General Chapter Information

What does DAR do?
The work of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, promotes historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Our work on the chapter level, reflects those aims. Our members own and operate the oldest building in Dutchess County, as Beacon's only museum.  Members also volunteer at the Castle Point veterans facility, bringing comfort to those who served to preserve our freedom.  The chapter also conducts an annual American History essay contest in local schools, and we recognize outstanding community volunteers.  Additionaly, we support such worthwhile causes as literacy, Constitution Week, and naturalization programs for new citizens.

What kind of time commitment is involved?
We meet on the first Wednesday of each month, except January, July, and August. Service to DAR can be very much individualized. Many members attend virtually every meeting, while others find that work and family commitments take precedence. Many of our members give countless hours of volunteer time to various causes. If you have the interest to serve on a particular committee, that support is welcome. If you prefer to become active at a later time, that is completely acceptable, too.

Why Join Melzingah Chapter?
Melzingah Chapter has been recognized as one of the most active in New York State, and the nation. We have welcomed more than 50 new members in the last few years, some of whom live in southern Dutchess County, and others who have ties to our chapter but live outside the area. We enjoy sharing the benefits of DAR membership, recognizing that we have a responsibility to ensure that the freedoms won by our ancestors are appreciated by Americans of today and tomorrow.

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