Chapter Activities and Projects

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America 250! - To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, our chapter will be participating in numerous celebrations leading up to the main celebration in 2026, including recreations of the Boston Tea Party and the first shots fired at Lexington and Concord which will be community events. We will also be honoring our patriots on social media.

American History

  • American History Essay Contest - Our chapter sponsors an annual contest for students in grades five through eight in local public, private, parochial, and home schools.
  • Women in American History - We honor notable women from our community and throughout the state of California.
  • Outstanding American History Teacher - Our chapter members nominate a distinguished teacher of American History, Government, or Civics for grades five through twelve. The winner receives a cash award and may continue to judging at the state and national level.
  • Excellence in American History DAR Award – Our chapter recognizes American History students (in any grade) for outstanding work in American History.

Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) - We support the two San Diego C.A.R. societies through monetary donations, as well as issuing invitations to our chapter meetings and chapter events.

Community Classroom - For the first time in 2023, our chapter sponsored a local teacher for the DAR American Revolution Legacy Grant Program. She was awarded $1275 to be used for classroom activities that promote the teaching of the American Revolution. We have also support the heART program by providing over 100 bags of school supplies for foster children.

Conservation - Our members contribute to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Penny Pines project. Contributions go to the reforestation program in the Palomar area of the Cleveland National Forest.

Constitution Week - Every year, we promote patriotism with a local school by donating American flags, flag code leaflets, U.S. Constitution books, and Preamble to the Constitution bookmarks.

DAR Library - Each year, our chapter donates to the DAR Library by purchasing books on their wish list.

DAR Magazine - We provide complimentary subscriptions of the American Spirit magazine to local middle school history teachers.

DAR Project Patriot - In 2023, we wrote over 250 cards that were sent to our active military, donated 400 books to the local airport USO location for military families to enjoy and members volunteer at the USO for special events and at the Military Entrance Processing Center.

DAR Schools - Our chapter assisted with classroom furniture and other supplies for the Hindman school in Kentucky in 2022 after a flood damaged much of the school. We also support Kate Duncan DAR School in Alabama with items for Christmas backpacks and a monetary donation to aid with the construction of new building facilities.

Day of Service - Each October, our chapter participates in a chosen Day of Service project. Past projects have included collection and donations to the San Diego Food Bank, donations to Chamawa Indian School, donations to Operation Courage is Beautiful (who send care packages to active military women), writing letters to active military and veterans, and providing the USO with board books for expecting military mothers and/or spouses.

JROTC and Sea Cadet Scholarships - Our chapter awards scholarships, commemorative medals, and certificates to JROTC students at Ramona High School, Orange Glen High School, and Westview High School.

Literacy Promotion - Our members read to local school children and deliver books, purchased by the chapter, for donation to the schools’ libraries and recently 400 books were donated to the USO Neil Ash Airport library.

Membership - OOur members participate in several events that strengthen our DAR ties of friendship outside of our regular meetings including a yearly ice cream social, new member tea and “Molly Rinker” (honoring Molly Rinker, a spy for the American Revolution) coffees, lunches or dinners on a bi-monthly basis. Numerous members also attend State Conference, Continental Congress in Washington, DC and Fall Council.

Spirit of the Fourth - We participate in the Spirit of the Fourth Community Event and the Fourth of July parade in Rancho Bernardo by decorating vehicles and passing out children’s books at our booth and red, white, and blue candy along the parade route.

Veterans - As a DAR chapter, we are honored to provide: 

  • Participation in Wreaths Across America (each December) and host the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit (every other year)
  • Donations to women veterans through diaper drives and other useful items in support of the Foundation for Women Warriors
  • Men’s and women’s clothing, toiletries, and bedding donations to Veterans Village of San Diego and Operation Stand Down
  • Supplies to Shelter to Soldier, a non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them as companions for veterans with disabilities and PTSD
  • Volunteer services and donated items to the VA Hospital Operation Holiday Backpack
  • Volunteer services and donated meals and comfort items to the San Diego Fisher House
  • Volunteer services, American flags, and birthday card greetings to veterans in cooperation with the San Diego Honor Flight.  Recently two members of our chapter served as Guardians on the September 2023 Honor Flight.
  • Partnership with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration by honoring approximately 50 Vietnam Veterans and a dozen Surviving Spouse with commemorative pins thanking them for their service to our country.  We honored Vietnam Veterans at the Wreaths Across America Mobile Exhibit, at our June 2023 Chapter Meeting and members have attended various events sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America including chapter meetings and memorial dedications. Members were also present at the VA Hospital on March 29th to pin 100 Vietnam Veterans on Vietnam Veteran’s Day.

Women's Issues - Our strong and committed Women’s Issues committee has brought awareness to period poverty by educating the chapter about the Could You? Project which provides menstrual cups for young women and ladies in need. Over $2000 worth of product has been donated by Rincon del Diablo, 6000 cups were packaged by our volunteers to be sent to Ukraine and a fundraiser to send cups to Maui after the devastating fires has been a success. The Women’s Issues committee has also provided numerous hygiene packages for girls at a local YMCA and for our female active military.

Wreaths Across America - Help us honor the veterans laid to rest at Oak Hill Memorial Park by sponsoring a veteran wreath for Wreaths Across America Day! Click here.


National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

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