The Caroline Close Stuart Chapter, NSDAR completed 2018 with over 9,000 hours of community service in the state of Missouri.
Since the 1890 founding, DAR members have worked tirelessly to promote historic preservation, patriotism and educational ideals through a comprehensive committee structure in communities across this nation and in Units Overseas. Yet, the NSDAR is often looked upon as purely a lineal society. Too often its service organization mission often goes unappreciated by the general public and even by some members.
Through a new effort to “Service to America!” DAR Chapter members are logging the hours of their community service. Nationwide DAR Chapters across the country hit the 2.7 million mark of logged service hours in 2018.
In 2018 Caroline C. Stuart Chapter members logged time as tutors in the schools and Leading Scout troops and other youth groups, volunteering in hospitals, free clinics and Churches. They volunteer at Stand Downs for Veterans and hostesses at the USO, driving shut-ins to the store and doctors visits, making shrouds and holding Bingo nights at the Missouri Veterans home. These are just a few of the many ways Chapter members are making an impact in the community.
Marilyn Hartnett, Regent of the Chapter commented, “Logging our hours has shown us how much vibrancy and vitality there is in “Today’s DAR!” It encourages community service by our members on all levels as a means of honoring our heritage. Our mission is to give back to our communities in thanks for the nation we love!”
For more information about the DAR contact Chapter Regent, Marilyn Hartnett, 636-357-1038. You may also find information about the local DAR chapter on the web at http://www.mssdar.org/ccstuart.