|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
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
us for any further information about our chapter and how we can help you
honor your own ancestors.
In DAR service,