Andrew Carruthers


Andrew Carruthers Chapter NSDAR
Austin, Texas


 

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Andrew Carruthers members Debbie Hood, Sharyl Burshnick, Muriel Parker, Kelly O'Shieles, Shannon Owen, and Leslie Inman await the presentation of the national award for most new members by application in the President General's Reception room during Continental Congress in Washington D.C.

Andrew Carruthers Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR) celebrated its 110th anniversary as a chapter in 2019. We have seen our membership increase through the years, starting with young women at the University of Texas and growing to a chapter of women from all walks of life. Our members range from 18 to 97 years old, singles and marrieds. We welcome any woman who meets the criteria for DAR membership. This past year, our chapter was recognized nationally as the chapter with the greatest increase in membership through new applications.

In keeping with the DAR commitment to historic preservation, education, patriotism, and honoring the patriots of the Revolutionary War, our chapter participates in a variety of activities. Our members celebrate Constitution Week in the community and attend the Constitution Week luncheon in September, we work on a designated project for the NSDAR Day of Service in October (which often focuses on historic preservation), November finds us marching up Congress Avenue to the State Capitol on Veteran's Day, and in December, we gather to lay wreaths on the graves at the Texas State Cemetery. The celebration of Washington's Birthday/President's Day is marked with a luncheon in February. May finds us at the State Cemetery again for the Memorial Day ceremony.

In addition to these activities, we find time to welcome home our veterans on their Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. at various times during the year. We also give support to our veterans through the VA hospital in Temple and the VA clinic in Austin. Other support is given to our veterans throughout the year. We recognize students in JROTC units in Austin and ROTC at the University of Texas. We honor our Revolutionary War ancestors through our genealogy research.

Our chapter is active in awarding recognition to middle school and high school students through the American History essay contest and the DAR Good Citizen program, with two monetary awards going to the top entries. We raise funds for scholarships through our silent auction in December and our scholarship tea in April. We also provide support to local classrooms through the Community Classroom committee.

Throughout the year, we also meet with other DAR chapters and members. During the summer, we attend the district workshop, preparing for the coming year. Chapters from throughout the state gather in Austin in September for Fall Forum. In March, we attend the annual state conference, which rotates from Dallas to Austin to Houston. And in June of every year, we participate with chapters from all over the world at Continental Congress in Washington, D.C.

We welcome your interest in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Andrew Carruthers chapter. Please contact us for any further information about our chapter and how we can help you honor your own ancestors.

In DAR service,
Muriel Parker
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Last Update: December 8, 2019