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Written By Sharla Luken, National Chair, Service to
As DAR continues “Moving Forward in Service to America,”
it is a pleasure to share some exciting news with you. After much
discussion, the Executive Committee has decided that members can now
include their DAR chapter work in their Service to America volunteer hours.
Many members shared with this chairman and others their
service stories and DAR work from this past year via their Chapter Master
Report. It is felt that this DAR work benefits our communities
and needs to be counted as Service to America hours. This
includes genealogy research, American History contests, Good Citizens
scholarships, conservation work, veterans work, community service awards and
all other DAR work. It also includes officers’ board meetings, planning
and execution of DAR programs and other DAR work within the chapter. It
doesnotinclude travel to and from a
DAR meeting or specific site or a member simply attending a meeting.
As members log their hours in the Service to America
Online Tally, there will be a check box for DAR work in addition to the three
existing checkboxes of Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. By
including DAR work in the Service to America Online Tally, we will be able to
give every member a chance to participate and share their story of service to
the community through DAR .
We hope that members continue to share their service
stories with their chapter and prospective members. It is through our
DAR work that we can enhance the public’s appreciation of the relevant,
dynamic nature of DAR and its benefits to our communities throughout
America. I am delighted with this decision and look forward to all our
members now being able to participate in the Service to America initiative in
The Service to America Committee website is updated to
reflect these changes. Please visit www.dar.org/servicetoamericacommittee for more
information and contact me if you have any questions.