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools, and communities
DAR Magazine promote the American Spirit magazine award winning publication
DAR Museum Outreach collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the material culture and social history of pre-industrial America through its DAR Museum in Washington, D.C. and Corresponding Docents programs
DAR Project Patriot support America’s active duty service members and their families
DAR Scholarship award more than $250,000 scholarships annually in various fields
DAR School support of two DAR Schools and four approved DAR Schools
DAR Service for Veterans recognize Veterans’ service, sacrifice and commitment through various volunteer and recognition programs, with special appreciation for women Veterans’ service
The Flag of the United States of America educate citizens in correct usage of the U.S. Flag
Historic Preservation (and DAR Historic Preservation Grants) honor the nation’s heritage through recognizing preservation efforts and provide financial support through grants for local community projects  
Junior American Citizens (JAC) help pre-school to 12th grade children learn what it means to be a good citizen through various contests
Literacy Promotion promote adult and child literacy programs
National Defense promote the preservation of our American heritage of freedom through the National Defender newsletter and awards
Service to America promote various ways DAR members provide community service
Women’s Issues focus on women’s health, career, and family to empower ourselves to serve our Society and our communities

National Genealogy Committees 

Research Assistance:

Lineage Research provide lineage research assistance for prospective members application needs

Training, Chapter Assistance:

Volunteer Genealogists train members and chapters on current standards for DAR applications and assistance to chapters as needed


DAR Genealogy Preservation (Application Source Records) index DAR genealogical and membership information into computerized, searchable databases
Genealogical Records (Genealogy Source Records) collect and index valuable unpublished source records
Patriot Records Project (Patriot Source Records) index information about Revolutionary War patriots to make information available to researchers, students, scholars and teachers

National Administrative Committees

Chapter Achievement Awards (CAA) measure the health and vitality of local chapters through their accomplishments
Chapter Development and Revitalization Commission (CDRC) coordinate the combined efforts of the Offices of the Organizing Secretary General and the Registrar General with the National Chairs of Membership Lineage Research, Volunteer Genealogists, and the Membership Task Force to attract, retain and involve chapter members
Continental Congress twenty Congressional sub-committees plan and serve during annual Continental Congress meeting in Washington, D.C.
DAR Leadership Training enlighten, educate, and inspire current and future leaders of DAR at all levels
Insignia promote proper use of DAR Insignia and pins
Junior Membership encourage members age 18 through 35 years to be participate in DAR at all levels
Membership promote recruitment and retention of DAR members in chapters and states
President General’s Project support the President General’s Project during each national Administration
Protocol guide ceremonial forms and courtesies of correct etiquette
Public Relations and Media inform members and their communities about the mission and activities of DAR
Units Overseas provide information about the twenty chapters in eleven countries and one U.S. territory to DAR members and support those chapters’ efforts
Volunteer Information Specialists (VIS) use computer technology to inform chapter, state, and national level positions

National Special Committees

America 250! participate in the USA’s 250th Anniversary multi-year celebrations in various ways
DAR DNA Network promote the use of DNA testing

State Standing Committees

State Finance and Budget prepare annual state budget
State Rules and Bylaws review state bylaws and standing rules periodically

State Committees

Application Review Commission (ARC) review system to ensure appropriate completion of prospective member applications
State Application Team (SAT) offer chapters support and assistance to complete DAR applications for prospective members referred through the national Member Interest Form
State DAR Speakers Staff present programs to chapters and community organizations about various topics
State Newsletter produce periodic newsletter for all DAR members in the state
State Regent’s Project support the State Regent’s Project during each state Administration
State SAR Liaison promote DAR and S.A.R. relations
State Scholarship award state annual scholarships in various fields

State Special Committees

Colorado 125th Anniversary  celebrate Colorado DAR 125th Anniversary in various ways
State Records Management formulate guidelines for preservation of records 

State Events Committees

State Board of Management Events plan and implement events for State Board Meetings twice a year
State Conference plan and implement events for State Conference Meeting once a year