Sierra Foothills Chapter History
Our very new and exciting DAR chapter was born in January 2014 at the home of Nancy Wider. There were 13 members present. And thirteen members signed the original papers for chapter status, but there were many more ladies who joined DAR.
On June 23, 2014, some six months after we began, we received organization status from national. Our motto is "Who we are is because of the family that came before us." Our chapter name "Sierra Foothills" is named after the area we serve in eastern Madera County and Mariposa
Our "First Meeting" conducted by the California State Executive Board was held on November 16, 2014, at the pavilion at the Oakhurst Community Center. It was a wonderful party and a celebration of all we had set out to accomplish.
DAR is a service oriented organization. Our chapter has a focus on veterans and education in particular. We volunteer for the Homeless Veterans stand downs once or twice a year, and have done this since the early days of our formation. We support those veterans organizations who are helping veterans with post service needs. We hand out "Thank You, Veteran" cards and verbally thank the veterans we meet throughout our community and elsewhere. We have also sent greeting cards to our active duty military.
Each year our local high schools nominate one senior student as their best and brightest, and most representative of the ideal good citizen. The selection process starts in the fall and culminates with a DAR Good Citizens Award Tea each February. We have honored the three seniors from our community with the DAR Good Citizens Award in each year and award each with a check to go towards advancing their education post high school. Last year the winner's essay won at the state level, the southwest regional level and was forwarded to be reviewed at the national level.
For Patriot Day, we donate pocket Constitutions and American flag pins to a local high school for them to hand out to students as they remember 9-11.
Our chapter registrar is available to help those women interested in becoming a member of DAR to start the application process. Many of our members started this way. A number of us are very interested in family history/genealogy and have a willing hand to help others.
Join us at a chapter meeting, look for us at the DAR table at the veterans stand downs in our local area. Look up the chapter Facebook page, Sierra Foothills Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, for more information on DAR, and frequent historical tidbits and local community items posted there.