The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is unique. It is a non-profit, non-political patriotic lineage organization for women counting over 175,000 members. There are DAR chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Our national headquarters encompasses an entire block in Washington, D.C.
Peter Minuit Chapter, NSDAR, is special, too. Our chapter was created in 1969, by and for "career girls." We have always held our meetings on weekday evenings in order to accommodate members' work schedules. Although some of our members are retired or stay-at-home mothers, most of us have worked outside the home. Our members are actresses, investment bankers, teachers, and everything in between. We count women of all ages among our membership, including “Junior members,” who are under the age of 36 and have a special status in the organization. We are native New Yorkers and women who have moved here from all over the country. We are women from many different ethnic backgrounds who share common interests in education, history, and patriotism.
The DAR is rich in opportunities for members to develop and hone their leadership skills by serving the National Society in many different capacities at the chapter, state, and national levels. Those who participate have found it to be an enriching and rewarding experience. From the President General to each individual chapter member, every Daughter has the opportunity to make an impact and to help create a more dynamic and effective organization.
Our chapter has thrived in recent years because of a renewed interest in all the DAR has to offer and the friendships it helps to create and nourish. Some of our members have recently researched their family histories in order to prepare their membership applications, while others are second, third, or even fourth generation members. The DAR welcomes us all.
Today's DAR is very much a modern organization. We welcome you! If you're thinking of joining the DAR, please contact us so that we can show you what we have to offer. I hope that you will join us in helping to improve the city in which we live and the lives of those around us.
Beth Galloway Oliva
Regent, Peter Minuit Chapter, NSDAR