Chapter Activities and Projects

 

DAR’s national mission, which is realized through projects and programs at national, state, and chapter levels, is to promote education, historic preservation, and patriotism.  We in the Gold Trail Chapter contribute to the national mission through the following activities and projects.

Education

Our chapter’s educational projects focus on the youth in our community and nation. We award certificates and cash prizes for several of the programs we sponsor, which include:

  • ROTC medals for high school & college cadets
  • American History Essay Contests, for cash prizes

  • DAR Good Citizens awards for high school seniors

  • Outstanding American History Teacher awards

  • Constitution Week educational programs

  • US Flag presentations to new schools

  • Contributions to DAR scholarship funds

  • Conducting fundraisers and sending cash donations to DAR schools for disadvantaged youth. We also send holiday cards and gifts to the students.

 

 

Historic Preservation

Our chapter’s historical preservation projects involve a variety of conservation and genealogy topics. Several of our chapter members are experts in historical and genealogical research. Some of our programs include:

  • Presenting community awards for conservation, outstanding citizens, and American heritage

  • Making donations to support renovation of local, state, and national historical buildings and sites

  • Sending donations of cash and books to support the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., one of the largest and most important genealogy libraries in the world

  • Conducting workshops at local libraries to assist the public with genealogical research

 

Patriotism

Our chapter’s numerous patriotic projects include:

  • Giving out thousands of US Flags at public events

  • Election Day service at polls in Placer County

  • Sending “care packages” and Christmas cards to US soldiers in the field

The Gold Trail Chapter places special emphasis on service to veterans through:

  • Volunteering at the VA Medical Center at Mather

  • Donations of cash, books, clothing, and other items to homeless, disabled, and injured veterans’ programs.

  • Presence at and support for veterans’ events and memorials

  • Participation in Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service, the largest federal government volunteer program