PIQUA — The Piqua-Lewis Boyer Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will take part in the National DAR Day of Service, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR, which is comprised of the descendants of the Patriots who won American independence, was founded on October 11, 1890, as a service organization to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.
Since the society was founded on “service,” Piqua-Lewis Boyer Chapter held a “day of service” in lieu of a regular business meeting for October by assisting at the Hobart Community Kitchen, 25 N. Mulberry St., Troy. Members helped in serving the evening meal and gave assistance where it was it is needed including rolling silverware, buttering bread, organizing food on the shelves, cleaning windows, and general cleaning and straightening up at the facility.
“Our chapter, which was organized as a Chapter Merger was Dec. 7, 1989, carries out the important mission of the National Society here on the local level,” said Chapter Regent Debbie Miller. “We’re excited to demonstrate the vibrancy and contributions of today’s DAR by joining Daughters from across the country in serving our local communities as part of this national day of service.”
There are currently nearly 180,000 members of the DAR, serving in approximately 3,000 chapters across the nation and in several foreign countries. More than 940,000 women have joined the organization since its founding 125 years ago.
“Interest in membership is at an all-time high due to both the ability to share genealogical information through the internet and the fact that we offer today’s busy woman a meaningful opportunity to express her love of country and to complete the joyful responsibilities of citizenship,” said National Society DAR President General Lynn Forney Young.
During the current three-year administration coinciding with the 125th anniversary celebration, the organization has issued a challenge to complete 10 million hours of service to America. While the National DAR Day of Service is one day of nationwide service, it is just an example of the work that Daughters have been completing for 125 years in communities across the nation.
“Here in Miami County the Piqua-Lewis Boyer Chapter, for example, serves by sponsoring breakfast for the veterans. Members tutor students and are active throughout the community, taking part in activities such as indexing church records, tutoring, mission work camps, supply school bags & health kits, saving soup labels and box tops for education, working on a quilt to be auctioned for missions, and work with Bible Schools. We are proud to carry out DAR’s mission to celebrate our American way of life,” said Debbie Miller, chapter regent. “Any woman 18 years of age or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of American Revolution are eligible for membership and to enjoy the benefits of joining. We are eager to welcome new members to our chapter, and we have volunteers available to help them research and complete their genealogy in order to apply for membership.”
Prospective members are encouraged to visit www.DAR.org to learn more and may contact the local chapter at (937) 771-3099 and/or [email protected] to obtain more information about membership eligibility.