Welcome to the Cahuilla Chapter DAR
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer service organization made up of approximately 170,000 members with 3,000 chapters. These chapters are located in all 50 states and in many countries around the world. On October 11, 1890, 18 women met to officially organize the NSDAR for historic, educational, and patriotic purposes. Since that day, over 800,000 members have been admitted into membership.
A special welcome to Cahuilla Chapter, named for the centuries old desert dwellers, the Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians. It is an old chapter, chartered in 1949 by 26 patriotic women who met in a private home when Palm Springs was a quiet, desert village. It has grown from this modest beginning to a membership of over 160 Daughters.
The chapter takes its main tenets from the larger organization National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, emphasizing the promotion of historical preservation, education and patriotism.
Because of the broad scope of DAR and those reflected activities in the local chapter any woman can find a home for her talents, experience or interest in one of the various committees or offices. Promotion of literacy; arts and crafts with patriotic themes are found in the American Heritage Committee; Education, through the American History, Good Citizen and Christopher Columbus essay contests; Service to Veterans in stocking the local USO Center; lineage guidance and genealogy; American Indian studies; and Women’s Issues—just to name a few of the activities. DAR is first of all a service organization, giving to the community, rather than working as a social or political entity
Cahuilla Chapter works with 22 schools throughout the Coachella Valley offering awards to excelling students who do research essays into American History and the Constitution. This extensive effort culminates in a Student Awards Tea each spring, showcasing the work of these deserving students.
In addition, community service awards are presented to outstanding individuals who have given generously of their time and ability to this desert community. Other awards are given for conservation and media, as well as to an Outstanding Teacher of American History.
These represent some of the activities of this large and vital chapter.
Again, we warmly welcome you to attend one of our monthly meetings, enjoy our programs, learn what Daughters of the American Revolution does as an organization, and find life-long friends in the chapter itself.
Joanne Hardy, Regent