The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education. The DAR motto is “God, Home and County” and membership is open to any woman over 18, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. There are more than 165,000 members in the United States and around the world.
The local DAR chapter was founded 100 years ago as the Ochlocknee Chapter, but the name was changed to the Thomasville Chapter in 1928. The chapter meets monthly and proudly celebrated their Centennial in May 2012.
The Thomasville Chapter began holding a fundraising tea 16 years ago. Today, the DAR Tea helps fund education scholarships and other local, state and national projects. Local chapters support the maintenance of the DAR National Headquarters, which is an entire city block of buildings in Washington, D.C., across from the White House. These buildings include the DAR Library and Museum, which are open to the public and house vast American collections of art and genealogical materials. In a state service project, Georgia chapters work to preserve Meadow Garden in Augusta. This is the home of the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, Georgia's own George Walton.
Locally, the Thomasville DAR Chapter encourages education in our community with a cash scholarship to a graduating senior who will be going to college to study history, political science, education, journalism, library science or related fields. In addition, the chapter has other local service projects: DAR Service for Veterans; plus, in local schools, DAR Good Citizen awards, ROTC awards, Junior American Citizen (JAC) awards, American History Essay Contest and Constitution Week programs.
The 2012 DAR Tea is an opportunity to tour a wonderful home and donate to the local DAR chapter.
Joyce and Welch Goggins are generously opening their home on Spring Lake Road for the 16th Annual Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Christmas Tea hosted by the Thomasville Chapter. Sharon Bridges is the chair the event.
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