The Joseph Spencer Chapter NSDAR has been in existence for 115 years. The charter from the National Society was issued in 1898 with 35 eligible women. Today the chapter is 87 members strong. The DAR is a volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. The Joseph Spencer Chapter participates in the Memorial Day Parade, the memorial service at Greenlawn Cemetery, donates many items and money to the local VA facility, and the Chillicothe Veterans Hospital, makes annual monetary donations to local charities and facilities including, the Domestic Violence Shelter, Steven Hunter Back Pack Program, Homeless Shelter, Wounded Warriors, State Trooper Teddy Bear Project, Shawnee Mental Health, and Hospice, marks graves of Revolutionary Soldier, sponsors Good Citizens Contests in local high schools, Constitution Week displays, distributes hundreds of American flags. This past year approximately 1500 hours of volunteer service was given by the members to our community. The Joseph Spencer Chapter has also established a DAR scholarship at the Scioto Foundation. The chapter has their own website and is on Facebook.
Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. Tracing your lineage is valuable because it preserves your family’s heritage. DAR recognizes Patriots not only as soldiers, but as anyone who contributed to the cause of American freedom.
The National Society has 170,000 members in nearly 3,000 chapters worldwide, including chapters in 12 foreign countries. Since its founding in 1890, DAR has admitted more than 875,000 members. The DAR motto is “God, Home, and Country”.
Chapter Officers for the 2013-2014 year are: Regent, Belinda Bowman-Schaefer; First Vice-Regent, Monica Karasek; Chaplain, Deborah Huffman Mersiel; Recording Secretary, Donita Clark Smith; Corresponding Secretary, Mollyra Watkins Stroud; Treasurer, Mima Taylor Vita; Registrar, M. Joan Vicars Phillips; Historian, Gail Cropper Swick; Librarian, Marilyn Morrow Schomburg; Parliamentarian, Carolyn Morrow Hilliard; Directors, June Morton Perry, Irene Messer Maple, Ruth Shultz Adkins.