Chapter Activities and Projects
Cahuilla Chapter has a tradition of recognizing and rewarding individuals with Daughters of the American Revolution’s various awards. Each year, at least one person in our Coachella Valley or High Desert communities is given the DAR Community Service Award which recognizes worthy individuals for unpaid voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, citizenship or environmental conservation endeavors. Our chapter has also given Conservation Awards and the DAR Medal of Honor, which is one of the highest medals DAR bestows.
Education is a key DAR tenet, and we work with middle and high school students to encourage the study of our nation’s history and knowledge of the Constitution. Essay contests with approved topics by DAR are conducted annually and require students to do research on our country’s history. A Student Awards Tea is held each spring which honors both essay winners and participants. In addition, medals and awards are presented to local ROTC cadets, and a high school music award and a junior college student nurse award are also given.
Each year we recognize and highlight an area teacher with an Outstanding Teacher of American History Award. This presentation is given at the last meeting of the year and coordinates with a program showcasing the student winners of the Essay Contests.
We honor veterans and military personnel by donating food and comfort items to the USO Center at the Palm Springs Airport and contributing to DAR’s Project Patriot which focuses on meeting the needs of active-duty personnel currently serving our country. We have also partnered with the Department of Defense to recognize the service of over 100 Vietnam era Veterans by holding a special Vietnam War 50-year Commemoration.
In 2014, the Cahuilla Chapter placed a historical marker at the Palm Springs Air Museum to pay tribute to those who have served in the armed forces from the American Revolution to the present and to those who gave their lives in service to protect our freedoms.