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
We have been very active in obtaining new members each year. The first summer our group entered the Heritage Days Parade in Oakhurst on September 20, 2014. One of our members secured a beautiful and well maintained bright blue older car. Two members rode and three members walked carrying a banner with our name and handed out scrolls with the words to the Star-Spangled Banner in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Anthem. Our group won second prize in our category.
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.
With great effort of those first 13 members, the first two years were full of new members, great special features and memorable times. Currently we have 44 active members.
DAR is a service oriented organization. We volunteer for veteran stand downs once or twice a year, and have done this since the early days of our formation. We bring snacks of fruit to the local VA clinic in Oakhurst for their coffee area, throughout the chapter year, not just at holiday time. 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 one of our dedicated members takes on the tasks related to DAR Good Citizens awards that honor high school seniors in our community. One student is nominated by his or her school. We have had two or three of our local high schools nominate their best and brightest school citizens. The selection process starts in the fall and culminates with a DAR Good Citizens Award Tea each February. We have honored one senior in our community with the DAR Good Citizens Award in each of the past three years. Last year the winner's essay won at the state level and was forwarded to be reviewed at the national level.
This past year, for Patriot Day, we donated pocket Constitutions to Yosemite High School for them to hand out to students as they remembered 9-11. Extra copies were given to a Civics teachers who is making them an ongoing part of his curriculum.
Our registrar has a monthly "Paper Party" to help community members interested in DAR to start the application process, and to help members work on supplemental application papers. Many of our members started this way. A number of us are interested in family history/genealogy and have a willing hand to help others.
We are a young chapter, just celebrating our third birthday, but we are growing and becoming more involved in our local community. Come join us at a chapter meeting, look for us at the DAR table at the Veterans Stand Down, or you might find us at the LDS Family History Center in Oakhurst.